Associate Missionaries of the Assumption Participates in Groundbreaking Survey of Volunteer Participants

Introspective survey conducted by Catholic Volunteer Network provides insight into volunteer experience

The Associate Missionaries of the Assumption (AMA) today announced its participation in “A Survey of Former Volunteers of the Catholic Volunteer Network,” a national survey commissioned by the Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN) with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. The survey looked at more than 5,000 men and women in CVN member organizations, including the Associate Missionaries of the Assumption. Full results were released on Friday, November 8 at the Catholic Volunteer Network’s annual conference in Silver Spring, MD.

Notable findings from the survey include:

On service -

  • 98 percent of former volunteers said they decided to serve because they "felt compassion towards people in need." The same percentage also believe that their volunteer service experience made them a better person.
  • 95 percent say that they would recommend their volunteer program to others.

On faith -

  • Nearly half (46 percent) of former volunteers attend religious services at least once a week. This is significantly higher than the U.S. poulation (27 percent) and the U.S. Catholic population (25 percent).
  • Almost two in five former volunteers (37 percent) have considered a vocation to ordained ministry or religious life. 27 percent of these respondents have considered a vocation very seriously, and 35 percent say they have considered this somewhat seriously.

On life -

  • More than two-thirds of former volunteers (67 percent) say their volunteer service was either 'somewhat' or 'very' important in influencing their choice of career.
  • Almost half of former volunteers are married (47 percent). Excluding respondents who say that they have never been married, just under one in ten (9 percent) have ever divorced. This is much lower than the corresponding proportion of the U.S. population (31 percent).
  • More than eight in ten responding former volunteers (82 percent) say that they have volunteered time, donated money or property, or both in the past 12 months.    

The survey was distributed online earlier this year to former volunteers at AMA and 59 additional Catholic Volunteer Network member organizations around the globe. Survey respondents provided demographic and background information as well as answering questions related to their experience with their volunteer program and lives following their volunteer service. The survey compared these results with the national averages, where applicable.

“Catholic Volunteer Network is incredibly grateful for the participation of The Associate Missionaries of the Assumption in this project,” said Jim Lindsay, Executive Director of the Catholic Volunteer Network. “AMA has long been an important part of our community, and their involvement in this groundbreaking research is another indication of their robust commitment to service.”

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About the Associate Missionaries of the Assumption

In 1954 the Assumption Sisters founded the Associate Missionaries of the Assumption (AMA) as a way of answering the many appeals of the world. Young women and men committed themselves to work and live with Assumption communities in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe, sharing their vision of the Christian transformation of society and working to make it happen. Today, the work continues.  While at their volunteer sites, AMA's find new insight into God's gifts through service to others. It is through their service that they come to understand more fully the rule of life of The Religious of the Assumption: "Love never remains idle: it makes us creative and impels us to heed all the appeals of the world and to find new ways of answering them."   The mission of AMA today, as it began over 50 years ago, remains the same and continues to enrich the lives of volunteers, religious, and those served. 

AMA Mission

AMA is a lay community of persons whose life and mission are rooted in the love of Jesus Christ and His Church. Their lives are marked by bearing witness to:

-a community life characterized by a commitment to personal and communal growth, the values of a simple lifestyle, the spirituality of the contemplative in action, and a spirit of trust;

-a prayer life deeply rooted in Jesus and Mary, the celebration of the Eucharist, and the celebration of prayer in community;
-a life in mission impelled by the faith to work for the Christian transformation of society, which comes from faith.


About Catholic Volunteer Network

Established in 1963, Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN) celebrates fifty years as a leading non-profit association for domestic and international faith-based volunteer programs. Currently, more than 20,000 volunteers serve in its member programs throughout the U.S. and in over 100 other countries worldwide. Its annual directory, RESPONSE, lists faith-based volunteer opportunities both domestically and overseas. For more information on Catholic Volunteer Network, service opportunities, or becoming a member program, please visit







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Worcester, MA

December 10th, 2013


THANK YOU to all AMA alums who responded to this survey!