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Catholic Charities successfully recruited over 30 ongoing volunteers in our Spring into Volunteering Call for Volunteers campaign. Sign up for our wait list below and be the first to hear about our Fall Call for volunteers. Applications will open in August!

Twice a year, Catholic Charities recruits volunteers for ongoing roles. Ongoing roles require a weekly, year-long commitment to service. The roles change each season, but they typically include opportunities for mentoring, teaching, medical and legal pro bono professionals, and behind the scenes support. These roles require an application, conversation with program staff about expectations, and at least a 75–hour commitment including orientation and training. Each season, we have a variety of volunteer opportunities, including in-person and remote options.

 ongoing volunteer  waitlist!

Curious about the types of ongoing volunteer roles?

Read an overview of the types of ongoing volunteers Catholic Charities typically recruits.

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.

Volunteering for People who are in Precarious Situations

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

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.

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 Bela.Pinkney-Gadelha@cc-dc.org to schedule a time to talk.