Year of Service

Catholic Charities Year of Service is a year-long volunteer program for post-graduates and professionals made available through many partnerships, such as AmeriCorps, Ignatian Volunteer Corps and the Capuchin Franciscan Corps. Experience a fulfilling opportunity to volunteer in education, healthcare, social services, and professional services. Year of Service Volunteers serve for one year, typically between 20-40 hours a week, and, depending on their program, receive compensation in the form of housing, monthly stipend or educational assistance.

Year of Service Volunteers will contribute to the largest independent social services agency in the Metropolitan D.C. area helping to provide critical services to hundreds of thousands of people in need throughout the District of Columbia and Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Benefits to Year of Service with Catholic Charities:

  • Adding an impressive experience to your resume
  • Serve at a dynamic and established organization always growing to be anti-poverty and anti-racist
  • Leadership opportunities at your service placement in Catholic Charities

Why You Should Serve

The national service programs and faith-based programs’ qualifications vary. Please see links below for more details.


The national service programs and faith-based programs’ qualifications vary. Please see links above for those details.

Catholic Charities’ requirements vary slightly by placement and include:

  • Ability to make the time commitment to serve (both the weekly hourly commitment and the duration of the service year)
  • Demonstrate interest in the work associated with the placement
  • Carry out the tasks associated with the placement
  • Effectively use various technology and platforms and databases to contribute to work of the program

Catholic Charities Volunteer Onboarding Will Include:

  • Participating in a meeting expectations interview with the Catholic Charities DC program staff who will supervise the placement
  • Completing the online registration and application
  • Successfully completing the required screening, including a criminal background check and reference check
  • Attend volunteer orientation in September
  • Log service hours in the volunteer management system


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