ministry sites

IMPORTANT NOTE: The following is a list of ministry sites that have hosted or have indicated an interest in hosting Dominican Volunteers (DVs). Inclusion on this list is not a guarantee that a certain site has submitted a request for a volunteer for the current year or that funding is available for that site. Rather, this list serves only to give an example of the kinds of agencies at which DVs serve each year. Applicants are welcome to list specific sites of interest in their application understanding that these help better indicate to staff the nature of the applicant’s interest in ministry. However, if a specific placement is sought by a volunteer, they can call the DVUSA office to find out if a particular site has 1) requested a volunteer for the current year, and 2) has not yet been filled by another applicant. Please keep an open mind when discerning placement, as ministry is only one of many variables that determine a successful volunteer year.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by the December 31st for the best availability of ministry options but applications continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until June 30th. Please call the DVUSA office at 312-226-0919 to discuss ministry options.


OPening Word Wyandanch, NY (St. Hugh’s Community)

The Opening Word Program is a literacy, ESOL, and job readiness program, the purpose of which is to unlock the language ability of adult participants, providing them with a key to future personal empowerment, increased civic responsibility and enhanced skills for membership in the work force. The volunteer will provide literacy, English as a Second Language, and job readiness assistance to primarily immigrant women.

Dominican Youth Movement USA, INC. Amityville, NY (St. Hugh’s Community)

The Dominican Youth Movement USA connects today’s youth and young adults to the Dominican tradition of preaching and the participant’s own call to preach. Through their programs and workshops that offer a time, place, and context for establishing impactful relations, they build faith and strengthen young people’s commitment to God, community, family, preaching, social, justice and the Dominican Order. This office incorporates all national DYM programs as well as two regional programs. The volunteer will be the Assistant to the Executive Director of Dominican Youth Movement USA, INC.

St. Hugh of Lincoln Parish Amityville, NY (St. Hugh’s Community)

St. Hugh recognizes is Gospel obligation to serve persons of all faiths who are in need. They do this through their parish Outreach program, organizations such as the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and joint efforts with other churches and with community and neighborhood groups. The parish community is quite diverse; Spanish language proficiency is requested. The volunteer’s time is divided between providing support in Parish Outreach and the Religious Education Program. Outreach serves approximately 150 people on a weekly basis through the food pantry, reception, directing to services, and community sharing meetings. The Religious Education Program serves approximately 720 young people in Grades 1 through 8. The volunteer assists by familiarizing students with Catholic Social Teaching, the liturgical space, and an energized faith life committed to making a difference in the world.

Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse Amityville, NY (St. Hugh of Lincoln Community)

Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse provides complete care for retired Sisters. The practiced concept of care embraces physical, mental, social, and spiritual healthcare. A team of caring healthcare professionals collaborates to provide best care practices for the aging and dying.
*Certified Nursing Assistant, Personal Care Attendant or Home Health Aide in the State of New York
*Constant standing and walking; frequent turning, stooping, bending, stretching and lifting
*Exposure to pathogens

Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse
Amityville, NY (St. Hugh of Lincoln Community)

Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse provides complete care for retired Sisters. The practiced concept of care embraces physical, mental, social, and spiritual healthcare. A team of caring healthcare professionals collaborates to provide best care practices for the aging and dying.
*Licensed Nurse (R.N.)
*Constant standing and walking; frequent turning, stooping, bending, stretching and lifting
*Exposure to pathogens

United Nations New York, NY (Assumption Community)

The Dominican Sisters Conference operates an NGO at the United Nations in New York City to support global action for justice and peace nationally, and to bring the perspective of the United Nations to the Dominican Family. The volunteer will minister alongside Sr. Margaret Mayce, OP (Amityville), through building support for justice initiatives both through workgroups and committees and also through the NGO’s affiliation with the UN’s Department of Public Information and ECOSOC.

Siena House New York, NY (Assumption Community)

Siena House is a temporary residence for women with children under 3 or who are pregnant and searching for suitable affordable housing. Siena House seeks to assist homeless women and their children to move from a situation of homelessness and poverty to independence and self-worth. Volunteer will provide assistance to women in seeking appropriate housing and job opportunities as well as provide programming for the children of Siena House residents.

Saint Dominic’s Family Services, Family Foster Care Program Bronx, NY (Assumption Community)

The Family Foster Care Program at Saint Dominic’s Home works to achieve permanency for children as quickly as possible and to provide services to children who have been abused and neglected as well as those who have physical, mental, social, development and emotional problems. The ultimate aim of Family Foster Care is to reunite children with their biological families. Volunteer will serve as a casework assistant to the child, biological, and foster family, providing needed support for a stable home environment along with the family’s social worker.

Saint Dominic’s Home, Developmental Disabilities Residential Program
Bronx, NY (Assumption Community)

The Developmental Disabilities Residential Program provides therapeutic services to adults with developmental disabilities using a “person-centered planning” philosophy. The volunteer will serve as a Nurse and provide daily care to residents. *Must be a Registered and Licensed Nurse (application for license in NY state required).

Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment Montclair, NJ (LaCordaire Community)

The TRI-State Coalition for Responsible Investment (CRI) is an alliance of Roman Catholic institutional investors that utilize their power as shareholders to hold corporations accountable to social and environmental concerns. Volunteer will work closely with the Executive Director on several issues not limited to, human trafficking, global climate change, food sustainability, justice in the financial sector and access to health care. The volunteer will hold the position of Program Associate which consists of research, writing, communication, and administrative support.

Link Community School Newark, NJ (LaCordaire Community)

Link Community School started as a project of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, New Jersey, and developed into a middle school uniquely positioned to change the lives of urban youth. Volunteer will serve as a teacher’s assistant.


ARISE Chicago, IL (House of Connections)

ARISE Chicago builds partnerships between faith communities and workers to fight workplace injustice through education and organizing and advocating for public policy changes. The organization helps workers (primarily Spanish and Polish immigrants) recover stolen wages and compensation, educate themselves for various trades, and rise above intimidation and harassment that attempts to prevent unionization. The volunteer will serve as an organizer of faith communities to support the worker efforts. *Spanish required.

Catholic Charities Chicago: Refugee Resettlement, Employment Chicago, IL (House of Connections)

For more than 40 years, Catholic Charities has helped refugees resettle and call Chicago home. Each year we resettle more than 200 refugees. A refugee is someone who is unable to return to his or her home country because of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. Currently the world wide hot spots for refugees include: Syria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Myanmar (Burma). The volunteer helps the employment team in Refugee Resettlement in developing relationships with employers to assist in job placement for refugees.

Catholic Charities Chicago: Refugee Resettlement, K-12 Chicago, IL (House of Connections)

For more than 40 years, Catholic Charities has helped refugees resettle and call Chicago home. Each year we resettle more than 200 refugees. A refugee is someone who is unable to return to his or her home country because of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. Currently the world wide hot spots for refugees include: Syria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Myanmar (Burma). The volunteer works as a social worker with school age children K-12 and their families.

Catholic Charities Chicago: Immigration Chicago, IL (House of Connections)

Gaining legal status as an immigrant and becoming a U.S. citizen are issues that concern millions of people across the country. Welcome, respect, and love are things that Catholic Charities is truly blessed to provide thousands of immigrants who seek help each year. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Immigration and Naturalization Services is a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognized program since 1979 and provides a broad range of low cost immigration legal services to individuals eligible to receive immigration benefits. Immigration & Naturalization Services provides legal
consultations and assistance regarding most immigration family matters.

Taller de José Chicago, IL (House of Connections)

Taller de José serves as a bridge between service providers and the many individuals in the community who face barriers. The primary needs seen are legal issues, domestic violence, financial needs, and immigration concerns. Taller de José provides the extra support and advocacy needed to help individuals travel to the service provider, navigate the social service system, and communicate with service providers who may not speak their language. The volunteer serves as a Compañera/o (companions). They meet with people individually, listen to their stories and their voices, provide emotional support and referrals to community resources, translate for them and then also accompany individuals on public transit to wherever they need to go to, accompanying people to courthouses, legal help desks, medical appointments, and public aid offices.

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly Chicago, IL (House of Connections)

Little Brothers is an agency devoted to relieving the loneliness and isolation of the elderly. They operate under the motto, “flowers before bread,” believing that in addition to the basic necessities of life, each one of us, including the elderly, has a strong need for the special pleasures that make life worth living. Volunteer’s primary responsibilities are to visit with elderly at their homes, assist in helping them meet their daily needs, and coordinate special celebrations including holiday parties, vacations, and birthdays.

Sarah’s Inn Chicago, IL (House of Connections)

The mission of Sarah’s Inn is to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations. Serving Chicago’s West Side, Oak Park, and more than 20 local communities, this ministry provides services including a crisis line, advocacy work and individual counseling for women, men, teens, and children as well as support/education groups for women, teens, and children. Volunteers serve as crisis intervention advocates, helping with the crisis line, providing support to individual clients, and acting as a group facilitator.

Visitation Catholic School Chicago, IL (House of Connections)

Since 1891, Visitation has served the Englewood and Back of the Yards neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side. The school includes a before and after-school program, athletics, two Gospel choirs, and religious education, as well as the standard curriculum for grades K-8. Volunteers serve in a variety of roles, including as teachers, teaching assistants, youth ministers, scholarship program assistants, and coordinators/chaperones for the Junior Scholars Program, which provides enrichment activities and field trips to high-potential students. Capacity: 1-2 volunteers

Permaculture/ Office of Peace & Justice/ Adrian Rea Literacy Center
Adrian, MI (Siena House Community)

A five-member team, consisting of two Dominican Volunteers and three Adrian Dominican Sisters, sets monthly goals to cover the needs of these three integrated ministry positions. Set in rural, small town Adrian, MI, this team serves the local working-class community through modeling care of creation through right relationship with the earth, planning activities and events that advocate for peace and justice, and providing adult ESL tutoring. Volunteers will divide their time between these three integrated ministries; the volunteer will be an ESL tutor, a farm-hand, and an advocate for peace and justice events and programs. * Must be able to lift 30 lbs, have no lethal allergies to bugs or bees, and not afraid to get dirty. Capacity: 1-2 volunteers

Eco Justice Center Racine, WI (Villa Community)

Protecting the land, as well as the plant and animal species that live on the property, is vital to the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center. The Eco-Justice Center aims to model sustainable, simple living, reverencing the land and all who have lived in this place before us. The Center engages in organic gardening, beekeeping, raising araucana chickens, geese, ducks, rabbits, and caring for goats and alpacas. Extra garden produce is shared with those in need through Racine’s North Side Food Pantry and Love and Charity. A wide range of programs are offered at the Eco-Justice Center several times a month for the public and schools, churches, families, and organizations. The volunteer serves as the Farm Assistant.

St. Catherine School Racine, WI (Villa Community)

St. Catherine’s High School educates students in the Catholic faith, fostering an environment of academic and behavioral excellence to create life-long learners and globally responsible citizens. It is a coeducational, college preparatory school dedicated to teaching the importance of service and developing the God-given talents of every student who walks through
the door. Serving grades 6-12, St. Cat’s strives to provide an education, which includes an emphasis on the faith-life and moral development of students and a commitment to justice and preaching. Our purpose is to instill a vision of hope for a future that will call and prepare each student to lead an ethical life of service. The volunteer can serve as a teacher, teacher’s aide, or campus minister.

Baxter Community Center  Grand Rapids, MI (Marywood Community)

Baxter Community Center’s mission is to be a Christian Response to Human Needs. Located in the heart of the Baxter neighborhood in the beautiful city of Grand Rapids, we strive to fulfill our mission through a variety of programs for neighbors of all backgrounds. At Baxter, you’ll find medical and dental services, a nationally accredited child development center, mentoring programs for young and old, civil engagement initiatives, community services (food, clothing, tax preparation, gardening and canning classes), and much more. The volunteer will serve in the Marketplace and Child Development Center, assisting with food and clothes in the Marketplace and educational support in the Child Development Center.

Aquinas College Grand Rapids, MI (Marywood Community)

The oldest Dominican college or university in the country, Aquinas College has more than 2,1oo students and offers 6o majors. Founded by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids in 1886, it remains closely connected and has an active campus ministry department. Volunteer will serve as an Assistant Campus Minister, leading bible studies, retreats, service trips, and other activities, working with campus ministry staff and student leaders to fulfill the spiritual needs of Aquinas’ students and help connect their service experience to social justice.

Marywood Sustainability Project Grand Rapids, MI (Marywood Community)

The Marywood Campus Sustainability and Recycling Project Coordinator is responsible for evaluating current waste and disposal practices, researching and developing waste prevention strategies; and implementing recycling programs. The coordinator serves as an advocate for sustainable waste management practices by educating and engaging staff and residents in better waste diversion with the goal of moving the campus of Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids toward Zero Waste. The Marywood Campus consists of Marywood Motherhouse (Dominican Center, Administration Offices, Sisters’ residence, Dominican Chapel), Aquinata Hall, Marywood Health Center, and Whistle Stop Child Care. The volunteer will collaborate with many different offices and should be someone who has knowledge of or great interest in issues related to sustainability and recycling with plenty of enthusiasm and high level of energy with excellent problem solving skills.


Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School Atlanta, GA (Penn Community)

Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School opened its doors in August 2014. Cristo Rey Atlanta provides an affordable, quality Catholic education to underserved and lower-income communities. The Cristo Rey model is unique in that every student is involved in the Corporate Work-Study Program that provides invaluable workplace skills and experience while funding their private education. Students are prepared for college and the work place, proving that at-risk populations are capable of academic and professional success when provided with adequate resources and opportunities, breaking the cycle of poverty and violence in their communities. The volunteer will serve as the Corporate Work-Study Program Associate, assisting in various areas including job coaching and professional development
*Spanish speaking recommended * Valid driver’s license required

Catholic Charities Atlanta: Refugee Resettlement Atlanta, GA (Penn Community)

At Catholic Charities the volunteers have been responsible for helping refugees from Iraq, Burma, Congo, and other countries secure employment in and around Atlanta. The volunteer will make new contacts with local employers, conduct pre-employment classes focusing on culture and expectations in the American job market, support resume and interview skill development, and then help connect individuals with open positions. Spanish, French, Swahili, or Arabic recommended but not required.
*Car encouraged but not necessary.

Catholic Charities Atlanta: Refugee Resettlement


Immaculate Conception Academy San Francisco, CA (Immaculate Conception Community)

Immaculate Conception Academy (a part of the Cristo Rey Network) is an all girl Catholic college preparatory high school that promotes academic excellence, life-long learning skills, and service to God, family and community. Located in the Mission District of San Francisco, it serves a diverse population, including white, Hispanic, and African-American students. Volunteer(s) minister as Work Study chaperones, assist in the finance and Corporate Work Study offices, and teach religion. Capacity: 2 volunteers

St. James Elementary San Francisco, CA (Immaculate Conception Community)

St. James Elementary School is located in the Mission District of San Francisco and serves an ethnically, culturally and socioeconomically diverse student body. Acknowledging that parents are the primary educators of our students, St. James strives to work collaboratively to ensure success of all students. Students are challenged to recognize their important role as future world leaders guided by the Gospel mandate to serve one another in love. As leaders in the faith community, the faculty instills a strong sense of Catholic/Christian values, self-worth, moral responsibility and 21st Century skills. Students grades K-8 are empowered to reach their full potential by fostering the development of the whole child, thus enabling the students to continually grow as positive, contributing members of the Church and society. Volunteers support staff in a variety of ways including teaching, tutoring, free-lunch programming and more.

St. Francis Center Redwood City, CA (Casa Alianza Community)

The St. Francis Center a nonprofit organization helping families in need to live in dignity and become self-supporting members of the community. The Center provides the local community with essential services such as housing, food, clothing and education and strives to adhere to the motto: “Compassion Not Judgment.” Volunteers have ministered as religion teachers, computer/technology instructors, assisted with afterschool homework help and provided supplemental instruction to students. *Car strongly preferred. Capacity: 2 volunteers