Become a Volunteer
Become an Amate House Volunteer!
Thank you for your interest in Amate House. We are excited that you are considering devoting a year to volunteer service, community living and faith formation to transform others through service.
The 2017-2018 program will mark our 34th year of service to Chicago. Should you choose to enter the application process and be accepted as an Amate House Volunteer, you will join a rich history of young adults who have lived out their faith in active service to some of Chicago's most under-resourced communities.
We invite each person considering a year with Amate House to enter a process of discernment with our staff. Through the process, Applicants will have the opportunity to learn about the Amate House tenets of service and engage with Amate House Staff, Volunteers and Alumni with any questions that they might have. Likewise, the Staff will engage the applicant through an interview process that will help determine if Amate House is the right fit.
The 2017-2018 Amate House Volunteer Application is now open. (Link)
Our Volunteer Application consists of five components, the online components are in a Google document:
Part 1: Basic Background Information (completed online)
Part 2: Personal Statement (completed online)
Part 3: Short Answer Responses (completed online)
Part 4: Resume (emailed as separate attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Part 5: Character Reference, (contact information listed online—references will submit their feedback directly to email@example.com)
To assist with completing your Amate House application, we encourage you to download the Application Worksheet. This document will allow you to work on different components of your application and save your work. Download the Amate House Application Worksheet here. Once you complete the worksheet you can copy and paste your answers into the Google document. Click here to complete the online Amate House volunteer application.
If you encounter any problems or questions, please contact the Amate House staff. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 773.376.2445 and ask to speak to Deirdre Kleist.
In addition to the information provided below, we strongly encourage prospective Volunteers to read our Volunteer Handbook, which can be found here.
Download the FAQ document (PDF).
The purpose of the Amate House Handbook is to inform Volunteers and prospects about our program’s values, charism and policies. Our hope is that all Amate House Volunteers will enter their year of service with a willingness to grow, share and serve. The contents of this handbook are meant to provide some “best practices” for the Volunteer experience. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about any of the information included in this document.
Download a PDF of the Volunteer Handbook here. Additionally, for further information and answers to your questions,
Download our FAQ document. (Link)
Thank you for your interest in experiencing service and community during your week of service with Amate House. We hope that the week you will be joining us will be a faith filled, enriching experience. Here at Amate House we strive to make sure each group that would like to volunteer with us can do so during their desired time. To make sure this happens, we ask that you fill out the attached service agreement and send it back to Amate House as soon as possible. Please read below for more information on our guidelines and payment, and click here for a PDF of printable information on immersion groups at Amate House.
Amate Houses are in the Chicago neighborhoods of McKinley Park and Little Village. Our houses are former convents, occupied by current full-time post graduate Volunteers. The Amate House Volunteers live in a community based on the values of faith, service, social justice and stewardship. Groups are invited to participate in our communities during their visit by joining in reflection and in sharing meals. You may also opt out of our community building activities should you prefer. Groups should bring sleeping bags, pillows and shower items. We are not able to provide beds for sleeping, so all groups will be sleeping on the floor.
Our housing is limited to 12 people per group, including chaperones.
Amate House will provide all meals for participants from money paid before the trip. A continental breakfast and food for bagged lunch will be made available. Dinner will be prepared by the Amate House Volunteers.
Amate House Volunteers practice simple living; therefore, meals are simple, but sustainable. Please encourage your participants to experience living simply during their week of service. If your group is planning on going out to dinner one evening instead of eating with the Volunteers, please let us know ahead of time so we can plan accordingly. Prior to arrival, we will arrange a menu for the week.
Amate House Staff and Volunteers are willing to plan your service experience. Please let us know if you would like your trip to have a theme or focus.
We will work to the best of our ability to plan service opportunities, but keep in mind that we are dependent on the service sites that are available. Please note that much of the work done by short-term groups is indirect in nature—stocking pantries, cleaning and painting, etc. We try to the best of our ability to provide your group with a variety of direct and indirect services. Please note that we are not able to rearrange or change your service site schedule once you are here, unless there is an emergency.
The cost for our Urban Immersion experience is $40 per person, per night. This price includes food, lodging and agenda. One third of your trip cost is due at the time you book your trip and will reserve your spot with us. The remainder of the cost will be due 10 weeks before your group arrives. If you plan your own services, the cost is $35 per night.
Up until six months before your trip your deposit is refundable except for a $50 service fee. After six months, a refund is only issuable if a replacement group is secured. Any cancellations, or amendments to the length of stay or size of group, less than 8 weeks prior to your arrival will be non-refundable. In the event of severe weather-related cancellations, your group will receive a 50 percent reimbursement. This reimbursement amount is meant to reflect the time and resources put in by Amate House staff for your group’s original planned trip.
Thank you again — we look forward to working with you to make your immersion experience a rewarding and memorable one! For more information or questions contact, Deirdre Kleist at email@example.com or at 773.376.2445.
Thank you for your interest!
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