Find the Program for You!

Service sites are often matched on individual backgrounds, educations, talents, and desires. Most programs require a college degree or equivalent. All programs provide community housing and a stipend, and most provide insurance. 

Programs in the United States

  Education, Health Care, Prison Ministry, Immigration, Refugee Resettlement, Parish Outreach, Social Services, Homeless Outreach    Term of Service:  1 year   Cap Corps East  offers men and women the opportunity to work in direct service with the poor while living a simple lifestyle in community with other volunteers. The spirit and spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi will be central to this experience of community and service.    capcorpseast.com     Age Requirement:  21-30  Language Requirement:  Spanish needed for some domestic placements  Priority Deadline:  February 15

Education, Health Care, Prison Ministry, Immigration, Refugee Resettlement, Parish Outreach, Social Services, Homeless Outreach

Term of Service: 1 year

Cap Corps East offers men and women the opportunity to work in direct service with the poor while living a simple lifestyle in community with other volunteers. The spirit and spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi will be central to this experience of community and service.

capcorpseast.com

Age Requirement: 21-30
Language Requirement: Spanish needed for some domestic placements
Priority Deadline: February 15

Cap Corps East

Cleveland, OH
Washington, D.C.

  Youth Ministry, Youth Retreat Ministry    Term of Service:  1 or 2 year. August-July  The  Friars of the Province of St. Mary of the Capuchin Order  seek volunteers who desire to deepen their lives through spiritual direction and intentional community living. In our 25th year of operation, volunteers assist youth groups and prepare and give retreats to youth and adults in the metro NY and greater Hudson Valley areas. Participants can complete a second year of service and obtain an M.A. in Theology and Ministry through the Boston College Summer and Online Program. Please contact us for more details.     cyfm.org     Age Requirement:  Over 21  Priority Deadline:  May 1

Youth Ministry, Youth Retreat Ministry

Term of Service: 1 or 2 year. August-July

The Friars of the Province of St. Mary of the Capuchin Order seek volunteers who desire to deepen their lives through spiritual direction and intentional community living. In our 25th year of operation, volunteers assist youth groups and prepare and give retreats to youth and adults in the metro NY and greater Hudson Valley areas. Participants can complete a second year of service and obtain an M.A. in Theology and Ministry through the Boston College Summer and Online Program. Please contact us for more details. 

cyfm.org

Age Requirement: Over 21
Priority Deadline: May 1

Cap Corps New York

Garrison, NY

  Social Services, Refugee Resettlement, Immigration Homeless Outreach, Healthcare, Education, Woman and Children, Teen Outreach    Term of Service:  August – July / 1 or 2 Years   Change A Heart  is an 11 month service experience that empowers young adults to live simply in community while serving a vulnerable population. Change A Heart’s vision is to inspire and mentor young adults in the Franciscan spirit so they may develop skills to intentionally live out life-long Gospel values of modeling justice, peacemaking, hospitality, and caring for the earth and all creation by providing direct essential services with those who are marginalized in Western Pennsylvania.    changeaheartvolunteers.org     Age Requirement:  21 – 30  Language Requirement:  Spanish (not required but a plus)  June Priority Deadline:  Rolling

Social Services, Refugee Resettlement, Immigration Homeless Outreach, Healthcare, Education, Woman and Children, Teen Outreach

Term of Service: August – July / 1 or 2 Years

Change A Heart is an 11 month service experience that empowers young adults to live simply in community while serving a vulnerable population. Change A Heart’s vision is to inspire and mentor young adults in the Franciscan spirit so they may develop skills to intentionally live out life-long Gospel values of modeling justice, peacemaking, hospitality, and caring for the earth and all creation by providing direct essential services with those who are marginalized in Western Pennsylvania.

changeaheartvolunteers.org

Age Requirement: 21 – 30
Language Requirement: Spanish (not required but a plus)
June Priority Deadline: Rolling

Change A Heart

Pittsburgh, PA

  Homelessness, Chemical Addiction    Term of Service:  Mid-June to Mid-August  Two-month summer experience for young men to live with and minister alongside the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. Ministries focus upon bringing about healing and reconciliation in our world according to the vision of St. Francis: “to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.”     atonementfriars.org     Age Requirement:  Men from 19 – 29  Priority Deadline:  March 31

Homelessness, Chemical Addiction

Term of Service: Mid-June to Mid-August

Two-month summer experience for young men to live with and minister alongside the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. Ministries focus upon bringing about healing and reconciliation in our world according to the vision of St. Francis: “to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.” 

atonementfriars.org

Age Requirement: Men from 19 – 29
Priority Deadline: March 31

  Refugee Services, Youth Programming, Education, Community Organizing    Term of Service:  August-July  An 11 month program for young adults (between the ages of 21-30) who desire to intentionally explore service, community, and spirituality. Through service,  Franciscan Community Volunteers  seek to meet the increasing diversity of the central Minnesota area in the spirit of St. Francis by promoting the love of all creation and ministry to the poor through social justice and advocacy, while living in intentional community. Long-term placements include: social service agencies, homeless services, ESL education, rehabilitation services, child care, food shelf, parish ministry, Hispanic outreach, senior services, etc.       fcvonline.org      Age Requirement:  21-30  Language Requirement:  Spanish needed for some domestic placements  Priority Deadline:  Rolling

Refugee Services, Youth Programming, Education, Community Organizing

Term of Service: August-July

An 11 month program for young adults (between the ages of 21-30) who desire to intentionally explore service, community, and spirituality. Through service, Franciscan Community Volunteers seek to meet the increasing diversity of the central Minnesota area in the spirit of St. Francis by promoting the love of all creation and ministry to the poor through social justice and advocacy, while living in intentional community. Long-term placements include: social service agencies, homeless services, ESL education, rehabilitation services, child care, food shelf, parish ministry, Hispanic outreach, senior services, etc.   

fcvonline.org
 
Age Requirement: 21-30
Language Requirement: Spanish needed for some domestic placements
Priority Deadline: Rolling

  Administrative, Communications, Development, Programming, Youth Education, Homelessness Ministry, Refugee Services    Term of Service:  13 months     Franciscan Mission Service’s  DC Service Corps Program equips compassionate young adults to become future nonprofit servant leaders. Participants address issues of poverty and injustice through a year of service with local nonprofits in Washington, DC. Volunteers live simply in intentional community and integrate the Franciscan values into their daily lives. Volunteers also receive leadership training and faith formation to further develop their skills and gifts as they serve in their various ministries. Depending on their interests and professional goals, volunteers have the opportunity to work directly with marginalized populations through organizations that meet specific community needs or to work at FMS headquarters providing critical support for overseas and domestic programs.     The Short-Term Mission and Global Awareness Trip to Washington, DC is a week-long opportunity for groups to learn about urban poverty and advocacy in the US.     franciscanmissionservice.org     Age Requirement:  21 - 35  Priority Deadline:  Rolling

Administrative, Communications, Development, Programming, Youth Education, Homelessness Ministry, Refugee Services

Term of Service: 13 months  

Franciscan Mission Service’s DC Service Corps Program equips compassionate young adults to become future nonprofit servant leaders. Participants address issues of poverty and injustice through a year of service with local nonprofits in Washington, DC. Volunteers live simply in intentional community and integrate the Franciscan values into their daily lives. Volunteers also receive leadership training and faith formation to further develop their skills and gifts as they serve in their various ministries. Depending on their interests and professional goals, volunteers have the opportunity to work directly with marginalized populations through organizations that meet specific community needs or to work at FMS headquarters providing critical support for overseas and domestic programs.   

The Short-Term Mission and Global Awareness Trip to Washington, DC is a week-long opportunity for groups to learn about urban poverty and advocacy in the US.

 franciscanmissionservice.org

Age Requirement: 21 - 35
Priority Deadline: Rolling

  Homeless Outreach, Soup Kitchen, Shelter    Term of Service:  July – July   Franciscan Outreach Volunteers  is a 1 year (renewable) program based on the values of Service, Community, Spirituality and Simple Living. Volunteers live and work at Franciscan Outreach Association (FOA), a non-profit agency providing emergency and long-term services to those who are homeless, poor and marginalized in Chicago. Volunteers work directly with those who are homeless, providing hospitality and services at our Soup Kitchen and Shelter sites. This is an opportunity for volunteers who wish to help people who are homeless with respect and compassion. This setting offers volunteers the opportunity to develop relationships with our guests and encourages volunteers to examine their own values and develop their personal strengths in a concrete lived reality.     franciscanoutreachvolunteers.org     Age Requirement:  19-25  Priority Deadline:  March 1

Homeless Outreach, Soup Kitchen, Shelter

Term of Service: July – July

Franciscan Outreach Volunteers is a 1 year (renewable) program based on the values of Service, Community, Spirituality and Simple Living. Volunteers live and work at Franciscan Outreach Association (FOA), a non-profit agency providing emergency and long-term services to those who are homeless, poor and marginalized in Chicago. Volunteers work directly with those who are homeless, providing hospitality and services at our Soup Kitchen and Shelter sites. This is an opportunity for volunteers who wish to help people who are homeless with respect and compassion. This setting offers volunteers the opportunity to develop relationships with our guests and encourages volunteers to examine their own values and develop their personal strengths in a concrete lived reality. 

franciscanoutreachvolunteers.org

Age Requirement: 19-25
Priority Deadline: March 1

  Soup Kitchen/Food Ministry, Education, Community Organizing, Immigrant Ministry, Parish Ministries, Pastoral Outreach, Peace & Justice, Prisons, RCIA/Faith Formation, Youth Ministry    Term of Service:  August – July  The  Franciscan Volunteer Ministry  is a group of lay men and women, living in community, who dedicate themselves to ministry in collaboration with the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province. Based on the Gospel message to express love in action, it provides an environment that fosters service to the marginalized, personal and interpersonal development, spiritual growth, and an active prayer life. As living witnesses to Gospel values and Franciscan ideals, the Franciscan Volunteer Ministers are committed to a simple lifestyle that promotes solidarity with the poor and builds a Christian community with one another. This experience, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, will nurture the Franciscan Volunteer Ministers to grow in faith to become witnesses to the world and to their faith communities.     franciscanvolunteerministry.org     Age Requirement:  Over 18  Priority Deadline:  Rolling

Soup Kitchen/Food Ministry, Education, Community Organizing, Immigrant Ministry, Parish Ministries, Pastoral Outreach, Peace & Justice, Prisons, RCIA/Faith Formation, Youth Ministry

Term of Service: August – July

The Franciscan Volunteer Ministry is a group of lay men and women, living in community, who dedicate themselves to ministry in collaboration with the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province. Based on the Gospel message to express love in action, it provides an environment that fosters service to the marginalized, personal and interpersonal development, spiritual growth, and an active prayer life. As living witnesses to Gospel values and Franciscan ideals, the Franciscan Volunteer Ministers are committed to a simple lifestyle that promotes solidarity with the poor and builds a Christian community with one another. This experience, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, will nurture the Franciscan Volunteer Ministers to grow in faith to become witnesses to the world and to their faith communities.

 franciscanvolunteerministry.org

Age Requirement: Over 18
Priority Deadline: Rolling

Franciscan Volunteer Ministry

Durham, NC
Philadelphia, PA
Silver Spring, MD

  Farming, Immigration & Diversity, Community Outreach, Hospitality, Social Services, Corporate Social Responsibility    Term of Service:  August – June   Franciscan Volunteers  are lay women and men who commit to a year of service sharing in the charism and mission of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. Living simply in community, with a focus on social justice, spirituality, and the Franciscan Tradition, volunteers grow in the spirit of the Gospel as lived by St. Francis and Clare of Assisi. With a special emphasis on an integral ecology ministry sites focus on both the needs of the people and the Earth.     osfphila.org/franciscanvolunteers     Language Requirement:  Spanish can be helpful  Age Requirement:  21+   Priority Deadline:  Rolling

Farming, Immigration & Diversity, Community Outreach, Hospitality, Social Services, Corporate Social Responsibility

Term of Service: August – June

Franciscan Volunteers are lay women and men who commit to a year of service sharing in the charism and mission of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. Living simply in community, with a focus on social justice, spirituality, and the Franciscan Tradition, volunteers grow in the spirit of the Gospel as lived by St. Francis and Clare of Assisi. With a special emphasis on an integral ecology ministry sites focus on both the needs of the people and the Earth. 

osfphila.org/franciscanvolunteers

Language Requirement: Spanish can be helpful
Age Requirement: 21+ 
Priority Deadline: Rolling

  Health Care, Education, Homelessness, Refugee Services, Hospice, “At Risk” Youth Ministry, Disabled Adults    Term of Service:  August – end of July  One year experience for young adults that is grounded in the spirituality of Francis and Clare of Assisi. Volunteers live in community where they eat, pray, love and share their lives with one another every day. This experience of Christ in community is what inspires them to reach out in Gospel service to the poor and marginalized. Volunteers are supported by regular and direct contact with Franciscan Friars and Sisters.     franciscorps.org     Age Requirement:  21-25  Priority Deadline:  March 1

Health Care, Education, Homelessness, Refugee Services, Hospice, “At Risk” Youth Ministry, Disabled Adults

Term of Service: August – end of July

One year experience for young adults that is grounded in the spirituality of Francis and Clare of Assisi. Volunteers live in community where they eat, pray, love and share their lives with one another every day. This experience of Christ in community is what inspires them to reach out in Gospel service to the poor and marginalized. Volunteers are supported by regular and direct contact with Franciscan Friars and Sisters. 

franciscorps.org

Age Requirement: 21-25
Priority Deadline: March 1

FrancisCorps

Syracuse, NY

 

 

  *For women only.     Homeless Shelter, Primary and Middle Schools for At-Risk Students, Outreach/Human Services, Healthcare/Elder Care, Community Organizing, Meal Program    Term of Service:  12+ months, up to 2 years  The  Tau Volunteer Program  empowers women 21 years and older to share their gifts through service, community, and spirituality. Inspired by St. Francis and St. Clare Tau Volunteers serve those on the margins of society, those in unjust situations, especially the poor. Tau Volunteers are part of an enriching life experience that aims to create a global community of women who will bring peace and justice to the world. Volunteers live in community with our sisters and other volunteers, are provided full room and board, stipends, local expenses, and health insurance. There are ample opportunities to grow personally, professionally, and spiritually.     www.tauvolunteers.org     Language Requirement:  English, Spanish at some sites  Age Requirement:  at least 21, up to retirement age  Education requirement:  post-grad, or comparable life experience  Priority Deadline:  Rolling  

*For women only. 

Homeless Shelter, Primary and Middle Schools for At-Risk Students, Outreach/Human Services, Healthcare/Elder Care, Community Organizing, Meal Program

Term of Service: 12+ months, up to 2 years

The Tau Volunteer Program empowers women 21 years and older to share their gifts through service, community, and spirituality. Inspired by St. Francis and St. Clare Tau Volunteers serve those on the margins of society, those in unjust situations, especially the poor. Tau Volunteers are part of an enriching life experience that aims to create a global community of women who will bring peace and justice to the world. Volunteers live in community with our sisters and other volunteers, are provided full room and board, stipends, local expenses, and health insurance. There are ample opportunities to grow personally, professionally, and spiritually. 

www.tauvolunteers.org

Language Requirement: English, Spanish at some sites
Age Requirement: at least 21, up to retirement age
Education requirement: post-grad, or comparable life experience
Priority Deadline: Rolling  

Tau Volunteer Program

Milwaukee, WI
El Paso, TX

 

International Programs

 Ministries:  Teaching, Diocesan Administrative Work   Term of Service:  1-2 years      Cap Corps East  offers men and women the opportunity to work in direct service with the poor while living a simple lifestyle in community with other volunteers. The spirit and spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi will be central to this experience of community and service.     capcorpseast.com    Age Requirement:  21    Accepts Married Couples  Priority Deadline:  Rolling

Ministries: Teaching, Diocesan Administrative Work

Term of Service: 1-2 years  

Cap Corps East offers men and women the opportunity to work in direct service with the poor while living a simple lifestyle in community with other volunteers. The spirit and spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi will be central to this experience of community and service. 

capcorpseast.com

Age Requirement: 21
Accepts Married Couples
Priority Deadline: Rolling

Cap Corps East

Papua New Guinea

  Interfaith and Interreligious Dialogue   Term of Service:  Mid-June to Mid-August   A two-month summer experience for young men to live with and minister alongside the  Franciscan Friars of the Atonement . Volunteers take a three week course in Rome on interfaith and interreligious dialogue. Then they teach what they learned at Catholic parishes back in North America.    atonementfriars.org    Age Requirement:  Men from 19-29  Priority Deadline:  March 31

Interfaith and Interreligious Dialogue

Term of Service: Mid-June to Mid-August

A two-month summer experience for young men to live with and minister alongside the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. Volunteers take a three week course in Rome on interfaith and interreligious dialogue. Then they teach what they learned at Catholic parishes back in North America.

atonementfriars.org

Age Requirement: Men from 19-29
Priority Deadline: March 31

  Education, Health Care, Pastoral Work, Legal, Sustainable Agriculture, Prison Ministry, Social Services, Community Organizing, Art, Music, Sports    Term of Service:  2 years or more      Franciscan Mission Service’s  Overseas Lay Mission Program provides lay women and men the opportunity to walk in solidarity with communities around the world that are marginalized and oppressed. Missioners serve for two or more years alongside community members, assisting with locally-run ministries that strive to cultivate peace, justice, and hope. FMS believes in the wisdom of economically poor communities and in the fundamental dignity of every individual. Following in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare, missioners take a posture of humility and engage in a relationship-focused approach to mission that focuses on presence, learning and cross-cultural companionship.    franciscanmissionservice.org     Bolivia and Guatemala:  Short-Term Mission and Global Awareness Trips provide participants with a 10-14-day opportunity to visit service sites and learn about various social justice and poverty issues.   Age Requirement:  22-65    Accepts Married Couples  Priority Deadline:  January 1   Final Deadline:  April 1

Education, Health Care, Pastoral Work, Legal, Sustainable Agriculture, Prison Ministry, Social Services, Community Organizing, Art, Music, Sports

Term of Service: 2 years or more  

Franciscan Mission Service’s Overseas Lay Mission Program provides lay women and men the opportunity to walk in solidarity with communities around the world that are marginalized and oppressed. Missioners serve for two or more years alongside community members, assisting with locally-run ministries that strive to cultivate peace, justice, and hope. FMS believes in the wisdom of economically poor communities and in the fundamental dignity of every individual. Following in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare, missioners take a posture of humility and engage in a relationship-focused approach to mission that focuses on presence, learning and cross-cultural companionship.

franciscanmissionservice.org

Bolivia and Guatemala: Short-Term Mission and Global Awareness Trips provide participants with a 10-14-day opportunity to visit service sites and learn about various social justice and poverty issues. 

Age Requirement: 22-65
Accepts Married Couples
Priority Deadline: January 1
Final Deadline: April 1

Franciscan Mission Service

Bolivia
Guatemala
Jamaica

  Senior Care, “At Risk” Families, Addiction    Term of Service:  August – end of July   One year experience for young adults that is grounded in the spirituality of Francis and Clare of Assisi. Volunteers live in community where they eat, pray, love and share their lives with one another every day. This experience of Christ in community is what inspires them to reach out in Gospel service to the poor and marginalized. Volunteers are supported by regular and direct contact with Franciscan Friars and Sisters.    franciscorps.org    Age Requirement:  21-25   Language Requirement:  Spanish  Priority Deadline:  March 1

Senior Care, “At Risk” Families, Addiction

Term of Service: August – end of July

One year experience for young adults that is grounded in the spirituality of Francis and Clare of Assisi. Volunteers live in community where they eat, pray, love and share their lives with one another every day. This experience of Christ in community is what inspires them to reach out in Gospel service to the poor and marginalized. Volunteers are supported by regular and direct contact with Franciscan Friars and Sisters.

franciscorps.org

Age Requirement: 21-25
Language Requirement: Spanish
Priority Deadline: March 1

FrancisCorps

Costa Rica