New cadre of Good Shepherd Volunteers in place

The new cadre of Good Shepherd Volunteers (GSV) is making a difference in Good Shepherd ministries as they serve a one-year commitment with Sisters of the Good Shepherd. GSV is a North America inter-province ministry that connects recent college graduates to one-year, full-time volunteer opportunities serving women, children, and adolescents who are affected by poverty, violence, and neglect.

Good Shepherd Volunteers are placed in Good Shepherd ministries in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and the Washington D.C. area. Fields of voluntarism include public policy and advocacy, economic justice, youth counseling, foster care, and education. Developing relationships with Good Shepherd clients and under-resourced communities empowers volunteers to grow in knowledge and faith that inspires them to lead a life of seeking justice.

Good Shepherd Volunteers range in age from 21-30. Their full-time volunteer commitment is for one year of service working 40 hours per week. The volunteers live in community with one another. During their service year, they receive a small stipend and practice the four tenets of social justice, simplicity, spirituality, and community.

This year’s cadre of seven volunteers completed orientation in August and are now serving in Good Shepherd ministries. The volunteers will document their experiences throughout the year in a blog they maintain at

Learn more about the way Good Shepherd ministries impact the lives of people.

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website