Sam McGrath (San Diego 2014-15; Los Angeles 2015-16)
Sam McGrath (San Diego 2014-15; Los Angeles 2015-16)

REQUEST A JESUIT VOLUNTEER

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 35, and have a passion for addressing the root causes of injustice. Over 95% of our agency partners reapply for Jesuit Volunteers year over year due to the high-quality support they receive. 

 

Interested in partnering with JVC to bring an enthusiastic, mission-driven leader to your organization? Read below and let us know if you have any questions at admissions@jesuitvolunteers.org.  

Jesuit Volunteer performing vital service in San Antonio, Texas in March of 2015.

AGENCY CRITERIA

The Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) supports organizations, agencies and schools that are engaged in vital service to the poor and marginalized. We use the following criteria to determine whether an organization will be a good fit:  

Location

The Jesuit Volunteer Corps operates in 46 communities across six countries. At this time, we will only be accepting applications from agencies in the following locations: 

International Locations
-Belize City, Belize
-Punta Gorda, Belize
-Santiago de Chile, Chile
-Chuuk, Micronesia
-Pohnpei, Micronesia
-Tacna, Peru
-Dodoma, Tanzania
-Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Domestic Locations
-Albuquerque, New Mexico
-Atlanta, Georgia
-Austin, Texas
-Baltimore, Maryland
-Berkeley, California
-Boston, Massachusetts
-Camden, New Jersey
-Chicago, Illinois
-Cleveland, Ohio
-Detroit, Michigan
-Houston, Texas
-Kansas City, Missouri
-Los Angeles, California
-Milwaukee, Wisconsin
-Minneapolis, Minnesota
-Mobile, Alabama
-Nashville, Tennessee
-New Orleans, Louisiana
-Brooklyn, New York
-Harlem, New York
-Newark, New Jersey
-Oakland, California
-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
-Phoenix, Arizona
-Portland, Maine
-Raleigh, North Carolina
-Sacramento, California
-San Antonio, Texas
-San Diego, California
-San Francisco, California
-San Jose, California
-Santa Clara, California
-Scranton, Pennsylvania
-St. Louis, Missouri
-Syracuse, New York
-Tucson, Arizona
-Washington DC.

Organizational Mission and Values

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 poor, 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 

Volunteer Position

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. 

JV house 2017-18 San Jose

FEES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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:

Fees

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 $13,000 and $22,000. The fee is determined based on JVC’s cost of operating in your city. 

Finally, agencies are responsible for the cost of their Jesuit Volunteer’s transportation to and from their placement site during the program year.  

Responsibilities

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. 

APPLYING FOR A JV

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 21, 2018. Existing “individual accounts” can be easily converted to organizational accounts.

 

Our application will reopen in the Fall for new submissions.

JV at Dolores Mission 2010

Application Timeline 

October: Applications are open to prospective agency partners 
November: Agency application deadline 
January: Agencies are informed whether their application has been approved, waitlisted or declined 
February-March: Approved agencies begin interviewing conditionally accepted Jesuit Volunteer applicants. Agencies must complete all interviews and provide feedback by the end of March 
April: Agencies are matched with their Jesuit Volunteer. If a successful match does not take place, approved agencies continue to interview applicants on a rolling basis. Rolling applications from prospective volunteers will continue to be accepted until early May, with applicant-agency interviews continuing until mid-June.