Volunteer for a defined role for at least 75 hours or 6 months, such as mentoring and coaching individuals, behind the scenes help, and pro bono professional roles. This process takes longer due to screenings and orientation, but you have the opportunity to get more involved and do impactful work. To get started, review the roles listed below and fill out an application for a role.
We have updated these roles to reflect what is available during COVID-19.
BECOME A MENTOR OR Instructor
Catholic Charities provide the tools and resources to develop a successful path for everyone. Many of our programs focus on helping to find employment, as well as having a mentoring component. Please select each activity to see which are available during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Welcome Home Reentry Program, supports men and women who are returning to society after incarceration, through creating a support network centered around volunteer mentors who work closely with returning citizens. Mentor in D.C, Montgomery, or Prince George’s County. During COVID-19, this opportunity can be done virtually.
The ESOL Instructor will teach beginner to intermediate level English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses in Gaithersburg, MD. Experience working with the immigrant community and one year experience teaching or working with adults is required. During COVID-19, this opportunity can be done virtually.
SUPPORT OUR Legal & Immigration TEAMS
Catholic Charities legal services programs provide a level of assistance many clients could not otherwise afford, thanks to our professionally trained staff and network of pro bono aides. The Legal Network and Immigration Legal Services give clients access to volunteer attorneys and law firms, as well as referrals to other appropriate legal service organizations.
Barred attorneys are needed to accept various cases for clients with the Catholic Charities Legal Network and Immigration Legal Services. This service would provide legal support to clients in the community who are most in need. During COVID-19, these opportunities can be done virtually.
Mentor attorneys will answer questions and guide licensed volunteer attorneys who accept a pro bono case from Catholic Charities Legal Network. Mentors will have substantial knowledge in at least one of the civil legal areas covered by Catholic Charities Legal Network in either Washington, DC or Maryland. During COVID-19, this opportunity can be done virtually.
Interpreters are needed for pro bono legal cases in the Immigration Legal Services program. This volunteer assignment is PRN, so volunteer would be placed on a list of interpreters who could be called on an as needed basis. During COVID-19, these opportunities can be done virtually.
Health Care Services Support
Catholic Charities offers several programs that help people live a healthy lifestyle. Primary care visits to the doctor, mental health counseling, and access to medical specialists for unique health challenges are some of the many services offered.
Volunteers will help conduct phone surveys with patients, compile results, review and format documents, and maintain databases. This volunteer will contribute to improving the quality of medical and dental services Catholic Charities delivers to people most in need. During COVID-19, this role can be done virtually or with only a few visits to the clinic.
The Medication Assistance Volunteer will work with the Medication Coordinator to obtain free medications for our patients and to maintain our in-house dispensary at the Volunteer Medical Clinic in DC. During COVID-19, we have implemented extra safety precautions at the clinic to keep volunteers, clients, and staff safe.
Professionals are needed to provide primary and specialized healthcare to clients at our Medical Clinics or at their own office. This vital care will help those in need in our community. During COVID-19, we have implemented extra safety precautions at the clinic to keep volunteers, clients, and staff safe.
Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) are needed to serve at our Medical Clinics. These volunteers will help respond to medical phone calls, triage patients, refer patients for future care, follow up on patient applications and educate patients about health issues. During COVID-19, we have implemented extra safety precautions at the clinic to keep volunteers, clients, and staff safe.
On Call VolunteerS
Last year Catholic Charities ADW had over 7,000 volunteers! If you are unsure about which volunteer role is right for you, sign up to be an On-Call Volunteer. We will send messages to you once a month regarding various volunteer roles.
Throughout the year projects arise for which we need all hands on deck. Whether it be a spruce up project at one of our shelters or a mock interview event with program clients, we maintain a list of volunteers who are ready to spring into action on an on-call basis. If you have a flexible or varying schedule week to week, or month to month, this is a perfect opportunity for you. We ask that all on-call volunteers commit to 3-4 projects a year.