Goal of Program:Amate House fosters the transformation of its Volunteers by providing experiences of full-time service to people in need, community living, and faith formation. It develops leaders for the church and world who are committed to building a more just and loving society. Volunteers are asked to engage thoughtfully throughout their experience with the Amate House tenets of community, social justice, stewardship, faith, and service. With a network of over fifty Chicago area non-profits, Amate House works diligently to place Volunteers with the perfect service job, including positions at legal aid centers, low-income community health clinics, inner-city schools, parishes, and social service organizations.
Type of Placement:We place volunteers in a wide variety of positions including: youth and family services, elder care, health education and outreach, immigrant and refugee services, nursing, legal aid, social services, education, youth ministry and many more. Amate House has placements registered nurses.
Service Area:Chicago, IL
Service Length:The program is approximately 11 months, beginning in early August and running through mid-June. A second year of service is possible, including a new service site experience.
Requirements:Applicants must be single adults between the ages of 21-29, with a college degree or equivalent life experience. Volunteers are expected to commit to living out the Amate House tenets of community, social justice, stewardship, faith, and service.
Financial Arrangement:Transportation, room and board provided as well as health insurance. Volunteers receive a $100 monthly allowance and a $1,500 end of the year bonus.
Living Arrangements:Volunteers live in intentional community with 9-12 other Volunteers. Each volunteer has a private room.
Program Size:We have between 18 and 21 Volunteers each year.
Training:Two week orientation at the beginning of the year. Ongoing education and formation activities throughout the year including: Fall, Winter, and Closing Retreats, Anti-Racism training and Restorative Justice in-services, Spiritual Direction, Professional Mentors, and Weekly Community Nights facilitated by Amate House Staff.
Application Deadline:Applications accepted starting in November, with interviews available starting in December. Rolling applications are accepted until the program is filled.