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, Lasallian Volunteers has provided men and women with opportunities for longterm service to Lasallian Ministries with high-need populations across the country and the intentional accompaniment to grow throughout the experience.
Today Lasallian Volunteers responds creatively to the educational needs of those in poverty by providing volunteers who are:
- generous and talented
- well trained and supported
- from diverse backgrounds across the United States
- interested in a unique and rewarding experience
A unique dimension of the program is that volunteers live in community with Brothers and other Lasallian partners. This intentional faith-based community builds relationships that support members in service and spirituality–deepening the volunteers’ experience and enlivening the community. 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, 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, Kimberly Williams and Brother Dylan Perry. Longest serving LVs: Licia Koch Robertson (93-97) and Carrie Kaskila (96-00)