Marianist PULSE

Goal of Program

Marianist PULSE (Partners in Urban Leadership, Service and Education) is a postgraduate servant leadership and social justice initiative sponsored by the Marianists. PULSE is a one or two-year volunteer commitment to live in community with other PULSE volunteers in Dayton, Ohio. During this time volunteers serve and learn full-time at a local nonprofit organization, gain leadership skills and become part of the diverse Marianist family. PULSE volunteers glean knowledge of the Marianist charism and spirituality. Major themes of Catholic Social Teaching and their relevance to advancing justice, reconciliation, and the integrity of creation guide the formation of volunteers. Leadership development includes community building theory with a focus on servant leadership, consensus organizing, critical systemic analysis, etc. PULSErs gain skills in reflective learning and the ability to apply and derive practical knowledge to the practice of advancing justice.

Type of Placement

Long-term: Participants will commit to 11 months of full-time service to Dayton area non-profit agencies who serve alongside vulnerable populations. Our current volunteer positions impact the following areas: - Environmental justice education and outreach - Urban farming and food justice - Youth empowerment, mentoring and tutoring - Health Equity - Student support services for Spanish speaking families - Literacy and ESOL support - Ministry with families experiencing homelessness - Family engagement and student social services support - Working alongside clinical counselors and social workers

Service Area

Dayton, Ohio, United States

Service Length

One Year (Optional Second Year)

Program Size

The PULSE program consists of 4-12 volunteers each program year.


Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university. Volunteers will live in intentional community with other PULSE volunteers.

Financial Arrangements

PULSE covers nearly all costs - transportation to Dayton, Ohio, room & board, groceries, local transportation & gas money, monthly living stipend, healthcare & $5000 end of service allocation.

Living Arrangements

PULSE volunteers live in community, gathering for meals and prayer in their house while living simply in City of Dayton neighborhoods.


Nonprofits provide on-site orientation and pertinent training for positions. PULSE provides Orientation, Mid-Year and Closing Retreats plus weekly leadership formation and professional development.

Application Deadline

February of each year. Rolling applications after February. Visit for more info.

Start Date

July 25, 2022


Maureen O'Rourke


300 College Park AH226
Dayton, OH 45469-0323
Phone: 937 229-1222


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