• Applicants must be between the ages of 18-25, have a high school diploma and a valid drivers license. 
  • Applicants must be single and have no dependents. We are not able to accommodate dependents.
  • Applicants need to have a desire to live out the core values of Spirituality, Service, Community and Simple Living.   
  • Ability to handle responsibility and treat guests with respect and dignity.  Previous experience with people who are homeless is helpful but not necessary.    
  • We are looking for mature persons who are willing to share of themselves openly and honestly.  People of all or no faith backgrounds are welcomed to apply.  Our volunteers come from all over the world and have a variety of backgrounds.  

    Application Process
    The application process includes an Application, Personal Statement, and three Reference Forms.  We are currently accepting applications for the 2019-20 program year. We will accept applications on a rolling basis, but the priority deadline is March 1st. We will continue to accept applications after March 1st if spots are still available. Click on the links below to access the application materials.

    Reference Form
    (*Please note we now use the Catholic Volunteer Network-CVN Common Reference Form)

    Selection Process
    Franciscan Outreach Volunteers begins accepting applications in October.  Applications will be accepted until openings are filled. Program positions begin in July and are for 1 year (renewable).

     Applications are thoroughly reviewed by staff, please note that applications will not be reviewed until complete.  We will then invite selected candidates to come to our Chicago office for an interview.  We will schedule Skype interviews with international and non-local candidates. Once you have been accepted into the program, we will require proof of a valid drivers license and passage of a background check. 

    Franciscan Outreach Volunteers is a member program of Catholic Volunteer Network.

    If you have any questions regarding the volunteer program or the application process, please contact Rachel Kohl, Program Director, at or call her at (773) 278-6724 x16.

    All mail should be sent to:
            Rachel Kohl
            Franciscan Outreach Volunteers
            1645 W. Le Moyne St.
            Chicago, IL 60622