We are an organization with an ambitious mission. We place young leaders in vital service, providing crucial capacity to agencies on the front lines of justice. Our formation program transforms those leaders into effective and thoughtful advocates for social change. And our alumni use the lessons they’ve learned to build a more just and hopeful world.
We don’t just place volunteers. We build and foster a movement, a congregation, and a way of engaging with the world that feels increasingly rare. Ask any of our 11,000 alumni or the communities they’ve served: our impact is broad and lasting.
Jesuit Volunteers perform vital service among poor and marginalized communities, while engaging deeply with the core values of spirituality, community, simple living, and social justice. Our volunteers bring a dedication to the cause of justice and the courage to transform themselves and the communities they serve. We help them discover how to put this passion to work for life.
"In some ways, Mes de Misión is a concentrated version of what it means to serve as a volunteer in a program with a focus on faith in action."
Organizations working at the front lines of social justice need volunteers as courageous and committed as they are. The Jesuit Volunteer Corps provides resource-constrained agencies with skilled and enthusiastic young leaders to support them as they take on the world’s toughest challenges.
"JVs are an immense help. It takes energy and drive, intellectual giftedness, positivity, and the ability to believe fervently in a cause, to be an effective part of the Project Return effort."
Jesuit Volunteers join a community of over 10,000 alumni committed to faith in action. Former Jesuit Volunteers do amazing things: they serve the public interest as members of Congress, found and lead organizations at the forefront of social change, heal bodies and minds as medical professionals, advocate for justice as lawyers and judges, and continue to work with the poor and marginalized.
Notable alumni include:
CEO at Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court
Jody Kent Lavy
Director and National Coordinator at The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, City Year, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer and President, International Institute of New England
Fr. Scott Santarosa, SJ
Jesuits West Provincial
Fr. Steve Katsouros, SJ
Executive Director at Arrupe College
Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year (2019)
Vice President of Global Public Policy and Corporate Philanthropy, Twitter
Trena and Kevin Yonkers-Talz
Co-Directors and Co-Founders, Casa de la Solidaridad
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Sustainability Manager, National Resources Defense Council
"Clearly, the values of spirituality, simple living, social justice, and community were still central. This wasn’t something I was going to 'get out of my system' in my twenties. Rather, these values continued to shape my life and my choices well into my thirties."
My JV experience continues to nurture my vision for the future of the healthcare system. Even now, I find myself leaning into the four values in the work I pursue, the continued education I seek out, and in communities that I help to build and strengthen.
"The person I have become, the career path I have followed, and the graduate studies I pursued are all direct results of the ways in which my mind, heart, and soul were formed as a JV."
"When I think about the week that followed--for months, I couldn't help but think of it-- I can remember so many odd details, like how much graffiti popped up overnight, walls, marquees, even billboards covered in '19 de abril.' We left Managua on April 26th, 2018 with no concept of when or if we would return, a moment that has come to mark the closure of not only that community, but a more than twenty year chapter in JVC history."
"JVC is such a unique opportunity. It opens you up to a world of opportunity: you form friendships, form bonds, and get to know yourself in a much deeper way. The community and the students, they taught me that I really needed to focus on individual relationships and friendships—just to 'be present.'"