Organizations working at the front lines of social justice need volunteers as courageous and committed as they are. That’s where the Jesuit Volunteer Corps comes in. We place young leaders looking to take on the world’s toughest challenges with organizations like yours.
Jesuit Volunteers serve full-time in direct service roles within organizations seeking to build critical capacity for their priorities. Volunteers are college graduates (or possess equivalent experience) between the ages of 21 and 25, and have a passion for addressing the root causes of injustice. Over 95% of our agency partners reapply for Jesuit Volunteers year after year due to the high-quality support they receive.
Interested in partnering with JVC to bring an enthusiastic, mission-driven leader to your organization? Scroll down to learn more about our process, and feel free to contact our Admissions Team with any questions.
To apply for a Jesuit Volunteer to serve at your organization, you’ll need to create an organizational account in our system and complete an application by November 27, 2023. Existing “individual accounts” can be easily converted to organizational accounts. For a step-by-step guide on how to access our portal, click here.
October 23, 2023: Applications are open to prospective agency partners
November 27, 2023: Agency application deadline
January 12, 2024: Agencies are informed whether their application has been approved, waitlisted, or declined
January-July: Approved agencies begin interviewing accepted Jesuit Volunteer applicants from each of the 3 JVC application deadlines. Agencies provide feedback after each group of applicants is interviewed. JVC staff then uses agency and applicant feedback to create final matches. Agencies with successful matches are notified via email. If a successful match does not take place, approved agencies continue to interview applicants from the subsequent application deadline.
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) supports organizations, agencies and schools that are engaged in vital service to marginalized communities. We use the following criteria to determine whether an organization will be a good fit:
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps operates in 19 communities across the United States. At this time, we will only be accepting applications from agencies in the following domestic locations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our International Program will remain on pause until further notice.
-Kansas City, Missouri
-Los Angeles, California
-New Orleans, Louisiana
-New York City, New York
-San Diego, California
-San Francisco, California
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps partners with organizations, agencies, and schools whose mission and values align with our own.
Key indicators of alignment include:
1. Serves low-income and marginalized people
2. Strives toward changing unjust social structures
3. Recruits and employs staff and volunteers without regard to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, national origin, age, physical disability or socioeconomic status
4. Needs support in retaining full-time staff capacity
5. Understands and supports the mission of JVC
Jesuit Volunteers live and serve with those in need to build a more just and hopeful world. In order to provide a challenging and purposeful experience for our volunteers, we ask that agencies follow these guidelines for the volunteer role:
1. Spends 75% of their time in direct contact with the population served and is an integral part of the organization
2. Receives a clearly-defined job description that accurately states the tasks and responsibilities of the volunteer experience
3. Receives excellent training, supervision and support
4. Can participate fully in intentional JVC community responsibilities
5. Receives at least 10 days of vacation per program year
6. Does not require excessive night and weekend work (1 night/week or 1 weekend/month)
7. Does not replace an employee earning the minimum wage or more; Should not be used to fill a position that would normally be filled by a regular employee if the JV were not available.
JVC seeks to minimize the costs and logistics associated with the agency partner experience so that you can continue to focus on meeting the needs of your clients. From housing to food and day-to-day expenses, JVC ensures Jesuit Volunteers have what they need to be productive members of your team. Below is what we expect from you:
All agencies who apply for a Jesuit Volunteer are responsible for a non-refundable, $500 screening, and placement fee to support the recruitment and matching process.
Agencies who receive a Jesuit Volunteer pay an annual fee (assessed quarterly) of between $21,000 and $35,000. The fee is determined based on JVC’s cost of operating in your city and includes public transportation costs.
Service is one component of the Jesuit Volunteer experience. Agency partners are expected to respect and, where applicable, facilitate the incorporation of all four JVC values (spirituality, simple living, community, and social justice) into the JV’s program year.
Work time should not inhibit the JV’s ability to participate in their community, which includes time for evening meals and weekly community gatherings. Agencies are required to allow JVs time away from work to attend every retreat in the JVC program calendar. This time away from work is not to be considered vacation, holiday, or compensatory time.
Agencies and/or JVC staff collaborate to organize a local orientation for the JVs. This includes a welcoming social gathering and tour of the city, including each agency and local sites like churches, the library, the post office, parks and recreational areas, etc.
Coordination with JVC
The agency must designate a point person who will coordinate with JVC around site visits and evaluations of the Jesuit Volunteer’s performance. This person will typically be the Jesuit Volunteer’s supervisor. Site visits typically take place once or twice per year, with additional visits or interactions as needed. Administrators and/or supervisors are also asked to complete evaluation forms to be shared with the Jesuit Volunteers and reviewed by JVC staff.
Read about why Jesuit Volunteers mean so much to our agency partners.
"The largest benefit of partnering with JVC is identifying like-minded young adults who are committed to service and helping the children we serve."
"JVs have brought a spirit and energy to Notre Dame that makes them incredibly willing to be flexible on the job and to support the school in many diverse ways."
"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."
“Political instability around the world is causing people to flee their homeland and my country of service, Tacna, Peru is dealing with its own migrant crisis. I’m incredibly blessed to work with such a dedicated group of people. It seems that no matter how difficult the situation, they know just exactly what to do.”