Lasallian Volunteers

Religious Affiliation

Roman Catholic

Address

Hecker Center, Suite 300
3025 Fourth St NE
Washington, DC 20017

Overview

The Lasallian Volunteers — a program of the De La Salle Christian Brothers of the Lasallian Region of North America — provides dedicated, well-trained Volunteers for one or more years of service to schools and agencies of the Brothers whose mission is to serve the poor. Acting out of faith, rooted in the Gospel, and sharing community with the Brothers and other Lasallians, the volunteers empower the poor by personalized service primarily through education. Lasallian Volunteers change the world for the better and discover themselves transformed in the process.

Service may include: Teach and Tutor, Adventure-based Recreation Leaders, Case Managers and Social Workers, Campus Ministry, Retreat Work and Organizing Service Projects, Development: Public Relations, Grant Writing and Fundraising, Coach Sports Teams, Support Staff at Homeless Shelters and Soup Kitchens

Application Deadline

Priority, February 15th

Program Term

1 – 2 years

Locations

AZ, CA, IL, MN, MO, MT, NY, OK, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, WA,WI

Funding and Benefits

Stipend

Simple living stipend is provided.

Fundraising

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AmeriCorps Education Awards

If eligible.

Loan Forbearance

If an AmeriCorps member

Other financial benefits

Pending the availability and provision of funding, Lasallian Volunteers are eligible for the following terms of service and education awards:

Full-time (at least 1,700 hours for a $5,550 award)

Half-time (at least 900 hours for a $2,775 award)

Housing

Provided.

Intentional living community

Yes.

Board

Provided.

Travel and Transportation

Use of a community car.

Health Insurance

Provided.

Other benefits

Professional Mentor: Each Volunteer is assigned a professional mentor at their service site to guide and support them through their year of service. This mentor is a seasoned professional in the Volunteer’s field of work. Mentors meet with Volunteers once a month to check in and assist them when needed.

LV Alum Mentor: Each Volunteer is assigned an alumni mentor who either lives in the area where they are serving, served in their location, or graduated from the same university. This helps build connections between alums and Volunteers. Alumni mentors who live in the same town in which the Volunteer is serving are encouraged to meet with the LV in person. Otherwise, communication via e-mail and the phone are encouraged.

Personal/Communal Reflection & Spiritual Direction: Volunteers live in small Christian communities where members are invited to participate in the spiritual dimension of the community through ways that are most comfortable to each member. Outside of scheduled community reflection, members are invited to initiate faith sharing/reflection activities and times that increase one’s opportunity to grow spiritually, both personally and communally. Each volunteer has the opportunity to participate in spiritual direction if interested.

Mission and Distinctives

The Lasallian Volunteers — a program of the De La Salle Christian Brothers of the Lasallian Region of North America — provides dedicated, well-trained Volunteers for one or more years of service to schools and agencies of the Brothers whose mission is to serve the poor. Acting out of faith, rooted in the Gospel, and sharing community with the Brothers and other Lasallians, the volunteers empower the poor by personalized service primarily through education. Lasallian Volunteers change the world for the better and discover themselves transformed in the process.

Vision

We will be an ever-expanding movement of volunteers, alumni and friends serving the poor in association with the De La Salle Christian Brothers and sharing community and faith in the tradition of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.

LVs will transform the lives of impoverished children and families in all Lasallian ministries to the poor nationwide that request our help. To be effective in their outreach, current volunteers will benefit from the most appropriate training and support network possible. Formed spiritually during their service years, alumni will continue in the Lasallian mission to the poor.

We will continually develop appropriate structures for cultivating among all our members service to the poor, community and faith. The Lasallian Volunteers movement will accompany the Brothers as they return to their Founder’s mission to the poor and form effective communities that make this possible.

Requirements

  • Personality traits: Flexibility, Enthusiasm, A good sense of humor, Open-minded, Reliability, Willingness to learn, Concern for social justice, Desire to live simply

  • College degree, or related work experience

  • Interest in living with an organized, faith-based Community

  • Able to make a one year commitment to the program

  • Attendance at three retreats: Orientation, Midyear, and Debriefing