VOLUNTEER

Meet Dayana Donisca, a Notre Dame AmeriCorps member serving in Baltimore, Maryland.

Where I Serve:

The Village Learning Place (VLP) is an independent non-profit library that provides educational programs, enrichment opportunities, and informational resources for Charles Village and the greater Baltimore area. At VLP, we believe that libraries are not only repositories for books, but also community centers that can be focused on the personal and professional growth of its patrons. Our mission is to promote literacy, cultural awareness, and lifelong learning through access to information, resources, and educational programs for all ages.

Why I Serve:

My passion for the AmeriCorps program began my sophomore year at Queens University of Charlotte. One of the aspects of AmeriCorps that intrigued me is the pledge taken by all members before they begin servicing our country - "I will get things done for America- to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier." Upon admission to Queens University of Charlotte, I was taught the school motto "Non ministrari, sed ministrare - 'Not to be served, but to serve.'" Queens created several opportunities for me to live out this motto. Through the years, I've learned what seems like a small act of kindness can mean a lot to someone in need. I believe no matter how big or small your contribution is, by simply lending your time, you are helping someone else. This realization has made me feel blessed because I have been given certain opportunities in life that should not be taken for granted. I serve because there are people in society who are in need and sometimes they are in need of things that we take for granted every day. I love lending a helping hand and showing that even though I do not have a lot, I can still make a difference in someone else's life.

Fun Fact About Baltimore:

The library branch system in Baltimore was the first ever created in the United States. In 2016, the VLP building will be 120 years old. We are the last library designed by Enoch Pratt himself (he passed away while picking out furniture). There are only two of the original six Pratt libraries still fully operational, and the VLP is one of those two.

Fun Fact About Me:

I love to travel. I have been to Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. I want to go somewhere new each year.


The Notre Dame Mission Volunteer Program, (NDMV) founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1992, has been placing volunteers at sites nationwide to work alongside God's people, especially the economically disadvantaged. The volunteers accomplish this mission by promoting literacy and education.

AmeriCorps is a federally funded service program serving communities in the areas of education, public safety, human needs and the environment.

In 1995, NDMV sought a partnership with AmeriCorps to allow for an increase in the number of members, offering greater community service financially-limited sites. This partnership formed Notre Dame Mission Volunteers-AmeriCorps. Our website is The Notre Dame Mission Volunteer Program, (NDMV) founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1992, has been placing volunteers at sites nationwide to work alongside God's people, especially the economically disadvantaged. The volunteers accomplish this mission by promoting literacy and education.

AmeriCorps is a federally funded service program serving communities in the areas of education, public safety, human needs and the environment.

In 1995, NDMV sought a partnership with AmeriCorps to allow for an increase in the number of members, offering greater community service financially-limited sites. This partnership formed Notre Dame Mission Volunteers-AmeriCorps. Our website is www.ndmva.org.

We seek to build community among our members as well as the people with whom we work. Currently, our members come from 20 states and many racial, ethnic, religious and socio-ecomomic backgrounds. Our multi-cultural, ecumenical group is bound together by common ideals of service.

Our members work to empower the economically disadvantaged and oppressed through education and personal hands on support. They tutor children and adults, organize after school enrichment activities model and teach conflict resolution and parental effectiveness, and involve community professionals in the learning process.

Notre Dame AmeriCorps believes that education is the fundamental tool in the struggle of the poor for dignity, self-esteem and self-determination. We seek to build community among our members, as well as people with whom we work by reaching out across culture and class. We are committed to helping people help themselves. Our goals are to promote and encourage education, community empowerment and multicultural harmony.

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