Colorado Vincentian Volunteers (CVV) began in 1994 by Bill and Mary Frances Jaster, after serving 20-plus years as youth ministers. During this time, two growing needs had been made very clear:
Young adults were looking for concrete ways of serving those who are poor and reflecting on these experiences in terms of both faith and life choices.
Local, nonprofit agencies that serve the marginalized were also having trouble finding and keeping qualified and affordable staff.
After consultation with Denver-area nonprofits and others, CVV was formed to respond to these needs by developing a program that offers:
Structured, faith-centered opportunities that help young adults be open to and serve those who are poor.
Reduced-cost staffing that helps local nonprofit agencies in their mission to those who are poor.
Each year, since 1994, CVV has recruited 12-20 young adults, from throughout the country, primarily recent college graduates, to take part in the program. They agree to spend a volunteer year in Denver, living in community, serving those who are poor in full-time service through local nonprofit agencies, and integrating their service experiences through a yearlong spiritual formation program which includes daily prayer, retreats, mentoring and regular theological reflection times. In 2010, CVV grew to include 2 communities of volunteers in service to those who are most in need.