Dominican Volunteers USA
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.
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.