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.
View our current opportunties and Partnerships
Catholic Charities partners with AmeriCorps, the Capuchin Franciscan Corps (CapCorps), and Ignatian Volunteer Corps to bring Year of Service volunteer positions to Catholic Charities. Applicants will apply through AmeriCorps, CapCorps, or the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, and if selected, placed with the applicable program in Catholic Charities. Learn more and apply to our partner programs below. We are recruiting to fill these full-time service positions for the 2022-2023 year starting as soon as July. Learn more and apply to our partner programs below.
Ignatian Volunteer Corps (part-time 2 days a week minimum; various placements)
The AmeriCorps & AmeriCorps VSITA programs are national service programs that place service-oriented community members at local anti-poverty organizations with the goal of serving people directly (AmeriCorps) and expanding the organization’s capacity to make change (VISTA). Catholic Charites’ national service volunteers will join a dedicated cadre of people of all ages who are serving in placements across the US and will support programs of our agency while also preparing for a life of service in the public, private, or nonprofit sector.
The Capuchin Corps and Ignatian Volunteer Corps are faith-based service programs in the Roman Catholic tradition that provide people with a heart for service opportunities to explore service as an act of faith. Participants in these programs compliment their service commitments with simple living (Cap Corps, only) and spiritual growth through retreats and community activities.
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
- AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteers receive:
- Living allowance during service year
- Many training opportunities
- post-service education grant at the end of service
- preferential status when applying for federal jobs post-service
- Capuchin Corps volunteers receive:
- Housing in a simple community living with other volunteers
- Living allowance during service year
- 3 retreats and support from the Capuchin Friars
- Ignatian Volunteer Corps volunteers receive:
- Monthly community gatherings for reflection with other IVC members
- At the Volunteer Medical Clinic placement: opportunities to learn from experienced physicians and nurse practitioners about a variety of chronic care cases
- At the ILS placements: opportunities to learn from experienced immigration attorneys and assist with critical case management tasks
- At the Volunteer Office placements: opportunities to collaborate with experienced colleagues and lead signature events that touch people accessing services across in all CC program and service areas.
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
- Complete Catholic Charities volunteer onboarding:
o Participate in a Meeting Expectations Interview with the CC DC program staff who will supervise the placement
o Complete the online registration and application
o Successfully complete the required screening (criminal background check, reference check)
o Attend volunteer orientation in September
Log service hours in the volunteer management system
To find out more or talk to a current year-of-service volunteer, contact Volunteer@CC-DC.org. We will connect you with the people you want to talk with.
WHAT OUR CURRENT VOLUNTEERS ARE SAYING
“Being a VISTA volunteer in the Volunteer Engagement Office at Catholic Charities has a been an enlightening and rewarding experience. I worked with dedicated, kind, and professional people and gained new skills while transitioning from full-time work to retirement.”
– Lett Proctor, AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
“Cap Corps itself is one of the best things I have ever done! I have felt continuously supported throughout any concerns or questions, and the Capuchin community has helped me through its example to grow in peace, love, and gratitude. Overall, I am so thankful for this year’s experience and would recommend both Catholic Charities and Cap Corps to anyone looking to volunteer and grow spiritually, personally, and professionally.”
– Melinda Renuart, Capuchin Franciscan Corps Volunteer