Julie Booth (San Diego 2020-21) at Nativity Prep Academy
Julie Booth (San Diego 2020-21) at Nativity Prep Academy

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.  

 

Apply now to request a Jesuit Volunteer at your organization→ 

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
-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. 

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 $15,500 and $25,500. The fee is determined based on JVC’s cost of operating in your city.

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 30, 2020. Existing “individual accounts” can be easily converted to organizational accounts. For login information to our online portal, check out our guide here.

 

Apply Now.

JV at Dolores Mission 2010

Application Timeline 

October 14, 2020: Applications are open to prospective agency partners

November 30, 2020: Agency application deadline

January 8, 2021: Agencies are informed whether their application has been approved, waitlisted, or declined

January-June: 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.

Capturing artwork in Tacna, Peru during the migrant crisis (2019).

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“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.”

Jesuit Volunteer at Notre Dame School of Milwaukee, Marie McDonald-Hulen assists with the after school program. (2018)

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"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."

Jesuit Volunteer Dani Hargus (Boston 2017-18)

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"The largest benefit of partnering with JVC is identifying like-minded young adults who are committed to service and helping the children we serve."

Former Jesuit Volunteer Gabe McCarthy (2017-18) helps Erik Cheeks find a suit for an upcoming job interview.

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"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."