Say Yes! To Volunteering with Catholic charities

Apply by September 16! Begin volunteering the end of October. 

Catholic Charities is recruiting over 100 volunteers to take on a weekly, year-long commitment to service. All roles are listed below and require an application, conversation with program staff about expectations, and at least a 75–hour commitment including orientation and training. Remote and in-person volunteer opportunities are available.

Want to Learn More?

Below are two ways you can learn more about volunteering with Catholic Charities.

Interested in learning more about volunteer roles at Catholic Charities ADW? Join us at our Volunteer Open House on September 8, 2022 at 6:00PM- 7:00PM.

Sign Up to Attend Volunteer Open House

Quick and easy. Type in your name and email address and we will send you more information about volunteering with Catholic Charities.  

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While you are waiting to apply for an ongoing role, sign up for Catholic Charities event opportunities on our current opportunities page. For these activities, you can sign up and show up!

Curious about the types of ongoing volunteers?

Listed below are all the ongoing volunteer opportunities we are recruiting for as part of the Say Yes! Fall Call for Volunteers. Click the role names below for a brief description. If one sounds interesting, click the “Learn More & Apply” button to read a more detailed description and to see the “Fill in an Application” button for that role. Apply by September 18, 2022!  

Volunteering for People who are Immigrants to Access Safety-net Supports

These programs offer people who are making their way in our community after leaving the place they know best and the culture that nurtured them. People accessing services in these programs encounter volunteers who are lawyers, healthcare professionals, dental care professionals, and English language teachers.

Licensed attorney volunteers will represent at least one pro bono client who was screened through Catholic Charities Legal Network and seeks assistance with a non-fee-generating, civil legal matter in one of the following practice areas: Domestic Relations (custody/visitation), Employment, Landlord-Tenant, Will Drafting (with Advanced Healthcare Directive and/or Power of Attorney), Public Entitlements (SSI or SSDI) or Bankruptcy/Consumer Matters. A case-handling attorney will directly represent a client in his or her civil legal matter, zealously advocating for a positive outcome that improves the client’s life.   

Catholic Charities Legal Network provides pro bono civil legal services to low-income families and individuals throughout the Archdiocese of Washington. Case types, in Washington, DC and Maryland, include: landlord/tenant, family law (custody, divorce, child custody), government entitlements (SSI/SSDI), consumer debt/bankruptcy, estate planning (will drafting, advanced healthcare directives, power of attorney), employment, and record sealing.  

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Are you a medical professional hoping to share your talents with those who most need them? Do you have a heart for service and accompaniment? Come join our team at Catholic Charities Volunteer Medical Clinic

The Volunteer Medical Clinic provides primary care to people without charging them for office visits in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The clinic serves primarily Spanish speaking patients who are uninsured, and interpreters are available.  

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Do you speak Spanish? Do you want to help make healthcare accessible to everyone, regardless of whether they have insurance?  Be an Interpreter for patients at Catholic Charities‘ free Volunteer Medical Clinic!  

Our clinic provides free primary care services to people in need, and most of our patients speak Spanish as a first language. We are seeking Medical Clinic Interpreters to facilitate communication between patients and their doctors.

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Improve health and wellness for our uninsured community members! As an Eligibility Specialist, you will connect patients to the services they qualify for at Catholic Charities’ Volunteer Medical Clinic. 

The Volunteer Medical Clinic provides primary care services to people in need without charging them for office visits. The clinic is committed to providing quality health care to our low-income patient population. We serve primarily Spanish speaking patients. 

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The Spanish Catholic Center offers holistic services to immigrants from around the world. The multicultural staff of the Center speak more than eight different languages and have experience working with individuals from more than 72 diverse cultural contexts. 

Spanish Catholic Center offers case management assistance to assist people from various countries with to obtain resources in their community.  

The Client Support Volunteers will provide support to the Case Managers in Maryland while helping the clients in gaining access to resources within their community (SNAP, community referrals, rental relief, and immigration support).  

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Be a welcoming face for all at Catholic Charities’ Spanish Catholic Center and Volunteer Medical Clinic

The Spanish Catholic Center is a hub for medical, dental, social, and legal services in Columbia Heights, Washington, D.C. In the same building, the Catholic Charities Volunteer Medical Clinic provides primary care services to people in need, free of charge, serving primarily Spanish speaking patients.  

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Quality dental care is essential to everyone’s health and well-being but is not accessible to all. Catholic Charities Dental Services works to eliminate this health disparity for adults and children who are uninsured, and you can be a part of this important work.  

Volunteer dental professionals provide preventive, diagnostic, emergency and restorative oral healthcare for people who are uninsured. Join this enthusiastic team of staff and volunteers who are making a lasting difference in the lives of our patients. We are looking for volunteers in Temple Hills and DC.

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Quality dental care is essential to everyone’s health and well-being but is not accessible to all. Volunteers with Catholic Charities Dental Services work to eliminate this health disparity for adults and children who are uninsured by providing quality and affordable dental care. We want you to join this impactful volunteer effort!  

Volunteer Dental Hygienists review a patient’s history and complaints, perform a dental assessment, and provide preventive and therapeutic services. Volunteer Hygienists are vital to ensuring each patient has a positive experience and leaves feeling knowledgeable and empowered to take care of their oral health. 

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Quality dental care is essential to everyone’s health and well-being but is not accessible to all. Volunteers with Catholic Charities Dental Services work to eliminate this health disparity for adults and children who are uninsured by providing quality and affordable dental care. We want you to join this impactful volunteer effort! 

As a Volunteer Dental Assistant you will be the first to interact and the first to help patients. If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind and want a fulfilling volunteer experience, this is an excellent opportunity for you. 

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Catholic Charities Immigrant Support Services system of integrated services uses a holistic approach to address our clients’ needs by providing wrap around social services, employment supportive services, and education and training programs in the communities of DC and Gaithersburg. As an ESOL Instructor, you will teach beginner to intermediate level English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses for adults based on Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) standards. Catholic Charities will provide you with training on how to deliver ESOL lessons and keep a record of student attendance.    

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Volunteering for People Seeking Financial Security

These programs offer people who are working to lift themselves out of poverty support to pursue skills for economic security.  People accessing services in these programs encounter volunteers who are mentors, coaches, instructors, trainers.

Catholic Charities manages an IRS-sponsored Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. The site provides tax return preparation (at no cost) for low- and moderate-income families from February 1 through April 15.  

Volunteer Tax Return Preparation Volunteers 1.) provide high-quality tax assistance to individuals and families in need; 2.) maximize tax benefits (filing status, child credits, child care credits, earned income credits, Economic Impact Payments, etc.) to which the taxpayer is entitled under the law; and 3.) enable these taxpayers to avoid being taken advantage of by unscrupulous “storefront” preparers who charge high fees and structure refund anticipation loans that further siphon off the benefit of the refunds due to the taxpayer. 

Volunteers don’t need to be tax experts! If you are comfortable using TurboTax, you will be able to serve as a volunteer. 

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The Financial Stability Network (FSN) seeks individual mentors to work with low to moderate income individuals. FSN volunteer’s mission is to accompany their assigned client/Mentee as they work to meet their financial goal(s). By showing a genuine interest in the individual, proposing viable options to achieve their goals, and supporting them as they execute their decisions, the volunteer is a loving presence that affirms the mentee’s innate dignity and right to self-sufficiency 

The Financial Stability Network (FSN) provides pro-bono (Free) financial services to those who otherwise would not have access to financial education, mentoring and tax consulting. The mission of the Financial Stability Network is to assist low to moderate income families and individuals with increasing income and building assets.  

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The Financial Stability Network (FSN) provides pro-bono (Free) financial services to those who otherwise would not have access to financial education, mentoring and tax consulting. The mission of the Financial Stability Network is to assist low to moderate income families and individuals with increasing income and building assets. 

The resource navigator will be a subject matter expert on one financial topic such as Banking, Credit, Debt Management, Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security, etc, and will provide support to volunteer mentors on the topic.  This volunteer will work directly with the volunteer mentor to ensure that their client has access to essential services and information

This volunteer will advise mentors and clients on best practices in trying to solve financial problems relating their filed of expertise.  The Resource Navigator will have a huge impact on the lives of FSN clients and other volunteers by being a point of contact and providing expert advice on one topic.  They will be the go to person within the Financial Stability Network with all things related to their topic.  

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Volunteering for People who are in Precarious Situations

These programs offer people who are working to lift themselves out of poverty support to pursue skills for economic security.  People accessing services in these programs encounter volunteers who are mentors, coaches, instructors, trainers. 

Become a support to somebody as they continue to transition back into their community. The Welcome Home Reentry Program (WHRP) assists men and women returning to their communities after incarceration by matching them with trained mentors from local parishes and the broader community. 

Welcome Home Mentors make a one-year commitment to help empower mentees by offering guidance, a positive support network, and connections to training and resources to facilitate smooth and successful community reentry. WHRP and its mentors offer a bridge to responsible citizenship for people who have been in prison, jail, or on probation. Mentors are not expected to be case managers, but to provide social support.  

The Welcome Home Reentry Program (WHRP) assists men and women returning to their communities after incarceration by matching them with trained mentors from local parishes and the broader community. 

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Angels’ Watch Shelter provides safe, emergency, housing and necessities for women and families who are experiencing homeless. The program mission involves volunteers in delivering services.  Residents who volunteer in the shelter often express feelings of self-worth and belonging.

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Angels’ Watch Shelter provides safe, emergency, housing and necessities for women and families who are experiencing homeless. The program mission involves volunteers in delivering services.  Residents who volunteer in the shelter often express feelings of self-worth and belonging.

Volunteers will help residents move in to their new homes that are stable and secure. They will provide clients individual attention and expand the capacity of the staff to be responsive to residents.

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The Spanish Catholic Center offers holistic services to immigrants from around the world. The multicultural staff of the Center speak more than eight different languages and have experience working with individuals from more than 72 different cultural contexts. Spanish Catholic Center offers employment referrals and job readiness training programs to assist men and women from Hispanic countries with obtaining a job. 

The Employment Services Volunteer will provide support to the Employment Specialists in DC while helping the clients in submitting their unemployment documentation online.

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Volunteering Behind the Scenes to Enhance Program Effectiveness

These programs are seeking volunteers with superpowers paired with qualities of organization, management, initiative, and congenial persistence.  Volunteers in these roles will work closely with staff.  You’ll help with special projects, set up processes for future volunteers to carry out, improve existing processes. You’ll also minister to the helpers, bringing dignity by witnessing and acknowledging the work they do.

The Volunteer Engagement Office welcomes people to help meet the mission of the agency by giving their time and talents to the people who come to us for help and hope.  

Welcome Team volunteers will help prospective volunteers become engaged volunteers by staying touch with them, answering questions, and helping them complete the steps to become a volunteer. The Welcome Team will assist onboarding volunteers for ongoing roles and for internships.

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Help us help others! The Financial Stability Network (FSN) seeks a Manager of Volunteer Engagement to support prospective volunteer mentors, financial educators, and tax preparers. The ideal volunteer candidate will be a self-motivated, well-organized individual with a passion for service and economic justice. The Manager of FSN Volunteer Engagement will assist new and returning volunteers in the FSN program by answering questions, guiding them through the onboarding process, and helping them build relationships with their clients. 

The Manager will onboard 50 volunteers for ongoing roles in FSN. The volunteer will commit to serving 2-4 hours each week for a minimum of one year. 

The Financial Stability Network provides pro-bono financial services to those who otherwise would not have access to financial education, mentoring and tax consulting. The mission of the Financial Stability Network is to assist low to moderate income families and individuals with increasing income and building assets. 

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Subject Matter Expert Attorneys will be available to answer questions and guide licensed volunteer attorneys who accept a pro bono case from Catholic Charities Legal Network. These mentor attorneys are subject matter experts with substantial knowledge in at least one of the civil legal areas covered by Catholic Charities Legal Network in either Washington, DC or Maryland. A subject matter expert attorney will be able to help guide and build newer pro bono attorneys’ skills and understanding in an area of the law less familiar to these volunteers as they help pro bono clients achieve a positive outcome in their civil legal matters.   

Catholic Charities Legal Network  provides pro bono civil legal services to low-income families and individuals throughout the Archdiocese of Washington. Case types, in Washington, DC and Maryland, include: landlord/tenant, family (child custody, divorce, child support), government entitlements (SSI/SSDI), consumer debt/bankruptcy, estate planning (will drafting, advanced healthcare directives, power of attorney), employment, and record sealing.   

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Detail-orientated, friendly, and tech-savvy people interested in the healthcare services field and helping patients access care are encouraged to apply for the Patient Liaison Volunteer role to support Catholic Charities Healthcare Services. This program caters to the uninsured and underserved population in their behavior, dental, and medical healthcare needs. 

The Patient Liaison will serve as a guide to prospective and current patients to help them overcome health disparities due to a lack of access to care. By providing reassurance and information, the Patient Liaison Volunteer will help patients navigate the various healthcare services programs and connect them to other integrated services.

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The Spanish Catholic Center offers holistic services to immigrants from around the world. The multicultural staff of the Center speak more than eight different languages and have experience working with individuals from more than 72 different cultural contexts.  The Spanish Catholic Center offers assistance to the community by distributing food packages every other Wednesday.  Volunteers will stand in solidarity with the community in which they serve by assisting with the food distribution set-up and execution as well as other administrative tasks.

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applying to volunteer

  1. All ongoing volunteer roles are posted on this page. Choose a role from the list below and click the “Learn More & Apply” button. 
  2. Select one role and apply by the deadline. If you are interested in multiple roles, email volunteer@cc-dc.org.  
  3. You must complete and submit the application in one sitting. For all roles except attorneys, have the following information ready:
    • Photo of government-issued ID 
    • Photo of COVID-19 vaccination card
    • Social Security number to complete Background Check Authorization form. If you do not have one, email volunteer@cc-dc.org for a different screening process. 
    • 3 names and email addresses for references (personal or professional, but not a relative) 
  4. Click “Fill in an Application.” Make an account if you do not have one already. 
  5. Complete the application and click “Submit.” 
  6. Receive an email with next steps! 

We have opportunities for volunteers with a variety of experiences, skills, and backgrounds! Most ongoing volunteer opportunities on this page are available to volunteers 18 years of age or older. All in-person volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Click on the “Learn More & Apply” buttons below for the specific requirements for each role. Volunteers must meet the “Qualifications” listed but are not required to have all of the “Desired Experience, Skills, & Characteristics.” Training will be provided for all volunteer roles. If none of these roles are a good fit, we can still use your help! Check out ourshort-term volunteer opportunities.  

  • Spring: February – Late March; Begin Volunteering in May
  • Fall: Early August – Mid-September; Begin Volunteering in October

 

Whether you are waiting to hear back about an ongoing volunteer role or looking for a short-term volunteer opportunity, check out our volunteer calendar. For these activities, you can sign up and show up!

Are you excited to volunteer but not sure what role is a good fit? Do you have questions about your qualifications for certain roles? Do you need help completing an application? Email Luisa.Escaler@cc-dc.org  or laura.watkins@cc-dc.org to schedule a time to talk.