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Nonprofit Leadership Program
(formerly known as the Domestic Volunteer Program)

Current openings:Franciscan Mission Service offers an opportunity for young lay Catholics to engage in 13 months of full-time service in our administrative offices in Washington, D.C. Depending on the specific gifts and skills that each associate brings, they assist with a variety of projects in the office including: communications, fundraising, social media, recruiting, event planning, website development, grant writing, and lay mission program support for FMS.

On Wednesday afternoons the associates go out into the Washington, DC community to live out the Franciscan charism by volunteering in ministries such as nursing homes or after-school programs.


Staff and associates with FMS board member, Fr. Martin Day, OFM Conv.

Community Life:

FMS’ associates live together in an intentional community, emphasizing St. Francis’ model of simplicity. Each associate has a private bedroom and shares common spaces such as the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms. The associates eat dinner together in community, providing time for sharing and the opportunity to nurture friendships beyond that which happens in the office. Each community member generally contributes $20 per week for groceries and everyone rotates cooking duties. The community also gathers one evening a week for sharing and reflection.

  • Volunteer in a vibrant, mission-focused office
  • Housing with a fully-furnished bedroom
  • Modest monthly stipend
  • Health insurance
  • At least one staff retreat per year
  • Free parking if you bring a car (although it’s not necessary)
  • No commuting costs – you don't live far from the office
  • Metro-accessible location – you live within walking distance of the Brookland-CUA stop on the red line (10 minute train ride downtown)

Click here to read about our current associates on our staff page.

Check out this blog post about our associates exploring DC.

Rachel Roa and Susie Zagar volunteering at the 20th Anniversary Benefit & Celebration

FMS associates celebrating Halloween with community pumpkin carving

Jill Staudt, Mariam Mitry, and Peter Mueller at the Jan. 2010 Wine & Cheese Reception

Franciscan Mission Service
P.O. Box 29034
Washington, DC 20017-0034

T: 202-832-1762 | F: 202-832-1778