Being the hands and feet of Jesus

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2024 SWAP Trip

Y-Serve (formerly Young People’s Christian Association) is the longest-running student organization at EMU! We are students eager to offer volunteer service to our community and beyond. Our goal is to serve others as the hands and feet of Jesus. 

Jesus answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. Do this and you will live."
Luke 10:27, 28b

YPCA/Y-Serve Centennial Slideshow

Upcoming Volunteer Project Opportunities


  • Volunteer at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center (VMRC) or join Y-Serve for Christmas and Easter Caroling in the VMRC Woodland Community. (volunteers must complete VMRC training)
  • Habitat for Humanity welcomes EMU student volunteers to assist with area projects.
  • Kids Club, a neighborhood children’s ministry connected to nearby congregations. For information about volunteering with Kids Club at a church nearby, contact office@pvmchurch.org.

Fall and Spring Break Y-Trips

Y-Trips build friendships through volunteering with others in locations across the east coast and the south. The calendar above includes information on this year's Y-Trips. 

More Local Service Opportunities


Limited scholarships are available to help students participate in workshops, seminars and conferences related to Christian service.

Want to get involved? email y-serve@emu.edu or call 540-432-4115.

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