Service

"For it is in giving that we receive." - St. Francis of Assisi

Notre Dame Mission Volunteers
Volunteer Position at Big Laurel

Notre Dame Mission Volunteer (NDMV) Program, founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1992, has been placing volunteers at sites nationwide to work alongside God’s people, especially the economically disadvantaged. The volunteers accomplish this mission by promoting literacy and education.

 

AmeriCorps is a federally-funded service program, commonly referred to as the domestic Peace Corps, that brings together citizens of diverse backgrounds to serve communities in the areas of education, public safety, human needs and the environment.

In 1995, NDMV sought a partnership with AmeriCorps to allow for an increase in the number of members, offering greater community service in financially-limited sites. This partnership formed Notre Dame Mission Volunteers-AmeriCorps (NDMVA).

Program Benefits:

  • Living Allowance of $12,100, pre-tax

  • Healthcare and childcare, if eligible

  • Deferment of eligible student loans during the year of service

  • Upon completion of the program, members will receive a $5,900 Segal AmeriCoprs Education Award that can be used to repay student loans or for future education

Members are offered at least 100 hours of training to enhance their service and to prepare them for their future. Local orientations, bi-weekly meetings, and a 3-day national training event addressing social justice issues, tools for the classroom, professional development, and members’ growth in the commitment to service.

Big Laurel offers two year-long AmeriCorps positions for each school year. The volunteers will live on-site and become a part of the greater Big Laurel community that includes former volunteers, staff, and religious sisters who live nearby. They will also  offer exceptional hospitality, sharing their home with all visiting groups. 

AmeriCorps Notre Dame position at Big Laurel Learning Center will include, but is not limited to, hospitality at Big Laurel, community outreach, education, and summer camps.

Hospitality at Big Laurel

  • Ensures all guests are welcomed and comfortable

  • Plans and prepares meals for guests

  • Shares in community with all visitors

Community Outreach

  • Offers community support to low-income children and families by visiting neighbors, delivering food vouchers, and assisting with home repairs.

  • Encourages healthy connections to food and the environment by teaming up with community partners to assist in gardens and farmers markets.

Education

  • Focuses on specific student needs including but not limited to  literacy, comprehension, phonics, handwriting, and math.  

  • Encourages elementary and middle school students to use critical and creative thinking in daily or weekly sessions at Kermit PK-8 school.

Summer Camps

  • Plans and executes four one week summer camps focusing on ecology, team building, and character development.

  • Engages local children in the natural world around them, planting seeds for discovery and creativity.

Interested in joining our community in loving service?

We'd love to hear from you! Send us an email if you have questions about the position:  biglaurel.director@gmail.com. 

Check out the Notre Dame Mission Volunteer AmeriCorps website here:  ndmva.org.