Good Shepherd Volunteers

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.

Program Size

Approximately 15 volunteers


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 Arrangements

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.


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: June 14; International Program: May 3rd


Kara Cunnane


25-30 21st Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105
Phone: 718 943-7490


[email protected]


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