Mission & History

Our Mission

In the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul, the mission of the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers is to invite young adults into a process of transformation through companionship with people who are living in poverty and are marginalized. 

Mission in Action

We are a community of faith and action that responds to the Gospel call in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul. We are young adults, ages 21-30, who serve the elderly, homeless, developmentally disabled, troubled youth and those who are living in poverty. Our year-long program offers an opportunity for spiritual, emotional, professional growth, and a way of discerning and living one’s Christian vocation.

Our History

Colorado Vincentian Volunteers (CVV) began in 1994 by Bill and Mary Frances Jaster, after serving 20-plus years as youth ministersDuring this time, two growing needs had been made very clear:

After consultation with Denver-area nonprofits and others, CVV was formed to respond to these needs by developing a program that offers:

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.