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Become a Caritas volunteer

Much of Caritas’ unique strength comes from the combined power and commitment of its worldwide members and supporters. In times of crisis, Caritas organisations can call on hosts of volunteers to support their emergency response. In long-term development, and in Caritas’ role as a provider of day-to-day love and hope, volunteers also make a crucial contribution.

Have you got skills and empathy to contribute as a Caritas volunteer?

The national Caritas organisation or the local parish usually coordinates volunteers. The help of Caritas volunteers is essential to our mission of listening to the pleas of those in need and responding with action and love. Please get in touch to find out how you can help.

When you volunteer to help people in need, your practical and compassionate actions can make all the difference to them.

But that’s not all. Being a volunteer can open your eyes and change your mind as well. It can bring a deeper meaning to your life, a stronger sense of purpose.

Giving is receiving

We are scandalised that millions of our brothers and sisters live in extreme poverty in a world of riches. Yet we are filled with hope because we are the first generation with the means to liberate them.

The Church has worked for and alongside the poorest people in the world throughout its history. Pope Francis has reinforced our mission. He chose his name after St. Francis of Assisi, a symbol of peace, austerity and poverty.

Caritas follows in the tradition of St. Francis in providing care to those who are excluded and marginalised.

Our Caritas organisations believe they can do more for the poor by working together. That’s why they work together as Caritas Internationalis to respond to disasters and conflicts, to protect the rights of the weak and to give poor communities the tools they need to build better lives.

Please support this united action by giving to Caritas Internationalis.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle
President of Caritas Internationalis

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Caritas Internationalis

President: Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle
Secretary General: Michel Roy

Caritas Internationalis
Palazzo San Calisto
Vatican City State
V-00120

Reception Desk: + 39 06 698 797 99
Fax: + 39 06 698 872 37
Email: caritas.internationalis@caritas.va

The office is open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.

If you need to contact a staff member outside of office hours in a humanitarian emergency, please call + 39 334 359 0700 or email emergencies@caritas.va