Tag: community

Creating Community in Chicago

By Ed Nunez, Amate House  The following reflection is a notable entry to our annual Volunteer Story & Photo Contest. Each year, we ask our member programs to submit stories and photos of their daily life to celebrate the experiences of faith-based service. When I told people that I was doing a year of service… Read more »

Living Simply in New York City

Madelyn Reed, Covenant House Faith Community The following reflection is a notable entry to our annual Volunteer Story & Photo Contest. Each year, we ask our member programs to submit stories and photos of their daily life to celebrate the experiences of faith-based service. Last year I completed a year of service through Covenant House… Read more »

Wasting Time in Prayer

By Julianna Lewis, VIDES+USA  The following reflection is a notable entry to our annual Volunteer Story & Photo Contest. Each year, we ask our member programs to submit stories and photos of their daily life to celebrate the experiences of faith-based service. When searching through Catholic Volunteer Network a few months before graduating from university,… Read more »

“Choose Service Anyway” – CVN’s Story Contest WINNER!

The following reflection is the WINNER of Catholic Volunteer Network’s annual Volunteer Story & Photo Contest and is now featured as the cover story of the 2020 edition of RESPONSE. Each year, we ask our member programs and their volunteers to submit stories and photos of their daily life to share and celebrate their experiences… Read more »

Learning and Love at Covenant House

By Kevin Chung, Jesuit Volunteer Corps My perspective on social justice used to be that no matter whether a person is white, black, Asian, Hispanic, etc., they should receive the consequences for breaking the law. My college friend would always tell me that my perspective on social justice shouldn’t be that simple, because of the… Read more »

Ignorant Bliss

By Lina Guerrero, Precious Blood Volunteers It was around 7 o’clock in the morning on October 10th, 2011 in Austin, Texas. I was seventeen years old and sitting outside on the porch of my house with our pastor Fr. Bill Wack, C.S.C. (now known as Bishop Bill, but I still can’t help but call him… Read more »

I Encourage You to V.O.L.U.N.T.E.E.R.

By Katinka Kalusche, Brethren Volunteer Service Dear Future Volunteer: Congratulations on deciding to dedicate a part of your life to volunteering, to bringing both your knowledge and skills to a new place, and above all to expressing your love for people by serving others. Volunteering is so much more than just working without pay; it is… Read more »

What I Wish I Knew About Community

By Erin DaCosta, Colorado Vincentian Volunteers The Merriam Webster dictionary defines community as “a unified body of individuals, such as people with common interests living in a particular area.” Yes! This is, in the simplest of terms, community. However, what Merriam Webster doesn’t acknowledge in this basic definition is the breadth and depth of an… Read more »

Lessons from My Students: Community & Simple Living

By Maddie Bologa, Cristo Rey Jesuit Volunteers While working at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School together, my fellow volunteers and I would return after a day’s work to our cozy, third-story apartment located on one of the major streets in Chicago. In this apartment, we shared meals and favorite pastimes, reflected on our volunteer journeys at… Read more »

Invitation to Transformation

By Emily Bruce, Maggie’s Place Dear Future Volunteer, are you ready to be transformed? Service is always an invitation to transformation. Right now, you cannot possibly imagine the ways your heart will expand in these upcoming months. The word “service” might bring to mind community, laughter, intentionality, and prayer- but a year of service brings… Read more »