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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.

For assistance with your discernment Process, reach out to:

Kate Giancatarino
Director of Service & Social Justice
catharine.giancatarino@villanova.edu (610) 519-6285

Below you will find the list of those who have committed to a year or more of service beginning this summer or fall. We wish you well and send you forth with blessings of love.

Student photo of Deborah Alvarenga

Deborah Alvarenga '20

Mission Year

Philadelphia, PA

Student photo of Molly Bonini

Molly Bonini '20

Alliance for Catholic Education

St. Paul, MN

Student photo of Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown '20

Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Baltimore, MD

Student photo of Christina Dietzler

Christina Dietzler '20

The Echo Graduate Service Program

Layfayette, IN

Student photo of Lane David

Lane David '20

Jesuit Volunteer Corps

San Antonio, TX

Student photo of Kyle DeMerlis

Kyle DeMerlis '20

Jesuit Volunteer Corps

New Orleans, LA

Student photo of Madelyn Dyer

Madelyn Dyer '20

Alliance for Catholic Education

Pensacola, FL

Student photo of Rachel Goodreu

Rachel Goodreu '20

Project Horseshoe Farm

Greensboro, Al

Student photo of Audrey Hamilton

Audrey Hamilton '20

The Reading Assist Institute

Wilmington, DE

Student photo of Ryan Harkin

Ryan Harkin '20

Alliance for Catholic Education

Los Angeles, CA

Student photo of Cassie O'Hara

Cassie O'Hara '20

Teach for America

Oakland, CA

Student photo of Caitlyn Sarles

Caitlyn Sarles '20

City Year

Boston, MA

Student photo of Ryan Henderson

Ryan Henderson '20

Augustinian Volunteers

San Diego, CA

Student photo of Liam McCaffery

Liam McCaffery '20

City Year

Philadelphia, PA

Student photo of Elizabeth Pace

Elizabeth Pace '20

Christian Appalachian Project

Eastern Kentucky

Student photo of Hannnah Rao

Hannah Rao '20

The Echo Graduate Service Program

Indianapolis, IN

Student photo of Lailany Viera

Lailany Viera ‘20

Reading Assistant Institute
AmeriCorps
Wilmington, DE

Student photo of Catherine Viola

Catherine Viola '17

Alliance for Catholic Education

Chicago, IL

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 Kate Giancatarino

These are some photos from our Fall Post Graduate Service Fair, 2019

Post-Grad Service Commissioning

In order to celebrate and honor your decision to serve after graduation, you and your family will be invited to the Post-Graduate Service Commissioning Prayer Service during graduation weekend. The Commissioning Prayer Service will last about 30 minutes with refreshments for the reception afterwards.

In light of the mission of Villanova, for your true spirit of Caritas, we want to congratulate you on your choice to be a person for others. Cords will be distributed.  Please let Kate Giancatarino when you decide what program you will serve with and she will make sure you receive an invitation.