A year of service with Hands and Feet of Asheville is not “taking a year off” it is fully engaging in life, experiencing new and different things, and learning more about yourself and the world.
HFA volunteers arrive in Asheville in September and serve until the end of July. In a year with Hands and Feet of Asheville, volunteers will serve a local non-profit, live in community, and have the opportunity to reflect, explore, and develop their faith. This opportunity is for young adults interested in community service, social justice, intentional community, spiritual practices, theological reflection, and vocational discernment.
For their year of service, volunteers are provided a monthly stipend of $250, housing, health insurance, student loan reimbursement, and participation in programed retreats and field trips.
HFA Volunteers participate in 32 hours per week of service in a local non-profit. These organizations are responding to the issues of homelessness, food insecurity, education, and mission in the region of Western North Carolina. Volunteer work is considered “direct service aimed at structural change” meaning that volunteers have face-to-face interactions with the clients served at each organization, but all work is aimed at the larger goal of changing the structures in place that create inequality.
In addition to service, HFA volunteers live in community with one another. In this community, participants have the opportunity to experience building relationships, respecting differences, living simply, constructively resolving conflict, and offering hospitality to others. The community sets intentions for themselves and their house and covenant with one another to uphold those intentions. This rich experience of community creates a home where volunteers are able to rest and recharge and the friendships built among the fellow volunteers will likely carry on long after the year ends.
Fridays are reserved for volunteers to engage in weekly reflections, learning projects, field trips, and retreats that are aimed at vocational discernment, spiritual exploration, and practice. Volunteers have guidance and support from the Program Director as well as community members who share their skills and expertise. However, leadership and initiative from participants is expected. For rest, relaxation, and reflection, volunteers will go on four programmed retreats throughout the year. These retreats vary, but will all have a focus such as spiritual direction, social justice, or spiritual practices.
Check out the deadlines for applying to be a YAV:
- October 1, 2017 – Applications Open
January 1, 2018 -Round 1- (All sites available, early placement)
March 1, 2018 – Round 2 – (Most sites available, final date to apply to international sites)
June 1, 2018 – Round 3 – (National sites only, limited spots available)
Click here to apply now!
If you would like to serve with us next year and have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-773-8880