Assumption Mission Associates

General Info
Assumption Center
16 Vineyard St.
Worcester, MA 01603
Phone: 508-767-1356
Program Contacts
16 Vineyard St.
Worcester, MA 01603
Phone: 508-767-1356
Sandy Piwko
Religious of the Assumption, Roman Catholic
Goal of Program: 
Provide an opportunity for men and women to live in the spirit of community, faith, solidarity, and service through a one to two-year commitment to the poor and marginalized. St. Marie Eugenie, foundress of the Religious of the Assumption, invites us to experience this work for the common good: "Love never remains idle: it makes us creative and impels us to heed all the appeals of the world and to find new ways of answering them." With that in mind, our ministry sites focus on the needs of the immigrant community and our ecological efforts to be protectors of the environment. The mission of AMA today, as it began over 50 years ago, remains the same and continues to enrich the lives of volunteers, religious, and those served.
Type of Placement: 
Teaching, ministry to and advocacy for migrants, urban/community gardening, community development, Hispanic ministry and parish ministry, religious education, youth ministry, youth programs, literacy and ESL programs, mentoring, homeless, refugee work, advocacy.
Service Area: 
Massachusetts, New Mexico, England, Philippines. Please visit our website for specific information on each location.
Service Length: 
One to two years, renewable.
Women and men. Application, references, personal interview, medical certificate, college degree, conversation with counselor, self-evaluation. $10 application fee.
Financial Arrangement: 
Housing, transportation to/from ministry site and monthly stipend. Health Insurance. Loan deferment. Travel to/from orientation and to/from mission site is the responsibility of volunteer. International volunteers also are responsible for visa fees.
Living Arrangements: 
Volunteers live in community with other volunteers in Worcester, MA, Chaparral, NM and England. In the Philippines, AMA volunteers can live in a community of sisters or volunteers, depending on placement. Communities of the Religious of the Assumption are within close proximity (sometimes next door, sometimes across town) to where volunteers live in all placements.
Program Size: 
Typically 10 or fewer volunteers
Orientation program. On-going formation. On-site training. Local support of Assumption Sisters and lay friends. Monthly check-ins with director while at mission site. Debriefing.
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Application Process September through May. Priority deadline February 1st, Final Deadline May 1st. Preference given to those applications received first.

Current Urgent Opportunities

Come Serve in New England - Worcester, MA Assumption Mission Associates

Would you like to help raise up those on the margins by helping immigrants learn English, and keep inner-city children off the streets? Then come be a part of a diverse tapestry of cultures here in Worcester, MA, (located outside of Boston). Volunteers work closely with the Religious of the Assumption, who accompany and support the people of the South Main St. section of Worcester. Other programs that our Sisters are involved in include the "Semillas de Vida"/ "Seeds of Life" garden, which allows the gardeners from the community to live a more environmentally conscious way of life, a Spiritual Library, Knitting Circle that provides baby blankets, hats, etc. to those in need, an adolescent Girls with Dreams program, and our annual summer Vietnamese Club! If you like a variety of involvement this is the place to serve and see the beautiful East Coast where we are surrounded by beaches, mountains and history! Video produced by Clark University students:

Come Serve on the Border in New Mexico

Come Serve on the Border - Assumption Mission Associates Are you passionate about immigrant issues and raising up the lives of those who are living on the margins? Then come and serve alongside our Religious of the Assumption Sisters in Chaparral, NM. Our Sisters are on the front lines of these issues, whether it is visiting inmates at the local prison, advocating for a young person held at the detention center, visiting the sick, providing programming in the community to keep young people off the streets, and so much more! Our AMAs live in the Chaparral community around the street from our Sisters in Casa Maria Eugenia where they serve the residents and young people. If you want to make an impact in a year of service this is the place to do it! The Sisters and residents of Chaparral need the help of those who are willing to accompany them in their daily struggles in this colonia on the border of Mexico. Your life will never be the same! Contact Sandy Piwko at [email protected] and visit our web-site for more information about our program.
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