Q. When does the service year begin and end?
A. The Project SERVE year runs from the 3rd week of August to the 3rd week of July.
Q. When is the application deadline?
A. We begin accepting applications on January 1. The priority deadline is February 1. After that, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through July until positions are filled. If you are considering applying after the priority deadline, contact our Social Ministry Coordinator to inquire about any open positions. Submitting your application closer to February 1 will allow you the opportunity to interview at the programs that are of most interest to you.
Q. What makes a good candidate for Project SERVE?
A. A strong candidate for Project SERVE possesses the:
- Willingness to learn new skills on the job.
- Flexibility at work and in community living.
- Desire to live with others working for social justice.
- Ability to get along with others from diverse backgrounds.
- Sense of humor.
- Willingness to try new things.
Q. Do I need to be Catholic to do Project SERVE?
A. We welcome volunteers of any or no faith background. We do ask, however, that you come open and willing to engage in dialogue with your community-mates as you each offer what shapes your spiritual lives.
Q. Where do volunteers live?
A. Project SERVE volunteers live in a house together in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore (near downtown). It’s a four-story row house that has individual bedrooms and bathrooms for each volunteer in the program.
Q. What types of job opportunities are available?
A. Each volunteer works in a Catholic Charities program providing service and support to the program and the clients the program serves. The placements vary each year, but past opportunities include working in immigration resources, education, and with individuals and families experiencing homelessness. For this year’s opportunities, see our “Placement Opportunities” section.
Q. What does the stipend include?
A. The stipend includes funding for transportation to and from work and funding for groceries, both of which the Project SERVE community pools together. It also includes funding for individual personal stipends. The volunteers do not pay rent or utility bills.
Q. Will I have health insurance in Project SERVE?
A. Yes! Health and vision insurance is included, with optional dental coverage.
Q. What does the community aspect of Project SERVE involve?
A. In addition to sharing living space and financial resources, the Project SERVE community shares support, time, and lived experiences with one another. Project SERVE volunteers get together once a week for a community night. This time is an opportunity to have fun together, to talk about how things are going in the workplace and/or to learn more about the surrounding community through invited guest speakers. Project SERVE volunteers also cook dinner together at least twice a week.
Q. What will transportation in Baltimore be like?
A. Volunteers get to work by walking, taking the bus, or driving. Project SERVE has two cars that are primarily utilized by the volunteers who work at placements that are outside of the bus lines. Some programs are close enough to walk from the Project SERVE house and others use part of the transportation stipend to purchase a monthly bus pass. There is also a free bus that runs in Baltimore called the Charm City Circulator.
Q. What can I do about my student loans during my year of service?
A. Most federal student loans are eligible for forbearance or deferment during a service year. Contact your loan holder about eligibility and necessary paperwork.