Category: Former Volunteer Reflections

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 »

Married and Called to Mission in Manila

By Katie and Luke Johnstone, Fidesco USA In August 2015, an organization called Fidesco USA sent us, a newly married couple, to serve a two-year volunteer mission in Manila, Philippines. There, we partnered with another organization, the ANAK-TNK Foundation, which provides homes for about 300 former street children as well as preschool/feeding centers for over… Read more »

Lessons from My Students: Community & Simple Living

By Maddie Bologa, Cristo Rey Jesuit Volunteers While working at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School together, my fellow volunteers and I would return after a day’s work to our cozy, third-story apartment located on one of the major streets in Chicago. In this apartment, we shared meals and favorite pastimes, reflected on our volunteer journeys at… Read more »

Invitation to Transformation

By Emily Bruce, Maggie’s Place Dear Future Volunteer, are you ready to be transformed? Service is always an invitation to transformation. Right now, you cannot possibly imagine the ways your heart will expand in these upcoming months. The word “service” might bring to mind community, laughter, intentionality, and prayer- but a year of service brings… Read more »

Urban Farming in Dayton – how service opens unexpected doors

By Ellen Yoder, Marianist PULSE Program It has been nearly two years since responding to the call to serve with the Marianist PULSE Program in Dayton, Ohio. Before the call to serve, I was discerning a career in professional sports. The same day I accepted a job with a minor league baseball team was also… Read more »

Service in the City of Angels

By Hannah Petcovic, Vincentian Service Corps West, 2013-2014 I started my service commitment with the Catholic Volunteer Network five years ago and still think about Skid Row almost every day. I think about driving through downtown Los Angeles to park near a posh apartment complex. I think about my morning walk through the toy district;… Read more »

From Brokenness to Healing

By Molly Trainor, former Benedictine Volunteer Fourth Sunday of Lent John 9:1, 6-9, 34-38 “I am the light of the world, says the Lord whoever follows me will have the light of life.” Today John tells of Jesus healing a man born blind. When others learn that the man can see, they ask themselves, “Isn’t… Read more »

Grace Meets Us Where We Are

By Melissa Carnall, alumnus of Amate House Third Sunday of Lent John 4:5-15, 19B-26, 39A, 40-42 “One does not live on bread along,  but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” Writer Anne Lamott tells us, “Grace meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us.”… Read more »

Savoring the Graces by the Light of the Moon

By Celina Roybal, alumnus of the St. Joseph Worker Program of Orange, California Second Sunday of Lent Matthew 17:1-9 “From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: This is my beloved Son, hear Him.” In today’s Gospel, the mountain is a place of prayer outside of the everyday world where a luminescent encounter with… Read more »