The Catholic Worker Movement

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for a life-changing experience in service to the poor on behalf of social justice? Consider volunteering at a Catholic Worker community.

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.

USA volunteer opportunities, listed by State:

CA | IL | IA | KS | KY | MA | MN | MO | NJ | NY | OH | PA | TN | TX | VA | WI |

International volunteer opportunities, listed by country:

Great Britain | Uganda | Dominican Republic | Mexico |

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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Martin de Porres House of Hospitality (San Francisco, CA)

David House is an intentional community associated with Martin De Porres House of Hospitality in San Francisco. Martin’s as we affectionately call it was started in December 1971. Since its inception it has been a House of Hospitality in the Catholic Worker tradition. We have grown into a community of people with diverse spiritual practices, but our mission remains the same---“to serve others in the spirit of compassion, understanding and love.” We are an aging community so we are actively seeking young, energetic people, particularly women or couples to come join us in our work at Martins and living in community. Why not come and see if this is where you are being called to serve?

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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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Oakland Catholic Worker - Oakland ( CA)

We are accepting applications for full-time live-in staff members at our house of hospitality for Latin American immigrants. Staff members receive room and board and a stipend, commit for at least a year, should speak Spanish, and will primarily focus on accompaniment/case management for our guests and coordinating our English as a second language classes. Secondary responsibilities could include working with our food programs; managing our newsletter, website, and social media; outreach and advocacy; fundraising; bookkeeping, data-entry, and finances; volunteer coordination; and maintenance of the house, yard, and garden. Begin spring/summer 2017.

We also seek part-time volunteers to help serve food, pass out groceries, teach English, tutor our guests, improve/maintain the house and yard, and complete other tasks.

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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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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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Casa de Clara - San Jose ( CA)

We are a small house of hospitality for women and children experiencing homelessness. We are looking for full-time, live-in Catholic Workers (especially women), who want to commit a year or more of their lives to this work. A commitment to non-violence, simple-living, and a faith-based life style are required. Prior community living experience is helpful.

In addition, we need weekly or monthly volunteers to help with various aspects of our work, such as our neighborhood food distribution, and cooking & cleaning at the Catholic Worker. We are also looking for those who can offer their professional services to us - mechanics, plumbers, hair stylists, dentists, etc.

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

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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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Nativity House (Lockport, IL)

Nativity House, a House of Hospitality for expectant mothers and Catholic Worker Farm is currently accepting applications for interns. Interns live on site in intentional Catholic community providing direct service for our guest mothers an supporting the greater Nativity House Community through volunteer coordination, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and community building. Full time or part time available.

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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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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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Casa Latina Catholic Worker - Louisville ( KY)

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

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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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New Bedford Catholic Worker - (New Bedford MA)

The New Bedford Catholic Worker is seeking volunteers. Please help us share the workload in our future hospitality efforts. We plan to start a Soup Kitchen and eventual Day shelter to serve the area hungry, addicted, afflicted and homeless. Ideal volunteers will be spiritually fit, sober, have a thick skin, a good work ethic and an open heart. Dorothy Day would say that we are "Entertaining Angels". Those with food service experience and are Serve Safe certified are most needed, but we will find work for all. Individuals of all ages, Parish youth groups, college students, seminarians, those in recovery through AA, nonprofit or labor groups and or Catholic lay groups are all urged to participate. This is a program of direct action though inclusion so if you do not fit in any of the above categories, don't fret; we want you too. Contact information . . . | Go to top

Hildegard House Catholic Worker - (Duluth, MN)

We are in need of 2 live-in women volunteers, to share in welcoming and caring for our guests and attending to the house needs. Basic helpful skills include: good listening, and ability to stand with and empower our guests. Our guests, live-in volunteers and extended community supporters engage in regular fun, community building activities such as spa night, a craft making. We encourage our volunteers to participate to whatever extent comfortable, in all the tenets of the catholic worker movement which includes Clarification of Thought and resisting violence in all of its forms.

We would prefer a minimal commitment of 6 months and if it seems like a good fit, encourage you to stay longer. Room and board is free and there is room to pursue part-time employment or other personal interests. Our house is located in a residential neighborhood, is close to the downtown area, and public transportation is easily accessible.

Did I mention that we have multiple garden sites and we are mentored by elders in organic, sustainable and communal farming practices?

If interested, contact Michele Naar-Obed, (218) 722-2231, or email; hildegardhouseduluthcw@gmail.com, or message us through facebook; Hildegard House Duluth Catholic Worker.

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Loaves & Fishes Catholic Worker - Duluth ( MN)

There are currently six members of our core community and three members in formation. We can accommodate up to three more live-in volunteers and would love to explore that possibility with you! All people are welcome, and we are particularly interested in hearing from people of color and people with experience in the mental health field (Duluth is facing a severe shortage of mental health providers, which is evident in our daily work).

We live between four nearby houses in a quiet residential neighborhood just east of downtown Duluth. We welcome people of all faiths and are LGBTI- and family-friendly. We strive to balance our workload so members can pursue part-time work or school in addition to their daily commitments to the community. Decisions are made collectively and we actively study nonviolent communication to improve the quality of our relationships with each other. Room and board is covered and long-term members tithe 10% of their income back to the community. There is no stipend and we do not provide health insurance, but Minnesota has generous public plans. We ask potential new members to join us for a 3-month trial period before making a commitment.

Duluth has a thriving arts culture and tends blue-collar Left in politics. We are close to nature and blocks away from Lake Superior. That said, it does get really cold in the winter (but green and gorgeous in the summer!).

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

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

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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 hospitality. 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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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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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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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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Trinity Hills - Rogersville ( MO)

We are always in need of volunteers and workers.

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White Rose Catholic Worker Farm - LaPlata ( MO)

We offer live-in short or long-term volunteer opportunities. Come help with candle making, hospitality, tomato canning, wild edible foraging, draft horse farming, natural building, permaculture design...and much more! We also invite schools, churches, nonprofits, etc. to bring groups for day or week long immersion, service, and educational opportunities. We are 6 miles from an Amtrak stop! If you are interested, contact us by mail or phone.

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Slocum House - Syracuse ( NY)

Slocum House Catholic Worker in Syracuse, NY is looking for one more full-time live in community member to share in the work of hospitality, house chores, general repairs, and a monthly financial contribution. The house continues to work with Jail Ministry and is currently offering hospitality to a limited number of women being released from the city jail with nowhere else to go. Prefer a female community member. Also would prefer a two-year commitment. Community members are also involved with peace and social justice activism, including the anti-drone campaign at the gates of Hancock Airbase. If interested in a discernment visit, please call Bonny or Pete at 315-475-2811.

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St. Francis Farm Community (Lacona, NY)

We seek volunteers to help with farm and woods work between April and October. If you want to learn about sustainable agriculture and build practical skills, or just to work with your hands and enjoy nature, consider volunteering with us.

We expect volunteers to be respectful of people with different backgrounds, ideologies, abilities and disabilities; to work through conflicts; to refrain from proselytizing; and to abstain from alcohol, drugs, and sexual activity outside marriage while they are with us.

Day visitors/volunteers are welcome; please call ahead and let us know you’re coming. Overnight volunteers begin with a visit between Monday and Saturday. There is no minimum time commitment, and the initial time can be extended by mutual agreement. Please read our Volunteers page (http://www.volunteers.stfrancisfarm.org)

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

CAIN and IHNGC are seeking volunteer groups from congregations, schools, youth groups, service clubs, businesses and other organizations looking for opportunities to serve women and children experiencing homelessness. Volunteer groups will be providing meals (dinners, breakfasts, and lunches to pack), occasional evening activities, and an overnight volunteer, if possible.

This is a wonderful opportunity to work with others in the faith community offering hospitality to women and children in need. It can truly be a summer of grace for all involved.

Contact Hume Jamison at IHNGC at hume@ihncincinnati.org, or 513-471-1100, ext. 110, or contact MiMi Chamberlin at director@cainministry.org or 513-591-2246, ext. 3 to learn more or to help.

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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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Friendship Room (Steubenville, OH)

We are seeking like minded catholic missionaries to staff our home.

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Lydia's House (Cincinnati, OH)

Lydia's House is currently seeking Associate Volunteers to live in a communal setting and work alongside our women and children in crisis. We are in need of year-long Associates who would serve from September 2016 - August 2017. We ask that all applicants for the Associates Program be at least 25 years of age. Applicants should be in good health, both mental and physical, and should demonstrate a willingness to be challenged and grow. Associates must be people of faith who desire to embrace life in a Christian community and commit to regular prayer and service. Applicants should be interested in living alongside the poor and living simply. For more information, visit our website at www.stlydiashouse.org or contact us at info@stlydiashouse.org.

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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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Nashville Greenlands - Nashville ( TN)

NASHVILLE GREENLANDS INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

ONE YEAR EXPERIENCE IN SOCIAL JUSTICE SERVICE AND ACTION

BEGINS SPRING 2015, OR WHEN PREFERRED CANDIDATE IS SELECTED AND AVAILABLE

Nashville Greenlands is an intentional residential community devoted to urban agriculture and social justice action. We have a network of six houses we have restored in a poor neighborhood in Nashville, Tennessee.

The internship will consist in working with young residents in four small service and advocacy organizations in which they have key organizing and staffing roles:

  • Nashville Greenlands - vegetable and fruit gardening and housing maintenance work at the community yards and houses - one day a week;
  • Open Table Nashville -outreach and support services to people experiencing homelessness – two days a week;
  • Workers Dignity -organizes mainly among immigrant workers to recover lost wages in cases of wage theft by unscrupulous employers – one day a week;
  • Nashville Food Project – gathers, prepares and distributes surplus food for disadvantaged communities and “food desert” neighborhoods – one day a week.

Application & Contact - Send relevant background resume and a short personal statement of your interests and motivation in applying to: Karl Meyer, Nashville Greenlands, 2407 Heiman St., Nashville, TN 37208 or karlmeyerng@hotmail.com Phone - 615-322-9523

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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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Little Flower Catholic Worker Farm - Trevilians ( VA)

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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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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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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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Casa Maria Catholic Worker House - Milwaukee ( WI)

Casa Maria is seeking live-in volunteers for our four houses in Milwaukee. Our houses take in homeless women, families, refugees, and asylees. We redistribute used furniture, clothing, and infant items to those in need and participate in urban gardening. Our goal is to soon open a house for people who have been unfairly targeted by Milwaukee's privatized, child welfare system. We regularly protest militarism, war taxes, gun violence, welfare deform, and have ties to groups working on racial justice and immigration issues. We also need volunteers for our farm in Watertown, Wisconsin. Those interested can contact casamariamke@gmail.com

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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 organize 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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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 and 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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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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Casa de Hospitalidad Wixarika T.C. - Guadalajara,Zapopan, JAL Mexico 45180 ( Mexico)

We are in need of financial support.

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Casa Colibri - Hostotipaquillo, Jal 46440 ( Mexico)

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

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