Volunteer Alumni - Living a Lifetime of Service!
If you have served with one of our faith-based member programs domestically or internationally, you are an alumnus/alumnae of Catholic Volunteer Network! Learn more about the opportunities Catholic Volunteer Network provides for you to stay connected to your service experience and make the most of everything you have learned.
Now that you've had a great volunteer experience - whether for a week, a month, a year, or more, domestically or internationally - how can you stay connected to your service experience and get ready for the next phase of life? The pages in our For Alumni section offer information about alumni events, graduate schools offering scholarships to former volunteers, and opportunities to speak about your volunteer experience.
Catholic Volunteer Network is pleased to work in partnership with the Catholic Apostolate Center to carry on the support for former volunteers that was previously provided by the St. Vincent Pallotti Center, which closed in June 2012.
We can help you keep the spirit of service alive in your life by staying connected with Catholic Volunteer Network's family of volunteer alumni! Click the link below to subscribe to our:
- Weekly Job Bank email
- Staying Connected quarterly e-newsletter
- Local alumni listservs including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, and Washington, DC.
I CHOSE SERVICE Campaign
We know that it's not an easy decision to commit to a full-time service opportunity. Many of you gave up job offers, delayed graduate school, declined opportunities to travel abroad or move in with college friends - all to take a leap of faith and become a volunteer. To many, that choice may not seem logical or strategic - and that's why we've launched the "I Chose Service" campaign, which highlights the many options people faced before deciding to volunteer, and the reasons why service was a good choice. These stories provide insights and encouragement for college students who are deciding whether or not service is right for them.
You can get involved by submitting your "I Chose Service" story. Click here for more details.
A great way to stay connected to your service experience is to join with other alums to serve your community! We sponsor regular service opportunities for volunteer alumni all across the country. To find out about these events, please click here.
What's Next Notebook is our guide for volunteers making the transition out of their year of service. This recently updated resource will help you process the ways that you have been changed by service, and also look ahead to decide what your next steps will be. This resource is designed as a booklet that you can use during your times of prayer and reflection. We encourage you to print this and write your thoughts inside it. Download your copy today!
Staying Connected is our quarterly e-newsletter for volunteer alumni. In each issue we provide articles relating to topics of faith, volunteerism, community, and social justice, as well as reflections from other volunteer alumni, to help renew your commitment to service. Subscribe today! Click here to view archives of Staying Connected.
Alumni Job Bank - If you are looking for employment, you may be interested in our weekly Job Bank. Every Friday we send out a list of new positions that are ideal for former volunteers. Jobs are spread out all over the country and range in type of work and experience required. Sign up to receive these weekly job bank emails.
Graduate Programs - If you are interested in pursuing graduate school - you may be interested in checking out these programs that have a special interest in recruiting volunteer alumni.Also be sure to check out our recent Virtual Grad Fair for Theology and Ministry Programs!
Pallotti Center Archives - For 28 years, the Pallotti Center provided support, inspiration, and resources for current and former volunteers. While the Center closed its doors in 2012, their archives are still available through the Catholic Apostolate Center. Visit this site to access previos issues of Staying Connected and Shared Visions.
Exploring Your Vocation - Service opens your heart to news ways of ministry. We want to support you as you explore your vocation. Click here to view our vocations resource page, which includes discernment stories from former volunteers, information about retreats and other discernment opportunities, and more. Catholic Apostolate Center also offers a number of resources to support your vocational discernment. Click here to view CAC's discernment resources page.
Catholic Social Teaching Resources - Catholic Apostolate Center can help you dig deeper into your exploration of our rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching. Visit their resource center for a wealth of information on this subject.
Webinars for Alumni - Catholic Volunteer Network provides support and resources through regular webinars for alumni on a wide range of topics. Below are recorded webinars we have conducted in the past. These are hosted on vimeo.com.
- Volunteer Transitions: Saying Goodbye and Planning Your Next Steps Most people dread endings, goodbyes, transition and change. Experience teaches us that how we end something influences our beginnings. This webinar is designed to help you go through this time of change in a way that is meaningful, healthy, realistic and practical. We focus on: preparing for the future, understanding transition, honoring your experience, and saying goodbye well. This webinar is led by Julie Lupien, Director of FROM MISSION TO MISSION. Julie has been involved with supporting volunteers and missioners in transition for over twenty years.
- Life After AmeriCorps This webinar covers some of the things you may encounter as you transition from your year with AmeriCorps service in a Catholic Volunteer Network program. We will cover translating your service for your resume, how to use your education award and tips on surviving your transition.
- Advocacy 101 - for Former Volunteers Engaging in advocacy work is an excellent way to keep your service experience alive and work for peace and justice in your community. Tune in to this hour long session to learn some effective advocacy techniques, as well as some advice on how to get started in this work. Michelle Knight, Advocacy Associate for the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, facilitates this webinar.
- Leveraging your Volunteer Service for Career Success This hour-long web session will help current and recent volunteers in the process of transitioning from a year of service to graduate school or a new career. We will give advice on how to fully utilize your service experience and allow plenty of time for Q&A. Our facilitator will be Amy Potthast, a Notre Dame Mission Volunteers alum, and returned Peace Corps volunteer. For this session, she will draw on her first-hand experience as a volunteer, as well as the knowledge she gained while working with Idealist.org for more than six years.
- Abundance in Ministry: Dealing with Transitions and Self-Care Catholic Volunteer Network invites former volunteers to participate in this hour-long web session. We will cover different ways to deal with transition and sustain a spirit of service and self-care, even after your term of service is completed. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback during this session. Licensed psychologist Dr. Kathy Galleher will facilitate this webinar.
- Getting a Grip on Your Student Loans It can be quite a challenge to balance full-time service with the responsibilities of student loans, but the good news is that there are several options you can take to make it work. In this webinar session we aim to shed light on strategies such as loan forbearance, Income-based Repayment programs, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. We focus on what you need to do before, during, and after your service experience, making this session relevant to incoming, current, and former volunteers. Student Loan expert Heather Jarvis joins us for this webinar session.
Share Your Story
Of course, we always love hearing stories from former volunteers! We post volunteer reflections in our quarterly e-newsletter Staying Connected, on our blog and website. Send a story about your volunteer experience (maximum 1,000 words) along with a few pictures to Katie Mulembe, Coordinator of Recruitment and Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Re-entry Programs and Retreats
Many volunteers find the process of leaving their volunteer community and service work even more of a challenge than it was to get started. We have compiled a list of programs that you may find helpful during your transition period. Click here for more details.