Social and Economic Justice

Social and Economic Justice

Direct Action & Research Training Network Faith & Action for Strength Together (FAST) (St. Petersburg, FL)

Mission:  Coalition of over 35 religious congregations working together to achieve social and economic justice in Pinellas county, FL.  FAST is a grassroots, direct-action, multi-issue organization which brings people together to improve the quality of life in their communities.  FAST's mission is to build the power of religious congregations to solve community problems by holding systems accountable.  FAST organizes its membership to a large 'direct action' where leaders negotiate with public officials from a position of mutual power and respect. (http://www.thedartcenter.org/location/fast)

Volunteer Position: Community organizing with congregations.  This position includes coordination with leaders in congregations, research, action and financial development.

Period:  9-12 month placements throughout the year

Apply by:  3 months prior to requested start date

Housing:  Host Family

Minimum Age:  21 years with college degree


Direct Action & Research Training Network Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation, & Empowerment (ICARE) (Jacksonville, FL)

Mission:  ICARE is a coalition of over 20 religious congregations working together to achieve social & economic justice in the Jacksonville area.  ICARE's mission is to build the power of religious congregations to solve community problems by holding systems accountable.  ICARE organizes its membership to a lar 'direct action' where leaders can negotiate with public officials from a position of mutual power and respect.  The DART Network of congregation-based community organizations based in nineteen cities throughout five states. (http://www.thedartcenter.org/location/icare-5/)

Volunteer Position:  This position includes coordination with leaders in congregations, reach, action and financial development

Period:  9-12 month placements throughout the year

Apply by:  3 months prior to requested start date

Housing:  Host Family

Minimum Age:  21 years with college degree


Koinonia Partners (Americus, GA) 

Mission:  Offers opportunities for spiritual renewal and work for social justice by serving neighbors and participating in peacemaking projects.  (www.koinoniapartners.org)

Volunteer Position:  Volunteer's days consist of prayer, work, study, service, and fellowship.  Common tasks include tending pecan and fruit orchards, bakery work, maintenance and home repair ministry, work with children & Elders, and office work.

Period:  February - April; June - August; September - December

Apply by:  3 months prior to requested start date

Housing:  Intentional community with volunteers

Minimum Age:  19 years


Urban Spirit (Louisville, KY)

Mission:  Engagement of people who are not poor in an experience and exploration of social realities in what it means to be among the working poor in America and reflection on that experience in context of faith.  (www.urbanspirit.org)

Intern Position:  Lead mission trip groups in poverty immersion experience, reflect on vocation in light of this leadership. 

Requirement:  1 previous summer as Disciples Home Mission intern or UCC F.A.S.T. intern.

Period:  Summer

Apply by:  March 15

Housing:  Intern apartment with shared bathroom

Minimum Age:  19 years

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