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.