2017 Common Venture Program Seeks Volunteers


The Franciscan Common Venture program is seeking volunteers for its service sites in Dubuque and around the United States beginning in April.

The 2017 Common Venture sites include Dubuque; Waterloo, Milwaukee; Winnebago, Nebraska; South Bend, Indiana; Busby, Montana; and Morton and Okolona, Mississippi.  Volunteer opportunities range from quilting to gardening at a food bank.

“Being in Mississippi opened my eyes to other walks of life in God’s world and how everyone needs to care and keep each other in prayer,” said 2016 Common Venture Volunteer Mindi McDermott of her time in Morton.

Franciscan Common Venture is a volunteer program that provides the opportunity for men and women 20 years and older to contribute their time, talents, and commitment in service among people who are poor.  Volunteers are asked to contribute a stipend to help cover food and housing costs and are also responsible for their own costs traveling to and from the volunteer sites.

For more information about the service opportunities and sites and also how to apply, visit www.osfdbq.org/commonventure.  Contact Common Venture Coordinator Sister Michelle Balek, OSF, at balekm@osfdbq.org or (563) 583-9786.