Category: Community Outreach

Life as a FrancisCorps Volunteer

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A graduate of Catholic University of America, Daniel Pezzola worked in maintenance at Holiday Inn Express & Suites, in sales for Macy’s and Columbia Sportswear, and in management training at Vineyard Vines. Daniel Pezzola has also volunteered for several non-profit organizations and recently received admission into the FrancisCorps.

An organization dedicated to service according to the spirit of the Gospel, the FrancisCorps brings volunteers together to live in community according to the example of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. Volunteers have the opportunity to develop close friendships while serving in the local community.

Many recent college graduates choose to give a year in service with the FrancisCorps to help them discern what direction to go with their lives. The supportive community and time spent giving of themselves helps them to forge greater confidence.

Volunteers with the FrancisCorps live in community and eat their meals together. A typical day involves walking or taking the bus to work after breakfast and then returning to the house in the late afternoon. It might include a little free time before dinner and community prayer time. Then volunteers have the rest of the evening for whatever they need to do.

Some of the Benefits of Screaming Eagles Membership

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A former student of Monroe Woodbury High School, Daniel Pezzola now works at Washingtonville Pharmacy in New York. Outside of work, Daniel Pezzola is a soccer enthusiast who maintains membership to the Screaming Eagles, a club of supporters for the D.C. United soccer team.

Since 1995, the Screaming Eagles has been an energetic presence during D.C. United games, with its 1,100-strong membership buoying the spirits of fans regardless of the score. Membership to the Screaming Eagles costs $30 per year and comes with several benefits, including a free Adidas jersey available in white, red, or black and other merchandise each time the membership is renewed.

Further, Screaming Eagles members receive regular email updates about D.C. United and soccer events in both Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, in addition to receiving free beverages and discounts on food at a tailgate held during every D.C. United weekend home game. Beyond this, the Screaming Eagles maintains a rewards program offering prizes to its volunteers, in addition to holding a yearly “Meet the Team Day” for its members.

The Work of FrancisCorps Volunteers

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A graduate of the Washington, D.C.-based Catholic University of America, Daniel Pezzola now works ana an employee of the Washingtonville Pharmacy. Beyond his work, Daniel Pezzola is a community-conscious individual who was recently accepted to FrancisCorps, where he will work alongside eight volunteers in Syracuse for a year to give back to the community.

Founded on the principles of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, who both believed in the importance of sharing life and prayer with other members of the community, FrancisCorps offers an experience to its volunteers that includes both working alongside those in need in the participant’s assigned community and fostering the community spirit that develops between participants. As part of the FrancisCorps experience, participants eat, pray, and share stories with one another on a daily basis, in addition to sharing in weekly community meetings and night-time celebrations.

FrancisCorps also provides support to volunteers through a network of male and female Franciscans, named “co-ministers,” who offer support through one-on-one meetings and Skype sessions for those who need them.