Resources for Current Volunteers

Shared Visions

Catholic Volunteer Network, in partnership with the Catholic Apostolate Center, publishes Shared Visions, a quarterly e-newsletter for current volutneer communities.

 

What's Your Response?

Our blog, What's Your Response? also has great articles on all aspects of service, community, spirituality, and social justice: http://www.catholicvolunteernetwork.blogspot.com/.

Discernment Resources

A year of volunteer service is a great time to discern your vocation. Although this may seem daunting, we have plenty of reflection opportunities and resources to support you. Click here to visit our "Exploring Your Vocation" page.

Webinars

Below are recorded webinars we have conducted in the past. These are hosted on vimeo.com.

Leveraging your Volunteer Service for Career Success

This hour-long web session will help current and recent volunteers in the process of transitioning from a year of service to graduate school or a new career. We will give advice on how to fully utilize your service experience and allow plenty of time for Q&A.

Our facilitator will be Amy Potthast, a Notre Dame Mission Volunteers alum, and returned Peace Corps volunteer. For this session, she will draw on her first-hand experience as a volunteer, as well as the knowledge she gained while working with Idealist.org for more than six years.
 

Getting a Grip on Your Student Loans

It can be quite a challenge to balance full-time service with the responsibilities of student loans, but the good news is that there are several options you can take to make it work. In this webinar session we aim to shed light on strategies such as loan forbearance, Income-based Repayment programs, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. We focus on what you need to do before, during, and after your service experience, making this session relevant to incoming, current, and former volunteers. Student Loan expert Heather Jarvis joins us for this webinar session.
 

Working from Abundance and Avoiding Depletion: Sustainable Ministry and Self-Care

This webinar will address the building and maintaining of healthy and sustainable ministries. Part one will focus on effective self care practices for those involved in full-time ministry.
 

Study & Serve

Online graduate coursework for volunteers in faith-based service

Program Description: Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary recognizes that volunteer service leads to deep discernment about how we fit into the world and what we can do to help make it a better place.  This program supports volunteers in service by walking along your service journey with you and introducing you to volunteers in other service organizations.  It provides course content that will help you navigate and reflect on your experience in volunteer ministry at the margins of society.  A grant for this program funds the tuition for 3 credits of graduate coursework, to give volunteers a head start on grad school.  This course is intentionally designed to begin after volunteers have gotten settled into their setting and roles and to wrap up well before the conclusion of the year of service.  
 
Course description:    
Ministry on the Margins (3 graduate credits) 
PTHM 468 03A
Instructor:  Barbara Sutton
This course introduces the practices of discipleship for a church that cares for at-risk communities. The Joy of the Gospel (Pope Francis) will shape the essential lens to view, understand and ultimately respond to the context in which students serve. It will explore foundational values of justice and love necessary for missionary activity, provide tools to advocate for the 'least of these' and build communities of hope. Spiritual tools to sustain the person ministering at margin will be explored.
 
Course Timeline:   October 19, 2015 - January 25, 2016
 
To Apply: 
Step 1:  Submit a registration form by August 25, 2015
 
Step 2:  Ask your volunteer program director to submit a letter of support using this form:
 
 

Looking Ahead

Catholic Volunteer Network offers a number of resources for volunteer alumni, including the What's Next Notebook, a weekly job bank, graduate school information, and more. Click here to check out our volunteer resources.