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Organization

Urban Servant Corps

Contact Information

1660 N. Ogden Street
Denver, CO 80218

(303) 894-0076

Focus Areas

  • Aging
  • Community & Nonprofit Development
  • Economic Security
  • Education & Youth
  • Environment
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Homelessness & Housing

Urban Servant Corps is a faith-based, intentional community of full-time volunteers who seek to live simply while serving and accompanying those most in need at non-profit partner organizations in the heart of Denver.

  • About Us
    Urban Servant Corps is a one-year full-time program in Denver, CO. Volunteers commit to living in an intentional community and embrace values of simplicity and spirituality while serving inner-city nonprofits. USC positions are at agencies that provide immediate and direct care service to some of Denver's most marginalized and vulnerable communities. Since 1987 USC has welcomed people from all over the US and abroad and became a Reconciling in Christ program in 1999, officially welcoming and affirming those who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community! This is a year of professional and personal growth during which volunteers are exposed to new perspectives while exploring an amazing city with like-minded people!
  • Our Impact
    There are both short-term and long-term impacts from a year of service with USC. The personal growth and professional development of an USC volunteer can largely be connected to the short-term outcomes of this experience. Young adults report significant learning and discovery that comes from the year-long commitment to service and intentional community living. During this year of service, USC volunteers offer a full-time equivalent staffing role at non-profit organizations that are under-resourced. Along those lines, the gained knowledge and awareness increases effectiveness in serving vulnerable populations with dignity and fairness, taking into account systemic issues of racism and poverty that have impacted many in our society. There is also growth in building meaningful, life-long relationships by practicing communication skills and how to effectively create a connected community that is cohesive and dependable. These relationships are developed in the context of a faithful cohort that seeks to engage in their neighborhoods with action that advocates for a just world.
    The long-term outcomes are three fold: 1) non-profit organizations are able to offer additional services and/or programs with an Urban Servant Corps volunteer, 2) vulnerable neighbors in our community benefit from receiving basic services, and 3) young adults serving in these roles have experiences that help them grow personally and professionally in addition to forming a foundation for further social justice activity to make lasting change. The addition of a USC volunteer to a nonprofit partner agency helps with assisting in efforts to produce positive outcomes for clients, increase capacity for types and amounts of services able to be provided, and the ability to maximize their resources that expand or strengthen their services. When our neighbors in need engage with a direct service provider, they are met with care, compassion, and resources to improve their situation. With regular access to healthy food, safe shelter, medical care, and/or sustainable employment, all humans have the potential to confidently live their authentic lives and meaningfully contribute to our communities. USC partners with a variety of organizations that address a number of social service needs. USC participants find a sense of belonging in the midst of the intentional community living experience and practice what it means to build community; this is a skill that easily transfers into new contexts in both personal and professional circles. The experiential learning component also encourages participants to discern vocational goals within the helping professions. Young adults also have the opportunity to explore their faith as a tool for social justice action and to more deeply understand different theological perspectives. More practically, young adults are learning life skills, exploring systemic issues related to societal injustices, adding meaningful experiences to their resume, while learning about and understanding the importance of inclusion and diversity personally and professionally.

Positions at Urban Servant Corps