Year: 2017

A Poverty of Connection: Loneliness as a Social Justice Issue

By Maria Shibatsuji, Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry   “You’ll come back next month, right?” Alice, one of the residents of the Senior Buildings I visit suddenly asked me. The question took me by surprise. I had finished taking her blood pressure and a few moments earlier we had been discussing our current crocheting projects. As a… Read more »

I’m Not Sure…

By Brian Bayer, Rostro de Cristo Volunteer  Before I knew nothing, I knew everything. I had just graduated from John Carroll University and knew exactly where my next year would lead me – with a Bachelor’s degree in hand and two week-long immersion trips to El Salvador under the belt, this social justice warrior was ready… Read more »

More Than Just a Volunteer

2017 Volunteer Story Contest Winner By Andrea Haller, Mercy Volunteer Corps Dear Future Volunteer, This soon-to-be title of yours makes you so much more than you now know. Yes, you will be volunteering as a nurse, or teacher, or social worker, or care provider. These are all important roles – but as your service progresses,… Read more »

You Have Chosen & You Have Been Chosen

Dear Volunteers… Congratulations! If you are reading this, you have made the life-changing decision to serve as a volunteer with one of CVN’s member programs. As Faith mentioned, you have joined a community of over 17,000 volunteers, united by your choice to serve. It’s true – conscious or not, you engaged in a discernment process… Read more »

Advice From a Recent Volunteer

Some of you have packed up and left the only home you’ve known in the rearview mirror. Perhaps your family has been your cheer squad on the journey to get here, or maybe they are worried for you and have been questioning why you’ve chosen partake in a year out of your comfort zone. Many… Read more »

I Chose Service: Antoinette Moncrieff, Salesian Lay Missioners

My name is Antoinette Moncrieff, and I am from Ypsilanti, Michigan. I am 27 years old and I served September 2013 – August 2014 as a Salesian Lay Missioner at Hogar Sagrado Corazon, a girls’ orphanage in Montero, Bolivia. I suppose I am a bit of a rogue since I chose a year of service in… Read more »

I Chose Service – Amanda Scanameo, Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry

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: Amanda Scanameo Volunteer Program: Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry Location: Baltimore, MD Hometown: Muncie, IN College: Marian University, ’16 – Biology major How did you first learn about post-graduate service? My school organized… Read more »

I Chose Service – Maria Cruse, Lutheran Volunteer Corps

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: Maria Cruse Volunteer Program: Lutheran Volunteer Corps Location: Milwaukee, WI  Hometown: Edgewood, WA College: Pacific Lutheran University, 2016, Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies with a Music Minor… Read more »

I Chose Service – Mike Bucaria, Augustinian Volunteers

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: Mike Bucaria Volunteer Program: Augustinian Volunteers Location: Ventura, CA Hometown: Rockville Centre, NY College: Villanova University, 2014, English Major How did you first learn about post-graduate service? I… Read more »

I Chose Service – Claire Noonan, Apostolic Volunteers

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: Claire NoonanVolunteer Program: Apostolic Volunteers (now known as Dominican Volunteers USA)Location: Atlanta GA (1992)Hometown: Orland Park, ILCollege: Catholic University of America, ’92, English and Religious Studies… Read more »