Month: February 2019

“Cura Personalis” – Care of the Whole Person

By Hannah Wesselman, PULSE – Pittsburgh Urban Leadership and Service Experience “Cura personalis.” I first heard these words my sophomore year at St. Martin’s University, during a discussion about campus life. Little did I know, this short Latin phrase meaning, “care of the whole person,” would shape my entire life path. Like many other biology majors,… Read more »

I am Called to Be Light

By Precious Ndukwe, Mercy Volunteer Corps (Detroit, Michigan) During my senior year of college, I knew that I wanted to serve after graduation. After prayer, I felt as though God was leading me to go somewhere I had never been before. Somewhere out of my comfort zone. As a child of God, I am called… Read more »

I Encourage You to V.O.L.U.N.T.E.E.R.

By Katinka Kalusche, Brethren Volunteer Service Dear Future Volunteer: Congratulations on deciding to dedicate a part of your life to volunteering, to bringing both your knowledge and skills to a new place, and above all to expressing your love for people by serving others. Volunteering is so much more than just working without pay; it is… Read more »

What I Wish I Knew About Community

By Erin DaCosta, Colorado Vincentian Volunteers The Merriam Webster dictionary defines community as “a unified body of individuals, such as people with common interests living in a particular area.” Yes! This is, in the simplest of terms, community. However, what Merriam Webster doesn’t acknowledge in this basic definition is the breadth and depth of an… Read more »

Open Wide Our Hearts: How can we respond to the call to repentance and action?

  In November 2018, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted on and released “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love” a new pastoral letter against racism. This is the first letter released since 1979’s “Brothers and Sisters Unto Us” and speaks more directly to historical acts of racism and oppression enacted against… Read more »

What If?

A Letter from the Executive Director I often think about the “What If?” session at last year’s National Conference that was meant to highlight how member programs were courageously experimenting with new approaches and models. The goal was to catalyze head and heart, help attendees think out loud, and empower them to consider ideas and… Read more »