Join Us: Volunteer Program

Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) Volunteer Program

The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) Volunteer Program is an opportunity for men and women to share the RSHM mission that all may have life and have it to the full- the mission that inspires the sisters and our volunteers to work especially with women and children for their own development and liberation.

We offer three types of volunteer service:
    •    Volunteers can visit our retired RSHM at Marymount Convent on an ongoing basis
    •    Volunteers can serve in a six week summer program at Marymount Convent or the RSHM LIFE Center
    •    Volunteers can serve for one year in the community of Immokalee, Florida within legal aid services, social services, or in education.

Maureen Kelleher, RSHM has served as a lawyer in Immokalee over the last 30 years, offering legal services to farm workers and their families. Sr. Maureen also works with clients who are victims of serious crimes, refugees who experience violence in their home country, or those who are seeking citizenship in the US.

Our one year RSHM Volunteers are asked to commit to five values: community, spirituality, simple living, social justice and zeal. The Volunteer Program provides room and board, medical insurance, a monthly stipend and an Educational Award of at the completion of their time of service.
For more information about the program please visit:

Short Term Volunteers: serve at Marymount Convent, in Tarrytown, NY. 

  • Do you have an hour, per week? Per month? 
  • A special skill/talent that you would like to share?  
  • Visit a sister. Read. Help a sister write a letter. Discuss current events. Listen and share stories. Work on a craft project. Learn of the sisters’ experience as an RSHM.

Summer Volunteers serve at the RSHM LIFE Center legal clinic with Sr. Kelly Carpenter or serve within the Life Enrichment program with the retired sisters at Marymount Convent. Volunteers reside at Marymount Convent which is in walking distance to the RSHM LIFE Center in the historical town of Sleepy Hollow, NY. ?

One Year Volunteers serve with the RSHM in Immokalee, Florida in the following ministries; legal services, education, and social services.
Placement Sites:  Redlands Christian Migrant Association School, Immokalee, FL (
Catholic Charities/Guadalupe Social Services ( Aid Services of Collier County, Immokalee, FL (

One year volunteers will commit themselves to the Five Program Values: community, simple living, social justice, zeal, and spirituality. 

Program requirements: Commit for one year, 21 years or older, college degree or equivalent work experience, flexible, open to new experiences, work well with others, open to share, willing to live simply, enthusiastic, work towards social justice.
Program benefits: Room and Board, monthly stipend, medical insurance, transportation, orientation, retreats, workshops.  
Susannah Bourbeau, RSHM Volunteer Program, Co-Director, 50 Wilson Park Drive, Tarrytown, NY 10591, or call us at 914-703-6412.

Sr. Mary Heyser and Susannah Bourbeau, Co- Directors for the RSHM Volunteer Program   


Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization; copyright 2011. All rights reserved.  Members of the Eastern American Province Volunteer Program are partners with the RSHM in this work.   


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