Agencies that have attended the Post-Grad Volunteer Fair in the past can be found in the list below. In addition to the list, a helpful searchable database of faith-based programs is maintained by the Catholic Volunteer Network. Another outstanding resource for Catholic volunteer programs is the St. Vincent Pallotti Center. You may also want to look at Americorps or Peace Corps.
Feel free to contact Ken Reed-Bouley if you would like to discuss your options.
2601 North Sayre Avenue
Chicago, IL 60707
John Lucas, Executive Director
Annie Divine, Program Director
Affiliation: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago
Goal of Program: Amate House, the young adult volunteer program for the Archdiocese of Chicago, exists to enhance the faith development and leadership of young adult Catholics. This is accomplished by providing volunteers experiences of direct service to those in need while participating in community and sharing in opportunities for educational and spiritual growth.
Type of Placement: Long Term: Elementary and high school teaching, youth ministry, homeless services, work with immigrants and refugees, legal clinics, medical clinics, community organizing, work with women and children, pastoral care, work with elderly (wide variety of social service placements).
Area of Service: City of Chicago.
Goal of Program: For 35 years, AmeriCorps-VISTA has been helping bring communities and individuals out of poverty. Today, nearly 6,000 AmeriCorps-VISTA members serve in hundreds of nonprofit organizations and public agencies throughout the country — working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, increase housing opportunities, or bridge the digital divide.
Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry Program
1525 Marriottsville Road
Marriottsville, MD 21104
Shannon Curran, Director
Affiliation: Sisters of Bon Secours, Roman Catholic
Goal of Program: Lay men and women discover how to offer ‘Good Help’ as a Bon Secours volunteer. Volunteers are provided an opportunity to focus on personal and spiritual growth obtained through being a member of a small Christian community while serving those in need. When we serve, our emphasis is on compassion, liberation, and healing.
Type of Placement: Volunteers serve inner city poor or rural migrant workers. Health care: Clinic and hospital opportunities, parish liaison ministry which provides resources and health education to the community; coordinate and provide assistance to families/friends who are caring for those in need of hospice care; assist in preventative health care for seniors, school and parish nurse. Social work : Counseling, pastoral care, community outreach, worker support, and assistance to women and children at risk, ministry to migrant workers, case management to those in recovery from substance abuse. Education: Tutor in after-school program, mentor & tutor teenage parents, Middle school teacher for inner city girls.
Area of Service Baltimore, MD, Arcadia, FL, Detroit, MI, and Richmond, VA.
Boys Hope Girls Hope
12120 Bridgeton Square Drive
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Goal of Program: Boys Hope Girls Hope helps children who are hurt and at-risk, yet academically capable, to realize their potential by providing value-centered, family-like homes and quality education through college. This mission reflects the values and principles embodied in Jesuit traditions and heritage. We help good kids in bad situations overcome their unpromising backgrounds and compromising environments through the provision of a stable, caring home and access to private education. Children may be abused, neglected, or abandoned, and they share in common the fact that their parents or guardians are no longer able to adequately care for them. Boys Hope Girls Hope challenges them to mature as adults who are able to define success by their service to God and others.
Type of Placement: Live-in residential counselors.
Area of Service: St. Louis, Mo.; Denver, Colo.; New York, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill.; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La.; Cincinnati and Northeastern Ohio; Detroit, Mich.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; San Antonio, Texas; San Francisco and Orange County, Calif.; and Baltimore, Md.
Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps
Cap Corps Midwest Areas of Service: Detroit, MI; Chicago IL;
Milwaukee, WI; Bluefields, Nicaragua;
contact: Shelly Roder and Marcia Lee
1927 N. 4th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414-374-8841 ext. 29
Cap Corps East Areas of Service: Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC;
Pittsburgh, PA; Charleston, WV; Papua, New Guinea;
contact: Margaret McIntyre
Cap Corps East
Cleveland, OH 44128
Description: The CapCorps Lay Volunteers is a Christian faith-based organization of men and women, 21 years of age and older, living in community and in service to people in need: Parish and Youth ministry; Health care; Education; Social services; Community organization; Community development.
Catholic Charities Volunteer Corps
741 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209
Phone: 716-218-1450, ext. 208
Amy Vossen Vukelic, Program Director
Affiliation: Catholic Charities of Western New York
Goal of Program: Best described as a combination of the Peace Corps and MTV’s Real World, the Catholic Charities Service Corps (CCSC) in Buffalo, NY, is a year-long program that runs from August to August. Young adults are invited to discover their light, and ignite it in others by staying open to four core values: Community, Social Justice, Spirituality, and Simplicity. CCSC members live together in intentional communities, offering the members a chance to refine communication skills, while also allowing them support and companionship through what some believe to be one of the hardest and most life-giving experiences of their lives.
Type of Placement: Young adults commit to working with people who are poor and/or marginalized in various agencies throughout the area s paralegals, teachers, human service workers, outreach workers, and nurses. Opportunity to work in the areas of advocacy, education, law, social services, health care, and outreach with the following populations: HIV/AIDS, homeless, mentally ill, at-risk youth, substance abuse, developmentally disabled, domestic violence/sexual assault survivors, immigrants, and refugees.
Area of Service: Buffalo, NY.
Catholic Volunteer Network
6930 Carroll Ave., Suite 820
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Ms. Myrtle Washington, Associate Director
Affiliation: Independent association of Christian member programs.
Goal of Program: Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN) connects full-time lay volunteers or missioners with Christian member programs. CVN is a national resource for volunteer mission programs and lay women and men wishing to serve throughout the United States and worldwide. CVN offers recruitment assistance, publishes Response Directory of Volunteer Opportunities, answers volunteer inquiries on a toll-free line, publishes a newsletter and handbook, sponsors an annual conference, hosts workshops, and is available for questions regarding the lay volunteer field.
Type of Placement: Work on projects in our national office. Assist in various administrative tasks and team projects, including recruitment, communications, fund raising, conference/workshop planning, and public relations. Help in fielding volunteer inquiries and handling bulk mailings.
Area of Service: Takoma Park, MD.
Christian Appalachian Project
4192 N. Wilderness Road
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456
Amy Schill, Volunteer Program
Affiliation: Private nonprofit, interdenominational Christian organization
Goal of Program: The Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) is a human service mission organization founded in 1964. Based in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia Appalachian counties, CAP strives to meet the needs of the Appalachian people while fostering their self-sufficiency. The Volunteer Program focuses on service, family-style community living and spirituality. CAP offers a strong cultural experience, an assortment of service placements, distinctive community living, and a flexible time commitment.
Type of Placement: Long-term: Volunteers needed year-round to serve in child and family development centers, adult education, elderly services, housing and home repair, youth/teen centers, outreach services, educational programming, programs serving people with disabilities and other various professional placements. Short-term: Christmas baskets program; Summer Camp opportunities for camp counselors, lifeguards, nurses, environmentalists, and arts and crafts instructors for three summer camps. Group opportunities year-round for up to 10 people, serving one week repairing or building homes.
Area of Service: Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky.
Christian Brothers Lay Volunteer Program
33 Pryer Terrace
New Rochelle, NY 10804
Phone: 914-636-6194, ext 10
Bro. Jack Flaherty, Director of Volunteers
Affiliation: Congregation of Christian Brothers, Eastern American Province
Goal of Program: 1) Grow spiritually; 2) Experience community living; 3) Work with the marginalized in educational or social service ministries
Type of Placement: Educational, Social Service and Youth Ministry.
Area of Service: Bonita Springs, FL; New Orleans; Ontario, Canada for both men and women. Grenada, British West Indies for men only.
Colorado Vincentian Volunteers
1732 Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80203
Fax: call first
Mary Frances & Bill Jaster, Directors
Affiliation: The Vincentian family of laity, religious and clergy
Goal of Program: Compelled by a call to service and justice, CVV volunteers participate in a process of companionship with the poor in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul. As a unique experience in the Catholic tradition, you (the volunteer) fulfill this goal by working in areas of direct service and advocacy, living a life of simplicity in community supported by prayer, and participating in a reflection process that addresses the relationship between charity and justice. It is through these components that you not only serve the poor and marginalized, but also discover the many ways the poor reveal the message of the Gospel. Through this year you become the served and together you are Companions on the Journey.
Type of Placement: Social/community services, emergency assistance, schools, child care, job training, health care, youth services and runaways, women’s services, recreation, homeless services, housing/construction services, immigration and refugees, literacy, senior services, AIDS ministry, parish ministries, and community organizing. We will work with you to identify where your skills and/or interests are in relationship to placement. Each volunteer works at a different site.
Area of Service: Neighborhoods in and around downtown Denver.
Columban Volunteers USA and International
1320 Fenwick Ln.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Amy Echeverria, Director
Affiliation: Missionary Society of St. Columban, Catholic
Goal of Program: We are guided by our 90 year history of crossing cultures and boundaries and strive to live in harmony with Creation. We invite you to be transformed by living with and serving people and communities who are most vulnerable to social, economic and environmental injustices.
Type of Placement: Placements vary depending on location, length of service, interests and skills of individuals, and needs of communities in which we serve. Opportunities include, but are not limited to: Communications and Public Relations; Environmental Ministry; Fundraising, Grant Writing & Development; Hispanic Ministry; Migrant Worker Ministry; Parish Ministry, Peace and Justice Advocacy; Social Work; and Teaching-Adult Education, ESL, General & Special Education.
Area of Service: Columban Volunteers USA: Washington, DC; El Paso, TX; Omaha, NE; Los Angeles, CA. Columban Volunteers International: U.S.-Mexico Border; Peru; Taiwan; China.
Cristo Rey Jesuit Alumni Volunteers
1852 West 22nd Place
Chicago, IL 60608
Katherine Broussard, Program Coordinator
Affiliation: Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Goal of Program: We, the Jesuit Alumni Volunteers of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, strive to become men and women for others through our service to the family of Cristo Rey, our dedication to simplicity and community life, and our commitment to spiritual development.
Type of Placement: Jesuit Alumni Volunteers are at the service of Cristo Rey, an innovative new Jesuit High School which serves the low-income, predominantly Latino immigrant population of the Pilsen/Little Village community on Chicago’s southwest side. Volunteers serve the school in a number of ways, including teaching positions, supervision, coaching sports, coordinating student activities, and implementing service projects. Cristo Rey and Christ the King are very much alive and rich with opportunities for growth and program development.
Area of Service: Chicago, IL serving the Pilsen & Austin neighborhoods on Chicago’s Southwest and West Side.
DeSales Service Works (heart 2 heart)
642 Market Street
Camden, NJ 8102
Michael McCue, OSFS, Director
Affiliation: Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, Roman Catholic
Goal of Program: De Sales Service Works offers opportunity for service with people in need in the heart of Camden, New Jersey. Service, justice, community and the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales are the four pillars of this project. Through our presence, and work with our neighbors, we highlight Salesian optimism, gentleness, and awareness of God in Camden — one of the poorest cities in the US, in the richest state.
Type of Placement: DSW offers a wide variety of service placements including, elementary education, youth ministry, university campus ministry, social services, pastoral care — parish and hospital based, homeless and elderly outreach and advocacy. Volunteers also have the opportunity to host high school, college and parish service retreats. We match volunteer interest and talent to serve placements.
Area of Service: Camden, NJ — downtown and Holy Name neighborhoods, minutes from downtown Philadelphia.
Dominican Volunteers USA
1914 S. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608
Stefanie Flax, Assistant Director
Affiliation: U.S. Dominican Women and Men Religious
Goal of Program: We invite volunteers to share a simple lifestyle in Dominican communities. We provide a supportive, faith-based, intergenerational environment within the Dominican way of life. Volunteers have opportunities to respond to the needs of our sisters and brothers, especially those who are poor and marginalized, in locations across the United States.
Type of Placement: Long-term: Healthcare, nursing, social work, education (all levels), child care, refugee/immigration services, Hispanic ministry, inner-city arts academy, social service agencies, parish/youth/campus ministry, literacy education, elderly outreach, peace and justice advocacy, women and children programs, environmental services, farming, community organizing, homeless shelters.
ELAN: Little Sisters of the Poor
80 West Northwest Highway
Palatine, IL 60067
2325 North Lakewood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614-3193
Affiliation: Little Sisters of the Poor, Roman Catholic
Goal of Program: Blessed Jeanne Jugan was a woman who lived with elan – with the enthusiasm and joyful determination that enable the friends of God to do great things for his glory. In 1839 her humble gesture of charity to an aged and infirm woman gave birth to the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Today her daughters administer homes for the aged in over 30 countries around the world. Elan volunteers assist the Little Sisters in their mission of hospitality by welcoming the elderly poor, making them happy and caring for them until death. In their varied roles they contribute to the family spirit and the daily life of the home, following the example of Jeanne Jugan.
Type of Placement: Elan volunteers assist in the care of the elderly and in the functioning of the homes, according to their interests and abilities. Possible responsibilities include: nurse or nursing assistant, activities assistant, pastoral activities, kitchen work, clerical work, transportation, etc. All positions include some form of direct contact with the elderly on a daily basis.
Farm of the Child
1616 Nottingham Knoll Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32225
Andrea McMerty-Brummer, Executive Director
Affiliations: Catholic Lay Apostolate
Goal of Program: In some small way to bring the Kingdom of God to the poor people of Trujillo, Honduras, Central America. Our volunteers are committed to living in a community that prays together and strives to witness the Catholic gospel each day in their lives. Farm of the Child is an orphanage, Catholic primary school, medical clinic and community outreach program located on the Caribbean coast of the Mosquitia rain forest. The mission of Farm of the Child is to care for and improve the physical, educational, spiritual and social needs of orphaned, abandoned and neglected children of Honduras.
Type of Placement: Teachers, medical professionals, social workers, pastoral ministers, construction/maintenance workers, house parents, and business/finance skills
Franciscan Outreach Association
1645 W. LeMoyne St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Kendall Marsden, Volunteer Coordinator
Affiliation: nonprofit private organization established since 1963, founded and partially staffed by Franciscans.
Goal of Program: To provide a safe and established opportunity for volunteers who wish to help the city’s poorest and most neglected people with basic human needs of food and shelter with respect and compassion. This setting provides the opportunities for volunteers to develop relationships with our guests and persons with unique challenges and strengths and the complexity of being poor and homeless. This environment encourages volunteers to examine their own values, develop their personal strengths in a concrete lived reality.
Type of Placement: Two locations: Marquard Center is a dining room that provides an average of 190 dinners every night of the year, as well as case management, laundry service and showers. House of Mary & Joseph is an overnight shelter offering lodging, dinner, breakfast, showers and case management services to 212 men and 35 women, 365 days a year.
Area of Service: Inner city, Chicago, IL.
Length of Service: One year, renewable. We are willing to consider a limited number of summer and shorter term volunteer commitments. Please call for availability.
Franciscan Volunteer Ministry
P.O. Box 29276
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Katie B. Sullivan, Program Director
Affiliation: Order of Friars Minor, Holy Name Province
Goal of Program: The Franciscan Volunteer Ministry provides a setting for volunteers to grow in faith, love, and hope by serving the poor and working for social justice. We aim to foster Gospel-based communities as a witness to our faith through prayer and a simple lifestyle. We encourage our volunteers as lay people to come to full stature in the Catholic Church by working with Franciscan Friars and Sisters in ministry. We provide a setting where gifts and talents are exchanged with the people of God in a loving and joyful Franciscan spirit, always being aware of how much we can learn from and are blessed by he poor.
Type of Placement: Adults’ and Children’s Activities Coordinator, Community Organizer, Elementary School Teacher / Teacher’s Aide, ESL Instructor, Medical Clinic Assistant, Mentor and Tutor, Music Minister, Outreach to Shut-ins and Hospital Patients, Parish Assistant, Prison Minister, Soup Kitchen Staff, Thrift Store Manager, Women’s Day Center Staff, and Youth and Elderly Outreach.
Area of Service: Inner-city ministry in Anderson, SC, Philadelphia, PA, and ilmington, DE.
Length of Service: One year (late August through July 31)
Girls and Boys Town
contact: Cat McGrath Farmer, email@example.com
Glenmary Group Volunteer Program
P.O. Box 7
Vanceburg, KY 41179
Mr. Joseph Grosek, Volunteer Director
Affiliation: Glenmary Home Missioners
Goal of Program A year-round opportunity for college, parish, and high school groups to experience mission first hand by reaching out to the people of Lewis County, Kentucky. We discuss the values of the Appalachian culture and the socio-economic conditions and problems of the area. It is a cross-cultural experience encompassing service, education, reflection, and sharing. Activities include manual labor, home repair and renovation, working at a health care center and with the developmentally disabled at an adult day care center. Throughout the year three individuals are recruited to serve full-time as leaders/directors of the short-term volunteer groups.
Type of Placement Long-term: Three individuals to serve as leaders of the short-term groups. Short-term: Five to 10 days in Appalachian setting for cross-cultural mission immersion experience.
Area of Service Lewis County, Kentucky in Appalachian region.
Good Shepherd Volunteers
25-30 21st Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105
Laura Halley, Marketing & Recruitment Coordinator
Affiliation: Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Goal of Program: The Good Shepherd Volunteers is both a domestic and international program that provides opportunities for men and women looking for a faith experience to utilize their strengths in challenging environments with those marginalized by poverty and violence. The volunteers participate directly in agencies sponsored by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, sharing in both the work of reconciliation and forming compassionate relationships. The Good Shepherd Volunteers seek individuals who approach service with a focus on the four tenets of the program which are simplicity, social justice, community, and spirituality. The Good Shepherd Volunteers is inspired by the philosophy of St. Mary Euphrasia, the foundress of the congregation. With nongovernmental status at the UN and hundreds of other active ministries with the oppressed throughout the world, the Good Shepherd Sisters and the Good Shepherd Volunteers try to answer the needs in the arenas of human rights, health care, social service, education, economic empowerment, and community development.
Type of Placement: Youth Counseling, Domestic Violence, Education, Fair Trade adn Economic Justice, After-School programs, Foster Care, and Community Development.
Areas of Service: Domestic Program: New York, NY, Wichatunk, NJ, Los Angeles, CA. International Program: We are currently expanding to new sites in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Holy Cross Associates
P.O. Box 668
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Mr. John Pinter, Director
Affiliation: Roman Catholic – Congregation of Holy Cross
Goal of Program: Holy Cross Associates is a post-graduate service program for young adults which offers participants an opportunity to integrate their faith through service, community living, prayer and simple lifestyle. Participants live out these pillars through their direct service placements, with their house mates, within the larger community of volunteers, and with the support of the local Holy Cross religious.
Type of Placement: HCA placements cover a wide variety of interests. Typical placements include work in the following areas: homeless services, health clinics, domestic violence shelters, parish ministries, at-risk youth, peace and justice advocacy, Hispanic services, elderly outreach, community organizing, refugee resettlement, housing assistance, volunteer coordinating, ex-offender rehabilitation, classroom aides, and child advocates.
Holy Family Services – Birth Center
Rt. 4 Box 257
Weslaco, TX 78596
Sr. Angela Murdaugh, Director
Affiliation: Independent Catholic nonprofit corporation.
Goal of Program: The mission of the service is to provide maternal and infant care within the context of the family. Services shall be rendered in a God-centered atmosphere of compassion. Every individual, as God’s creation, has the right to safe, satisfying health care with respect for human dignity and cultural variations. The individual has the right to self-determination, to adequate knowledge, and to achieve participation in all aspects of their care. Our goals are to make efforts to improve maternal and infant outcomes; offer families a safe site for birth; offer families living in poverty an opportunity to maintain their dignity by volunteering their gifts and talents to assist the Sisters in maintaining the birth center; educate families to more self-help in their own health care; give committed persons a mode of expression for works of mercy; provide a clinical site for the education of health personnel; do all we can to work with other health care providers for the general welfare of the people of the Rio Grande Valley.
Type of Placement: Certified Nurse-Midwives, Registered Nurses, Housekeeping Services, Clerical Services, Driver, Repair and Maintenance.
Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC)
The ILAC Center in the Dominican Republic is an international, Christian, Ignatian-inspired, collaborative health care and educational organization that exists to promote the integral well-being and spiritual growth of all its participants. It all began at Creighton University with the vision of two Jesuit priests. All of Creighton’s ILAC programs emphasize the importance of global vision and understanding in the process of education and successful, well-rounded individuals. To this end, Creighton’s ILAC programs offer dental, medical, nursing, pharmacy, law, physical therapy and occupational therapy, undergraduate and high school students, and also to faculty-led groups, medical/surgical teams and other colleges/universities’ students, the opportunity to learn, to serve and to be served in the Dominican Republic.
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
7333 West Seven Mile Road
Detroit, MI 48221
Mr. Timothy McCabe, Executive Director
801 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Kathleen Haser, Executive Director
P.O. Box 3928
Portland, OR 97208-3928
Mr. John Matcovich, Executive Director
P.O. Box 3126
Houston, TX 77253-3126
Ms. Pam Krinock, Executive Director
P.O. Box 40039
San Francisco, CA 94140
Ms. Yvonne Prowse, Executive Director
P.O. Box 3756
Washington, DC 20027-0256
Mr. Dennis Heaphy, Executive Director
Affiliation: Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
Goal of Program: The Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers men and women an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace. Jesuit Volunteers work throughout the U.S. by serving the poor directly and by working for structural change. JVs also accompany people of great need in several other countries, assisting in human development primarily through education. Volunteers live a simple lifestyle in community with other volunteers and seek to develop spiritually.
Type of Placement: The JVC offers a very wide range including teaching, youth ministry and mentoring, homeless advocacy, domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, prison ministry, legal aid, farm worker outreach, refugee resettlement, elderly outreach, addiction recovery services, nursing and hospice ministry, AIDS services and community organizing. International: teachers (math, science, English, etc.), youth ministers, parish outreach personnel, community organizers, counselors, social workers.
Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
Goal of Program: The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is operated by local authorities in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). The JET Programme was started with the purpose of increasing mutual understanding between the people of Japan and the people of other nations. It aims to promote internationalisation in Japan’s local communities by helping to improve foreign language education and developing international exchange at the community level.
KNOM Radio Mission
P.O. Box 998
Nome, AK 99762-0988
Ric Schmidt, General Manager
Laura Collins – Outreach Director
Affiliation: Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks; multi-denominational
Goal of Program: To educate, to inspire, to uplift, and to inform listeners in Western Alaska through broadcast radio. KNOM seeks to be a place where conversations can begin, where communities can be strengthened, and where the human spirit can be celebrated. From its earliest days, KNOM has been fueled by the efforts and energy of its volunteers. Today, they remain on the front lines of the station’s daily operations. All volunteers gain invaluable experience in live, on-air radio: whether through announcing music, reporting on breaking news, hosting current-affairs talk shows, or covering the Iditarod Sled-Dog Race.
Type of Placement: Volunteers work along side full-time staff as DJ’s, radio producers, and reporters to provide Western Alaska valuable news, weather, inspiration and entertainment. Commitment is one full year with the opportunity for renewal. Successful applicants are college graduates with a demonstrated ability to communicate well through writing, and clear, unaccented speech. Volunteers are hard working, self-motivated individuals who can think on their feet and whose actions demonstrate care and concern for others. Benefits include a $5,000 fellowship to cover past or future education expenses, health insurance, monthly personal stipend, and room & board.
Area: Nome, Alaska; broadcasting to more rural villages throughout Western Alaska
Lasallian Volunteers of The De La Salle Christian Brothers
4351 Garden City Dr
Landover, MD 20785
David Kasievich, Director
Affiliation: The De La Salle Christian Brothers
Goal of Program: The Lasallian Volunteer movement offers a unique opportunity for an individual to respond to Christ’s call to the service of others, especially the poor. The response is a one to three year experience in the field of Christian education or related human development service. During this period of service, Lasallian Volunteers affiliate themselves with the ministry of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, sharing fully in the apostolic and community life of the Brothers and their Lasallian Partners.
Type of Placement: Teacher, tutor, literacy instructor, youth minister, retreat leader, coach, religious educator, community development worker and child care provider.
Area of Service: Providence, RI; Freeport, Springfield Gardens, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Harlem, NY; Camden, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL, Kansas City, St. Louis, MO; Minneapolis, MN; Browning, MT; Portland, OR; Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, CA Possible Placements for 07-08 Service Year: Racine, WI; Memphis, TN; Tijuana, Mexico
Length of Service: One year, renewable.
Lutheran Service Corps
6220 N. 30th Street
Omaha, NE 68111
Lori Spanbauer, Director
Affiliation: ELCA, Lutheran
Goal of Program: To provide a Christian setting for volunteers seeking to grow in faith and in service to the community.
Type of Placement: Volunteers may choose from different agencies providing services that include hospice care, HIV/AIDS services, child advocacy, literacy, Hispanic/Native American, health care, elderly outreach, housing and homeless, children and youth services, domestic violence, mental health services, and volunteer coordination.
Lutheran Volunteer Corps
1226 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
Ms. Kelly Shinn, Recruitment Coordinator
Goal of Program: LVC’s goals are to provide much-needed staff at low cost to urban social justice agencies, and to provide an opportunity for service and growth to volunteers. Volunteers commit to exploring their spirituality while working for social justice, living in intentional community and simplifying their lifestyles.
Type of Placement: Health care, education, legal assistance, youth and children’s programs, domestic violence, environmental, public policy and advocacy, hunger programs, immigration/refugee services, housing, homeless shelters, general social services and community organizing.
Area of Service: Washington, DC; Wilmington, DE; Baltimore, MD; Milwaukee, WI; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Seattle, WA; Tacoma, WA; Oakland/Berkeley, CA.
Length of Service: One year, with an option to renew; 40 hours per week.
Marianist Volunteer Program
4425 West Pine Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108-2301
Mr. Daniel Richter, Coordinator
Affiliation: Society of Mary (Marianists)
Goal of Program: The Marianist Volunteer Program (MVP) provides opportunities for men and women of faith to share in the Marianist Charism by building a community in mission for peace, justice, and solidarity with the poor and marginalized. The MVP does this by: providing opportunities for faith, spiritual, and personal development; empowering a diversity of volunteers to be partners for peace and justice; experiencing the Marianist vision of lay leadership and community; living out an option for the poor and marginalized through a simple lifestyle and cross cultural service.
Type of Placement: Long-Term: Education, social services, youth and parish ministry, health care, peace and justice advocacy/community organizing, services for the homeless, services for women and children, and other services.
Area of Service: Long-Term: New Orleans, LA; East St. Louis, IL/St. Louis, MO; Rockaway Park, NY; Cincinnati, OH; San Antonio, TX; and La Chinantla, Mexico
Maryknoll Mission Association of the Faithful
Maryknoll, NY 10545-0307
Kathy Wright, Co-Coordinator of Admissions
Margo Cambier, Co-Coordinator of Admissions
Goal of Program: We are a Catholic community of lay, religious and ordained people, including families and children. We participate in the Mission of Jesus, serving in cross-cultural ministries in order to create a more just world in solidarity with the poor.
Type of Placement: Some of our ministries include, but are not limited to: lay and community formation, education, health/AIDS, peace and justice advocacy, pastoral work and technical/vocational instruction.
Area of Service: African, Asian and Latin American countries such as: Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, El Salvador, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
Length of Service: Three and a half years, renewable. Some short term exposure opportunities offered. Call 888-828-6623 for details.
Mentoring Academic Gifts In Service (MAGIS)
Education Department/ Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
Chris Vos, MAGIS Director
Affiliation: Creighton University
Goal of Program: (Mentoring Academic Gifts in Service) is a two-year program centered on community living, academic coursework, and Ignatian spirituality that prepares and supports highly motivated faith filled teachers to serve in under-resourced Catholic Schools. MAGIS recruits talented individuals from under-graduate programs who havea desire to teach in grades 7-12. MAGIS teachers view their volunteer experience not as a job, but as a vocation and ministry.
Type of Placement: Under-served Catholic secondary schools in Omaha Archdiocese, Lincoln Diocese, rural areas, and eventually on Indian reservations. Students are placed in under-served Catholic schools in the Omaha metro area and rural schools in Nebraska and on Indian Reservations.
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls- MercyWorks
1140 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607 USA
Director(s): Katie Keller firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Person(s): Katie Keller
Program Affiliation: Agency of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Goal of Program: Since 1887, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls has provided residential care for young men and women whose lives have been shattered by personal and family problems. Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, a Catholic institution, transforms young lives of suffering into lives of hope and promise by providing a nurturing home, the means for growth, healing for families and God’s mercy in action. Mercy Home offers youth who seek a new beginning, safety, respect, opportunities for growth and the necessary motivation to pursue a healthy and successful future. MERCYWORKS, Mercy Home’s faith-based volunteer program, seeks a diverse group of highly motivated individuals who are mission driven and wish to make a difference in the lives of our children. Volunteers possess a desire and capacity to work with the children of Mercy Home for one year. Volunteers are provided the opportunity to grow in their faith and spirituality through prayer and reflection while committed to a process of building community and living in simplicity.
Size of program: 14-16 volunteers.
Geographic Area Description: Chicago, IL.
Term Of Service Description: 12 months, renewable.
Mercy Volunteer Corps
1325 Sumneytown Pike
P.O. Box 901
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437
Marian Uba – Executive Director
Affiliation: Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Goal of Program: Mercy Volunteer Corps, committed to a more merciful and just world, invites women and men to a year or two of full-time service with people who are economically poor or marginalized. Volunteers commit to compassionate service, a simple lifestyle in community, and spiritual growth.
Type of Placement: Placements include but are not limited to working with: people living with HIV/AIDS, people living with physical and mental challenges, children and adolescents, teenage mothers, elderly persons, people who are homeless, people in both urban and rural settings, from large cities to Native American reservations. Other opportunities become available as needs in the community emerge.
Missionary Cenacle Volunteers
P.O. Box 35105
Cleveland, OH 44135-0105
Mr. Shawn Witmer, Director
Affiliation: The Missionary Cenacle Family
Goal of Program: To help Catholics and others become apostles by growing spiritually while in service to the poor of all America.
Type of Placement: Long-term: Catechists; teachers and aides; pastoral ministry; office workers; retreat ministry; youth and young adult outreach; maintenance; material assistance; migrant ministry; soup kitchen; group home staff; Hispanic ministry; Native American ministry; social service; homeless shelter; community development; thrift stores. Short-term: Camp and recreation; family ministry; youth ministry; summer Bible school; parish summer programs; “alternative breaks.”
Area of Service: Long-term: Across USA, as well as occasional openings in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico (for those fluent in Spanish). Short-term: Urban and rural settings at several sites in USA and occasional sites in Mexico and Central America.
Length of Service: Long-term: Nine months to one year, renewable. Short-term: Two weeks to two months, depending on site.
New Orleans Volunteer Service Community
4600 Elysian Fields Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70122-3938
Bro. Henry Gaither, S.C.
Affiliation: Brothers of the Sacred Heart
Goal of Program: To enable young men to follow a call to volunteer service by welcoming them into a community of Brothers of the Sacred Heart, by providing a formative atmosphere and offering mutual support in service projects. Volunteers work together mainly in the field of education. It is our belief that today’s young people can be challenged and can develop within themselves ideals, social concerns, and high values through the enthusiasm and leadership of generous and motivated volunteers.
Type of Placement: Outreach to needy young people through the following roles: tutor, youth minister, teacher, coach, camp counselor, service program guide, and retreat staff member. Volunteers divide their time between a suburban high school and a school or other institution which serves needy and minority children. This twinning arrangement permits volunteers to serve needy youth and to develop greater social responsiveness in high school students.
Begun during the Kennedy Administration, Peace Corps is the volunteer program that started it all . . . .
318 Seaboard Lane
Franklin, TN 37067
The Outreach Foundation of the Presbyterian Church, Inc. is a Validated Missions Support Group of the Presbyterian Church (USA). We have always worked to ensure that evangelistic mission at home and abroad remains a top priority for the Presbyterian Church (USA). Since 1979, The Outreach Foundation has been a significant catalyst in the revival of a mission emphasis in many congregations, helping them to connect to God’s mission in the world in dynamic and personal ways.
Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers
549 River Avenue
Providence, RI 02918 USA
Fax : 401-865-1657
E-Mail : email@example.com
Website : http://www.providence.edu
Affiliation: PACT is a Providence College – University of Notre Dame Partnership and the participating Roman Catholic Dioceses of Boston, Fall River, Providence, and Worcester
Goal of Program: The goals of the PACT program: To develop a corps of highly motivated and committed young Catholic educators to teach and to serve in grades K-12 in understaffed Catholic inner-city elementary and secondary schools throughout New England.
Type of Placement: A two-year commitment to serve and to teach as full-time faculty members at understaffed Catholic inner-city diocesan schools.
Area of Service: Teaching in primarily Catholic inner-city schools initially in the Dioceses of Boston, Fall River, Providence, and Worcester. The program is exploring the opportunities to expand further across New England.
Length of Service: PACT is modeled after Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and like ACE, it is a two-year program encompassing two summers and two academic years.
Providence Volunteer Ministry
One Sisters of Providence
St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876
Phone: 800-860-1840, xt.259
Website: Sisters of Providence
Sr. Mary Montgomery, SP, Director
Affiliation: Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., Roman Catholic
Goal of Program: To offer Christian women and men of diverse backgrounds a partnership opportunity with the Sisters of Providence. Through this partnership of service, the volunteers give witness to the spirit of Providence through works of love, mercy and justice in a world that is in need of hope, healing and transformation. In the spirit of our foundress, Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin, we reflect that “we are not called upon to do all the good possible, but only that which we can do.”
Type of Placement: Education (elementary, secondary, adult literacy), social service, health care, youth and parish ministry, camp counseling, day care (children, adults, including developmentally challenged persons), Hispanic ministry, environmental education and organic agriculture in a variety of cultural settings.
Area of Service: Long-term: Chicago, Indiana (various cities), Louisville, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles area and Taiwan. Short-term: Indiana, Chicago, Louisville
Length of Service: Long-term: Six months to two years. Short-term: Eight weeks minimum; Alternative Service Breaks: Call to inquire “WoodsWorks,” February 28 – March 5 and March 6-12, 2004
Red Cloud Volunteers
100 Mission Drive
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
Christina Dippold, Volunteer Coordinator
Affiliation: Society of Jesus, Roman Catholic
Goal of Program: Red Cloud Indian School is dedicated to the education of the Lakota (Sioux) children on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Traditional Lakota values are fostered in a positive academic atmosphere. Volunteers integrate their faith through service to others, the challenges of living in a cross-cultural environment and sharing a simple lifestyle in community. Four basic elements comprise the spirit of a Red Cloud Volunteer (RCV): keeping faith, doing justice, building community and living simply.
Type of Placement: Native American ministry worker, teacher (elementary, secondary, Montessori), tutor, bus driver, communications and public relations, coaching.
Redeemer Ministry Corps
521 Moredon Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006-7705
Affiliation: Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, Roman Catholic
Goal of Program: Redeemer Ministry Corps (RMC) volunteers are lay women and men committed to journeying beside those who suffer whether materially, spiritually or physically. RMC volunteers venture into homes and neighborhoods providing care, comfort and a healing presence to those in need. In the spirit of Mother Alphonse Maria Eppinger, RMC volunteers render assistance to those most helpless and care for those for whom no one cared. Volunteers live together in community with the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer sharing meals, time for reflection and fun. Come journey with us and discover why “RMC is a life experience and an experience for Life!”
Type of Placement: RMC volunteers serve in child care, elder care, health care, homeless/transitional housing for men, women and children, hospice, maternal/infant care, nursing/nursing aide, pastoral care, physical/occupational/speech therapy, social work/case management, teaching/teaching assistants, tutoring. Alternative spring break: Opportunities available in inner city Philadelphia with men, women, children, homeless/transitional housing and the elderly.
Contact: Paul Noreau, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Joseph Workers
1884 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
Joan Pauly Schneider, Director
Andrea Pearson, Associate Director
Affiliation: Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet – Saint Paul Province, Roman Catholic
Goal of Program: “Saint Joseph Workers: Women Committed to Social Change.” The SJW program: 1. Works for justice within diverse communities doing direct service that meets the needs of the poor and marginalized and actively work toward systemic change. 2. Provides mentoring for young women to be leaders/change agents working for social and spiritual transformation in the world. 3. Assists the Workers to deepen their own spirituality through retreats, prayer, and other experiences with the support of the Sisters of St. Joseph and others. 4. Develops intentional community focusing on living simply and building just relationships with others and the earth.
Type of Placement: Variety of placements including: Working with immigrant communities to learn english and other skills; Doing community organizing within diverse neighborhoods to address pressing issues such as housing; Assisting in providing free health care to people in poverty; Reaching out to homeless people and families developing a community of dignity; Providing assistance to the elderly; Doing justice education and action with High School and College students; Working directly with kids and advocating for quality childcare for low income families; Doing legislative advocacy and education addressing various justice issues such as domestic violence and dismantling racism.
Teach for America
Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity.
Our mission is to enlist our nation’s most promising future leaders in the movement to eliminate educational inequality. Learn more about our mission and theory of change.
In the short run, our corps members work relentlessly to ensure that more students growing up today in our country’s lowest-income communities are given the educational opportunities they deserve. In the long run, our alumni are a powerful force of leaders working from inside education and from every other sector to effect the fundamental changes needed to ensure that all children have an equal chance in life.
Vincentian Service Corps
Central (Mid-west USA)
4330 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314-533-4770 x103
Sr. Teresa Daly, D.C., Director
West (West Coast USA)
Seton Medical Center
1900 Sullivan Avenue LL
Daly City, CA 94015-2229
Sr. Judith Schomisch, DC, Executive Director
39 Marlsford Street
Liverpool, L6 6AX
Sr. Maria Robb DC, Director
Affiliation: Daughters of Charity
Goal of Program: The mission of the Vincentian Service Corps is to provide opportunities for women and men who want to serve the poor, live in community with other VSC members, and experience a simple lifestyle. While working directly with the poor, VSC members are called to deepen their faith, grow in charity, work for justice, celebrate life and develop close bonds. Service is geared to helping people help themselves. Make a lifetime of difference in one year!
Type of Placement: Adult literacy, HIV/AIDS ministry and outreach, case work for shelters and/or mentally ill, child care, coordinating volunteers, crisis counseling, fund-raising, health care (RN, LPN, CNA, therapists), immigration/refugee counseling, maintenance, nursing home, outreach to the homebound elderly, work with physically and developmentally disabled, skilled labor, social work, teaching and teaching aides (elementary and high school), parish social ministry, work with emotionally disturbed youth, work with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Fluency with Spanish is required for some positions.