History

Lasallian Volunteers officially started in the summer of 1989 with the first Orientation. Roots of the program extended at least 15 years earlier as innovative Brothers invited volunteers into their works with the poor. Across several Districts of the Christian Brothers in the United States, Africa and the West Indies, the volunteer program began to take shape. It was these early successes that enabled Lasallian Volunteers to evolve into what it is today. Over the course of the past 30 years, more than 750 volunteers have participated in this intensive program of faith, service and community.

2019

  • Lasallian Volunteers celebrates 30 years of faith, service and community

2018

  • 13th Annual LVs Run in Rhode Island raises over $60,000

2017

  • 12th Annual LVs Run in Tucson raises over $60,000
  • Inaugural Brother Charles Kitson Institute for Formation of Lasallian Volunteers
  • Lasallian Volunteers receives $100,000 to assist with student loan payments after completion of a successful year as a Lasallian Volunteer to be known as the St. Solomon Fund.

2016

  • 11th Annual LVs Run in San Francisco raises over $60,000

2015

  • Lasallian Volunteers celebrates 1,000 years of service
  • 10th Annual LVs Run NYC raises over $71,000

2014

  • LVs Run St. Louis raises over $75,000

2013

  • The Sweetest LVs Run Ever! raises over $82,000
  • Lasallian Volunteers celebrates 25th Anniversary

2012

  • Routin’ for LVs Run raises over $66,000

2011

2010

  • LVs Running in Memphis raises over $50,000
  • The inaugural FSC Awards are celebrated

2009

  • Lasallian Volunteers celebrates 20 years
  • 500th LV Serves
  • LVs Hit the Rhode raises over $55,000

2008

  • 23 LVs return for a 2nd year of service – the largest group ever to return
  • LVs Run Philly raises over $67,000

2007

  • LVs, Alums and friends run the Chicago Marathon on October 7th raising over $28,000 despite blistering heat.
  • 400th LV Serves

2004

  • The O’Shaughnessy Foundation awards the LV program a $300,000 challenge grant intended to double the size of the program in five years.

2003

  • 300th LV Serves

2002

  • The Cassin Educational Initiative Foundation grants $150,000 to initiate the LV development program

2001

  • Spoke ‘N Word cross country bike tour, featuring many LVs, Alums and Brothers, raises $100,000 for literacy awareness

1999

  • 200th LV Serves

1998

  • The LV Scholars program begins offering former LVs tuition remission at the six Lasallian Colleges and Universities
  • Lasallian Volunteers become eligible to receive the AmeriCorps Education Award

1993

  • The Lasallian Volunteers officially become a program of Christian Brothers Conference

1989

  • First Orientation held at La Salle Manor in Plano, Illinois marking the official start of the Lasallian Volunteers

 

Early Events Forming Lasallian Volunteers

1978

  • As a member of the Minneapolis/St. Paul District, Brother Willie Rhody presents the idea of starting a volunteer program.

1980

  • 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.

1981

  • Arranged by Bro. Henry Betz, Charlie Brown becomes the first volunteer. Charlie served at La Salle Academy in NYC.

1982 – 1987

  • The program expands with the New York District establishing the Christian Workers program while volunteers start serving in the Midwest, Africa, and the West Indies.

1988

  • The Lasallian Volunteers Movement emerges when the three Midwest Districts and Toronto hire Mike Culligan to be the first official director of the program and to organize this grassroots movement.

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