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IMPORTANT NOTE: This list of ministry sites gives an example of the kinds of agencies with which DVs serve each year. Please check with staff to verify current availability. Please keep an open mind when discerning placement, as ministry is only one of many variables that determine a successful volunteer year.

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. As The Career Developer, the volunteer will develop and implement curriculum for English and basic computer literacy, and job readiness assistance for immigrant women in suburban New York. Effective and enthusiastic networking skills are essential for success in this role.

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

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.


Girls in the Game  Chicago, IL (House of Connections)

Girls in the Game empowers girls through sports education to grow up happy, healthy and strong. Girls in the Game is dedicated to the whole girl; to ensuring a bright future through leadership formation, instilling confidence that reflects in their academic life, and helping girls to be more physically active. Through sports, mentorship and teamwork, Girls in the Game helps over 3,800 girls each year overcome doubt and find their voice. The volunteer helps create a safe space for girls and teens to be themselves.

Heartland Alliance: Refugee & Immigrant Community Services Chicago, IL (House of Connections)

Heartland Alliance helps newly arrived refugees resettle and call Chicago home. Refugee & Immigrant Community Services (RICS) partners with refugees, asylees, immigrants and survivors of trafficking to address their needs by connecting them to their new community, providing education and employment services and the help they need to succeed in their new country. 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. Last year, Heartland Alliance served refugees from Bhutan, Burma, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Cuba and Congo. The volunteer helps the employment team in Refugee Resettlement in developing relationships with employers to assist in job placement for refugees.

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. *Spanish language required.

Quinn Center Chicago, IL (House of Connections)

The Quinn Center’s mission is to partner with the people of the surrounding Proviso community to build an inclusive culture of justice, health and peace through intentional action.
The Quinn Center elevates, inspires, and empowers the community through relationship building. They provide an essential resilience mechanism to the community by partnering with local anchor institutions, organizations, and collaboratives to support and empower residents who are proud, passionate, resourceful, and willing to invest in one another for the common good. The volunteer’s primary responsibilities are administrative duties related to program development and planning, connecting with and researching social service agencies for Quinn Center families, and scheduling, planning procedures, registering participants for Quinn Center programming. *Spanish language fluency is a plus*

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.

L’Arche Chicago Chicago, IL (Larche Community House)

The mission of L’Arche Chicago is to build a community of belonging and friendship by providing lifelong homes for adults with intellectual disabilities. L’Arche Chicago currently serves nine adults (between 35-71 years of age) with intellectual disabilities in three group home settings on Chicago’s Westside–one house in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago and two in suburban Forest Park.

In L’Arche,, persons with intellectual disabilities, are known as “core members.” Here the volunteer will serve as “assistants.” Assistants accompany core members in their activities of daily life: personal care needs, money management, medical care, appointments, family and work connections, household chores, laundry, medications, meal preparation, and transportation, and most importantly,  building relationships of mutuality where core members and assistants are each transformed through their encounter with the other.  

Eco Justice Center Racine, WI (Eco Justice Community)

The Eco Justice Center continues to evolve in living the mission of environmental education and care of Earth in the context of community, contemplation, creativity, and cultivation. A 1912 farmhouse, green house, hoop house, honey house, hermitage, educational center and tree house are sites for learning and exploration and use solar hot water, solar electric, geo-thermal heating and cooling, and wind electric from our 10Kw wind turbine.  The Dominican Volunteer here helps care for the animals onsite; care for lands (pasture, organic gardens, wetlands, lawn); develop educational curriculum for groups (field trips and tours of EJC); and more.

All Saints Literacy Center Detroit, MI (Gesu Community)

​All Saints Literacy Center enables adult learners to meet the challenges of today by improving their reading, writing, math and English speaking skills. Qualified tutors provide an individualized learning plan tailored to the goals and objectives of the learner in a welcoming environment. Here the volunteer will work one to one with Learners providing English as a Second Language (ESL), reading, writing, speaking and listening tutoring.

All Saints Literacy Center is one of the centers of our wider Dominican Rea Literacy Corporation,  that exists to empower adults by providing basic literacy and life skills through individualized tutoring, in environments that respect and reverence individuals. This mutual collaboration in adult literacy is a contemporary expression of the Adrian Dominican Sisters commitment to education.


Capital IDEA Houston Houston, TX (Houston Community)

The mission of Capital IDEA Houston is to lift working adults out of poverty and into living wage careers through education. Capital IDEA Houston serves the community by acting as a bridge, connecting committed, yet underemployed people to employers in need of highly skilled workers. Career pathways are identified based on Industry trends in high-growth and high-demand occupations identified by UpSkill Houston and the Gulf Coast Workforce Board. 100% of the demographic served is living at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, 98% of Capital IDEA’s participants are people of color and
74% are women.

Capital IDEA funds qualified participants’ tuition, books and educational expenses. Upon graduation Capital IDEA provides resources to secure employment which pays a living-wage, benefits and opportunity for career advancement.

Serving in the position of Career Navigator, the Dominican Volunteer is responsible for assisting and supporting the participants’ successful upgrading of his or her academic skills, job readiness, together with career services staff, successful employment.

Casa de Esperanza de los Niños Houston, TX (Houston Community)

Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos-the House of Hope for Children is a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. Casa de Esperanza provides residential care, and coordinates medical and psychological services according to the needs of each child.
Casa de Esperanza strives to break the destructive cycle of child abuse by offering safe homes to children of families in crisis. The goal of Casa de Esperanza is to return physically and emotionally healthy children to stabilized homes where caregivers can safely provide daily care. Children receive comprehensive assessment and intervention services while in placement. Parents receive case management and referral services while their children are safely cared for. When family reunification is not possible, Casa de Esperanza is licensed to supervise long-term foster care and adoptive placements. The goal of Casa de Esperanza is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect, one family at a time.

The volunteer helps provide daily care of the children, household management, and the coordination of medical appointments and therapy sessions.  The volunteer also works with caseworkers, psychological staff and community volunteers on a routine basis to ensure that the children in placement receive the highest quality of care.

Hotel Hope New Orleans, LA (NOLA Community)

Hotel Hope in New Orleans is a nonprofit, interfaith organization that provides housing to women and their children while guiding them to self-sufficiency and self-empowerment through intensive case management in a safe and loving atmosphere. Hotel Hope MLK envisions the preservation of the family unit and the elimination of homelessness through systemic change.

As the Shelter Coordinator, the volunteer provides operational support to site staff and volunteers for Hotel Hope MLK. The volunteer joins a compassionate team that respects the dignity of all human beings and believes in providing opportunity to all.


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

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