Who Do We Serve?

During their year of post-graduate, long-term service Franciscan Community Volunteers serve the underserved in Central Minnesota, primarily in the St. Cloud metro area. Service site placements are determined by the experience and gifts each volunteer brings with them and the needs in the area. Volunteers will serve in a variety of settings in the St. Cloud area in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare. The other pillars of the FCV program, community and spirituality, help to support the FCV volunteer in their service.

Service sites include but are not limited to:

AnnaMarie's Alliance

Anna Marie's Alliance
: is a non-profit dedicated to providing safe shelter, support, and referral services for battered women and their children. The Alliance also works with the community on systems change and violence prevention. The Franciscan Community Volunteer at Anna Marie’s Alliance serves within the children services department, assisting with the children programming and daycare, direct one-to-one services with children and youth, and providing/guiding programming activities for children and their mother’s to strengthen their relationships.
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Catholic Charities

La Cruz Community Center and Bel Clare Estates:
These services of St. Cloud Catholic Charities aim to provide a consistent and quality support system for members of the La Cruz & Bel Clare communities to help them achieve positive growth and success. The goals of these programs include: Building leadership in all parts of the family (parents and children); Providing a comprehensive guide of social services available in the St. Cloud area; Providing skill-training and educational programs that help youth earn gainful employment; Seeking academic success for children by providing an after-school homework program; Directly addressing youth violence to reduce gang involvement. The FCV volunteer assists with refugee and immigrant services and after-school activities.
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The Center for Leadership Innovation

Casa Guadalupe Multicultural Communities: A Franciscan Community Volunteer in this placement will work part time with Casa Guadalupe in the town of Cold Spring doing Youth Leadership development for teen girls, ages 10-16. The Multicultural Youth Leader will develop the girls program and spend time mentoring the girls, as well as helping to coordinate other programs offered for the Hispanic families in the Cold Spring area. Strong Spanish skills are important for this position.
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CentraCare Health

CentraCare - Project HEAL: Project HEAL (Health, Education, Access, Link) is an outreach program of the CentraCare Family Health Center. Project HEAL offers free health screenings and basic care at various Central MN locations for those who have little or no insurance. The FCV placed at Project HEAL will be helping with these outreach clinics as well as coordinating communication between CentraCare and the volunteers providing direct service. Strong Spanish skills are important for this position.
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Catholic Charities

The Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud Youth House: The mission of the youth house is to help provide quality services to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of people ages 16-24 that are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

The Franciscan Community Volunteer at the Catholic Charities St. Cloud Youth House is responsible for assisting youth in maintaining or increasing their independence in their home and in the community while working with the rest of the team to assist/provide the youth with a safe, clean and supportive environment.

This position will:
-provide direct care and independent living skills to the clients
-assist clients with community integration
-assist in assessment, development, monitoring and assuring client plans
-assist with social skills and relationship building
-provide documentation as needed 
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Rural Aids Action Network

Rural AIDS Action Network (RAAN):
The Rural AIDS Action Network leads rural Minnesota in the fight to stop HIV through a broad array of client services, risk reduction, advocacy and awareness. The Franciscan Community Volunteer at RAAN will develop and work with a variety of programs including volunteer outreach, education and awareness, prevention programming and accompanying case management. 
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Grip Isaiah

Great River Interfaith Partnership (GRIP):
The Franciscan Community Volunteer working with GRIP will be working on a special project within ISAIAH’s statewide initiative to increase light rail access to rural communities to improve educational and workforce opportunities for all. The access to transportation is an important issue in St. Cloud and this, as well as other critical initiatives will have the volunteer organizing, capacity building, creating and developing networks and outreach. There will be several opportunities for program development and implementation at the community level including colleges, organizations and other community leaders.
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Opportunity Matters Empowering Lives

Opportunity Matters: The Franciscan Community Volunteer serving at Opportunity Matters will empower adults with developmental disabilites to by spending time in a group home or day program setting with these individuals in the "Pathway to Opportunities" program. The FCV will help with outings, events and projects in which the group or individual adult chooses to participate.
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Place of Hope

Place of Hope Ministries: The Franciscan Community Volunteer placed at a Place of Hope Ministries will serve in a variety of activities that focus on the volunteer's background, training and passion. One possibility is the homeless outreach organization. The FCV will help coordinate the hosting of overnight guests experiencing homelessness.
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St Cloud Area School District

St. Cloud Public School District: The Mission of the St. Cloud Area School District is to prepare all learners in partnership with their families and communities to live and contribute within a changing and diverse world. Franciscan Community Volunteers who work within the school district may support students with autism, who often are in need of different types of social, academic, and communication strategies in order to achieve academically. FCVs in the school district may also work at a specific school, where students are in need of extra support and programming with tutoring, activities or behavioral intervention.
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Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Lutheran Social Service:
The Lutheran Social Service office in St. Cloud coordinates the arrival of refugees to this area and helps them settle into their new home during the three months after their arrival. The Franciscan Community Volunteer at Lutheran Social Services accompanies newly arrived refugees to appointments for medical exams, public benefits, and social security. The Franciscan Community Volunteer is one of the first points of contact to welcome refugees and help them adjust to the norms and customs in the United States. The Franciscan Community Volunteer, as able, also works to engage and educate the broader St. Cloud community on issues facing newly arrived refugees. Click here for an article from Anna Konopacky, a previous Franciscan Community Volunteer serving at Lutheran Social Service.
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Boys & Girls Clubs

Boys & Girls Club of Central MN: Within the St. Cloud community, there are 3 Boys & Girls Club centers and 17 Kidstop programs held at elementary schools as after-school programs. The position with Boys and Girls Club engages students of all ages after school until the evening but primarily works with the Healthy Lifestyles programming for elementary girls.
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Legal Aid

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid: The FCV volunteer in this position works with Project Care, identifying people in our community who are either uninsured or underinsured and providing information to them about no-cost or low-cost health insurance options available to them. Project Care then assists those interested in applying for coverage. Strong Spanish skills are important for this position. There is the possibility of other programs within the Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid program.
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CentraCare Health

St. Benedict's Senior Community: The Franciscan Community Volunteer serving at St. Benedict's Senior Community assists with the therapeutic recreation of the residents. In large and small group settings, the FCV does therapeutic interventions using music, art or other leisure activities. As a team with other departments, the goal is to meet the holistic care of each individual, working as an interdisciplinary team to meet physical, spiritual, and psychosocial needs.
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STRIDE Academy: A charter school with an individualized learning environment that breaks down barriers and gives all students the tools to be successful. Using innovative teaching techniques and curriculum proven to foster results, STRIDE's passionate team of educators teach by ability, not age. The Franciscan Community Volunteer at STRIDE will work with children that are in the younger grades with programming to engage and help them learn.
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Become a Service Site

Franciscan Community Volunteers have provided nearly 40,000 hours to non-profit volunteer service sites in St. Cloud, Minnesota, each year. Volunteers are at least 21 years of age and usually college graduates. They choose FCV for a variety of reasons, generally in response to a desire to give back, intentionally.

This group is supported by a strong local network of Franciscan Sisters as well as Franciscan Associates, neighbors, businesses, and friends. A FCV ready to be placed with a volunteer service site has been through an extensive application process as well as an interview with the FCV Director and Associate Director before we recommend them to any organization.

If you are interested in the full-time volunteer service work that FCVs provide to the St. Cloud community, please feel free to contact Pat Schlauderaff, FCV or by phone at: (320) 229-0307