Quakers have a rich history of innovative and challenging service. Since 1986, Washington Quaker Workcamps have provided opportunities for people of all ages to continue this legacy of service through learning, experience and reflection.
(NEW to Workcamps: we are starting a Lightbulb Exchange Program. Click here to see more.)
WQW provide opportunities for participants to explore the world of social, environmental and economic justice through the lens of Washington DC as well as through the lens of Quakerism, pacifism and peacemaking. We encourage reflection and the importance of relationships and bearing witness as vital to making a real and sustainable impact. Each Workcamp is a unique experience for the participants, but is also increasingly an important part of the DC community (as well as other places where we run Workcamps). Each group that comes through our Workcamps acts as the steward of the community responsibilities that come with being a neighbor and friend. Here is a sample schedule of a 5-day Workcamp, but for each group, we work closely to create a vibrant and meaningful experience. Often, themes and topics are chosen for Workcamps (such as hunger, or environment). Our job is to work with groups to see that once you start pulling on the thread of any issue, all issues are interconnected and it is the action that starts with "me" that brings about real change. You can learn more about Workcamps here.
Within 3 miles of our building, we have some of the greatest wealth of national and world history, and we have some of the worst environmental, social and and economic conditions in the country. Through WQW, we nurture a holistic sense of the world, integrating the past into the present while sharing a vision of the future. It is through this creative engagement that new ideas, new energies and emerging gifts can be brought to the surface. The video below highlights the spirit of Workcamps.
We work with many community partners in DC, as well as in West Virginia, New Orleans and South Dakota. A brief list includes:
Join us for a morning of gleaning at Miller Farms in Clinton MD. This is a great way to get out, enjoy some fresh air, good food (there is a bakery with fresh donuts, baked goods and ice cream, as well as a farm market and barbecue stand) and fellowship. We will be gathering at the parking lot of Miller Farms at 8AM and heading to a nearby field to pick crops for a few hours before heading back to the farm store and then back to town. We are often joining other groups of people from the DC area so this is a great way to connect with others and share stories as we pick the foods that will make their way to those in need in our community.
For more information, please contact Brad Ogilvie. We would be glad to help coordinate car-pooling as well. This is a wonderful activity for people of all ages, so please encourage all to join us.