The brand new Washington, D.C. Young Adult Volunteer site is up and running, and YAV Marranda Major has officially begun work with NEXT! Marranda grew up in Charleston, West Virginia as a part of the Kanawha United Presbyterian congregation. She graduated from Wellesley College in May 2013 with degrees in Music and Peace Studies that allowed her to focus on the role of the arts in social movements. Marranda spent last year serving as a YAV in Belfast, Northern Ireland where she split her time as a program coordinator at a community trauma center and as a youth worker at a local church. Marranda found her time in Belfast both challenging and rewarding and is very excited to be diving into YAV life again in D.C.!
Marranda is one of five YAVs beginning this week in Washington, D.C. In addition to NEXT Church, volunteers will also be working with Miriam’s Kitchen and Western Presbyterian Church; the Capitol Hill Group Ministry and Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church; and the PCUSA Office of Public Witness. The YAV program connects young adults aged 19–30 with service placements in communities of need in the United States and abroad. During their service, volunteers live in intentional community where they focus on living simply and work with mentors towards vocational discernment. Click here to learn more about the Young Adult Volunteer, or here to connect with the Washington, D.C. site on Facebook!
Want to welcome Marranda to NEXT Church? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. While her blog isn’t live yet, she welcomes you to bookmark it for future updates!