Year: 2013

10 Tips for Completing Your Volunteer Application

By Michael Garcia, CVN Recruitment Associate If you are considering starting a year of service in the fall and  haven’t started the process of completing your volunteer application yet – now is a great time to get started. The task may seem daunting, but don’t worry, we are here to help. Here are 11 tips… Read more »

The Lifelong Impact of Service

To celebrate the sixth day of Catholic Volunteer Network’s Twelve Days of Christmas, six members of our staff are sharing the ways that service has changed their lives.  “Service changed my entire understanding of love. Through service I learned that love is not an emotion, but an action that God calls us to choose every… Read more »

Alumni Speak: Moving into Action in the Philippines

By Crystal Catalan, Cabrini Mission Corps alum Today, in celebration of International Volunteer Day, we share this story of one of our recent international volunteers.  Keep us from just singing, move us into action, we must go. In the summer of 2005, I journeyed with a group of hopeful, motivated, passionate college students to Manila,… Read more »

How It All Got Started

Fr. George Mader, with his parents and siblings, on the occasion of his first Mass on May 24, 1959. As Catholic Volunteer Network commemorates our 50th anniversary, the celebration would be incomplete if we did not take some time to recognize our founder, Fr. George Mader. George Leonard Mader was born on November 28, 1927… Read more »

Yes, Send Me

“For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”–1 Corinthians 9:16 In a changing world, the Gospel does not change. The Good News always remains the same. Our vocation to be its bearers and our responsibility are always current. “The core… Read more »

Spotlight on: DOOR

Opening a door to discussions on racial relationships By Alyssa Sickle, Coordinator of Membership and Development How can we help volunteers experience, engage, and embrace communities across racial and social classes? DOOR volunteers are encouraged to take these steps while they live and serve in inner-city communities. Krista Dutt, National Program Director and DOOR Chicago Director,… Read more »

Community and Relationships

By Monica Thom Konschnik, Catholic Apostolate Center After living in community during your year or more of service, you probably have learned a thing or two about relationships and community.  Whether you just finished your term of service or you have been out for twenty years, there are many lessons to draw back on from… Read more »

Getting Things Done with Cristo Rey New York High School

Christian Arana graduated from Georgetown University after studying  International Politics and International Development. He spent two years working with Cristo Rey New York High School, a CVN-AmeriCorps program whose mission is to provide an affordable alternative to urban families for a small, quality, value-laden high school. Here, Arana reflects on what it means to be… Read more »

Caring for Others: Getting Things Done with Amate House

By: Lindsay Williams, Amate House AmeriCorps Service Site: Erie Family Health Center This year I served as the Oral Health Educator for Erie Family Health Center.  Erie is a community based healthcare clinic that serves low-income residents of Chicago. Most are under-insured or not insured, and the demographics of our patients are 80% Hispanic, 10%… Read more »

Discernment Story: Making a Lifetime of Difference

By Sr. Meg Kymes, D.C.Former Vincentian Service Corps volunteerDaughters of Charity The Vincentian Service Corps motto was “A year of service makes a lifetime of difference.” I know that motto is true for me. When I came to VSC, I was hoping to find a career path and meet some new people along the way,… Read more »