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 500 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; Oakland, San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; Minneapolis, MN; Kansas City, St. Louis, MO; Browning, MT; Albany, Brooklyn, Bronx, Freeport, Springfield Gardens, NY; Tulsa, OK; Portland, OR; Philadelphia, PA; Providence, Pawtucket, RI; Memphis, TN; El Paso, TX; Yakima, WA; 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. Eligibility for the AmeriCorps Education Awards possible when federal funds are available. Lasallian Volunteers are not required or allowed to count hours dedicated to religious activity for participation in the AmeriCorps Education Awards Program.
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:Rolling admissions beginning February 15th until all positions have been filled.