Good Shepherd Volunteers

General Info
25-30 21st Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105
Phone: 718-943-7488
Fax: 718-408-2332
Program Contacts
Phone: 718-943-7488
Fax: 718-408-2332
Contact: 
Kara Cunnane
Program Coordinator
Contact: 
Diane Conroy
Executive Director
Phone: 718-943-7490
Affiliation: 
Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Goal of Program: 
Good Shepherd Volunteers recruits, educates, and supports full-time volunteers who use their God-given talents to serve women, adolescents, and children affected by poverty, violence, and neglect in domestic and international placements. Our volunteers live out the four tenets of Social Justice, Simplicity, Spirituality, and Community, and are encouraged to maintain a commitment to these principles for a lifetime. Good Shepherd Volunteers, founded by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, is dedicated to honoring the sisters’ core values of Individual Dignity, Mercy, Reconciliation, and Zeal.
Type of Placement: 
Youth Counseling, Domestic Violence, Education, Foster Care, Community Outreach, Public Policy and Advocacy, Juvenile Justice, Fair Trade, Women's Empowerment
Service Area: 
Domestic Program: New York, NY; Wickatunk, NJ; Los Angeles, CA International Program: Thailand
Service Length: 
1 year. Volunteers can choose to renew their commitment for a 2nd year of domestic or international service.
Requirements: 
Relevant service experience, awareness of human and social needs, ages 21 years and older, Bachelor's degree, maturity, flexibility, sense of humor, motivation toward the mission of Good Shepherd Volunteers to serve women, children, and adolescents affected by poverty, violence and neglect.
Financial Arrangement: 
GSV provides housing, health insurance, transportation, and a modest monthly stipend.
Living Arrangements: 
Volunteers live together in intentional community settings and share meals, discussions, and mutual support.
Program Size: 
Approximately 25 volunteers.
Training: 
All volunteers are provided with an initial weeklong GSV Orientation as well as retreats during the year. Each volunteer has a supervisor and is provided with on-site training and support. Volunteers also receive support from GSV staff and support people throughout the year.
Application Deadline: 
Domestic Program: Priority Deadline February 5th; FINAL DEADLINE JUNE 15th International Program: Priority Deadline February 5th; FINAL DEADLINE May 1st Applications are processed and placements are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. If you are applying after the final deadline, please contact the GSV staff to inquire about possible openings.

Current Urgent Opportunities

Domestic Violence Shelter - Classroom Aide or Teacher

The Good Shepherd Shelter provides a safe, nurturing environment in which mothers and their children can heal, reawaken their dignity and self confidence, and learn the skills that will help them stop the cycle of domestic violence. Each mother engages in an extensive program of classes, groups and work responsibilities that help her to heal and focus on her growth as a person, parent and provider for her children. The Shelter’s own school provides the children with a protected educational environment in which they can thrive. Most students are above grade level when they complete the program and many excel in their next schools and go on to college, including prestigious universities. www.goodshepherdshelter.org There are 2 GSVs at the Good Shepherd Shelter located in Los Angeles, CA. GSVs serving at the Good Shepherd Shelter will assist in the implementation of the daily school program under the direction of the on-staff teachers. Ages range from Pre-School to 5th grade classrooms. Volunteers assist in planning and preparing the learning environment, setting up interest centers and preparing needed materials and supplies. The GSV assists the teacher in the classroom or, if the candidate is a teacher, s/he may have his/her own class. They will also help with outings, parties, holidays and events related to the Good Shepherd Shelter program.

Thailand - HIV/AIDS Outreach and Support

Good Shepherd Volunteers in Thailand have the opportunity to fill roles in economic justice projects and the patient care program. The skills of the volunteer and the needs of the site are taken into account while developing a unique role for each GSV. There are typically two volunteers in Nongkhai, with the opportunity to work in one of two programs: Hands of Hope or the Care Center. Hands of Hope, an income-generating project begun in 2005 for those living with HIV/AIDS. They work together to produce beautiful handmade cards, decorations, mobiles and gifts, exclusively using Thailand’s famous ‘saa paper’ – made from the bark of the mulberry tree. These fair trade crafts are sold locally and to international partners in Australia, Europe, and the United States. Volunteers provide creative and administrative support to this fair trade program. The Care Center, a multifaceted semi-residential health clinic for patients living with HIV/AIDS. This program offers volunteers the opportunity to provide health support to patients in a variety of ways, including but not limited to nursing, massage, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Volunteers also support patients in participating in community building activities, games, and exercises. The volunteer need not have specific health training, but professionals from any medical or health field are encouraged to apply. Prior experience providing support and friendship to the elderly or the sick is desired.

Domestic Violence Shelter - Elementary School

The Good Shepherd Shelter provides a safe, nurturing environment in which mothers and their children can heal, reawaken their dignity and self confidence, and learn the skills that will help them stop the cycle of domestic violence. Each mother engages in an extensive program of classes, groups and work responsibilities that help her to heal and focus on her growth as a person, parent and provider for her children. The Shelter’s own school provides the children with a protected educational environment in which they can thrive. Good Shepherd Volunteers serving at the Good Shepherd Shelter will assist in the implementation of the daily school program under the direction of the on-staff teachers. Ages range from Pre-School to 5th grade classrooms. Volunteers assist in planning and preparing the learning environment, setting up interest centers and preparing needed materials and supplies. The GSV assists the teacher in the classroom or, if the candidate is a teacher, s/he may have his/her own class. They will also help with outings, parties, holidays and events related to the Good Shepherd Shelter program.
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