In the early 1980s, in response to the needs of the poor served by the De La Salle Christian Brothers in the Midwest and New York, communities of Brothers invited lay volunteers to join them in their mission.
By the early 1990s, Lasallian Volunteers had grown into a national movement, with a staff working through the Christian Brothers Conference to recruit, train and support the volunteers.
The number of volunteers increased, and service even extended for a time internationally to Africa and the West Indies. Since the mid 1990s, the Lasallian Volunteers provided men and women — with a one- to three-year commitment — to Lasallian Missions in some of the poorest neighborhoods of America.
Today, Lasallian Volunteers responds creatively to the educational needs of the poor by providing volunteers who are:
- generous and talented
- well trained and supported
- from diverse backgrounds across the United States
- a unique and rewarding experience
More than a third of Lasallian Volunteers return for additional years of service. A unique dimension of Lasallian Volunteers is the volunteers live in community with Brothers and other Lasallian partners, fully sharing in their daily community and apostolic activities. This close interaction deepens the volunteers’ experience, enlivens the community, and enriches the service to the poor.
To date, more than 700 volunteers have participated in this intense program of faith, service and community.
Past LV Directors include: Mike Culligan, John Garry, Karin McClelland-Anderer, Cathy (Clark) Gillaspie, David Kasievich, Alisa Macksey and Jolleen Wagner.
Previous LV Associate Directors include: Brother Maurice Anglim, Brother Willie Rhody, Brother Tom Chadwick, Cathy Clark, Dave Kasievich, Alisa Macksey, Jolleen Wagner and Kimberly Williams.
Longest serving LVs: Licia Koch Robertson (93-97) and Carrie Kaskila (96-00)