Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry

A Day In The Life

What does a typical day like for a volunteer?

Volunteers spend 8 hours a day at their respective placement site within the Bon Secours Health System. Volunteers also commit to prayer, reflection, and community building.

Volunteer Formation: Weekly community gatherings involve a staff member guiding volunteers in reflection and discussion, centered on one of the program pillars. Throughout the year, the program staff and the volunteer community collaborate to make these times fruitful for everyone.  Possibilities include hearing speakers, reading articles on justice issues, discussions on service in the service sites, watching documentaries, etc.

Community Life Meetings: The volunteer community gathers regularly for community meetings to discuss issues relevant to living daily life in the volunteer community, and to foster a more intentional lifestyle.

Retreats: Bon Secours volunteers participate in three retreats during the year. These retreats are planned for the fall, the winter, and the spring and are themed to reach volunteers where they are in their experience.  Volunteers go on retreat for a few days to focus on and deepen their service experience.

Other Activities: A year as a Bon Secours Volunteer provides you with many opportunities to be in solidarity with people who are poor and we ask our volunteers to take advantage of those moments.  We ask that you do not take credit courses or take on a part-time job in order to more fully devote yourself to the life of the community and volunteering.

Fun: Volunteers have  lots of opportunities to engage with the community through other volunteer service and social activities. Past volunteers have gotten involved with all sorts of other activities!  From community service events, running groups, alumni clubs, church activities, and community sports teams, to watching the Orioles and Ravens with your new Baltimore family, volunteers find many fun social activities to meet new people and interact with their communities.

Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?  And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’   Matthew 25:37-40

We are called by God and sent by the Church to reproduce in ourselves:
Christ healing... Christ consoling... Christ always aware of the needs of others.