Monday, March 28, 2011

All Together Now: A Celebration of Service

As Congress is still debating the budget, the Points of Light Institute is hosting “All Together Now - A Celebration of Service” at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., to honor President George H. W. Bush for his visionary leadership in the American service movement. The event will bring together all four former presidents for the first time since the inauguration of President Obama. President William J. Clinton will serve as the event’s honorary co-chair. He will be joined by President and Mrs. George W. Bush and President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter. Watch it tonight on NBC at 8/7c.

The star-studded lineup will also bring together some of the biggest acts in country music, soul and rock in a unique program celebrating the powerful role voluntary service can play in overcoming the challenges our communities face in the 21st century. “All Together Now - A Celebration of Service” will feature performances by Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Cee Lo Green, Reba McEntire, Sam Moore, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood.

Points of Light Institute inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. 25 million more Americans are volunteering today as volunteered in 1989. To find out how you can get involved and make a difference, visit

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Good Eats in Haiti

Submitted by John DiTillo, The Haitian Project Volunteer (’08 Volunteer – Present)

Haitian rice and beans with steak and mango salsa –a delicious, organic, can’t-get-more-local-than-this meal. Every couple of weeks a bull lumbers onto the Louverture Cleary School campus and lives on our soccer field for a few days, awaiting his inevitable induction into a savory sauce. An honorable raison d’etre--to help nourish the bodies of Volunteers, students and staff working toward the common mission of manifesting the Gospel to rebuild Haiti. We need all the protein we can get. One day, however, the meat almost made a break for it...

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Day in the Life of a Franciscan Mission Service Missioner

Nora Pfeiffer, Franciscan Mission Service Missioner and former Jesuit Volunteer Corps volunteer, is currently serving in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She is working with the NGO Francisans International. She is from Fairfax, Va. and attended the University of Richmond. Nora is a great steward of the environment and is working to teach others to do the same. Please enjoy taking a look at a day in her life...
To learn more about Catholic Volunteer Network member, Franciscan Mission Service, visit

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Catholic Media Promotion Day!

It's amazing to us how technology has changed the way we experience the world. For example, just 10 years ago when I started looking for my volunteer program, I relied mostly on my printed copy of Response, brochures I found from various programs, word of mouth and the telephone to connect to the programs directly. Now, so many people turn to the web when they have questions or are searching for answers.

We're proud to be a part of the Catholic media that is trying to make a difference and promote positive work in the world. We hope that everyone finds our media outlets (blog, Facebook page, twitter account and youtube channel) as good tools for learning about Christian service options after graduation, in retirement, and anywhere in between.

Our favorite 3 blogs include Mike Hayes' Googling God, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and Inside JVC (one of our largest member programs)

Three other media that we like include the Busted Halo show on Sirius radio - Fr. Dave and Robyn have some great insights. Also, we want to mention a couple of our partner schools' websites, Notre Dame Center for Social Concern and Creighton University campus ministry (great prayer resources)

Finally, keep reading our blog, follow us on Twitter @CatholicVolNet, connect with us on Facebook and watch our videos on Youtube If you have suggestions for us to spread the word more, please let us know!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Opening a DOOR to discussions about racial relationships

How can we experience, engage, and embrace communities across racial and social classes? DOOR volunteers are encouraged to take these steps while they live and serve in inner-city communities. Krista Dutt, National Program Director and DOOR Chicago Director, shares how their volunteers are challenged to think about race relations in new ways and are encouraged to fully experience life in diverse cities.
Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR) is a network of urban service-learning programs in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Hollywood, Miami, and San Antonio. Originating out of a Mennonite Central Committee project in Denver, the ecumenical program’s mission is to “expose, educate, challenge, and motivate participants to respond to the issues and concerns facing an increasingly urban world.”

Friday, March 4, 2011

Good Eats - Volunteers across the globe learn to cook on a budget.

When I served in Haiti as a volunteer with the Haitian Project, the topic of food came up daily. It was a subject that brought much joy and celebration… and sometimes frustration. I have fond memories of throwing semi deflated footballs into the soaring trees that littered our compound, as we tried to knock free the ripe mangos. I also recall botching a pot of rice that even the dogs wouldn’t touch. We share our lives over food, experience other cultures through its variety, and as we cook together (and write about cooking), we realize the journey that is food. Visit Catholic Volunteer Network’s blog each month to learn new recipes, see pictures, and read stories about our current volunteers’ good eats!