Change A Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program

Change A Heart 2013 14 Group
Change A Heart

The Change A Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program is rooted in the spirit of St. Francis and the spirit of the Sisters of St. Francis for single men and women, ages 21 through 30, who intentionally live out their service experience through Franciscan values of service, simple lifestyle, community and spirituality.

Change A Heart members are invited to accept the challenge of experiencing the power of God through relationships which empower the powerless, promote peace and transform the world around them.

Change A Heart is the only program of its kind in southwestern Pennsylvania where members directly serve with those who are vulnerable, marginalized and most in need. Members serve in areas of education, health, nutrition, and other social services including but not limited to disaster relief, community outreach, case management and housing/shelter with children, youth, adults and seniors.

Founded in 1999 by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Change A Heart strives to attract young adults to faith-filled leadership and to challenge them to support the efforts of low-income people to gain social and economic empowerment.

Since its founding, 86 members have served the needs of more than 80,000 vulnerable individuals through collaboration with 39 human service organizations. Today the program is based in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Eighty percent of our alumnae continue to work at nonprofit agencies, or in volunteer positions, serving vulnerable populations.

For more information, contact: Patricia J. Moran, Director, 412.821.0861

18th Annual Summer Service Camp

Cleaning the Barn on Retreat

Join us in this volunteer experience offering young women in high school the opportunity to pray, learn and serve in the Franciscan tradition while helping others who are in need. Service opportunities include ministering with children, adults and participating in outdoor service activities. There will also be time for meaningful prayer experiences, socializing, recreational activities and fun.

Dates: 2018 to be announced
Location: 2018 to be announced

Cost: $95 limited scholarships are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Registration deadline: 2018 to be announced

To register, contact: Sister Annie Bremmer, 412.728.2699

Franciscans in Action


Two ways you can register:


Experience community, prayer and service to others in the Franciscan tradition while offering your time, help and encouragement.

We will collaborate with a community of Benedictine sisters from Martin, Ky. to serve people in need while offering support and friendship. In the past, volunteers have repaired plumbing systems; built patios, ramps and decks; painted rooms, fences and buildings; installed structural supports, carpeting, cupboards and base boards.

Dates: 2018 to be announced
Location: David, Kentucky

Cost: $145 plus transportation. Limited scholarships are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

To register, contact: Sister Donna McGartland, 315.420.5039