Dominican Volunteers USA

General Info
Program Contacts
Headquarters:
533 Ashland Ave
River Forest 60305
Phone: 312-226-0919
Contact: 
Allison Beyer & Megan Rupp
Co-Directors
Affiliation: 
U.S. Dominican Women and Men Religious
Goal of Program: 
We invite volunteers to share a simple lifestyle in Dominican communities. We provide a supportive, faith-based, intergenerational environment within the Dominican way of life. Volunteers have opportunities to respond to the needs of our sisters and brothers, especially those who are economically poor and marginalized, in locations across the United States. Our program values the commitment to the four pillars of Dominican spirituality: prayer, study, community, and ministry, as well as the unique experience provided by our intergenerational and intervocational communities.
Type of Placement: 
Long-term: Healthcare, nursing, social work, education (all levels), child care, refugee/immigration services, Hispanic ministry, social service agencies, parish/youth/campus ministry, literacy education, elderly outreach, peace and justice advocacy, women and children programs, environmental services, farming, community organizing, homeless shelters.
Service Area: 
Throughout the United States, including: Manhattan, NY; Amityville, NY; Caldwell, NJ; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Redwood City, CA; Atlanta, GA; Grand Rapids, MI; Racine, WI.
Service Length: 
August to July, one year renewable.
Requirements: 
Women and men with Christian motivation, single or married without dependents, ages 21 years and older, two years of college or work experience, with the ability to adapt to various kinds of work and living accommodations. Willingness to live in community with vowed Catholic religious. Appropriate degree/certification required for certain positions. Interview.
Financial Arrangement: 
Room and board, $125 monthly stipend, public transportation pass in service city, $300 at the end of service commitment (for non-AmeriCorps), medical insurance, three retreats. Some are eligible for AmeriCorps Education Awards depending on the placement (when available).
Living Arrangements: 
Volunteers live in intergenerational Dominican communities of women and/or men and other volunteers.
Program Size: 
20-25
Training: 
Orientation program in August, mid-year retreat in January or February, and closing weekend in July. Ongoing staff development at work-site.
Application Deadline: 
April 1st; will accept applications until all positions are filled.

Current Urgent Opportunities

High School Campus Minister with Dominican Volunteers USA

The Dominican Volunteer serves at Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco in the Campus Ministry department. The volunteer assists the campus minister in retreat planning, liturgy prep, faith formation and student support. It is a fun and rewarding position with a supportive, experienced staff. This position requires a volunteer who is self-motivated, responsible, flexible and Catholic. Dominican Volunteers live in community with Dominican Sisters and volunteer full-time with the agency. All costs are covered(room and board, food, transportation etc.), health insurance is provided, and a small monthly stipend is provided. A car is suggested for transportation but public transportation is available. For more information contact: abeyer@dvusa.org

Refugee Children After-school Support

The Dominican Volunteer serves with Catholic Charities Atlanta in their Refugee Resettlement department. The volunteer assists with programming and running the afterschool program for refugee children. It is a challenging and rewarding position with a supportive, experienced staff. Dominican Volunteers live in community with Dominican Sisters and volunteer full-time with the agency. All costs are covered(room and board, food, transportation etc.), health insurance is provided, and a small monthly stipend is provided. A car is suggested for transportation but public transportation is available. For more information contact: abeyer@dvusa.org

Refugee Resettlement Employment Support

The Dominican Volunteer serves at Catholic Charities Atlanta in their Refugee Resettlement department. The volunteer assists the employment team in helping refugees connect with potential employers and find gainful employment. It is a challenging and rewarding position with a supportive, experienced staff. Dominican Volunteers live in community with Dominican Sisters and volunteer full-time with the agency. All costs are covered(room and board, food, transportation etc.), health insurance is provided, and a small monthly stipend is provided. A car is suggested for transportation but public transportation is available. For more information contact: abeyer@dvusa.org

Post-Secondary Education Instructor

The Post-Secondary Education Instructor position at OPening Word is available through Dominican Volunteers USA. The position is based in Amityville, NY. A car is required for this position, but one may be provided by the work site if a volunteer is unable to bring a personal car. Gas money is provided by DVUSA. Opening Word is a literacy program which teaches the English language and job readiness skills to immigrant women on Long Island, a population which is often underserved, undereducated, and/or underemployed.Students are from: Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Afghanistan, Mexico, El Salvador, Columbia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Peru, Poland, Korea, Pakistan, Taiwan, China, Turkey and Ethiopia . The Post-Secondary Education Instructor will work with upper-level ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) students who posses advanced language skill, and hold a minimum of one class per week at each of the three OPening Word sites. The volunteer assists the women in skills identification and goals setting while preparing them to enter the current job market. The curriculum includes: typing, job search engines, word processing and computer functions, resume writing, business etiquette, workplace jargon, and interview protocol. The volunteer should be well versed in Microsoft Office. The Post-Secondary Education Instructor will identify possible employment opportunities. For more information, contact: abeyer@dvusa.org

Education Support Visitation Catholic School

This Education Support position at Visitation Catholic School is available through Dominican Volunteers USA. Based in Chicago, public transportation is used to get to work and a public transportation pass is provided by DVUSA. This position supports the staff of Visitation Catholic School to carryout their mission: As a Catholic school, we hope to realize the threefold purpose of Christian Education – to teach doctrine, to build community, and to serve. We believe that collaborative efforts on the part of parents, teachers, administrators, students, and the Church are essential to the coming together of a Community of Faith. We are a compassionate community that Serves, Prays, Learns, and Cares for each other. Visitation students will be educated and guided in a holistic environment of learning – to become intellectually competent, morally and spiritually informed, and emotionally healthy in their relations with God, the world of information, and each other. The Catholic education that we provide at Visitation Catholic School will continue to encourage and inspire students with a passion for learning, a passion for peace and justice, and a passion for personal holiness. Volunteers can teach, mentor, tutor and more. For more information, contact: abeyer@dvusa.org

Crisis Intervention Advocate-Sarah's Inn

The Crisis Intervention Advocate position at Sarah's Inn is offered through Dominican Volunteers USA. Based in Chicago, IL., public transportation is used to get to work. Public transportation pass provided by DVUSA. The goal of this position is to provide advocacy and direct service to battered women and their families including crisis intervention, emotional support, safety planning, general and legal advocacy, referral, domestic violence education and support and education group services. Primary responsibilities: 1. Provide comprehensive and quality services to women, children and teens impacted by domestic violence. 2. Build and enhance community relationships. 3. Educate community members and professionals about domestic violence and Sarah’s Inn services. Qualifications Include: Excellent oral and written communication skills; Excellent organizational skills; Demonstrated ability to prioritize and handle a variety of tasks, and meet established deadlines; Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with a wide variety of people; Commitment to and experience in working with people from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds; BA degree and/or equivalent experience required; Fluency in oral and written Spanish preferred; Ability to work some evening and weekend hours; Completion of 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training required. For more information, contact: abeyer@dvusa.org
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