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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering and Outreach provide opportunities to share your gifts and talents while learning from others. Often we receive more than we give. Being with others in their life situations, challenges, and struggles, opens our hearts to what BVMs describe as our Core Values of Freedom, Education, Charity, Justice.

Each year the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary sponsor volunteer opportunities in the United States and Ecuador that integrate service, community and prayerful reflection. We invite you to join us in reaching out in love to people in need for an afternoon, a weekend or more. 

Who can participate?
Persons over the age of 18 who have the desire to make a difference in the lives of others and give of themselves freely in service are invited to volunteer. 

For more information or to register for an event, contact
BVM Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator –



Ministry and Social Justice Volunteer Opportunities Centered on the BVM Core Values

Join BVM sisters, associates and friends on a 10-day Ecuador Immersion Trip!
On this journey participants will live and work at the Working Boys’ Center in Quito; experience Otovalo’s world-renowned indigenous artisan open air market; travel to homes in the barrios and the countryside; join in a “minga” to help a family build a house; and visit Damien House in Guayaquil, a clinic for Hansen’s disease patients.

Two Dates Provided:
Feb. 14–24, 2017
BVMs/St. Mary Parish Immersion trip to Guayaquil and Quito, Ecuador
For more information contact Elizabeth Avalos, BVM:

April 19–28, 2017
Ecuador Immersion Experience
For more information contact Kimberly Emery, ACT:


For more information or to register for an event, contact
BVM Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator –


Ongoing Ministry and Social Justice Opportunities
These BVMs and Associates invite you to volunteer with them in the following locations:

United States

Location: Glendale, CA
Description: Volunteer to tutor students at Holy Family Elementary School.
Contact: BVM Associate Cheryl Hannah –

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Description: Work with Mother Teresa’s Brothers of Charity to help prepare food and distribute to the homeless in downtown Los Angeles.
Contact: BVM Associate Eli Lopez –

Location: San Jose, CA
Description: Volunteer to teach English, health education, financial and employment skills at the Day Worker Center, a nonprofit organization that helps people find daily employment.
Contact: Elizabeth Avalos, BVM –

Location: Arcadia, FL
Description: Serve in Catholic Charities outreach ministry to immigrant workers.
Contact: Ann DeNicolo, BVM –  

Location: Wilmette, IL
Description: Volunteer with Project IRENE (Illinois Religious Engaged in Nonviolent Endeavors), a statewide powerful, collective voice for systems change on behalf of women and children in Illinois. Advocacy issues include trafficking, poverty and domestic violence. The Capitol in Springfield is the center of this advocacy.
Contact: Rose Mary Meyer, BVM –

Location: Chicago, IL
Description: Assist the staff at 8th Day Center for Justice, a coalition of Catholic religious congregations which commits to act as a critical alternative voice to oppressive systems and to work actively to change those systems.
Contact:  Joellen McCarthy, BVM –

Location: Chicago, IL
Description: Volunteer at Blessed Sacrament Parish to help in the food pantry, work in the community garden, or tutor in the adult learning or youth centers.
Contact: Pat Kerz, BVM –  

Location: Chicago, IL
Description: Offer your service at Taller de José, a community resource center that helps people navigate the often complicated social service system through the ministry of accompaniment.
Contact: Kathy Brazda, CSJ –

Location: Chicago, IL
Description: Volunteer to help bag and distribute groceries at Holy Family Parish Food Pantry.
Contact: Marion Murphy, BVM –

 Location: Dubuque, IA
Description: Volunteer at Teresa Shelter and Maria House, which provide hospitality and opportunity to women who need emergency/transitional housing.
Contact: Judy Kenniker: 563-588--0112 or

Location: Dubuque, IA
Description: Volunteer at Presentaiton Lantern Center, a drop-in center that provides one-on-one tutoring for immigrants learning English, finding friends, and navigating a new culture, and for some, preparing for the citizenship test. 
Contact: Corine Murray, PBVM: 563-557-7134 or

Location: Dubuque, IA
Description: Volunteer at Hills and Dales Residential Center, which is dedicated to building meaningful lives for individuals with disabilities by offering services that support the whole person and enhance community inclusion.
Contact: Angela Holland 563-556-7878; or 
                Casey Shenke 563-556-7878

Location: Dubuque, IA
Description: Volunteers in the Dubuque area and beyond are welcome to come and be present to the retired sisters in the Mount Carmel Continuing Care Retirement Community. You may be interested in visiting with sisters, reading to them, or transporting sisters in wheelchairs. The Activities Department welcomes assistance with weekly planned events and special projects.
Benefits: Meaningful contact with retired sisters, opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Mount Carmel along the bluffs of the Mississippi River, and a feeling of well-being that comes with helping others.
Contact: Karen Conover, BVM, Coordinator of Support Services -

South America

Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Description: Work with Ann Credidio, BVM at Damien House, a caring place for persons with Hansen’s disease. Website:
Contact: Ann Credidio, BVM–

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Description: Volunteer at the Working Boys’ Center in Quito. Website:
Contact: Miguel Conway, BVM –