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Do you have the desire to use your gifts to serve the economically poor and marginalized through the ministry of the nonprofit sector? Are you between the ages of 21-35 and looking for the next step in your professional and spiritual growth? The Nonprofit Servant Leadership Program equips future compassionate servant leaders to address poverty and injustice in our communities through a year of service in Washington, DC.

There are two different branches of this program. Find which one suits your gifts and will help you grow to be the leader you want to be:

1. DC Service Corps

  • Direct service with impoverished and marginalized populations in Washington, DC through placements at local partner agencies.
  • Weekly trainings on leadership, social justice, spirituality, and the Franciscan charism.
  • This is a 12-month commitment running from August – July. Our current cohort will serve from August 21, 2016 – July 31, 2017.
  • Check back in November for applications for the 2017-2018 service year.

2. Office Associates

  • Three spots open – apply now!
  • Indirect service in the Franciscan Mission Service office. Work behind the scenes in nonprofit development, communications, and program support for 35 hours a week.
  • One afternoon a week, volunteer with a local agency (homeless shelter, soup kitchen, etc.) to participate in direct service with people who have been marginalized.
  • This commitment is 13-months long and has a rolling start date based on position openings.

Community Life


All participants live together in an intentional community, emphasizing St. Francis’ model of simplicity.  The community consists of other Catholic young adults serving in DC, in addition to long-term missioner candidates in training for service overseas. As a community, you’ll regularly gather together for prayer and reflection.

You’ll have a private bedroom and share common spaces such as the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms. Eat dinner together in community, providing time for sharing and the opportunity to nurture friendships. Each community member generally contributes $20 per week for groceries and everyone rotates cooking duties. As a house of hospitality, Casa San Salvador receives guests from around the world and is a meeting space for a local Secular Franciscan fraternity. It is located in the Brookland neighborhood in northeast Washington, DC. Download the PDF for more information.


While each opportunity offers its own unique benefits, all participants of the Nonprofit Servant Leadership Program will receive:

  • Hands-on experience in nonprofits
  • Fully-furnished private bedroom in an intentional community house
  • $350 monthly stipend
  • Health insurance
  • Orientation and two retreats
  • Opportunities for professional development and network building
  • Spiritual direction
  • Metro-accessible location – you live within walking distance of the Brookland-CUA station (10-minute train ride downtown on the red line; access to multiple bus lines)


To be considered for either branch of this program, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 35
  • Have a desire to actively develop servant leadership skills to address our world’s needs
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to service and social justice
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to one’s own faith/spiritual development and openness to learning about the Franciscan charism
  • Have a a desire to engage in the FMS intentional community/house of hospitality, which includes shared meals and prayer

Please see the respective DC Service Corps and Office Associates pages for applications, requirements, schedules, and more.