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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Family Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Religion, Religion-Related

Mission: The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) provides men and women age 50 and over the opportunity to serve the needs of people who are poor, to work for a more just society, and to grow deeper in Christian faith by reflecting and praying in the Ignatian tradition.

Target demographics: people in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: Our 500+ volunteers working in 300+ partner agencies across the country served more than 90,000 people in need.

Geographic areas served: partnership with local nonprofit partners in communities across the US

Programs: Volunteers tutor, advance literacy skills, help find jobs and housing, provide healthcare and companionship, and work to overcome poverty. They may also engage in counseling, administrative tasks, fund-raising, and more.

Community Stories

103 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love IVC! In my 8th year of volunteering in Boston. Managed the finances of 40 formerly homeless senior citizens for seven years and now helping develop a volunteer program at Project Hope.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved in the Ignatian Volunteer Corps while trying to sort out my life following retirement. I had heard of it through Jesuit friends, and decided that I liked the idea of linking my spiritual journey with a desire to volunteer.
I quickly found both a great group of adults to share my spiritual development with, along with a volunteer opportunity at a local Jesuit elementary school, where I served in a variety of roles and with a variety of ages. Coming from a background as a school psychologist, I was asked to provide counseling services to kids in need, but also served as a lunch/recess monitor, assistant gym teacher, occasional substitute teacher, and even the regular first grade teacher for a few weeks. It was a rewarding (and exhausting!) experience. I was able to share the joys and challenges of this assignment with my IVC group on a monthly basis, as well as discussing a variety of issues related to our faith and relationship with God.
When the school closed, I was able to link up with a social service agency serving a poor population in upper Manhattan, and expanded my skill set in order to meet the different needs that they presented.
Having the IVC group as a resource and a comfort made the whole thing work, and I am very grateful to be able to participate in such an outstanding program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Upon retirement I searched extensively for a volunteer role that would really matter in the lives of the clients I would serve. And then I found the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC), an organization which links its members to meaningful volunteer opportunities as part of network of volunteers who support one another.

As an Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) volunteer, I chose an assignment as a Career Coach at the New England Culinary Arts Training (NECAT) center. NECAT provides unemployed and underemployed individuals with the technical, professional and life skills necessary to secure career-ladder jobs in the culinary industry through an intensive 16-week Culinary Arts Job Training Program.

My Career Coach role I assist students through all phases of their job search … assembling resumes and cover letters, honing their interviewing skills, selecting target employers and applying for positions both in person and on line. I also coach students in some of the soft skills essential to their success after they have been hired.

IVC and NECAT was a perfect match for me. IVC is a group of like-minded people committed to making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. And NECAT is an organization which is all about providing judgment-free second chances at life to some of the most disadvantaged individuals in the community.

I cannot imagine a better "marriage of the minds"

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) helps to bring the Volunteer closer to God and his or her fellow man.
The small and dedicated administrative team goes above and beyond in securing placements that match a volunteer's skills with an organization's needs. This helps ensure that the volunteer will continue to grow in service to others.
Beginning the volunteer year with a spiritual retreat and by administering monthly meetings for reflection, the IVC promotes the spiritual growth in each of its volunteers. The monthly meetings also serve as a time for volunteers to support and encourage one another and build new friendships.
In short, my brief but continuing association with the organization has been outstanding.


Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always said that I would do some sort of volunteer work in my retirement years. I retired in December 2016, but didn’t immediately follow through on this promise. I did not know what type of volunteer service I wanted, but I knew I wanted to be purposeful in my choice. Like many good intentions, it lay fallow for several months while I enjoyed the freedom from commitments. Then there was that Sunday Mass in late summer at Regis University where a small announcement was posted about the Ignation Volunteer Corps. It was the nudge I apparently needed, and I attended the informational meeting about the program and followed through with my application to the program.
2017-18 was the inaugural year for IVC in Denver, Colorado, thanks to the dedicated group of people from St. Ignatius Loyola Parish who made it happen. I am so proud that I was one of ten volunteers representing IVC in our city for the first time. My placement was, (and still is in year two) at the St. Francis Center, a day center for people who are experiencing homelessness. I work two 8 hour days per week, both assisting the client guests with basic service needs like accessing mail and their belongings in the storage area, and assisting the administration team with office support. I have yet to experience the feeling of “I wish I didn’t have to work today”, which tells me how nourishing this commitment has been for me spiritually and emotionally.
IVC has some unique volunteer components. One is that all volunteers meet monthly with our regional director and one or two spiritual advisors. We share our stories, reflect on book and scripture readings, and get to know each other better as an IVC community. Additionally, each volunteer is connected with a spiritual reflector with whom we meet monthly. These components bring an intentional spiritual piece to our volunteer service, and help us reflect on how our work connects us to God and our world community.
The Ignation Volunteer Corps provides an opportunity for retired laity to help fulfill the Jesuit mission of service for the greater glory of God. It is a non-profit organization that operates with little fanfare, even as it makes a large impact on the local community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am semi-retired and was looking for a faith based volunteer opportunity. I was familiar with IVC ,Ignatian Volunteer Corps, from friends and knew when they came to Denver it was the opportunity I was looking for. I am now spending Tuesdays in a kindergarten of 19 students and 1 teacher, knowing I am having an impact on students and of being a 2nd adult in a very active classroom.

Donor

Rating: 5

My friend Mauree Barney has described the many activities that touch the lives of people throughout so many communities. It inspires me to donate so that I may support their efforts.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Wonderful organization!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IVC volunteers not only serve, they touch people's lives!

Marty Mosby K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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...

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Grateful for the many ways IVC works with various groups throughout Chicagoland -- particularly at Old St. Patrick's Church. The compassion and dignity they share with all of us is second to none. Such a beautiful ministry...

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful volunteer group doing amazing things for their community!