What are Summer Communities of Service?

The Summer Communities of Service (SCOS) program is an ecumenical collaboration between the UCC Volunteer Ministries and Alliance of Baptists. Participants live and serve from June to mid-August in 

host congregations from around the United States. Applicants are 19+ and commit to the four following facets that form the foundation of the SCOS program:

  • Community Living

The "intentional Christian community element" makes this program distinct and effective. Interns share a common food allowance, transportation funds and spiritual growth insights. Participants live in community with each other and with their hosts in their temporary city.

  • Leadership Development

In the UCC and Alliance of Baptists diversity is a big piece of our identity. Both churches uphold socially progressive statements and advocate politically from a faith perspective. Diverse, community-service-integrated ministries show interns, congregations, the wider church and world where this faith-inspired work is happening in our midst. The SCOS projects help interns develop long-term commitment to engage in this kind of ministry.

  • Hands-On Justice Advocacy/Service Opportunities

Grow professionally. Change the World.

  • Faith Conversations

Grow Personally. Grow Spiritually.

2017 Summer Communities of Service Locations

Ellis Avenue Baptist Church (Chicago) Focus on children, Chicago public schools, and multi-cultural neighborhoods

The Family Tree (Charlotte, N.C.) Focus on community living and poverty

Metro Baptist Church (New York City) Focus on children and multi-cultural neighborhoods

Washington UCC (Cincinnati, Ohio) Focus on children and generational poverty

Englewood Community Farm (Kansas City, Mo.) - Focus on food justice and food sovereignty

Apply today! Application can be found here.

If you have questions please call Paula Clayton Dempsey, director for partnership relations of the Alliance of Baptists, at 866.745.7609 or email Paula.

Hear from 2014 interns about why they chose to participate in Summer Communities of Service: