Post-Grad Volunteer Opportunities

Serving in a post-graduate volunteer program after Villanova can be a meaningful way to serve in marginalized communities and engage questions of social justice and solidarity . There are over 200 secular and faith-based service organizations to choose from, so we recommend spending time researching and speaking with friends and mentors about your desire for service.

Why have hundreds of Villanova graduates chosen to dedicate a year (or two!) of their lives after graduation to service? Some of the many reasons why students feel a call to service include:

  • Experience during college on a Service and Justice Experience, COV, RUIBAL, MLK Day of Service or St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service
  • Openness to encountering different cultures
  • Desire to live out their faith
  • Desire to live in a community
  • Willingness to place oneself at the margins of society
  • Recognition of benefits (graduate student scholarships, real-life experience in a supportive setting, travel)

Service areas, benefits, housing accommodations, and loan deferment, and a variety of other benefits are different for every program. Curious about this process and what a year of service could look like for you? Would meeting with a former volunteer or missioner help you in the process? Contact Michelle Sherman.

Events: 2017-2018

November 14, 5-7PM
Villanova Room

Stop in at the fair and meet 50+ staff and alumni of post-grad service programs and see if a year of service is right for you. Many Villanova seniors commit to a year or more of service after graduation... be part of the tradition! Serving in a post-graduate volunteer program after Villanova can be a meaningful way to serve in marginalized communities and engage questions of social justice and solidarity, as well as gaining valuable job skills and experience. 

If you are a representative of a program who would like to have a table, please click the Programs: Service Fair Registration at the top right of this page.


Programs that were represented at the 2016 fair:

Alliance for Catholic Education
Amate House
AmeriCorps NCCC
Amigos de Jesus
Assumption Mission Associates
Augustinian Volunteers
Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Cap Corps 
Cap Corps Midwest
Catholic Volunteer Network
Catholic Volunteers in Florida
Christ House Year Long Volunteers
Christ the King Service Corps
Christian Appalachian Project
City Year
Colorado Vincentian Volunteers
Covenant House Faith Community
Cristo Rey New York Volunteer Program
Echo, University of Notre Dame
Farm of the Child
Franciscan At-One-Ment Mission Project
Franciscan Volunteers: No Risk, No Gain
Good Shepherd Volunteers
Holy Child Volunteers
Holy Family Service Corps
Humility of Mary Volunteer Service
Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest
Lasallian Volunteers
Maggie's Place
Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Mercy Volunteer Corps 
MercyWorks Volunteer Program
Nazareth Farm
Operation TEACH
Passionist Volunteers International
Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers
PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience)
Redeemer Ministry Corps
Rostro de Cristo
RSHM Volunteers
SAGA Innovations
Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy
Salesian Lay Missioners
Seton Education Partners
St. Joseph Worker Program 
Teaching in the Diocese of Gallup
The Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph's University


Maggie Visit

JVC Northwest Visit - March 24,  2017 

Information about the workshop

March 28th, 7:30 - 8:45pm
Corr Hall 103

Doing a year of service has many different benefits for volunteers personally and professionally. During a year of service, volunteers and missioners have opportunities to explore career paths and gain valuable experience. For many volunteers, relationships with immigrants, refugees, youth, the elderly, and new communities inspire them to pursue paths for jobs or graduate school. Panelists from City Year, Franciscan Volunteer Ministries, and Nativity School will discuss how year of service provides experience while in a supportive community and address professionalism in roles that are considered more fluid and ministerial.

This session is highly recommended for both Juniors and Seniors thinking about a year of service and those who have already been accepted into a program.

*Please register here*

May 19th, 10:00 to 11:30am
Corr Chapel and East Dougherty Lounge

Commissioning ceremony and reception for graduating students and their families who will be serviing in Post-Graduate Service Programs next year. We will gather together to provide graduates with a communal sense of purpose and Villanova values of serving the community. The commissioning will be held from 10:00-10:30 in Corr Chapel followed by a reception in the East Lounge in Doughtery Hall until 11:30.

Please RSVP for yourself and your number of guests to:

February 15, 1:00 to 2:00pm
Career Center (Garey Hall 117)

This webinar will serve as an introduction to the types of service year opportunities available, how to search for them, and the skill development associated with a service year. Come participate in this informative webinar!

*Please register here*

February 2, Appointments at 6pm and 7pm
Career Center (Garey Hall 117)

Staff from the Career Center, Writing Center, and Campus Ministry who have served in volunteer programs will be available for one on one meetings to talk with you and review your applications and essays. Bring your applications, essays, and questions! 

*Please register below*

December 6, 5-6PM
St. Rita of Cascia Community Room

Program representatives from Christ House, Augustinian Volunteers, and Redeemer Ministry Corps will be discussing the application process as well as sharing more about their programs. 

*Please register to help us order an accurate amount of food.*

December 1, 6:30-7:30PM
St. Rita of Cascia Community Room

Interested in learning more about Post-Grad Service and in speaking to former volunteers and missioners? Come hear alumni of volunteer programs speak about their experiences and discuss common questions around a year of service. Start processing your own post-grad discernment in a supportive environment. All classes and majors welcome!

*Please register to help us order an accurate amount of food.*

October 19, 6:30–7:30PM

October 21, 2:30–3:30PM

St. Rita of Cascia Community Room

Thinking about Post-Grad Service after graduation and don’t know where to start? Heard of Post-Grad Service but are unsure if it a good fit for you? Come and learn more about possibilities, application processes, and hear from alumni of volunteer programs. This session will be repeated on Friday, October 21st from 2:30-3:30pm. 

*Please register by clicking the blue button in the right column above to help us order an accurate amount of food.*


Blessing of Volunteers 7pm at End of Year mass announcement

On May 7 at the End of Year Mass (7 PM), Fr. Peter will invite the CRS interns and any students serving in programs (both summer and year-long commitments) to receive a blessing.

If you will be in attendance, please email your name to so that Fr. Peter can read them during the blessing in the liturgy.

Invitation to Graduation Commissioning

Are you a Senior who has committed to a Year of Service or Service Summer Program? You are invited to attend the first Commissioning and Reception for you and your family as part of Graduation Weekend on May 19th from 10:00-10:30 in Corr Chapel, followed by a reception in the East Dougherty Lounge.  RSVP with your name and number of family members to Britt Deline by May 5th.