Niche group of volunteers

A niche group of volunteers serves Good Shepherd in ways that are defined by four core values: Social Justice. Spirituality. Community. Simplicity. These are the four tenets of Good Shepherd Volunteers.

Good Shepherd Volunteers (GSVs) work in social service ministries in the U.S. and overseas, serving women, adolescents and children whose lives are touched by poverty, violence and neglect. Developing relationships with the marginalized of our world empowers volunteers to grow in knowledge and faith that inspire them to lead a life of seeking justice.

The Good Shepherd niche group of volunteers are young adults 21 years of age and older who have at least a Bachelor’s degree. If you are from outside the U.S. you are welcome to apply if you are able to secure your own Visa. GSVs serve for one year with a Good Shepherd ministry in the U.S. or around the world.

What’s in it for you

A Good Shepherd Volunteer with children at Good Shepherd Services in Baltimore.

As a volunteer, you will receive housing, health insurance, transportation and a living stipend. As a part of the GSV experience, there are several retreats throughout the year, as well as workshops to assist you in community life and your work ministry. A supervisor will help you achieve performance goals and assist you in your professional development. You will also have access to a spiritual director who can assist you in developing your spirituality.

Additionally, each Good Shepherd Volunteer lives in intentional community and has a support person who helps set community goals and develop a common vision. Good Shepherd staff ensure that volunteers get the most out of their experience. 

Good Shepherd Volunteers is a comprehensive program that partners with several graduate schools to offer full or partial scholarships to volunteers who complete their year of service.

Good Shepherd Volunteers was founded in 1992 by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, who wanted to incorporate more people into their ministries around the country. The program now places volunteers across the U.S. and around the world. More than 300 volunteer alumni are in our growing network who continue to carry forward the Good Shepherd mission in their lives. Find your niche with Good Shepherd.

Download the application to become a Good Shepherd Volunteer.

Watch this video to learn what GSVs have to say about the program.

Read blogs written exclusively by Good Shepherd volunteers.

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