Volunteers are a blessing to others and are blessed in return.
The Volunteer Services Program manages volunteer opportunities for the 15 Catholic Charities programs and ministries of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach. We continually seek generous and dedicated volunteers to work in our various programs. Below is a list of our programs and ministries with volunteer opportunities. Please click on the program’s name to learn more.
Catholic Charities is grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who give of themselves in the service of God’s people in need. A volunteer reaches out the hand of God to comfort His people.
Bakhita Empowerment Program (anti-human trafficking) (Riviera Beach)
Bakhita Empowerment Program provides a response to the needs of victims of all types of trafficking within Palm Beach County. Our volunteer needs include administrative and clerical help and donation sorting.
Birthline/Lifeline Pregnancy Care Centers (Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach)
Women coping with an unplanned pregnancy can access compassionate counseling regarding adoption and alternatives to pregnancy terminations. Our volunteer needs include client advocates, clerical help, and those who can sort donations.
(Please contact Karen O'Neill, Program Specialist for Birthline, regarding volunteer opportunities within this program.)
Counseling Services (Diocese of Palm Beach)
Our Counseling Program often seeks interns who are in school and working toward their two year supervision post graduate degree.
Disaster Recovery (Diocese of Palm Beach)
Catholic Charities Disaster Recovery serves the community in times of disaster or civil emergency. We are in need of volunteers to serve on a Catholic Charities disaster team that responds to emergencies following a disaster.
Elder Affairs (Palm Beach County)
Volunteers are needed to visit, read to, and pray with the elderly clients at Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, or Group Homes.
Immigration Legal Services (Riviera Beach, Stuart, and Pahokee)
A multi-lingual, multi-cultural staff in three locations provides legal services to foreign-born individuals. We need clerical help and volunteers who speak English/Spanish or English/Creole in particular. We also accept interns who are currently in law school or interested in pursuing careers in the legal field.
Interfaith Health and Wellness (Diocese of Palm Beach)
A key component of Interfaith Health and Wellness is its Faith Community Nursing program, also known as parish or congregational nursing, which provides critical health promotion and maintenance within the context of the values, beliefs and practices of a faith community, and healthcare assistance by assisting individuals who might not be receiving the care they need. During the month of June, the program offers a Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course which provides Registered Nurses the education and support to create health ministry programs in their respective congregations.
Hunger, Homeless & Outreach (Riviera Beach and Pahokee)
This program provides assistance as well as resource and referral information to callers and clients. We are in need of volunteers for administrative tasks and donation sorting. We are always in need of volunteers to conduct food, clothing and household items drives to be dispersed to the needy.
Parish Social Ministry (Diocese of Palm Beach)
Parish Social Ministries involves Catholic Relief Services (CRS) which carries out the commitment of the U.S. Bishops to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. We are looking for volunteers to be the Global Solidarity leaders for their parishes, and for others to provide local outreach by heading up each parish and collecting funds through CRS Rice Bowl.
Parish Social Ministry seeks one or two volunteers from each parish to be the representative on the Catholic Charities Ambassadors. Volunteers are also needed for Catholic Relief Services local outreach raising awareness of Catholic Social Teachings and organizing action at the parish on behalf of the poor and marginalized around the world.
Prison Ministry (Diocese of Palm Beach)
Using Catholic volunteers, this ministry brings the word of God and the Sacraments of the Catholic Church to inmates incarcerated throughout the diocese. We are in need of Catholic volunteers to visit detention centers, conduct communion services and prayer groups, and provide individual spiritual direction for inmates.
(Please contact Vinessa Morgan, Administrative Assistant for Prison Ministry, regarding volunteer opportunities within this ministry.)
Refugee Resettlement (Riviera Beach)
The program serves newly arrived refugees, asylees, Cuban/Haitian Entrants, and victims of Human Trafficking. We need bi-lingual volunteers (English/Spanish or English/Creole) to answer phones and help with translation. We also are in need of volunteers to help in the English as a Second Language and job readiness classes.
Respect Life Ministry (Diocese of Palm Beach)
This office needs Parish Representatives working to educate Catholics on the issues of: Abortion, Physician Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia, Bio-Ethics, End of Life and the Death Penalty within their parish. Prayer support to end abortion is needed as well as legislative advocacy assistance.
Respite Services (St. Lucie County)
Catholic Charities' Respite Services Program is searching for volunteer nurses to provide respite care for caregivers of the homebound in St. Lucie County.
Samaritan Center/Transitional Housing (Vero Beach)
We are in need of the following volunteers for this transitional residential facility for homeless families in Indian River County: Advisory Board members, clerical help, child care (Monday nights), maintenance workers and tutors.
St. Francis Center in Riviera Beach
Our center in Riviera Beach houses many of our programs and ministries in one location. Clerical help is needed at the center to deliver mail, answer telephones, sort in-kind donations, and assist in the reception area.