Mercy Volunteer Corps

Goal of Program

In partnership with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, members of Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC) enter into relationship with people who are economically poor and marginalized. In a spirit of mutuality, volunteers cultivate mercy and justice in the world by embracing compassionate service, social justice, spirituality, and a simple lifestyle in community.

Type of Placement

Positions available in homeless and community outreach, peace and justice advocacy, immigration and refugee services, legal work, elderly outreach, counseling, rural and urban agriculture, teaching (elementary, secondary, special education), tutoring (GED, adult literacy), after school programs, healthcare (nursing), 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.

Program Size

35-50 volunteers per year.


Volunteers must be 21 and older. 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 Arrangements

Housing, transportation, medical insurance, food & personal stipends, and school loan deferment. Volunteer must provide his/her own transportation to orientation in early August.

Living Arrangements

Mercy Volunteers live together in community.


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 20 Priority deadline. February 15 Short Term. March 1 Final International. June 20 Final US.

Start Date



Marian Uba


1012 N. Bethlehem Pike
Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002
Phone: 215 346-6643


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