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Full-time Good Shepherd Volunteer

Good Shepherd Volunteers
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Developing relationships with the marginalized of our world empowers volunteers to grow in knowledge and faith that inspires them to lead a life of seeking justice. Volunteers are provided housing, health insurance, and a small monthly stipend. They live in intentional community, sharing formation, education, support, and daily life with fellow volunteers. Each volunteer works a full-time schedule, of 35-40 hours per week.

Service Activities

All placements share in common the Good Shepherd Mission to minister to women, children, and adolescents in situations of poverty, violence, and neglect. Within that overall mission, GSV site placements have a wide variety of working environments, service opportunities, and populations served in domestic violence, public policy, advocacy, youth counseling, after-school programs, and education.

Community Need Addressed

GSV has placements in the United States in a variety of fields: advocacy, public policy, juvenile justice, mission & culture, youth counseling, after-school programs, and education.

Position Outcomes

GSV is an invitation to challenge yourself while in a safe and supportive environment. There is no doubt our site placements require volunteers to test their limits while they work in high-need, underserved areas. Each placement site offers various opportunities for professional supervision and training throughout the year. Additionally, all four values, simplicity, social justice, community, and spirituality, provide unique challenges that allow volunteers to step out of their comfort zones and into a new lifestyle. The GSV experience does more than just help you get to know the realities of women and children in need; it helps you get to know yourself and understand your impact on those around you. You will emerge from this challenging journey a better roommate, friend, family member, partner, and employee.


Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Good Shepherd Volunteers offers ongoing support and formation opportunities throughout the time of service. While GSV does offer a broad range of support, it is up to each volunteer to take the initiative to utilize these supports as fully as they wish. GSV provides each volunteer with housing, health insurance, a monthly living stipend, relocation reimbursement upon completion, retreats, workshops, site supervision, community support people, staff support, and spiritual direction (optional).

Skills you will gain

The GSV experience does more than just help you get to know the realities of women and children in need; it helps you get to know yourself and understand your impact on those around you. You will emerge from this challenging journey with skills in communication, interpersonal, time management, leadership, conflict resolution, and many more.

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Community & Nonprofit Development, Disability, Economic Security, Education & Youth, Public Safety
  • Length of Service 11 Months
  • Education Requirements College Graduate
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Elementary School, High School, Local Government Agency, National Nonprofit/Affiliate, Religious Organization, Volunteer Placement Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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