The CSJ Volunteers in Mission is a lay volunteer program sponsored
Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery for single women over the age
of 18. The goal is to
provide direct service with those in need. Essential elements
of the program include
service, spiritual reflection and community living.
Where? Volunteers in Mission serve in
Connecticut, Kentucky, Alabama, Bolivia and
Benefits: Long-term volunteers receive
room and board, a monthly stipend,
transportation to and from the ministry sites, health insurance,
student loan deferment,
and an Americorps education award. Short-term volunteers receive
room and board
and transportation to and from the ministry sites. Volunteers
live with a Sister or Sisters,
and with other volunteers as the situation allows.
How long? Long-term placements last
from nine months to two years. Our program is
unique because we offer many short-term placements as well. These
can be from one
week to three months anytime throughout the year.
Opportunities Include: Childcare, tutoring,
social outreach, camp counselor and teaching.
Other opportunities include teacher’s aide, family life
education, soup kitchen, parish
involvement, after-school programs, health services and spiritual
Trust House—a family learning center in downtown
free education, counseling services, and childcare to a diverse
Jubilee House—an urban center in Hartford offering
English as a Second Language,
refugee assistance, computer classes, and pre-college classes.
House of Bread—soup kitchen, day shelter for the
homeless, education for young
mothers in Hartford, and summer camp for urban youth in Vermont.
Tabor House I and II—residential ministry in Hartford,
providing a wholesome, safe and
loving home for homeless women and men living with HIV/AIDS.
Rural Ministry in McKee and Whitley City, Kentucky; and Vredenburgh,
elderly visitation, house repair, outreach to youth, parish ministry,
emergency assistance, etc.
CSJ Missions in Bolivia and Brazil—family life
education, feeding programs, parish
involvement, social outreach to youth, health clinics, etc.
For More Information or to request an application:
S. Elaine Betoncourt, CSJ
27 Park Road
West Hartford, CT 06119