The Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps Midwest (Cap Corps Midwest) is an intentional community of full-time volunteers who live simply, practice Franciscan spirituality and examine issues of social justice through reflection and action. Cap Corps Midwest volunteers commit to these four values: spirituality, servant leadership, social justice, and simple living in community.

Participants work full-time with non-profit organizations or schools and live in intentional community with the other volunteers and the wider community.


Orientation begins on August 2nd.


All volunteers move to their cities of service immediately following the Cap Corps orientation in August.  We are currently accepting volunteers domestically only: Detroit, Milwaukee, and Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations in Montana.  Therefore, the program year is 12 months.


Cap Corps Midwest volunteers serve as a part of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph in Detroit, Milwaukee, Chicago, Nicaragua, Peru and on Northern Cheyenne and Crow land in Montana.

Phone: 414-374-8841 x29

Funding & Benefits

Stipend: Domestic $100 monthly stipend

Fundraising: None indicated.

AmeriCorps Education Awards: n/a

Loan Forbearance: Forbearance available for most student loans during commitment

Other financial benefits:

  • Retreats and Spiritual Direction
  • Relocation at end-of-service commitment
  • End-of-service bonus

Housing: Provided.

Intentional living community: Housing is provided with other volunteers in community.

Board: Food provided

Travel and Transportation: Transportation costs related to work assignment and program

Health Insurance: Health Care (insurance plus out-of-pocket expenses)

Other benefits: All of the basic needs are met during Cap Corps: physical (rent, food, health care), mental (training, reflection), and spiritual (retreats, community, spiritual direction).

Mission & Distinctives

Cap Corps  is a ministry of the Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order. The Capuchins are one of the three male religious orders of friars who follow the example and rule of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis preached the brother-sisterhood of all creation and the importance of following a poor and humble Christ, so the ministry of the Capuchins reflects this vision.


  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • At least 21 years old
  • A college degree or applicable work experience
  • No dependents
  • Able to commit to full-time ministry and community living for 12 months

Service Sites