Beyond St. Thomas

A Year of Service

Where do you go from here? Deciding what to do after graduation is often a daunting experience. A year or two of full-time service can be a wonderful way to put your faith, values, education, and experiences to work for the common good.

It is not "a year off" - it is hard work with communities that need your gifts and experience. A year of service prepares you for graduate, law, or medical school and employment when the time comes. To learn more about advancing the common good after graduation, explore this site or schedule an appointment with the Tommies Together staff.  

Postgraduate Service Networks

Catholic Volunteer Network

The Catholic Volunteer Network, established in 1963, is a non-profit membership organization of 215 domestic and international volunteer and lay mission programs. 

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San Lucas Mission

The Friends of San Lucas was created to carry on the legacy of Fr. Greg Schaffer, by listening, responding to and walking in solidarity with the people of San Lucas Toliman in an effort to alleviate the suffering and dependency created by the “process of poverty.” San Lucas is a small rural community, where you will see the Mayan and westernized cultures come together.

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AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.  AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.

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Peace Corps

The Peace Corps sends U.S. Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them.

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Teach for America

Being a part of Teach For America after college ensures that you’ll make an impact from the start of your teaching career.  All children in this country deserve an education that prepares them to reach their full potential.  By joining Teach For America, you join remarkable people from all backgrounds and professions who rise to the challenge to do what is right for kids.  You’ll teach for at least two years in a low-income community, where you’ll show students what’s possible when they work hard and dream big.  And as your students thrive, you’ll grow in ways you never imagined.

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Lutheran Volunteer Corps

The mission of Lutheran Volunteer Corps  is to be a community of faith that unites people to work for peace with justice. LVC partners with 100 social justice organizations and ministries in twelve cities in the US.  Volunteers live together in intentional household communities of 4-7 people, deepen their spirituality, and encourage simple, sustainable living.

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St. Joseph Worker Program

The St. Joseph Worker Program empowers women committed to social change to respond to the needs of the times. While committing to a year of service, St. Joseph Workers grow in the areas of justice, leadership, spirituality, and living simply in an intentional community.

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