What is Hope Corps?
Catholic Charities recruits energetic and reliable volunteers to serve as Hope Corps Volunteer Leaders! The Hope Corps is a team of volunteers committed to leading impactful volunteer projects across Catholic Charities programs. Working alongside staff, Hope Corps members lead meaningful and effective service experiences. They guide and support new volunteers in recurring projects, ensure the projects meet their goals, and educate volunteers about the program and people accessing services there. Hope Corps members run a variety of projects, including hosting game nights, serving meals, and leading shelter clean ups. You can read about the 2020 projects that are looking for new Hope Corps members by clicking the button below.
What do Hope Corps Members Do?
- Lead volunteers in a recurring volunteer project, once a month – check out the 2020 project list here!
- Oversee and manage large groups of volunteers to ensure projects are completed in a timely and safe manner
- Teach volunteers about Catholic Charities, the people and program served, and the impact of the volunteer project
- Serve as the point of contact between program staff and volunteers
- Provide updates and feedback to Volunteer Services staff and program
- Join other Hope Corps volunteers and staff for quarterly community building activities
Who are Hope Corps Members?
- Adults, 21 years of age or older
- People of all religious and spiritual traditions
- Energetic and fun
- Leaders who can manage large groups of volunteers
- Problem Solvers
- Calm in hectic situations
- Punctual and reliable
Hope Corps projects occur once a month and volunteers commit to leading at least 9 of the 12 service projects at their project site during one calendar year. Typically, projects are scheduled for 2 hours and require 30 minutes of preparation. Hope Corps members also participate in quarterly community building activities with all 30+ Hope Corps members!
Where do Hope Corps Members Serve?
Washington, DC // Landover, MD // Rockville, MD // Temple Hills, MD // Silver Spring, MD – check out our project site list for specifics.
How to Become a Hope Corps Leader:
- By November 6: Fill out a Hope Corps application
- By November 11: Phone call with Coordinator, Leah Landry, to ask questions, share which projects you are interested in, and discuss why Hope Corps seems right for you
- On December 4: Attend Welcome Event and Hope Corps Training Dinner
- In December: Receive Hope Corps project assignment – please note, we take volunteers’ preferences into account but also need Hope Corps members for all projects!
- December 2019 – January 2020: Visit your project site and learn how to run the project
- By January 1: Attend Volunteer Orientation with Catholic Charities
- January 2020: Launch your Hope Corps Project
- January – December 2020: Run monthly projects and attend quarterly reflection nights and other Hope Corps events
Know someone who would be good for Hope Corps? Send them this flyer!
“Catholic Charities is an incredibly welcoming community. After a while, it feels like family. We’re all here because of our faith & because we love helping EVERYONE. I love getting to know the diverse group that this organization brings together, both volunteers & clients.”
~Kate, Hope Corps Volunteer since 2015