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LIVE Q&A’S WITH MERCY VOLUNTEER CORPS

Interested in a year of service? Join Mercy Volunteer Corps for a Q&A! Staff, alumni, Sisters, and current volunteers answer questions about their year of service, why they selected their city, how volunteering has influenced their career, and more! All events are streamed on MVC’s YouTube page and previous recordings are available on our channel. Questions can be directed to staff at recruitment@mercyvolunteers.org.

October 26, 2021: International Service Mercy Volunteers who have served in Guyana, South America share their experiences from discerning service abroad, being present through challenges, and building relationships across cultures. The panel discusses compassionate service in education, social services, and healthcare.

November 17, 2021: Discernment  Discernment is a spiritual practice of carefully considering your next steps, your gifts and passions, and how you can best serve yourself and the world around you. Colleen, an MVC Alumna and Sister of Mercy, will offer prayer, tools, and reflections for your discernment.

December, 2021: U.S. Service Where can service lead you? A panel of current Mercy Volunteers share their experiences and answer your questions about how a year of service in healthcare, education, or social service can impact you personally and professionally!

January 13, 2022: Short-term Experience – Mercy Ecospirituality Center Join Mercy Volunteer Corps for an evening of exploring ecospirituality. MVC offers a short-term summer volunteer experience focused on ecology. Applications must be submitted by February 15!

March 23, 2022: Why Service? A conversation with current Mercy Volunteers from various communities. Volunteers serving in education, healthcare, and social services talk about their experiences. Get all your questions answered about serving in the U.S. and internationally.

May 24, 2022: Cultivating Mercy & Justice Throughout their year of service, Mercy Volunteers cultivate Mercy and justice through compassion. Join current volunteers for a live Q&A and ask your questions about their work in social services and education. 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT

ARCHIVED LIVESTREAM Q&A’S WITH MERCY VOLUNTEER CORPS (2021)

January 11, 2021: Healthcare Placements Mercy Volunteer Corps alumni and current volunteers answer questions about volunteering in the healthcare field (nursing, health advocate, etc.). Alumni talk about their experience applying to medical school and how their service year prepared them professionally.

February 8, 2021: Education Placements Mercy Volunteer Corps alumni and current volunteers answer questions about volunteering in the education field (teaching, special education, speech therapy etc.). Alumni talk about their experience in and out of the classroom!

March 1, 2021: Social Services Placements Mercy Volunteer Corps Alumni and current volunteers answer questions about volunteering in the social services field (social worker, case management, etc.). Alumna Brynn Walzer Jones will discuss social justice and social services. Brynn served with MVC in Sacramento, CA and currently works as a social worker at a Mercy Hospital in Sacramento. Brynn works specifically with people experiencing homelessness.

June 1, 2021: Remaining Placements This session will feature placements still open to serve for the 2021-2022 volunteer year. We have placements available in healthcare, social services, and education. Tune in to hear from recent MVC alumni who served in these placements. As a nurse, an advocate, and an activities coordinator, they will share how their experience impact their professional and personal growth, as well as answer your questions.

ALUMNI EVENTS BY MERCY VOLUNTEER CORPS

Mercy Volunteer Corps Alumni events like trivia, retreats, and webinars.

November 19, 2021: Winter Trivia Join us for an Alumni Trivia Night on Friday, at 7:30 pm EST. Sign up as an individual and we will match you with a team or pull together your own team of 3-4 alumni friends!

January 21-22, 2022: Virtual Alumni Retreat All alumni are invited to join MVC the evening of Friday and Saturday for our virtual alumni retreat! It will be facilitated by Mercy Companion, Sue LaVoie. The theme for the retreat is “There is Always Light” and will be explored through storytelling, prayer, and shared reflection. We are pleased to offer this opportunity at no cost. However, should you choose to donate to a volunteer’s extending the circle or a volunteer community, you are welcome to do so. and will provide an opportunity to connect with your fellow MVC Alumni and seek the light in every one of us. Email Marissa at marissagonzales@mercyvolunteers.org to register. The deadline to register is January 16th.

February 10, 2022: Enneagram Webinar Join other MVC Alumni and Mercy Volunteers in an Enneagram Webinar with Christine Eberle. The event starts at 7 pm EST / 4 pm PST. Email Marissa at marissagonzales@mercyvolunteers.org to register.

ARCHIVED SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS (2020-2021)

Join Mercy Volunteer Corps as we explore social justice issues that are prevalent in our world today. Events will specifically focus on the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and include Immigration, Non-Violence, Earth, Women, and Racism. Speakers will facilitate these sessions and help participants learn more about these areas and how we can be better advocates for social justice.

September 23, 2020: Immigration Alumni Patricia Grace, Joe Farmer, and Quetzalli Rocha will discuss immigration justice for MVC’s first event in the Social Justice Series. The panel will share their experiences as Mercy Volunteers serving at Catholic Migration Services and Women’s Intercultural Center. All three have continued careers in immigration and will passionately share stories and perspectives on challenges faced by immigrants and what we can do to be advocates for justice.

November 17, 2020: Non-Violence Mercy Volunteer Corps alumni, Matthew Guiffre, Alex Pierlott, Jen Sens, and Anneka Vanderveen, gather for a panel discussion about the Mercy Critical Concern of Nonviolence. The panel will share their experience and passion for nonviolent social change. They bring a variety of perspectives including teaching, social work, activism with children, teens, and those who are incarcerated, and criminal justice reform. Please join the Mercy community for this conversation about nonviolent social change.

January 26, 2021: Earth Anne Curtis RSM will discuss the critical concern for the care for earth and the initiatives of Mercy Ecology. Learn about opportunities to engage in earth justice work including a summer of service with MVC at Mercy EcoSpirituality Center.

March 16, 2021: Women Mercy Volunteer Corps alumni participate in a panel discussion on the Mercy Critical Concern of Women. Hear the experiences of former volunteers serving in women’s health, education, and advocacy.

May 20, 2021: Racism In the final session of Mercy Volunteer Corps’ Social Justice Series, The Sisters of Mercy Institute Office of Anti-Racism and Racial Equity team will bring attention to microaggressions in the workplace. The vulnerable and rich conversation will help MVC work to become more intentional advocates of racial justice.

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