Good Shepherd Volunteers
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, Bolivia
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
We invite you to take this time during your holiday break to discern your next steps and see if GSV is the right fit for you! Our volunteers work with a variety of high-needs populations serving women and children in domestic violence shelters, adolescents who are in and out of the foster care system, and young adults living in juvenile justice facilities. Work side-by-side with experienced social workers, counselors and educators and gain a tremendous foundation for your future career! Visit our website at www.gsvolunteers.org to learn more about what our volunteers do and how you can apply today!