FOV Program

Volunteers on retreat

Franciscan Outreach Volunteers(FOV) is a year-long (renewable) program that provides opportunities for direct service to people who are homeless in Chicago.  Since 1976 volunteers have helped provide hospitality, emergency and long-term services in the spirit of St. Francis.  We are looking for the transformation of ourselves and our society.

Franciscan Outreach Volunteers is part of the Franciscan Outreach Association.  Volunteers serve alongside staff and community members to help serve those who are marginalized.

For more information on Franciscan Outreach, including tours, guest interviews and statistics, see our slideshow here.

Serving dinner during Orientation

Volunteers live in intentional community with 10-13 others including a Community Assistant who helps provide structure and support to the community.  Each volunteer has a private room.  There are shared bathrooms, community rooms, laundry and a kitchen. Volunteers receive:

  • Room and Board (Tour here)
  • $200 monthly stipend
  • Health Insurance
  • 3 Retreats
  • Orientation
  • Individual Mentor (former volunteer)
  • Weekly Community Nights
  • Weekly Reflections
  • 2 days off per week
  • 10 vacation days
  • Opportunity to stay on for a 2nd year

 Services are open 365 days a year.  Therefore we do not have 1 official start and end date for our program.  Volunteers transition in and out of the program during the month of July.  Please see our brochure!

For more current photos of the Franciscan Outreach Volunteers please see our facebook page or follow us on Instagram

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.