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: 
Rachael Brugman
Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator
Phone: 718-943-7489
Fax: 718-408-2332
Contact: 
Diane Conroy
Executive Director
Phone: 718-943-7490
Contact: 
Lindsey Peletier
Program Coordinator
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
Service Area: 
Domestic Program: New York, NY; Wickatunk, NJ; Los Angeles, CA International Program:Thailand, Chile
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 November 28th; FINAL DEADLINE JUNE 30th International Program: Priority Deadline February 10th; FINAL DEADLINE MARCH 15th 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

Serve in Education, Domestic Violence, or Youth Counseling!

Good Shepherd Volunteers is still accepting applications for the 2017-2018 volunteer year! We have volunteer opportunities in education and youth counseling in NYC as well as service in a domestic violence shelter in Los Angeles. Our volunteers live in community with each other, have a small living stipend, and practice the 4 Tenets of GSV: social justice, community, spirituality, and simplicity. We need people who are compassionate, flexible, and are up for a challenge. Learn more about our program by visiting our website at www.gsvolunteers.org where you can find and download all of our application materials!

Gain experience serving within the foster care system in NYC

Become a Good Shepherd Volunteer and work within the foster care system of NYC. Family Foster Care provides safe, temporary care in the homes of trained kinship or resource (foster) parents to children and adolescents who have been removed from their birth families because of possible abuse or neglect. The Good Shepherd Volunteer will work in the HomeFinding department, assisting in the recruitment, intake, and training of potential and current foster care families. This is a great experience for anyone wanting to learn more about the foster care system while aiding families in the extensive and rewarding process of becoming a foster home! Our volunteers live in community with each other, have a small living stipend, and practice the 4 Tenets of GSV: social justice, community, spirituality, and simplicity. Apply today at www.gsvolunteers.org!!

Serve at a Domestic Violence Shelter in Los Angeles

The Good Shepherd Shelter is 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. Good Shepherd Volunteers assist teachers at the school on site or, if applicable, may have a classroom of their own. Volunteers in this position may also have the opportunity to participate and be trained in the Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) at the West Los Angeles Police Department. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to gain experience and help end the cycle of violence. Our volunteers live in community with each other, have a small living stipend, and practice the 4 Tenets of GSV: social justice, community, spirituality, and simplicity. Apply today at www.gsvolunteers.org!!

Become a Youth Counselor in NYC!

Youth Development Counselors assist young teens living within residential and juvenile justice facilities throughout New York City in their own personal development, healing, and growth. Volunteers in this role support youth living in the facilities building healthy, trusting relationships while being a role model for youth to look to and learn socially appropriate behavior and other abilities to prepare them for independent adulthood. Learn more about becoming a Good Shepherd Volunteer and apply today for this amazing experience at www.gsvolunteers.org!

Looking for experience in education? Serve with GSV!!

Good Shepherd Volunteers has several placements working within the educational fields in both New York and New Jersey. Volunteers are invited to use their unique gifts and talents to choose which way to best serve at these placements. Options include, but are not limited to teaching, tutoring, running sports/extracurricular groups, facilitating arts/theater/music events, youth counseling, curriculum development, clerical assistance, after school activities, and ropes course instruction. Apply to become a GSV today at www.gsvolunteers.org!!

Gain experience serving within the foster care system in NYC

Become a Good Shepherd Volunteer and work within the foster care system of NYC. Family Foster Care provides safe, temporary care in the homes of trained kinship or resource (foster) parents to children and adolescents who have been removed from their birth families because of possible abuse or neglect. The Good Shepherd Volunteer will work in the HomeFinding department, assisting in the recruitment, intake, and training of potential and current foster care families. This is a great experience for anyone wanting to learn more about the foster care system while aiding families in the extensive and rewarding process of becoming a foster home! Apply today at www.gsvolunteers.org!!

Serve at a Domestic Violence Shelter in Los Angeles

The Good Shepherd Shelter is 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. Good Shepherd Volunteers assist teachers at the school on site or, if applicable, may have a classroom of their own. Volunteers in this position may also have the opportunity to participate and be trained in the Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) at the West Los Angeles Police Department. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to gain experience and help end the cycle of violence. Apply today at www.gsvolunteers.org!!

There's no better decision than choosing to Just Love! Join GSV today!!

Good Shepherd Volunteers offers a year-long volunteer experience for recent college graduates to live simply and in community with other volunteers, while exploring spirituality and social justice. We need people who are compassionate, flexible, and are up for the challenge that this year brings. We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Join Informational Webinar with GSV on April 10th!

You are invited to an upcoming opportunity to learn more about post-grad service with Good Shepherd Volunteers. We are hosting an informational webinar next Monday, April 10th at 7:30 pm EST. In this webinar you will have the chance to learn more about our volunteer opportunities, the application process, and hear from a current volunteer on their unique experience thus far. Hopefully this webinar will give a glimpse into what post-grad service could look like for you! It’s quick and easy to join from computer or phone. Please e-mail Rachael at gsv@gsvolunteers.org on how you can join! GSV Informational Webinar Apr 10, 2017 7:30 PM EST

Good Shepherd Volunteers Open Positions!

Good Shepherd Volunteers offers a year-long volunteer experience for recent college graduates to live simply and in community with other volunteers, while exploring spirituality and social justice. We need people who are compassionate, flexible, and are up for the challenge that this year brings. We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Apply today! Here is a list of our available positions for the 2017-2018 volunteer year: Youth Counselors - 3 Education - 4 Domestic Violence - 2 Foster Care - 1 Public Policy and Advocacy - 1

Good Shepherd Volunteers: There's still time to apply!!

Good Shepherd Volunteers is currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 volunteer year! We have placements in group homes and juvenile justice facilities, working with youth in and coming out of foster homes, a domestic violence shelter, in school settings, and in public policy and advocacy. Our volunteers live in community with each other, have a small living stipend, and practice the 4 Tenets of GSV: social justice, community, spirituality, and simplicity. Our placements are located in New York City, New Jersey, and Los Angeles. We accept applications on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of June 30th or until all positions are filled. For more information visit our website at www.gsvolunteers.org or e-mail gsv@gsvolunteers.org!
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