Year: 2017

A Journey to Three Oceans

My service experience with the Augustinian Volunteers was really a journey to three different oceans. First, the Atlantic. Then the Pacific. Then the Atlantic again – but a different Atlantic than the one I’d left behind. The journey began in August, after a week of orientation in sweltering Philadelphia with about two dozen volunteers. After… Read more »

Into the Depths

My name is Ronnie Townsend, I am 22 years old and a recent graduate of Information Technology (B.S.) from Mount Aloysius College. I volunteer on the Navajo Indian Reservation through Mercy Volunteer Corps, teaching autistic children and children with learning disabilities, in addition to being an IT specialist at Saint Michaels Association for Special Education…. Read more »

A Day in the Life: Melissa Feito – Loretto Volunteers

Melissa is one of five CVN Serving with Sisters Ambassadors – volunteers sharing the joy, energy, and fulfillment of serving alongside Catholic Sisters in CVN member programs, through creative reflection, conversation, and experience. Enjoy this post, and stay tuned to hear more from Melissa and her fellow Ambassadors over the course of their service year! The famous… Read more »

Introducing our Serving with Sisters Ambassadors!

Many CVN programs offer volunteers the chance to live and work alongside men and women religious. This experience, whether one week or one year in length, is a unique opportunity to experience the rich charism of religious communities, grow in faith through prayer, lend a hand to their ministries in service to the poor, and… Read more »

To Give Fully of Oneself

By Ali Kenny, Amigos de Jesus This particular experience took place five nights before my return from Amigos de Jesus to the United States, during my last night of turno (the term we used for the shift when the caretaking staff had to spend a night sleeping with the kids in their dorm). “Ok ladies,”… Read more »

Who knew cornflakes could make you cry?

By Kimmie Fink, NPH USA International Volunteer Program Who knew cornflakes could make you cry? Upon my return from my year as a volunteer teacher at El Rancho Santa Fe (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos’ home for orphaned and abandoned children in Honduras), I remember visiting my hometown grocery store and feeling completely overwhelmed. The sheer number… Read more »

Mission is Forever.

By Clare Pressimone, Salesian Lay Missioners Mission has a way of getting under your skin. And it doesn’t go away when you return home. It sticks with you forever after. I discovered that after I returned home from being in Cambodia for twenty months as a Salesian Lay Missioner. While I was in Cambodia I got… Read more »

A Letter from San Antonio & Belarus

By Gabrielle Prieto, Volunteers in Development, Education and Services (VIDES) Dear Future Volunteer, I hear you. The commitment is hard and there are a million reasons why you shouldn’t volunteer. The truth is if you want an excuse to avoid volunteer work, you will undoubtedly come up with one: I have no time; It’s too… Read more »

I Chose Service: Jenette Vogt, Christian Appalachian Project

After graduating from college, you have lots of options. This series highlights people who chose service, and how the volunteer experience has made an impact on their lives. Name: Jenette Vogt  Volunteer Program: Christian Appalachian Project Location: Jackson County, Kentucky  Hometown: Sigel, IL College: Eastern Illinois University ’15, Adult and Community Education major How did you first learn about post-graduate… Read more »

I Chose Service: Theresa Kennedy, Franciscan Volunteers: No Risk, No Gain

After graduating from college, you have lots of options. This series highlights people who chose service, and how the volunteer experience has made an impact on their lives. Name: Theresa Kennedy Volunteer Program: Franciscan Volunteers: No Risk, No Gain Location: Aston, PA Hometown: Albany, NY College: Princeton University ’14, Political Science major How did you first learn about post-graduate service? I… Read more »