How can 300 days change your life? Come serve with us in Worcester, MA, just 40 miles west of Boston, alongside the Assumption Sisters through their youth mentoring programs and ESOL classes for immigrants and refugees. Our Assumption Sisters are very concerned about providing educational support to immigrants and refugees.
Most of our programming takes place in St. Peter’s parish, a large, inner-city church that is home to a beautiful, melting pot of people from all over the world. Msgr. Scollen, the pastor of St. Peter’s, is a priest of the people. St. Peter’s has served those struggling with food insecurity and sponsors a very large food pantry, and now a free medical clinic where our volunteers may also serve. There are opportunities to teach in the religious education program or to be involved in parish ministry. The people of Worcester are very diverse, but they truly care about each other and raising up those on the margins.
The life of our volunteers in Worcester is never boring! We have a community garden, a Friday knitting circle, and an after-school program for adolescent girls called Girls with DREAMS. Community life is comfortable in a former rectory, with lots of space, and a close walk to St. Peter’s.
Our volunteers consider their time spent with our Assumption Sisters as an integral part of their year! We are closely connected with Assumption University, and our volunteers are welcome to participate in all liturgical offerings at the chapel, and Campus Center.
We hope you will take the time to check out our website – assumptionvolunteers.org. Contact Sandy Piwko at directorassumption@gmail. com, she would be happy to speak with you and tell you more about our small and intimate program! We have many alums who would love to share their experience too!