Apply to FOV


  • Applicants must be at least 19 years of age, have a high school diploma and a valid drivers license.
  • Applicants must be single and have no dependents. We are not able to accommodate dependents.
  • Applicants need to have a desire to live out the core values of Spirituality, Service, Community and Simple Living.
  • Ability to handle responsibility and treat guests with respect and dignity.  Previous experience with people who are homeless is helpful but not necessary.   
  • We are looking for mature persons who are willing to share of themselves openly and honestly.  People of all or no faith backgrounds are welcomed to apply.  Our volunteers come from all over the world and have a variety of backgrounds.

Application Process

The application process includes an Application, Personal Statement, and three Reference Forms.  We are currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 program year. Click on the links below to access the application materials.

Selection Process

Franciscan Outreach Volunteers begins accepting applications in October.  Applications will be accepted until openings are filled. Program positions begin in July and are for 1 year (renewable). Applications are thoroughly reviewed by staff, please note that applications will not be reviewed until complete.  We will then invite selected candidates to come to our Chicago office for an interview.  We will schedule Skype interviews with international and non-local candidates. Once you have been accepted into the program, we will require proof of a valid drivers license and passage of a background check. Franciscan Outreach Volunteers is a member program of Catholic Volunteer Network-AmeriCorps.  By applying for our program you are applying to participate as an AmeriCorps member to work in an AmeriCorps approved position.  Please note that participation in AmeriCorps is subject to funding and approval.

If you have any questions regarding the volunteer program or the application process, please contact Rachel Kohl, Program Director. here >>