Community. Service. Transformation.

Quaker Voluntary Service is an experiment at the intersection of transformational spirituality and activism, a year-long Fellowship program for young adults.

Our Work

We partner with community based non-profit organizations in our service cities which cover a wide range of social and environmental issues. Our Fellows increase the capacity of organizations to do work they might not otherwise be able to do. Learn more about the work here.

Our Community

We partner with Quaker meetings / churches and are supported by local Friends in Atlanta, Boston, Twin Cities, Philadelphia, and Portland, OR. QVS Fellows live in intentional community, sharing day to day life and supporting each other throughout the year. Fellows receive support from QVS staff and spiritual nurturers.

Our History

We are part of a long history and tradition of Quaker service, and we see ourselves as a contemporary expression of that much older stream. After many years of consultation and discernment, the first QVS house opened in Atlanta in 2012 and we have been growing ever since.

Join Us

We invite young adults to apply to become a QVS Fellow. An ideal applicant brings an openness to working with diverse community members, a willingness to explore questions of faith and spirituality, and an ability to function well in a professional setting. Application Deadline is March 15th.

At the Crossroads of Community and Benign Mutual Neglect

QVS staff reflect on the work of community-building in a QVS year.

Invitations on Angelic Troublemaking for Black History Month

QVS staff reflect on the faithful life of Bayard Rustin. What does it mean to be faithful in 2021? What sacrifices are we willing to make?

2020 End-of-Year Reflections

Hilary Burgin, QVS Executive Director, offers reflections on 2020.

Reflections from Zenaida, QVS Director of Equity and Empowerment

Zenaida Peterson, QVS Recruitment Coordinator 2017-current, shares what grounds them as they step into a new equity role.

Alumni Testimonial: Serving with Bread and Roses Community Fund

The following testimonial was written by Lucas Richie, a 2018-2019 Philadelphia QVS Fellow. During his QVS year, Lucas served at Bread & Roses Community Fund. Bread & Roses was one of QVS' first site placement partners when we expanded to Philadelphia in 2013....
Link to Atlanta QVS
Link to Boston QVS

“I feel really thankful to be in this community that is supporting my social justice work and spiritual growth.”

Zenaida Peterson

Boston Fellow, 2016-2017

“The young people I work with this year in the QVS program are valued treasures. They inspire me to stay idealistic in my endeavors toward social justice and they embolden my committment to Quaker values. As I reflect on the political moment at hand with strong emotions about the future for women… I am thankful for the Light they bring.”

Oskar Pierre Castro

Philadelphia Coordinator

“I am also glad, very glad to see such deeper reaching and very promising renewal projects such as… Quaker Voluntary Service, which is attracting and cultivating a new generation of Quaker leaders.”

Parker J. Palmer

Plenary at FGC Gathering 2015

“QVS provided an experience where my [Quaker] faith and spirituality became intertwined with my home life and work life, namely in my relationships and practices.”

Giovanna Selvaggio

Portland Fellow, 2013-2014


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