Category: I Chose Service

Meeting People Where They Are

By Kaitlyn Keffler, Change A Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program  The following reflection is a notable entry to our annual Volunteer Story & Photo Contest. Each year, we ask our member programs to submit stories and photos of their daily life to celebrate the experiences of faith-based service. Throughout my year of service with Change A… Read more »

The First Step

By Bud and Sue Ozar, Lay Mission Helpers  The following reflection is a notable entry to our annual Volunteer Story & Photo Contest. Each year, we ask our member programs to submit stories and photos of their daily life to celebrate the experiences of faith-based service. My husband and I joined Lay Mission Helpers in… Read more »

Stars in the Daylight

By Claire Stewart, Maryknoll Lay Missioners The following reflection is a notable entry to our annual Volunteer Story & Photo Contest. Each year, we ask our member programs to submit stories and photos of their daily life to celebrate the experiences of faith-based service. I wrote a letter to myself almost four years ago after… Read more »

Wasting Time in Prayer

By Julianna Lewis, VIDES+USA  The following reflection is a notable entry to our annual Volunteer Story & Photo Contest. Each year, we ask our member programs to submit stories and photos of their daily life to celebrate the experiences of faith-based service. When searching through Catholic Volunteer Network a few months before graduating from university,… Read more »

What the World Needs

By Pat Boduch, Mercy Volunteer Corps The following reflection is a notable entry to our annual Volunteer Story & Photo Contest. Each year, we ask our member programs to submit stories and photos of their daily life to celebrate the experiences of faith-based service. I breathe a prayer for God to give me the words… Read more »

“Choose Service Anyway” – CVN’s Story Contest WINNER!

The following reflection is the WINNER of Catholic Volunteer Network’s annual Volunteer Story & Photo Contest and is now featured as the cover story of the 2020 edition of RESPONSE. Each year, we ask our member programs and their volunteers to submit stories and photos of their daily life to share and celebrate their experiences… Read more »

The Benefits of Faith-Based Service

Most people will agree that service is a good thing. It raises up the community, helps eradicate injustices, and brings healing to those experiencing pain or loss. Service is often seen as a sacrifice ones makes to help others, but many people are surprised to learn about that service also has a deep and lasting… 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 »

Christianity and Service – A Lens to See the World

By Pat Boduch, Mercy Volunteer Corps My year of service with Mercy Volunteer Corps is a particularly stark example of life as a murky and ambiguous plane of decision-making. I’m serving this year with MVC in Cincinnati, working in hospital chaplaincy. I’ve changed cities, jobs, type of work, and living situation to be here. Nearly… 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 »