Mercy Volunteer Corps

General Info
1325 Sumneytown Pike P.O. Box 901
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437-0901
Phone: 215-641-5535
Fax: 215-641-5503
Program Contacts
Contact: 
Marian Uba
Executive Director
Affiliation: 
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Goal of Program: 
Mercy Volunteer Corps, committed to a more merciful and just world, invites women and men to a year of full-time service with people who are economically poor or marginalized. Volunteers commit to compassionate service, a simple lifestyle in community and spiritual growth.
Type of Placement: 
Positions available in homeless and community outreach, peace and justice advocacy, immigration and refugee services, legal work, AIDS ministry, elderly outreach, domestic violence shelters, counseling, teaching (elementary, secondary, special education), tutoring (GED, adult literacy), after school programs, healthcare, therapy (physical, occupational, speech), and volunteer coordination.
Service Area: 
Continental United States, and Guyana, South America.
Service Length: 
One year commitment that begins at the end of July every year. Mercy Volunteers are welcome to apply for additional years of service.
Requirements: 
Volunteers must be 21 and older. Men and women. Single, married with no dependents. All faith traditions. High school diploma; work experience or college education for some positions. Certification and license if appropriate. Application, physical examination, and personal interview. Gifted with compassion, open-mindedness, a desire to grow and be challenged, and a sense of humor! It is preferred that applicants for international placement have some significant experience either in a cross-cultural setting or with those who are poor and marginalized.
Financial Arrangement: 
Housing, transportation, medical insurance, food & personal stipends, and school loan deferment. Volunteer must provide his/her own transportation to orientation in late July/ early August. Additionally, international volunteers are also asked to fulfill a fundraising commitment, provide their own transportation to an interview weekend, and cover the costs of any required immunizations.
Living Arrangements: 
Mercy Volunteers live together in community.
Program Size: 
35-50 volunteers per year.
Training: 
One week of orientation is provided in August to familiarize volunteers with Mercy Volunteer Corps. On-site orientation is also provided to familiarize volunteers with the local culture, geographical area and site(s) of service. Mid-year and transitional retreats are offered as well as opportunities for support, and spiritual and personal growth. International volunteers complete a collaborative cross-cultural preparation prior to the MVC orientation.
Application Deadline: 
January 18 is the Priority deadline for the US and International Program. March 1 is the Final deadline for the International Program. For the US Program, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis through our final US deadline on May 24.

Current Urgent Opportunities

Administrative Assistant to Dean - Detroit Cristo Rey HS (Detroit, MI)

The administrative assistant to the dean, and may also have some opportunities to instruct in extracurricular activities if desired. This volunteer would have lots of interactions with students and parents. Conversational Spanish may be helpful but is not required. This school is part of a national organization of Cristo Rey high schools that provide Catholic, college preparatory education to communities with limited options. This full-time volunteer position is available through Mercy Volunteer Corps. Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC) is a full-time lay volunteer program offering placements in the continental U.S. and Guyana, South America. We invite women and men to compassionate service with people who are economically poor or marginalized in our society. MVC calls volunteers to service characterized by mutuality, respect, and compassion. Rather than “giving to, and doing for,” service with MVC is about the mutual empowerment of volunteers and clients, both giving and receiving, and advocating with instead of for the people they encounter daily in their service. ​​ Volunteers have the opportunity to embrace service, a simple lifestyle in community, and personal and communal spiritual growth. Mercy Volunteers receive housing, medical insurance, transportation, food and personal stipends, professional development, retreat opportunities, and are eligible for student loan deferment. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.mercyvolunteers.org/​

Hospitality Collaborative Team Member at Broad Street Ministry - BSM (Philadelphia, PA)

BSM’s largest program, the Hospitality Collaborative, which provides meals and services to adults experiencing poverty and homelessness in a trauma-informed way. A volunteer is needed to support the work of the Hospitality Collaborative through volunteer recruitment and coordination; coordination of personal care and clothing distribution; assisting with the mail service program, or assisting with program evaluation. This full-time volunteer position is available through Mercy Volunteer Corps. Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC) is a full-time lay volunteer program offering placements in the continental U.S. and Guyana, South America. We invite women and men to compassionate service with people who are economically poor or marginalized in our society. MVC calls volunteers to service characterized by mutuality, respect, and compassion. Rather than “giving to, and doing for,” service with MVC is about the mutual empowerment of volunteers and clients, both giving and receiving, and advocating with instead of for the people they encounter daily in their service. ​​ Volunteers have the opportunity to embrace service, a simple lifestyle in community, and personal and communal spiritual growth. Mercy Volunteers receive housing, medical insurance, transportation, food and personal stipends, professional development, retreat opportunities, and are eligible for student loan deferment. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.mercyvolunteers.org/​

Case Manager at Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach - AJAPO (Pittsburgh, PA)

AJAPO provides housing, all the initial social services and orientation into the United States community where they will reside. A volunteer is needed to serve in the role of case manager. The volunteer will provide case management and service coordination to clients to improve their quality of life and increase the capacities of refugee individuals/families to become self-sufficient. This full-time volunteer position is available through Mercy Volunteer Corps. Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC) is a full-time lay volunteer program offering placements in the continental U.S. and Guyana, South America. We invite women and men to compassionate service with people who are economically poor or marginalized in our society. MVC calls volunteers to service characterized by mutuality, respect, and compassion. Rather than “giving to, and doing for,” service with MVC is about the mutual empowerment of volunteers and clients, both giving and receiving, and advocating with instead of for the people they encounter daily in their service. ​​Volunteers have the opportunity to embrace service, a simple lifestyle in community, and personal and communal spiritual growth. Mercy Volunteers receive housing, medical insurance, transportation, food and personal stipends, professional development, retreat opportunities, and are eligible for student loan deferment. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.mercyvolunteers.org/​

Professional (physical, occupational & speech therapists or RN) or Paraprofessional (administrative assistant, teaching assistant, or care giver) in St. Michaels Association for Special Education

This full-time volunteer position is available through Mercy Volunteer Corps. Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC) is a full-time lay volunteer program offering placements in the continental U.S. and Guyana, South America. We invite women and men to compassionate service with people who are economically poor or marginalized in our society. MVC calls volunteers to service characterized by mutuality, respect, and compassion. Rather than “giving to, and doing for,” service with MVC is about the mutual empowerment of volunteers and clients, both giving and receiving, and advocating with instead of for the people they encounter daily in their service. ​​Volunteers have the opportunity to embrace service, a simple lifestyle in community, and personal and communal spiritual growth. Mercy Volunteers receive housing, medical insurance, transportation, food and personal stipends, professional development, retreat opportunities, and are eligible for student loan deferment. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.mercyvolunteers.org/​
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