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Anatomy of a volunteer

Amid 10,000 people serving as volunteers for one Catholic organization, there are bound to be common traits. Yet they won’t be found in appearance, age, marital status or gender.
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Volunteers sought for after-school program

As Frank Kasper watched young people in the Transfiguration Catholic Community, Baltimore, after-school program play a lively game of catch, he knew getting them to concentrate on homework would be challenging. The Transfiguration parishioner, a retired computer programmer from Charles Village, was one of two volunteers who helped the five elementary school-aged children who showed...
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Spiritual reflector guide volunteers carefully and prayerfully

Richard Horwitt is a very busy guy. The 64-year-old retiree works three days a week driving an adult day care center van. He tutors English for the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) at Catholic Charities’ Hispanic Apostolate in Fells Point. He’s involved with the Service, Justice and Life Commission in his parish, St. Joseph, Sykesville. He’s...
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A little thought before volunteering benefits everyone

You want to make a difference, give back, and, yes, get out of the house. Volunteering is the obvious solution. But before you sign up at the first place that asks, or the one nearest to your house, consider what will fulfill you and how that commitment will fit with the rest of your life.
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Catholic Volunteer Network gets back 75 percent of AmeriCorps funding

WASHINGTON – After several months on a “real roller coaster,” federal funding for the AmeriCorps Education Awards Program run by the Catholic Volunteer Network is back to 75 percent of its funding level a year earlier.
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Schools find priceless help in volunteers

When it comes to the worth of St. Ursula School volunteers, Sister Joan Kelly, S.N.D. de N., says she could never “put a dollar figure on it.” “They help as classroom volunteers, they work in the library, and they work in the lunchroom and schoolyard,” the principal of the Parkville school said. “They assist in...
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Schools find priceless help in volunteers

When it comes to the worth of St. Ursula School volunteers, Sister Joan Kelly, S.N.D. de N., says she could never “put a dollar figure on it.” “They help as classroom volunteers, they work in the library, and they work in the lunchroom and schoolyard,” the principal of the Parkville school said. “They assist in...
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Volunteer keeps blog as resource for others

WASHINGTON – “You leave your family, you leave your friends, and you know that you’re going to be gone for two years,” said Patrick Furlong. “A lot changes. When I get back, I don’t know what it’s going to be like.”
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As World Youth Day closes, pope prompts volunteers to keep serving

Just before leaving the physical and human warmth of Panama Jan. 27, Pope Francis stopped to thank the thousands of official volunteers, young and old, gathered at the capital city's Rommel Fernandez Stadium to tell them that they had just participated in an event similar to one that took place early in Christianity.  
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Ignatian volunteers ‘find God in all things’

They mentor developmentally disabled adults, help poor people avoid foreclosure and teach homeless women how to reduce debt.
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Volunteers at Catholic hospital touch tiniest lives

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – It just might be the sweetest, cuddliest volunteer opportunity in the whole state of Alaska. For 67 volunteers at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, that opportunity is called the “Kuddle Korps.” Little training is required. You just have to love very small babies, and have the patience to sit for a couple of...
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Volunteers live out the Gospel in prisons

Feed the hungry. Check. Clothe the naked. Check. Visit me in prison. Oops.
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