Catholic Charities Project SERVE
Affiliation:Catholic Charities of Baltimore, one of the nation's largest Catholic Charities programs, is proud to provide the opportunity for recent college graduates to serve our neighbors in the Baltimore area through Project SERVE.
Goal of Program:Project SERVE (Service and Education through Residential Volunteer Experience), a program of Catholic Charities of Baltimore, invites young adults into a year of service while living in an intentional community with fellow volunteers. Project SERVE is rooted and grounded in the Christian tradition but we welcome people of all backgrounds. As a community, volunteers support one another in a shared commitment to deepening their understanding of social justice, deepening their personal spirituality, and living a simple and sustainable lifestyle.
Type of Placement:We provide an array of hands-on social justice opportunities which include serving people who are poor and/or experiencing homelessness, children who are in need, adults living with developmental disabilities, and people who are recent immigrants. Opportunities also include legislative advocacy and volunteer management. For specific examples of typical program sites, see our website. Placements vary from year to year.
Service Area:All service sites are in the Baltimore area, a fun and engaging place to spend a year of service. Baltimore has a big city feel with many small town perks! There are several full-time volunteer programs that call Baltimore home, as well as many Project SERVE alumni who have remained in the are, so there is a built-in support system of people with like-minds and incomes.
Service Length:One year: August through the end of July of the following year
Requirements:Candidates are required to: make a one-year commitment as a volunteer; not be married; be willing to live simply and sustainably and participate in intentional community living; have a commitment to working for social justice; have a mature and sensitive openness to different religious, political and cultural backgrounds; have a sense of humor, adventure and flexibility; participate in three retreats during the year; be 21 through 30ish years of age; be college graduates; be free from addictions to alcohol or illegal substances; submit to background checks as required.
Financial Arrangement:Room and board; health insurance (vision included) with optional dental coverage; monthly stipend for living, transportation and food expenses. Volunteers live within the amount of the monthly stipend during the year, providing opportunities to explore simple and sustainable living, how to stand in a place of solidarity, and how to focus on relationships.
Living Arrangements:The wonderful and homey Project SERVE house, located in Baltimore's Mt. Vernon neighborhood (just north of downtown), is a four story row-house that has 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms and has a community living room and kitchen. The house offers the opportunity for each volunteer to have his/her privacy, while also offering a great living space for building intentional community.
Program Size:We host four to seven volunteers each year.
Training:Project SERVE's week-long orientation is held during the end of August and introduces volunteers to one another, Baltimore itself and Catholic Charities as a whole. Training for specific volunteer duties and responsibilities occurs at the service site during the first few weeks of service. There are opportunities to attend workshops and trainings specific to population/program served.
Application Deadline:Project SERVE's priority deadline is February 1. After that, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through July until position are filled.