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
Kara Cunnane
Program Coordinator
Diane Conroy
Executive Director
Phone: 718-943-7490
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
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.
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.
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

A Day in the Life with GSV International!

Interested in international service? Learn how our two volunteers serving in Sucre, Bolivia live out the four tenets of GSV! Journey with Allie and Andrea throughout their day from the parrot alarm in the morning to the bus ride home at night! Learn more and apply today at!

Good Shepherd Volunteers now accepting applications!

Good Shepherd Volunteers is a one-year full-time volunteer program that serves women, children, and adolescents affected by poverty, violence and neglect. Volunteers work side-by-side with experienced social workers, counselors and educators, gaining a tremendous foundation for their future careers. Our placement sites are located in New York, New Jersey, and Los Angeles as well as internationally in Thailand and Bolivia. We are extremely excited to announce that our application for the 2018-2019 service year is now live on our website!! Head over to our website to learn more about our application process and apply today: Contact Rachael at for more information!!
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