The mission of the Vincentian Mission Corps (VMC) is to provide young adults with an experience of living in community and working with the poor in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. It is our goal that these young adults, as they respond to the call of the Gospel by working, praying, and living in the Vincentian spirit, will develop a consuming commitment to improving the lives of the poor and marginalized in our society.
What are the requirements to become a volunteer?
We invite single men and women, ages 22-30, with a college degree or equivalent to apply. Volunteers must be willing to live in community with other young adults participating in the program and be humbly committed to serving those who are poor and marginalized.
What is the length of the program?
Volunteers serve and live in community for ten and a half months (August to June).
What are my expenses?
We cover room and board, small monthly personal expenses, transportation to and from the program, and medical insurance.
Will I receive health insurance?
If volunteers do not have health insurance when beginning the program, they can receive basic health insurance coverage during their year of service (not including dental coverage).
How will I pay my college loans?
Each private lender treats the VMC experience differently. Volunteers with private loans are encouraged to contact their lender prior to arriving at VMC. Each Volunteer is responsible for learning about and executing the action steps required for their particular situation. Volunteers requiring paperwork from VMC should contact the VMC Staff.
Where will I be living?
What is it like to live in community?
How are faith and spirituality lived out?
- Some ways that the spiritual life of volunteers may be enhanced are:
- Participation in community reflection and prayer
- Participation in weekly spirituality sessions
- Participation in retreats
- Personal prayer and reflection
- Meeting with a spiritual director or prayer partner
Why do volunteers live on a stipend?
Can I live simply and still use my cell phone, laptop, or other personal electronic device?
Our culture’s addiction to technology may be no more apparent than with cell phone usage. There is an inferred expectation that everyone be available at all times, instantly able to respond to calls, text messages, social media outlets, and so on. Because VMC is designed to be an immersion into intentionality and simplicity, we ask our Volunteers to reconsider the role their cell phones play in their daily lives. First, having a cell phone is a privilege and should be used as such. Volunteers should be mindful of the usage of their phone (including texting and data) in the evenings and on the weekends during free time, as time on the phone takes away from time in community.
We ask that our volunteers keep their cell phones turned off during community nights, community meals, retreats and other VMC events. Volunteers are challenged to pay their cell phone bills from their monthly stipend and not accept outside payments. If they are part of a family plan, they are encouraged to take ownership of their portion of the bill.
Where will I be working?
We try our best to place our volunteers in a work place that satisfies their interests, skills, and talents. We’ve placed volunteers in organizations specializing in education, healthcare, social work, human services, social services, poverty relief, homelessness, food distribution, tutoring and literacy, equal housing, public health, and more. For a more comprehensive list, click here.
Will I have receive vacation time?
Each VMC Volunteer may take up to eight (8) days of vacation time during the year. A vacation day is defined as any weekday spent away from community, regardless of whether it is a Site holiday. The VMC member agrees, in a spirit of solidarity with the poor and the essence of simple living, to limit personal travel and vacation during the year of service. Some travel—family events, weddings, graduate school interviews, etc.—will be necessary. Out of town vacations with friends and/or family are a luxury. Volunteers should reflect on the implications of taking vacations while operating in solidarity with the poor, before they make arrangements for travel. Because of this, VMC limits weekend travel time to three weekends per year, which includes holidays.
Can I have a second job while serving with VMC?
Because volunteer service, community life, and other VMC commitments take up a good portion of the day/week, we prohibit any outside employment at any point during the VMC year. We also prohibit the Volunteers from taking academic classes during the VMC year. VMC members commit to practicing simplicity for the year, and earning and saving money can make that challenge more difficult.
What do VMCs do after serving?
VMCs do a variety of things after their year of service. Some stay on at their service sites in paid positions, while others move on graduate school. Still others will stay in the city or move home to pursue new professions. No matter what the volunteers do, many find ways to incorporate their passion for service, peace, and justice into their lives.
How will VMC prepare me for the “real world”?
Many volunteers will say they are already getting a great taste of the “real world” during their year of service. Volunteers have their eyes opened to the realities of poverty and injustice in the world in a new way during VMC. They also have the opportunity to live on a budget, cook tasty dinners, interact with many new people in a variety of settings, and have a supported year in a professional setting. These new skills and experiences, in addition to the community of alums they can connect to, help our volunteers transition to whatever they decide to pursue after their year of service.
How is VMC different from other service programs?
Vincentian Mission Corps supports volunteers by providing personal formation and leadership development opportunities. We believe that the greatest impact of our program is the growth that takes place in and through our young adult participants during their time with VMC. Though the direct service work our Volunteers perform is meaningful and significant, our intention is to form women and men who are dedicated to making service and the pursuit of a more just and loving world a lifelong commitment.
How do I apply?