Lasallian Volunteers of the De La Salle Christian Brothers
Affiliation:The De La Salle Christian Brothers
Goal of Program:The Lasallian Volunteers program of the De La Salle Christian Brothers provides dedicated, well-trained Volunteers for one or more years of service to schools and agencies of the Brothers whose Mission is to serve the poor. Acting out of faith, rooted in the Gospel, and sharing community with the Brothers and other Lasallians, the Volunteers empower the poor by personalized service primarily through education. Lasallian Volunteers change the world for the better and discover themselves transformed in the process. More than a third of the volunteers return for additional years of service. To date, more than 700 volunteers have participated in this intense program of faith, community and service. Many of them continue to serve in Lasallian Ministries today.
Type of Placement:Teacher/tutor in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, adult education programs, outdoor education programs and after school programs. Case Managers/Social Workers; Campus Ministry/Retreat Work/Service Outreach coordinating; Development: Public Relations/Grant Writing/Fundraising; Coaching Sports Teams; Adventure-based Recreation Leader.
Service Area:Tucson, AZ; Concord, San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; St. Louis, MO; Browning, MT; Albany, Brooklyn, Bronx, Freeport, Springfield Gardens, Manhattan, NY; Tulsa, OK; Portland, OR; Philadelphia, PA; Providence, Pawtucket, RI; Memphis, TN; El Paso, TX; Racine, WI
Service Length:One year, renewable, starting late July/early August.
Requirements:Single men and women, married couples without dependents, ages 21 years and older. College graduate. Interested in living with an organized, faith-based community (applicants need not be Catholic or Christian). Drivers license and birth certificate. A criminal history review and child abuse history clearance. Personal interview.
Financial Arrangement:Room and board, small stipend, medical insurance, transportation to and from mission site.
Living Arrangements:Volunteers live in Community to gain full access to the world of the poor and to the school/social service agency. Sharing Community with the Brothers and Lasallian Partners provides an intergenerational support structure. Together, the Community shares meals, reflection, friendly support, laughter, friendship with LVs, and activities such as Community socials and outings. Community provides the forum for mentoring by talented professionals on how to adapt one's talents and enthusiasm for effective results with students or clients. Both the local community and the Community of Volunteers, Brothers and Lasallian Partners past and present provide support for the arduous work.
Program Size:50 to 55 volunteers
Training:Volunteers attend a ten-day orientation concentrating on their future service and community experience. On-site orientation. There are also opportunities to attend regional retreats/convocations. Volunteers gather for a mid-year and debriefing retreat over the course of the service year.
Application Deadline:Priority Deadline: February 15th. 2nd Round Deadline: March 6th. 3rd Round Deadline: March 17th.
Current Urgent Opportunities
• Assisting with classroom activities and instruction on an as-needed basis • One-on-one tutoring, providing help for students with academic deficiencies or learning disabilities • Mentoring students who speak English as a second language in order to increase their speaking proficiency • Chaperoning field trips and school events • Helping maintain the school library • Making copies and collecting materials at the request of classroom teachers • Substitute teaching • Running enrichment class for 10-15 students. The nature of the class will depend on the skills and interests of the teacher. Possible subjects include Art, Physical Education, Computers, Robotics, Gaming, Film, or Music • Monitoring study hall for 10-15 students • Substituting for paid enrichment staff if needed • One-on-one tutoring, providing help to students with academic deficiencies or learning disabilities • Assisting with dismissal
• Provide intensive community/school/home based supervision to assigned clients (i.e. tracking (face-to-face contacts 3x daily and on-call responsibility according to 3 person team schedule); • Provide case management according to individual treatment plans to assigned clients including, but not limited to: referrals to ancillary services, participation in the development and implementation of mechanisms to address treatment barriers such as transportation and adaptive daily living skills, and participation in the development and implementation of mechanisms to facilitate client’s integration into the community; • Provide crisis intervention services by assessing individual and/or family crisis, provide information and link short-term interventions within the available continuum of services; • Participate in the development and evaluation (Utilization Review) reauthorization and provider meetings, of individual treatment plans; • Maintain accurate clients files including but not limited to, appropriate releases of information, permission forms, informed consent forms, treatment plans, treatment notes, utilization review forms, and treatment and closing summaries; • Coordinate with internal and external ancillary services to maintain open communication and a best practice continuum of care; • Attend rundowns daily (according to schedule) and communicate appropriate information to team and supervisor; • Any additional duties assigned by the Supervisor.
The Assistant Campus Minister is in charge of 8 student retreats a year, Eucharistic adoration, Reconciliation, and all-school rosaries. They are responsible for organizing the documentation of the service work by all students. The LV will help to create bridges between CHS and local service site opportunities. The current LV’s also moderate Lasallian Youth and the Habitat for Humanity weeklong spring break trip. Lasallian Volunteers are women and men who have chosen to dedicate a year or two towards fulfilling the Lasallian Mission of educating and serving those most in need especially the poor. They live in community with the Christian Brothers and serve as teachers, co-teachers, tutors, after school programmers, social workers, and counselors.
The Retreat Facilitator is responsible for the facilitation of the Darst Center Urban Immersion Retreat programs. The retreat program, the primary method of education, focuses on instruction for high school and college students, utilizing a service-leaning approach to discuss issues of social justice (homelessness, racism, poverty, hunger, addiction, education, aging, immigration). While serving in this capacity, the Retreat Facilitator accompanies all groups to and from partner agency sites located throughout the city, models relationships with the partner agencies, and assists in the facilitation of reflection and conversation following the site visits. Lasallian Volunteers are women and men who have chosen to dedicate a year or two towards fulfilling the Lasallian Mission of educating and serving those most in need especially the poor. They live in community with the Christian Brothers and serve as teachers, co-teachers, tutors, after school programmers, social workers, and counselors.