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.
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?