Deciding to become an HM Volunteer is actively choosing a life of solidarity with those we serve. As a volunteer you will address social issues through service, live in intentional community, and discern your path through reflection. Choosing to spend a year in service is a commitment that takes a lot of thought and self reflection. If you feel like you are ready to commit to serving others, applying for a year long service program is a great way to fully immerse yourself in and experience another culture.
The HM Volunteer experience includes:
- Community living with others who share similar interests and values, living a life-changing experience
- Opportunities to be part of the larger community of sisters, associates, and partners in ministry
- Personal development and growth with peers and as a team
- Networking with other long-term volunteers through Catholic Volunteer Network
- Benefits include living allowance, housing, and optional health insurance.
Applications are accepted through April 1st. Review of applications takes place on a rolling basis as applications are received. Interviews are set up as soon as all application materials are received and reviewed. Acceptances and specific positions will be confirmed starting as early as May 1. Roster is finalized June 30.
Orientation is one week in August. It is necessary for all incoming HM Volunteers to attend the full week orientation. This is to acquaint volunteers with one another and the HM program. Incoming volunteers spend time in Villa Maria, Pennsylvania to get to know the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, the program, community living, service sites and meet all the HM Volunteers. Move in takes place at the end of orientation week and before starting with service sites. The current service term runs from September 1, 2017 through July 30th 2018.
Short term Summer opportunities: Typically 2 weeks to 3 months. This is for college age students or young adults looking to spend a summer or part of a summer committed to service. Placements pending on availability and need in Immokalee, Florida; Villa Maria Farm in western Pennsylvania, Canton, Youngstown or Cleveland, Ohio.