My 92 year-old mother and I attend the Awards Mass in Chicago every Spring.
Our dear friend, Maureen Barney is a member of the Ignatian volunteer corps.I am so impressed by the work that she and the other volunteers do and their commitment to service!
I have 2 gal friend with autistic sons and they have become so engaged at Old St. Pat's church in mass participation and packaging bags for the homeless.
It is a 5 star volunteer organization and these volunteers go above and beyond in service.
I have also attended Cubs and White Sox games with Maureen and her special adults and enjoy it so much.
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps brings sincere, good hearted people with so much great life experience into essential roles that make a profound difference in both the life of the nonprofit organization where they serve and in the lives of the people who benefit from the mission of the organization. The impact of Ignatian Volunteers is priceless!
My experience with IVC are the stories my friend relates to me, of the experiences she has had as an IVC volunteer. It has filled her life, and given it meaning since her husband passed away. She has transferred the love she had for her wonderful husband, to the special needs adults she works with through Old St. Pat's. It is a win-win situation for all. These stories/pictures shared have convinced me to donate to IVC annually.
Ignatian Volunteer Corps is special in that it's volunteer are involved in a variety of social, personal and organizational needs. Volunteers work with children in inner-city school, immigrants seeking permanence, homeless adults in transition, families providing food and shelter, and non-profits serving the materially poor. The depth of skill, commitment and generosity is heartwarming.
The love, concrete compassion, and attention that Maureen shows to those with special needs who participate in IVC is truly inspiring.
She's an inspiration to many.
I'm particularly inspired by how diligently she - and her friends - prepare meals for the homeless. We need more programs like this in our world!
I discovered the Ignatian Volunteer Corp of Baltimore via a notice in my church bulletin the Sunday after I decided to retire. IVC offers so much to its members, pairing us with service opportunities in non-profit organizations, allowing us to use the skills we have to help others in our communities. Out of consideration for my location, I was first paired with a local organization but their need was for office support and I wanted to work directly with the clients served. I was introduced to a learning center for learning disabled adults and work with about 60 adults, taking them to Special Olympics activities, and volunteer opportunities and even part time jobs. IVC also offers the opportunity to grow spiritually, with monthly meetings, retreats and days of reflection. I highly recommend you check it out if you are semi-retired or retired and wondering how to spend your time. An idle mind...
I get to serve as a spiritual director for this wonderful group of senior volunteers. Their wisdom, passion, and commitment to the organization, our partners, and the people they serve is such an inspiration and a model for us all. IVC does a wonderful job of providing support--both practical and spiritual--and the volunteers' long tenure with IVC is a testament to that support.
I am a member of IVC's Regional Council in Baltimore, MD and also a spiritual reflector for the volunteers. IVC's volunteers do extraordinary work for our local partner organizations, providing mature, committed and skilled help to these other non-profits so much in need of support. The organization is unique in that it also provides volunteers with a community and spiritual growth which is often missing in many non-profit environments. It allows people to process their experiences in serving the poor and needy in our community and by doing so, helps to alleviate volunteer burn-out. The staff is incredibly committed to the volunteers and open to new ideas and approaches.
I am blessed to be able to, in some small way, serve those who are serving others so well.
I work with Maureen Barney, an IVC member, though Trinity Volunteer Corps at Old St Patricks Church in Chicago inner city. We work with disabled adults performing various tasks including and probably most important preparing food bags for the homeless in the area. Chicago has a severe homeless issue and this work is becoming more and more a vital supply for nutrition. Maureen quarterbacks the challenge and leads with an open heart giving us a good example of treating these disabled as equals and with encouragement to participate in conversation as well as the work.
TVC is proud of its relationship with IVC and views it as a strategic partnership. We are delighted to have Maureen Barney as of IVC volunteer. She is well liked by our volunteers, families, sponsors and board.
Have witnessed first-hand the great work IVC does to change lives and improve the community. The range of services they provide and community building activities they conduct truly help the area shine.
IVC works with the Trinity Volunteer Corps and the Special Friends Mass at Old St Pat’s Catholic Church in Chicago in the person of Maureen Barney. Maureen embodies all of the virtues of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. She is kind and compassionate, a woman of Faith and a caring individual respectful of the dignity of individuals with disabilities and their families. Maureen has made our son feel welcome at all the events she is involved with at Old St. Pat’s. She goes out of her way to involve Gabe at his level, making him feel that his contribution is valued. She sends post cards and letters to Gabe involving him personally in her life as a good friend. Maureen invited Fabe and many of his friends from Trinity Volunteer Corps to the annual IVC tribute event and Gabe enjoyed a very special evening out thanks to her generosity. We are so gratefulntomMaureen and the Ignatian Volunteer Corps.
Committed volunteers living out their faith thru consistent service to others in many different areas of expertise!
The tremendous impact these volunteers have with their participants on the community is overwhelmingly heartwarming. Everyone is welcome at this table and the inclusion they show makes our community stronger.
IVC does amazing work across the country, having seen it at work in Maryland and Illinois specifically. It is the opportunity for adult volunteers to get and stay involved in their community while living the Jesuit mission of Men & Women for Others. Although not as immersive as it’s post-college counterpart JVC, it allows its members to find God in the everyday, all things, while not just being charity—the projects are truly social justice at work and allow the participants the added value of reflecting on their interactions to find the parallels in their own lives or to aid them on their faith journey (thus not a one way hand-out).
Ignition Volunteer Core connects talented, caring people with worthy organizations and does meaningful, effective work. Humanity at it's best in Chicagoland.
Maureen Kennedy Barney
Ignatian Volunteer Corps Chicago
Old St Patrick’s Church
Making Room at the Table
One of the most integral aspects of Jesus’ public ministry was that he welcomed all at the table. Sharing a meal together in Jesus’ culture held a unique weight; it reflected RESPECT, ACCEPTANCE and FULL INCLUSION. Jesus expected his disciples to promote a community that welcomes and honors all.
I serve as a member of the Jesuits' Ignatian Volunteer Corps, a group of some 65 men and women, all seniors, dedicated to improving the lives of our fellow Chicagoans through ministries that serve the needs of those often marginalized by society.
For the past three years I have been blessed to be at Old St Pat's with the members of the Trinity Volunteer Corps, people with disabilities volunteering together, providing each person with an outlet to express their unique talents and gifts. Inclusion through volunteerism guides TVC. Gathered together at our table, the mail room table on the third floor of the Jack Wall Mission Center, our tasks are many and varied.
Preparing the cut outs you'll take from the Giving Tree, assembling Valentine Cheer bags for shut ins, sharing liturgy at the Special Friends Mass, assisting at all of the Ronald Mc Donald Houses to serve a meal for those on a journey with a seriously ill child, bringing the light at the Easter Vigil, or welcoming all to Deck the Halls, we work together in a spirit of inclusion and companionship as we are JOY to each other on our journey.
Perhaps our greatest efforts consist in our preparation of weekly food bags that OSP provides for the homeless: a bottle of water, a package of crackers and cheese, raisins, canned sausages, and a protein bar...some hundred people a week find their daily nourishment in the food bags. As we walked together one Wednesday to the noon Mass, we passed a young man holding a very small child. Seated on the curb which was their table, they were sharing their lunch...the bag they had just received from Old St Pat's. We stopped and spoke with the pair.
And as we moved on to church, one of my buddies said quite simply what God wants from all of us:
TO SEE HIM IN ALL WHO CROSS OUR PATHS AND TO WELCOME HIM....TO LIVE THE BEATITUDES.
God meets us wherever we are...caring for each of us and also challenging each to prepare to welcome HIM... for it is Jesus who is in those he sends into our lives, those who cross our paths. Witnessing that with each person who is part of the Trinity Volunteer Corps allows me to understand the message of HOPE...and HOPE is the door that opens onto a future where all are welcome at the table!! As Jesus tells us:
"Here I am knocking at the door. If anyone hears me calling and opens the door I will enter his house and have supper with him and he with me."
NOW LET'S TAKE OUR PLACE AT THE TABLE!!