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What makes VVC different?


Live in Faith

  • Share weekly reflection and prayer as a community to give meaning and context to experiences of direct service.
  • Serve with a parish-based St. Vincent de Paul Conference to connect with others living the Vincentian charism and expand our experience of “neighbors helping neighbors”.
  • Participate in three retreats throughout the year to help re-center and ground you on your service year journey.


Grow in Friendship 

  • Live in an intentional community with 5-9 other VVCs to help support you during your year.
  • Embody the St. Vincent de Paul motto, “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” living two blocks from the Liz Carter Outreach Center where you serve.
  • Engage in relationships with a diverse network: the VVC community, parish Vincentians, retreatants from the Ozanam Center for Service Learning, as well as neighbors in need. 


Serve in Solidarity  

  • Serve full-time for St. Vincent de Paul in unique work placements based on your professional goals, skills, and the needs of the organization.
  • Be welcomed in the homes of our neighbors in need through home visits as a unique opportunity to provide person-to-person service.
  • Gain new skills and professional experience to position you for success beyond a year with VVC. 100% of program alumni have gone on to a meaningful next step (school, career, or another service year) within six months of completion of the program. 



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