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Orthodox Volunteer Corps (OVC)...

OVC invests a year in Orthodox young adults to prepare them for a lifetime of service within and beyond the parish through service, formation, community, and Church.

Latest News

Meet the 2022-23 OVC Corps Members

We are thrilled to introduce the inaugural OVC Cohort. They come from across the country, attended different schools, and studied a variety of majors. Learn more about each of them, including videos they made.

More Info Sessions: Jan 18 & Feb 7, 8pm EST

Are you 21-29 Years old? Are you ready to live your faith? Don’t miss the upcoming Info Sessions for prospective applicants to OVC. Click here to Register! Click here to join the call on January 18 or February 7.

OVC Officially Launches During Virtual Kickoff Event

On Tuesday, November 9, we held a public launch of Orthodox Volunteer Corps! (If you weren’t able to attend, here is the recording.) What a night it was! Over 150 people attended (both in the US and abroad!). We were blessed to have His Grace, Bishop Irinej, join us along with the OVC Board, the OVC Advisory Council, young adults, and many supporters. We shared the vision. We unveiled our new video. We answered your questions. Thanks to all for making it a great evening!

OVC Blessed as an Official Agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops

2021 was declared the "Year of the Youth" at the Assembly's 10th Anniversary Meeting held in Washington D.C. from October 2nd to the 5th. At that gathering, OVC was welcomed as the Assembly's newest agency!


Are you hungry to serve and live out your faith? As Orthodox Christians, we’re called to live in solidarity with the most vulnerable among us. To practice sacrificial love. To embody justice and mercy. At OVC, we provide deep experiences in service by matching talented young adults with nonprofit agencies for 10-month, hands-on placements.


To serve well, we need to be equipped. At OVC, you’ll participate in a 10-month curriculum to deepen your Orthodox faith, strengthen your leadership, and prepare you to design and execute effective service for Church and society.


Service and formation are rooted in connection. At OVC, you’ll join an intentional community. You’ll live in communal housing, break bread together, learn from one another, and engage your host city.


Undergirding service, formation, and community is Church. At OVC, we’ll foster connections to local Orthodox parishes, so you can immerse yourself in the rhythm and beauty of the Church and offer your gifts. We believe Orthodox young adults can be the Church and transfigure the world.

What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8