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Volunteer opportunities in Catholic Worker communities

Are you looking for a life-changing experience in service to the poor on behalf of social justice? Volunteering at a Catholic Worker community is guaranteed to provide that experience.

While all Catholic Worker communities welcome volunteers to work in many capacities, those listed below are seeking the specific help indicated.

Since Catholic Worker communities vary widely in their specific work and lifestyle, please read any descriptions under contact information before contacting a community

Immediate volunteer opportunities:

A Simple Life - Bells ( TX)

Is God calling you to assist in the gentle birth of a new Catholic Worker House? Is He calling you to grow food and help others form a new agronomic university? If so, please respond by praying for A Simple Life. This new Catholic worker house is 100 years old located in Bells, Texas on 3 acres.This ministry can presently support only one experienced worker resident who is good at begging or can hold a part-time job. The catholic Worker lifestyle is simple, practicing voluntary poverty, being obedient to conscience(God and gospel), and chaste in christian virtue. The gentle birth of this house requires much labor and multi-tasking abilities of homemaking, gardening and carpentry/building skills.Living space will be evolving with growth. Volunteers are needed at every level and stage of growth.We are begging. Please send monetary gifts.

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Alliance Catholic Worker - Alliance ( OH)

The Alliance Catholic Worker is looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering and living in community at the Catholic Worker house. Currently we have one full-time worker. We desire at least two additional workers to open our shelter. We are looking for a 1 year commitment, but are willing to explore this further with each individual. Our chaplain is the Most Rev. John Michael Botean, DD of the Romanian Catholic Diocese. There is much to do, so please consider joining us!

The Alliance Catholic Worker is a small mix of individuals who desire the house to develop and grow. We look forward to exploring the possibility of you becoming a part of the Alliance Catholic worker. God bless all who read and consider this call.

If interested or if you have questions, please respond to: Tomas at alliancecatholicworker@gmail.com or (330) 913 7051.

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Bethany House Rochester Catholic Worker - Rochester ( NY)

We are a Catholic Worker House of Hospitality serving homeless women and children is in need of a full-time, live-in staff person. We offer room, board, health insurance, and a stipend plus, the opportunity to live out the philosophy of Catholic Worker. If interested contact Donna Ecker at 169 St. Bridget's Dr. Rochester, NY 14605 or call (585) 454-4197. E-mail is rbethan1@rochester.rr.com.

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CAIN/Grace Place (Churches Active In Northside) - Cincinnati ( OH)

Live-In Community Members wanted: CAIN/Grace Place is a Catholic Worker transitional shelter for women and children. Founded as a Catholic Worker community in 1998, we are now a ministry of CAIN (Churches Active In Northside) which is fully committed to Catholic Worker hospitality and community. Our house is in an old racially and economically diverse neighborhood. We seek two live in volunteers to join a third. These Co-Leaders provide hospitality, stability and advocacy and are supported by a core of committed volunteers who join us in performing the works of mercy, sharing a daily faith life and living simply in solidarity with the poor. We are a safe and welcoming community for all people and are committed to acknowledging and celebrating the presence of God in every person. Live-in CoLeaders receive room/board/stipend/assistance with health insurance/vacation and scheduled time off. Our goal is to re-open and be fully operational by April 1. To learn more, please reply by Feb 15. To learn more, please reply by February 15. Call the House at 513-681-2365 or email: graceplacecw@fuse.net.

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Casa Colibrí - Hostotipaquillo, Jal 46440 ( Mexico)

We welcome those interested in visiting Casa Colibrí, some understanding of Spanish is needed, as well as a willingness to work and live in a rural Mexican village.

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Casa de Clara - San Jose ( CA)

Our community provides emergency shelter to homeless women and children. We have been engaged in this ministry for over 30 years. Sadly we are among those CW houses that has experienced a loss of full-time, long-term community members in recent years, imperiling our mission of service to a few of the 7000 people homeless in our area.

Our greatest need is for those who wish to make this a way of life for several years or more. It is only with such folks that a community can thrive. We also accept short-term (6 ths -1 yr) members & some students over the summer,

Most of our scheduled work is in the mornings & evenings and on weekend days. It may be possible for community members to maintain a part-time job or take a class during the weekday.

Prior community living, volunteer experience, and understanding of the needs of homeless women are helpful. Needed skills include cooking, cleaning, house maintenance, gardening, newsletter production and community out-reach. A commitment to non-violence, simple living and a faith-based lifestyle are required. Please have an open-mind & heart , a sense of humor, & lots of flexibility.

Please email us at: sanjosecatholicworker@yahoo.com

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Casa de Hospitalidad CW - GDL - Sector Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44100. ( Mexico)

We are in need of financial support.

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Casa Latina Catholic Worker - Louisville ( KY)

Looking for Spanish speaking CW volunteers for our house of hospitality.

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Casa Maria Catholic Worker House - Milwaukee ( WI)

Casa Maria is pleased to announce a summer urban garden internship opportunity. We are expanding our gardening efforts while continuing to provide hospitality to homeless women and their children. The internship would start in late May/early June (or earlier if desired) for a minimum 3 month commitment. The intern would work in the gardens 15 hours a week and take at least one 4 hour shift at the house of hospitality. Please email casa.maria.intern@gmail.com for more information.

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Catholic Worker Community of Akron - Akron ( OH)

We are looking for full-time live-in volunteers as well as part-time volunteers.

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Columbus Catholic Worker - Columbus ( OH)

We are excited to welcome others as either full or part-time Workers, including those who want to live with us in community. We welcome your input in either developing new ministries or supporting the ones we currently have! Come talk to us!

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Denver Catholic Worker - Denver ( CO)

The Denver CW is again looking for live-in workers. We are especially hoping for folks (single or a married couple) who might consider a long-term commitment, as the person who has been our anchor for many years wishes to be relieved of that responsibility. A wonderful extended community shares the work of the house.

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Dominican Republic Catholic Worker - Santo Domingo ( Dominican Republic)

We would love to have 1 or 2 cw volunteers come and join us, we can offer room amd board for 1 or 2 volunteers with a dominican family, my parents! That is all we can offer at this point. You will help us understand more the spirituality of Dorothy Day and how to serve the poor here IN CW SPIRIT. Contact: Felix Cepeda

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Dorothy Day House CW - Berkeley ( CA)

We need volunteers to prepare and serve breakfast. Shifts begin at 5am and 6:30am Monday through Saturday.

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Dorothy Day House of Hospitality - Youngstown ( OH)

Volunteers are welcome to assist with chefing, serving meals, showers, gardening, and miscellaneous tasks around the house.

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Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra - Salinas ( CA)

If you would like to apply to join our community, or have questions about our life and work, please visit our website at www.companionsoftheway.org.

There are openings in our Community for these positions:
Dayroom Hospitality Coordinator
Women Alive! Shelter Coordinator

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Haley House - Boston ( MA)

We are looking for 3-6 summer interns for 2014 to live in our intentional community while working in Boston’s oldest soup kitchen. Interns will be expected to work 2-3 shifts in the soup kitchen, where they will cook and share a meal with guests and fellow volunteers. Interns will also be given a secondary placement. Examples of secondary placements include our urban garden project, the McKinley Garden, our cooking class series, Take Back the Kitchen, and our pay-what-you-can meal series, Community Tables. For more information and application materials, visit our website: http://haleyhouse.org/internships.shtml

Haley House is also seeking long-term live-in community members. This is a full-time commitment that includes living simply and communally with 4-9 other members while contributing primarily to the day-to-day running of the Soup Kitchen. Members spend their days engaging with guests and challenging attitudes that perpetuate suffering. For more information, visit our website: http://haleyhouse.org/livein_community_join

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Holy Family House - Kansas City ( MO)

Holy Family Catholic Worker House welcomes you to prayerfully consider joining our community in Kansas City, MO. We practice radical Christianity through our acts of hospitality and resistance, welcoming the stranger to stay with us and breaking bread with our neighbors. We serve seven meals weekly to street folks, shelter one family, maintain a vegetable garden, actively resist nuclear weapons production in our city, and pray together. We welcome people to begin our discernment process on April 1, 2011. Email holyfamilycw@gmail.com for more information.

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Jersey Shore Catholic Worker - Brick ( NJ)

Former Catholic Worker starting Catholic Worker house at the Jersey Shore. Striving for simple living and "not to be transformed outwardly by the standards of this world" (Romans 12:2), I participate with local homeless advocacy group efforts, speak about Catholic Worker ministry and offer my spare bedroom for hospitality. Like-minded folks interested in joining this faith-based ministry and witness for justice may contact jerseyshorecatholicworker@yahoo.com

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Lighthouse Scranton Catholic Worker - Scranton ( PA)

Contact us for volunteer opportunities.

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Little Flower Catholic Worker Farm - Trevilians ( VA)

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Loaves & Fishes Catholic Worker - Duluth ( MN)

Loaves & Fishes Community has room for new live-in members!

Share communal life with us and our guests in one of three nearby houses in a (mostly) quiet residential neighborhood just east of downtown Duluth. We welcome people of all faiths and are LGBT- and family-friendly. We strive to balance our communal obligations in a way that members can pursue part-time work or school. Decisions are made collectively, room and board is covered, long-term members tithe. We ask potential new members to join us for a 3-month trial period before making a commitment.

Did we mention we're three blocks from Lake Superior and a few short hours drive from the Boundary Waters?

For more information, contact Joel at duluthcatholicworker@gmail.com or 218-724-2054.

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London Catholic Worker - London ( Great Britain)

Giuseppe Conlon Catholic Worker House is a hospitality house for refugees. We also run a Sunday afternoon drop-in soup kitchen, in London, UK. Volunteers and community members needed to contribute to all aspects of our life and work. We organise and take part in regular resistance activities. Contact us if interested.Farmhouse: currently a family looking for volunteers and community members. Large Farmhouse on edge of London. Help needed with all aspects of our work and mission. Contact us if interested.

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Los Angeles Catholic Worker Community - Los Angeles ( CA)

Each summer mid-June through early August, the L.A. Catholic Worker extends an invitation to any adult interested in joining us for a period of six weeks during the summer. It is an opportunity to live and work with a gospel-based community, to discern one's vocation, or just simply to deepen one's social justice experience on a first hand basis. By the way, the weather here in Southern California is great too.

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Lydia's House - Cincinnati ( OH)

We are currently seeking summer interns who can live and work at Lydia's House. Room, board, and access to public transportation will be provided. If you've ever wanted to see what a Catholic Worker looks like in its earliest days and are self-motivated, eager to incorporate prayer and worship into your weekly rhythms, largely unruffled by chaos, and passionate about providing hospitality to women and children in need we want to hear from you! Come and have your life transformed in a few short months.

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Mary Queen of Peace House - Dayton ( OH)

Mentors with relevant industry experience who want to experience God's love in relationship with His homeless ambassadors.  

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Maryhouse of Little Canada - Little Canada ( MN)

Consider contacting the Maryhouse community to volunteer your time or to participate in the community life. We are currently in need of a resident housemother.

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Mustard Seed Community Farm - Ames ( IA)

We would appreciate helpers from late April to mid October, helping with farm chores and food distribution.

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Nashville Greenlands - Nashville ( TN)

Occasional openings for long term community members or intern volunteers. As of 2010, weve begun looking for a young family, committed to similar ecological and social values, who would consider settling here permanently and becoming heirs to the land and vision of our community, as our founding members approach an age when they will want and need to pass on basic responsibility to others. Inquire to Karl Meyer at 615-322-9523 or karlmeyerng@hotmail.com

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New Hope CW Farm & Agronomic University - LaMotte ( IA)

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New Orleans Catholic Worker - New Orleans ( LA)

We are a small community in New Orleans striving toward gospel living. Among our works, we offer hospitality to the homeless, do monthly Clarification of Thought, Bible Study and prayer, live simply, and join in other solidarity movements in and around the city. We are seeking live-in adult volunteers to join our community. To learn more, please visit our website, nolacatholicworker.org. Contact us by email, cw@nolacatholicworker.org.

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Norfolk Catholic Worker - Norfolk ( VA)

Looking for students on break or for full-time live-in volunteers interested in living in community with homeless people at our hospitality house, working on our soup line, prayer and Scripture study, and participating in anti-war activism. Drivers license preferable. Please contact Steve Baggarly.

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Oakland Catholic Worker - Oakland ( CA)

The Oakland Catholic Worker, a hospitality house for Latin American immigrants and refugees, seeks part-time volunteers for direct services, resource development, community organizing, and public education. Spanish language skills preferred but not required.

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San Diego Catholic Worker - San Diego ( CA)

The San Diego Catholic Worker, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is growing and about to open a House of Hospitality. We are looking for two or three people (a couple would be ideal) to live in the house as a focal point for the activities of the membership at large. We are hoping to find people who are familiar with the Catholic Worker way of serving the poor and building a more just society, and who have lived in a House of Hospitality or have been attached to a Catholic Worker community for some time. Ideally, volunteers should have a good working knowledge of Spanish and be available to make a commitment for at least one year. Room and board and a stipend, if necessary, will be provided. You can read about the history of the San Diego Catholic Worker and its newspaper by referring to our Website: www.catholicworkersd.org/ People who are interested should address their inquiries to denyshorgan@att.net

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Shalom Catholic Worker House - Kansas City ( KS)

We are looking for volunteers who would like to join our community for 6 months or longer. Young people are especially encouraged to consider working and living with us. Responsibilities of community members include helping with chores, attending to the needs of our homeless guests, and engaging in peace and justice activities (as much as you are comfortable with). Community members are encouraged to have a part-time job outside of the house. Benefits include getting to know some of the best and most interesting people ever--those who live in our community, those who come to volunteer with us, our homeless guests and our neighbors. Before a commitment is made, we ask those interested to come and spend a week or a weekend with us so we can discern together if a longer commitment seems right. For more information about our house, please visit www.shalomcw.org or call Brad at 913-321-2206.

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Simone Weil and Peter Maurin House -- Monastic - Dubuque ( IA)

We are looking for a volunteer who would like to join us in our little Monastic House - for a month - or longer. We are in need of help in maintaining the house, and working in our yard and garden. Please call Krystyna and Steven at 563-583-6790.

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Slocum House - Syracuse ( NY)

Slocum House, a Catholic Worker House in Syracuse, NY, since 1975, is expanding its mission of hospitality and social justice. We are looking for live-in community people who can help move us along into the future. The house has a rich history of hospitality and social justice. Possibilities include living and work space for peace activists to work on the upstate NY anti-drone campaign; restorative justice peace circles; hospitality for those in need. Those who live in the house will take on responsibility for the house, its upkeep, finances, and day-to-day work. Interested? Give Paul Frazier a call: 315-475-2811 or 585-775-9135.

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St Francis Catholic Worker - Spotsylvania ( VA)

For our ministry of hospitality and love coupled with a retreat ministry for the homeless who are longing for a stronger connection to Christ. We seek a couple and a single person approximately between ages 45 and 65 to join our faith community and work with our retreatants. We look for willing hearts to make a long term commitment to engage in all aspects of life here -- from bookkeeping, letter writing, gardening, bed making, retreat direction and faith sharing with our guests, to community prayer and a little laughter.

We take seriously the command, "Come follow me" and because of that we live a faith fulfilled life.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day often went on retreats, themselves. Dorothy wrote of her own retreat experiences and urged others to make retreats. "Food for the soul," she called them. Her writing clearly shows she envisioned Catholic Worker retreat houses --"... It is certainly a dream for the future." We are humbled to be part of the lying out of her dream.

Inquiries Welcome. Please contact John or Polly Mahoney, or Pumpkin, our cat, at the above address and phone.

PEACE -- PLEASE PRAY FOR US.

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St Francis Catholic Worker - Madison ( WI)

We are a new Catholic Worker community forming in Madison, WI. We are looking for supporters and volunteers to help build our community.

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St Joseph's House of Hospitality - Rochester ( NY)

Our Catholic Worker House of Hospitality serves a hot meal daily for about 100 people. We provide hospitality year round and winter emergency shelter. We are in need of full time, live-in staff. We can provide room, board and stipend. If interested contact: Tom Malthaner at PO Box 31049, Rochester NY 14603, or call the house: 585-232-3262, email: cathwork@frontiernet.net.

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St. Marcellus Catholic Worker Houses for Homeless - Kane ( IL)

We seek distance-volunteers to open their homes to homeless vets -- of which there are 400,000 at any given time -- in revocable or irrevocable living trusts -- under our umbrella. Also, to help us compile contact information for FBCs in your part of the country, or at least, to order and to forward to us the current phone books from one or more cities in your State, so that we may compile such lists, to promote not only the St.MCW charism, but also the whole CW life-style, as well as de-centralized energy production and use, in the tradition of Peter Maurin's farming communes and workshops with Houses of Hospitality

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The Mennonite Worker - Minneapolis ( MN)

The Mennonite Worker often has room for folks interested in sharing in our work. To find our more, visit www.mennoniteworker.com

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The Open Door Community - Atlanta ( GA)

If you are interested in volunteering at the Open Door Community, we ask you to read some of the articles that you can access at this link: http://opendoorcommunity.org/resources/publications

We hope that our volunteers walk with us as we together seek God’s Beloved Community on earth through service to our sisters and brothers who are oppressed. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer community service opportunities whether required by a school or a government agency. If you need to fulfill such a requirement, we suggest the organizations at this link: http://opendoorcommunity.org/get-involved/donate/other-opportunities

To find out how you can participate as a volunteer at the Open Door, please call Sarah Humphrey, Volunteer Coordinator, at 770.246.7618 or email odcvolunteer@bellsouth.net.

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Trinity Hills - Rogersville ( MO)

We are always in need of volunteers and workers.

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Uganda Catholic Worker Community - Kampala ( Uganda)

We are always looking for full time live-in international volunteers who would like to join our serve with us for 6 months or longer.
The young people are very much encouraged to consider serving and living with us. Ideally, all volunteers should have a good working knowledge of the catholic worker principles including voluntary poverty and MUST be able to speak English.
International volunteers living here with us are asked to contribute a small monthly contribution of $150 to take care of meals and basic incidental expenses. Room and Board is provided free.
Volunteer responsibilities include among others: helping with chores, collecting & distribution of Clothes, working with orphanages, attending to the needs of our homeless groups, carrying out evangelical out reaches, prayer and Scripture study, engaging in peace and justice activities ETC.
The Uganda Catholic Worker is ready to help international Volunteers applying with us with visa support papers for smooth Visa application. Please contact MICHAEL at victoriahost@gmail.com.

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Winona Catholic Worker - Winona ( MN)

We are seeking live-in community members to share in intentional community and the works of mercy. If you are a light-hearted, compassionate, spiritually grounded person you might enjoy sharing your life with the poor in our small, family style houses of hopsitality. Winona is a small city in southeastern Minnesota, located between the Mississippi River and its bluffs. The scenic beauty of the area helps to strengthen our awareness of rural life and farming issues, while maintaining a global justice perspective. If you are interested, please contact us by phone at 507.454.8094, or email at winonacatholicworker@gmail.com, or by our PO Box 102, Winona, MN 55987.

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