The Lasallian Volunteer program gives graduates a unique opportunity to serve in communities across the globe where they carry out the Lasallian mission of improving lives through education.
Many Jaspers leave Manhattan College on a mission. It may be to find that perfect career, pursue advanced education or even a combination of the two. For some, they are on a Lasallian mission. Their goal is to continue what they learned and lived at the College and apply those lessons of service to a volunteer position for a year or two.
The Lasallian Volunteers is a program dedicated to providiving, well-trained volunteers for one or more years of service to schools and agencies of the Christian Brothers whose mission is to serve the poor. Acting out of faith, rooted in the Gospel, and sharing community with the Brothers and other Lasallians, the volunteers empower the poor by personalized service primarily through education.
And while they may be contributing to the cause in different ways, they all share the same goals and hopes: to help those in need. LVs may change the world for the better, but they also discover themselves transformed in the process. Here are a few of their stories.
Paul Avvento ’07 is now a teacher and the director of student activities at De Marillac Academy, while also pursuing his master's through the Lasallian Fellowship Program.
Chenelle Bruce ’02 had a rewarding experience as a Lasallian Volunteer. Ten years later, she's still teaching and can't imagine a better career.
Kathleen Bulson's ’09 experience as a Lasallian Volunteer taught her independence and set her on a career path in service work.
Catherine Calogero ’10 is now a part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program and hopes to teach science to underserved students.
Christina Caughey ’09 served as a founding Lasallian Volunteer in New Orleans.
Alberto Guerrero's ’03 experience as a Lasallian Volunteer inspired him to become a social worker.
Participating in the Lasallian Volunteers program made Kiera Maguire ’08 realize that teaching is her passion.
The Lasallian Volunteers program gave Robert Vitelli ’97 the experience he needed to get into community organizing.