The Westmoreland Volunteer Corps is a one-year domestic volunteer service program sponsored by Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, a few steps from Washington, D.C., in Bethesda, Maryland. All persons, regardless of faith, are welcome to participate. The Westmoreland Volunteer Corps started in 1985 and has a history of changing lives of those who volunteer and those who benefit from their involvement.
The Volunteer Corps offers five adults - typically recent college graduates - the opportunity to work in direct social service and social justice advocacy through placements with Washington-area organizations and service agencies. Each year the Volunteer Corps identifies positions with approximately nine organizations and agencies in Washington, DC, and suburban Maryland and Virginia. The social service agencies provide services such as employment counseling to incarcerated individuals, and search, case workers for at-risk youth, maternal/child health care and other health programs, social and legal services and shelters for the homeless, and refugee support. Advocacy opportunities include community organizing in low-income communities and social justice issue organizing. The goals of the participating agencies are matched with the interests, skills, academic training, and career goals of the five Volunteers. The positions at the agencies provide opportunities for Volunteers to explore possible career paths in advocacy, social service, health care, law, housing, religion, education, and international aid, among others.