Miami

 

Program or Partner

DWELL/YAV Miami

Welcome to Miami, America’s most tropical paradise on the most southeastern corner of the continent; a city where the palm trees sway to the rhythms of the Atlantic and dance to the nightly beat of salsa, merengue and reggaetón.

The Miami site challenges volunteers to look past the city’s glitz and glamour and towards the city’s complexity, diversity and multiculturalism. Miami faces adversity from climate change, income inequality, insufficient affordable housing, gentrification, a growing homeless population, and an ever-expanding base of undocumented immigrants. Driving 20 minutes west of the famous beaches and wealthiest zip-code, YAVs will encounter the culture shock of driving into one of our poorest neighborhoods where over 60% of the community is living below the poverty line.

DOOR Miami finds itself in a most unique place to highlight social injustices from a multicultural and intersectional perspective. Our platform provides an opportunity to dive into issues that will challenge you, but also allow you to witness with hope God’s work in the midst of social and community agencies doing justice, acting with mercy and compassion, and embracing faithful love.

Site Coordinator

Daniel Morales
DOOR Miami – City Director

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Intentional Community Living

Volunteers will spend one day per week with their house community in book discussions, service projects or issue education. In addition, they will participate in a weekly evening community meal and other various activities, worship together once a week and attend retreats. One day a week is set aside for a personal day. Some work sites prefer or require Spanish, Haitian Creole or French, but it is not required to participate in the Miami program. All volunteers are asked to raise financial support and write reflections.

Blogs

Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) is a service and leadership development program through the World Mission division of the PC(USA). Young adults serve for one year in the U.S. or internationally, in areas such as fair trade or environmental issues, and have the opportunity to experience Christianity in a new culture. YAVs are between ages 19 and 30. Check out the YAV program blog here. 

Kara, Colombia


2017-2018

Hannah Woodson

2016-2017

Annie McAlister
Savannah Caccamo
Jillian Gardner

Placement Opportunities

Miami offers an incredible range of partner agencies and potential work placement. All sites involve multi-cultural settings, clients, and/or supervisors. Sites include service in the areas of:

  • Education
  • Children/youth
  • Gun violence intervention
  • Interfaith social justice
  • Social work
  • Business within non-profits
  • Congregational ministry
  • Immigrant and refugee services
  • Health – public and clinical
  • Community organizing
  • Homeless services

Volunteers will serve their work placements approximately 32-35 hours a week (four days.)  Sunday is set aside for church attendance. YAVs select the church they will attend and involvement is seen as a part of the year of service. One day is a personal day of rest and one day is set aside for YAV/Dwell team to be together in joint service projects, book discussions, skill building and/or community engagement.

Housing

Volunteers live together in any of the neighborhoods around the Downtown Miami area. In past years YAVs have lived in places like Little Havana, Little Haiti, Wynwood and also Homestead, about an hour from Miami.

The community of volunteers will create their own covenant, which will govern such things as house rules and spiritual accountability as well as setting goals and aims of their year together. Community covenants are considered living documents and are reviewed regularly. In addition to serving in a social service agency, the volunteers will be part of a local church and active community members in their neighborhood.

Requirements

Age: 20-29

Education: some college desirable

Additional language a plus