Become a Service Site
Each year, Amate House recruits 20-30 young adults to dedicate a year of their lives to service, community and faith. Our Volunteers come from all over the country and serve under-resourced and low-income communities throughout Chicago. They work in diverse fields like education, social services, legal aid, public health, youth ministry, case management, elder care and refugee and immigrant services.
We are always looking for new agencies and organizations to partner with. As an Amate House Site, you will have the opportunity to utilize a motivated, service-oriented, recent college graduate (or equivalent life experience) for full-time employment from August through June at a fraction of the cost of a full-time employee. A $15,000 site contribution assists Amate House in covering the health insurance, living expenses, transportation and a monthly stipend for the Volunteer.
It is important to us that our partner agencies are committed not only to serving those in need, but also that their organizational missions are dedicated to transforming systemic injustice and oppression. We also seek to partner with organizations that will commit to providing support for the personal and professional development of our Volunteers.
We are currently accepting new site applications for the 2017-2018 Program Year. Please contact Alison Archer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be invited to apply for 2017-2018.
Thank you for your interest! Learn more about how the site placement process works, the benefits of hosting a Volunteer and our site criteria. To learn more about partnering with Amate House, please contact Alison Archer, Program Director at 773.376.2445 or via email at email@example.com.
"Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) has had an Amate Volunteer as part of our team for the past several years. They serve as our Volunteer Coordinator, recruiting, training, and managing the integration of over 450 volunteers a year in our agency. The position is hugely important to our ability to provide free legal services for those most in need in Chicago, and it requires a person who can quickly adapt to the fast-paced work environment. Amazingly, every year we have another high quality, outstanding Amate Volunteer fill this position. Their heart for service, combined with their stellar abilities and willingness to learn and grow, in a professional environment, are a perfect fit for CGLA. We're grateful for the Amate Volunteers of the past and present, as well as the knowledge that we will continue to have outstanding individuals be part of our work in the future through our participation in Amate."
Laura Zumdahl, Associate Executive Director
Cabrini Green Legal Aid
"When I became an Amate House Volunteer in 1998, I worked as a teacher at St. Agnes of Bohemia School in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. I lived with a fantastically dedicated group of 13 other young adult volunteers, all of whom worked at different sites around the city of Chicago. Although I am no longer a volunteer, I continue to work at St. Agnes of Bohemia. Now I am one of the school's co-principals. When I became an administrator, I realized just how much you need many talented, hardworking people to build a great school. I have found that Amate House Volunteers are those key people who you especially appreciate having on staff. They have a deep commitment to faith, service, and the well-being of children. I look forward to a continued relationship between St. Agnes of Bohemia and Amate House."
Rachel Johnson, Co-Principal
St. Agnes of Bohemia School
"I cannot imagine Taller de José without Amate Volunteers. Since our beginning in 2008, we have been blessed to have an Amate Volunteer ministering here. Taller de José is a resource center located in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood which accompanies and connects people to services. Amate Volunteers have served as compañeras, the persons who meet individually with the people in need, listening compassionately to their story, helping them to feel safe and cared for, and most importantly find the services/resources that will assist them. Our Amate Volunteers also helped to create relationships between Taller de José and other agencies. Having the creativity, skills, and enthusiasm of the Amate Volunteers has helped us to develop our organizational structure, strategic plan, and marketing. The best part of Amate Volunteers is their sincere desire for service, their loving attention to the clients we serve, and the "spark of life" they bring to the staff. I highly recommend partnering with Amate House. These young adults truly live the Gospel and bring God's love and compassion into the world."
Sr. Kathy Brazda, former Executive Director
Taller de José
This year, we have two Volunteer Application Deadlines — January 15 and March 15. Prospective Volunteers who apply by February 1 will be interviewed by the Amate House Staff during the month of February. If an Applicant is invited to participate in the site placement process, he/she will have site placement interviews during the month of March. Prospective Volunteers that apply by our April 1 Final Deadline will be interviewed by the Amate House Staff during the month of April. Applicants that are invited to participate in the site placement process will interview with sites in May.
Click here to get a more detailed timeline of the process.
Please find the document for the Placement Form Application here.
Amate House sites have a rare opportunity to host a motivated, service-oriented, recent college graduate for full-time employment from August through June. Beyond the minimal cost and high quality return, there are many reasons to consider becoming a volunteer host.