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Integrated Service and Intentionality

"Serving Christ through action for better community." This is the tagline for Urban Servant Corps, the organization that lives out faith-based service in every corner of Denver.

I had the opportunity to meet with Sarah Adam, Community Life Coordinator, at the Urban Servant Corps office this week. We talked about USC's mission in the community and how that extends to the volunteers' personal lives. What struck me is how many opportunities there are for volunteers to better their communities and simultaneously take time to better themselves. With opportunities for faith, reflection, discussion about social issues, food education, etc. at the USC houses, the volunteers are truly living comprehensively in their faith and ministries.

Volunteers come to USC at all ages. Typically, USC sees recent college graduates and others in their 20s apply. However, this last year a retired nun found USC after her convent closed. Mary Kay is a volunteer at Family Promise, an organization that works with individuals and families who are at risk of being homeless.

A couple other volunteers are Cheynne Boon who volunteers at the GrowHaus, which provides organic and nutritious food in a low-income neighborhood. Katie Anderson is at Urban Peak working with youth experiencing homelessness and at-risk youth in the Denver area.

The fact that people of all backgrounds, ages and interests live in the same space and get to communicate about things they usually wouldn't is fascinating to me. All that learning actually sounds exhausting, but in the best way! Constantly being around communities and individuals that you learn from would absolutely transform anyone's life.

Applications are still available to become a volunteer! Check it out by clicking here and see what Urban Servant Corps can offer both the people of Denver and you.

Check out a couple previous posts about the organization: a personal testimony of a volunteer and an overview of the tenants of USC.

- Intern Katie

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