The Westmoreland Service 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 program started in 1985 and has a history of changing lives of those who volunteer and those who benefit from their involvement.
The Service 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 program identifies positions with approximately seven organizations and agencies in Washington, DC, and suburban Maryland and Virginia. The social service agencies provide services such as employment counseling (and search), case workers for at-risk youth, health care and other health programs, social and legal services and shelters for the homeless, and refugee support. The goals of the participating agencies are matched with the interests, skills, academic training, and career goals of the five interns. The positions at the agencies provide opportunities for interns to explore possible career paths in advocacy, social service, health care, law, housing, religion, education, and international aid, among others.