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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

131 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an Ignatian Volunteer for 20 years--which in itself says a lot about this wonderful organization. Retired people and empty nesters volunteer their time and talents, usually 2 days a week for 9 or 10 months of the year, helping the poor and marginalized in many ways--serving children, immigrants, the homeless, people needing food, legal advice, referrals to various kinds of services--the list is too long to include everything. Volunteers meet regularly to discuss their experiences in the context of Catholic social teaching and Ignatian spirituality, so in addition to giving, we receive, as we grow spiritually and experience the fact that, even though we are aging, God isn't finished with us yet!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was considering retiring from law practice about seven years ago, I was searching for the best way to have an active, socially responsible retirement that included service and social justice work, and spiritual growth and development. I had read about the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, a Jesuit sponsored non-profit, that provides opportunities for seniors to engage in active social justice ministry while receiving support from the community of corps members and the leadership team, and offering regular programs for spiritual enrichment.

I joined IVC in the summer of 2014. One of the benefits of IVC is that the leadership facilitates placements with volunteer service organizations. There are dozens of volunteer opportunities but the leadership and the corps members encourage a discernment process which makes it more likely to match interests and talents with service. I felt no pressure to make a choice. The message was clear: take the time to ask questions and discern the choice that would best fit my talents and interests. . My discernment lasted 18 months, a bit longer than most, but during that process, I received continuous support and encouragement from the leadership and the corps members. Finally in the Fall of 2015, after interviewing with the Pastoral Care Team at St. Elizabeth's Rehabilitation Nursing Center. I chose to volunteer as part of that Team. St. Elizabeth's is the Catholic Charities sponsored nursing home in Baltimore. I volunteer at St. Elizabeth's two days a week interacting with the Elders, listening, comforting and praying with them. I have learned much about the value of just being present and listening to people, and showing that you care, especially when visiting people who may not have family, may feel discouraged or lonely or may be very sick or near death.

One of the significant benefits of the IVC is that you become a member of a very supportive community of friends in faith and service who are there to listen and to help support each other in social justice service and in faith development. It is also reassuring to know that if for some reason the service placement doesn't work out, or you simply want to change, the leadership will help make that happen. Because the service placement is for annual periods it is relatively easy to change placements after a year, and the leadership will help you find another placement that works better for you. What a blessing to know that if, or when, the decision is made to change service work the leadership team is there to facilitate and make that happen in a constructive way.

It is difficult to imagine this retirement chapter of life being as rewarding as it is for me without the IVC. The IVC has provided a community of other seniors with a desire for social justice service, and an organizational structure that enables each corps member to discern the best placement and then to succeed in serving others. Without the IVC's help and encouragement this retirement chapter of life would be far more challenging and not as socially or spiritually satisfying. Plus, as an added benefit, all the folks at the IVC are good, caring, friendly, respectful and a joy to be around. I give my experience with IVC the highest possible rating and I would recommend the IVC to anyone looking for a meaningful, satisfying, socially responsible and spiritually enriching retirement.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a retired counselor/teacher/school administrator who was looking for a way to give back at this stage of my life. IVC has been wonderful as a conduit--it has placed me as a volunteer counselor at the brand new Cristo Rey High School in San Diego. IVC not only provided a great "matching" service between volunteer and work site, but it continues to offer ongoing contact (via zoom at this time) and support for volunteers. Through these monthly zoom meetings, I have been able to also learn of other IVC placements. I am particularly impressed with how IVC has been able to continue as many services as it does during the pandemic.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that put the skills of Catholic men and women to work providing service to the underserved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

10/16/2020
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps blends two important elements: the satisfaction of Service and the insight into Spirituality.
The Service component has really touched my life in unexpected and sometimes unexplained ways. It has certainly deepened my personal satisfaction and I eagerly looked forward to my Hospice volunteer days. I love the staff-an additional benefit of volunteering! But being present for patients and families at their most vulnerable time as they journey through the normal process of death is a feeling that defies description. There are so many ways to be “present”:
listening, sitting in silence, holding a hand, a loving touch all provide a strong emotional
connection to say I am with you on this journey.

The Spiritual component of IVC has been enlightening as well. I really love our monthly
meetings too, hearing varied interpretations of our readings. I’m more a listener than talker,
because it takes me a while to process all the information we share. The meetings are thought provoking which is good because I reflect on the content and what it could mean in my life.
I am happy to be part of IVC and would encourage others who seek greater personal growth to come with us on this wonderful journey.
Jacquelyn Sporing
IVC Volunteer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) five years ago and my life was changed. I was recently retired and was looking for something to fill the gap of time and to allow me to give back to those less fortunate than myself. Through the IVC I have been able to give 2 days per week for 10 months a year to an organization that help the homeless find food and shelter and to another organization that educates children and young adults and helps prepare them for adulthood and work possibilities. The IVC has shown me that life after 50 is like being reborn and starting a new journey with endless possibilities. They have given me the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and I will be forever grateful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps is an amazing, life-giving organization. IVC connects retired adults with social service and not-for-profit agencies and their clients to provide hands-on assistance. I have worked at a community social service agency for the past 3 years helping individuals with barriers to employment get employed. It is very satisfying work with measurable successes. The Ignatian Volunteer Corps and its spiritual component helps members recognize the face of God in those they serve. I am so happy I found my way to them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Upon retirement I wanted to find an organization that would allow me to help my community and continue to grow as an individual in my life perspective. The Ignatian Volunteer Corp has provided me with such an opportunity the past 10 years. They paired my talents with needs of the material poor in our community. Specifically I provide pro bono legal advice to the Waukegan Hispanic and African American community and teach inmates in the Lake County Jail for a 2 to 3 day period each week. The Ignatian Volunteer Corp also provides myself and other members with regular opportunities to grow in self awareness and critical thinking about the social and economic issues our society faces today. Both the volunteer service and the learning opportunities offered by the Volunteer Corp have broadened and deepened my sense of self and service to others. The whole 10 year experience has been way beyond my expectations and is valued by myself as a surprise gift!! The Ignatian Volunteer Corp is well lead and organized to provide service with a purpose to our community !!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IVC offered this newly retired librarian a place as the librarian at a girls college prep high school that served the African-American and Hispanic areas of the Chicago. In my 5 years there, I felt that I was helping marginalized young women prepare to succeed in college and go on to make vital contributions to the world. Equally important for me was the chance to meet monthly with like-minded IVC people and receive the organization's support. The mentoring I received and the sessions I attended for reflecting on what my IVC work meant for my own life and the lives of the girls I served made this a volunteer experience that is unmatched. IVC does so much good in the world!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been members of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) for about 8 years. It is a wonderful organization matching the talents and interests of retired volunteer persons to the needs of nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving the materially poor. A second mission of IVC is to strengthen and support the spiritual lives of its volunteers giving sustenance to the volunteer's efforts to serve the poor. This spiritual support improves the quality and perseverance of the volunteer efforts. IVC provides a safe and supportive "community" where its volunteers can share experiences and insights.

The nonprofit we serve through IVC is the Father McKenna Center located just a few blocks from our Nation's capital. The Center which operates on private donations seeks to improve the lives of homeless men and residents in the area. We find volunteering at the Center to be a richly rewarding experience. Because we volunteer two days a week the Center considers us "Principal Volunteers" and in some respects almost like staff. My wife and I are very thankful for the joy to be members of IVC and to serve at the Father McKenna Center,

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been incredibly fortunate with our IVC volunteer who came to us six years ago and has been a huge asset while becoming part of our "family." He bring compassion, professional skills and lots of life experience that helps us to achieve our mission in a deeper way. We hope that he stays with us for another six years!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IVC has given me the opportunity to use my skills as a service corps member for one of IVC’s many partner agencies who served those living on the margins of society, lacking of the basics of shelter and employment. Each year the agency and I found the partnership a help that should continue. And so, happily, it did for many years!

Currently, I serve the IVC DC/Metro Maryland region as a member of its Regional Council and a group facilitator for IVC service corp member meetings to share stories and experiences at their service agencies that help them recognize the common bond they share with everyone they encounter.

The rewards are rich in things that matter for all who who engage with IVC. These are the kinds of riches that multiple human dignity and growth by doing something of value for individuals in need.

For all these reasons IVC is definitely a great nonprofit that deserves your recognition! Vicki Bell

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After retirement I wanted to continue to use my skills to help others. Ignatian Volunteer Corps gave me this opening by connecting me to an organization that was in my field and that needed some support. Throughout my volunteer work, I have been enriched by the individual mentorship I receive, and the larger community of active volunteers who support one another. IVC gives people the opportunity to join a circle of adults who want to continue to grow in spirituality and service to others. I cannot thank this organization enough for their mission and work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an Ignatian Volunteer for 20 years--which in itself says a lot about this wonderful organization. Retired people and empty nesters volunteer their time and talents, usually 2 days a week for 9 or 10 months of the year, helping the poor and marginalized in many ways--serving children, immigrants, the homeless, people needing food, legal advice, referrals to various kinds of services--the list is too long to include everything. Volunteers meet regularly to discuss their experiences in the context of Catholic social teaching and Ignatian spirituality, so in addition to giving, we receive, as we grow spiritually and experience the fact that, even though we are aging, God isn't finished with us yet!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an Ignatian Volunteer since 2000, and have seen the organization grow from a few dozen volunteers on the East Coast to more than 500 in 21 cities and counting. Clearly, the hundreds of retired people who volunteer their services to the poor and needy are meeting a need! Teachers, social workers, doctors, lawyers, business executives and homemakers, among many others, contribute their services and their wisdom and life experience to help children, the homeless, immigrants, the unemployed, the imprisoned and the newly released, abused women and children and many, many other people. "Making a difference" is an understatement.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IVC has help our not-for-profit community-based organization in so many ways. Not only are the volunteers of exceptionally high caliber - in skills and work ethic - the entire organization is filled with kind, empathetic people who understand our mission and are sincerely driven to help others. The annual fee for a volunteer is small compared to the savings we realize if we had to pay someone to do the work of these fantastic people who have assisted us at our Center. We have had IVC volunteers who eventually became board members and regular donors. IVC is a win for everyone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ignatian VolunteerCorps brings a diverse group of retired people together in order to provide service to a variety of non-profits while at the same time providing for the spiritual growth of the group through monthly meetings and retreats. We have formed an extremely strong bond in the New York chapter and really enjoy getting together in order to share what we are doing as well as participating in prayer and reflection. I cannot recommend it strongly enough.
It is a very rewarding method of moving forward into our "next phase" in life, and I have benefited greatly from my interactions at my service sites.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered as a reflector for IVC for more than 10 years. That means I have met with many other volunteers monthly while they share and reflect on their work with the poor. And this is what I hear: “I believe I met Christ in one of the homeless men.”
“ I learned how hard people work for their families and what that means for them.”
“ somehow, I finally can see the world doesn’t revolve around me.”
These men and women in retirement work 1 or 2 days a week with the poor through an IVC- linked nonprofit. It completely inspires me to live a more generous life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization building God’s kingdom through service

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a director of a small faith-based non-profit, I see the wonderful contributions IVC volunteers make everyday. I am inspired by their spirit of serving and how they truly embody Jesus’ call to love God and love neighbor.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had a few opportunities to meet IVC members serving throughout Baltimore and have been amazed and impressed by their professionalism, camaraderie and commitment to social justice.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am in my second year with Ignatian Volunteer Corps, having started with them when i retired. It has been more rewarding than I could have imagined.
The IVC placed me at a day shelter, working directly with the homeless. I could volunteer at the shelter on my own, but what makes IVC so special is that they place us in many different situations, and we meet monthly to share our experiences of working with those in need. There is also a deeply spiritual component, as we deepen our relationship with God through our work. We have spiritual reflectors provided by IVC to help us. The regional director is extremely sensitive to the demands of our work and has been committed to making it satisfying. The volunteers are a very joyful group, many of whom have been with IVC for years and even decades.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ignatian Volunteer Corps provides retired men and women an opportunity to volunteer with a community agency applying the Jesuit principles of men and women for others. Opportunities include working with homeless shelters, soup kitchens, aid agencies and schools, two days a week from September to June.
During the year there are monthly meeting during which a selected book addressing social issues is discussed. The monthly meetings also serve each member with an opportunity to discuss his or her service work which provides support and affirmation. The opportunity to discuss our service experiences among the peer group is a very valuable element particularly for people beginning to volunteer.
I have found the service through the Ignatian Volunteer Work very rewarding, when I began this service I thought I was giving back, I have found however I receive much more than I give.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The IVC's work with Seton Catholic Schools is nothing short of remarkable. Over 30 generous volunteers are providing tutoring support for more than 125 of Milwaukee's most disadvantaged children. There's no way to adequately measure or describe the immediate and the long-term impact of service like this. We are deeply grateful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps(IVC) because it gives me a purpose in life long after I retired from my regular job. It enables me to use what I have learned to teach young children what they need to succeed in life. Students' scores on National Math and English Assessment tests have demonstrated the effectiveness of IVC volunteers in classrooms of low-income students with limited English backgrounds.

It also has enabled me to stay in contact with children I would normally never meet.

I would encourage anyone over the age of fifty to become a member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, especially if you are seeking a personally rewarding experience in retirement.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps is an amazing, transformative organization. It is blazing the trail for an active, impactful retirement for American seniors. Erik Erikson famously described our lifespan as comprised of eight stages. IVC accompanies seniors during the seventh and eighth stages.

The challenge of the final years of work and the transition into retirement is to create and nurture a legacy. Erikson names this transition 'Generatively,' choosing to make a mark on the world which outlasts one's lifespan rather than the path of self-absorption. The particular mark that IVC members make is sustained service to economically deprived communities.

This collaboration in the creation of a more just and kind world beautifully sets the stage for Erikson's ultimate challenge, the development of 'Ego Integrity.' The post-retirement, part-time nature of IVC volunteer service lends itself to the gradual contemplation of our accomplishments. A sense of integrity is nourished as volunteers look back at a life well lived, at contributions made not only in the spheres of family and work but also to fellow citizens less privileged. The IVC experience assists in the acquisition of the virtue of wisdom, a sense of completeness and gratitude.

Still another benefit of IVC service is the development of new friendships acquired through collaboration in meaningful service. This perfectly address the conundrum of the loss of work friendships.

My life has been immensely enriched by participation in this great nonprofit! I am certain that the lives of many less privileged citizens have been meaningfully impacted by the dedicated service of my IVC sisters and brothers. I urge Great Nonprofits to recognize the Ignatian Volunteer Corps as a model organization for seniors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of the Minneapolis Ignation Volunteer Corp I have grown in my appreciation for the freedoms I was born into. As a volunteer for Sarah's, An Oasis For Women, be it keeping the pantry organized or helping the residents prepare for a test or assisting in resume writing, I am always struck by the ladies commitment to gaining their independence and becoming a
viable citizen of our society, These women do not hesitate to express their gratitude for all the staff at Sarah's does to support them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In exchange for IVC ads in the Catholic Spirit, the biweekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, I copy read the pages in their final drafts. This increases the exposure of the IVC to the Catholic community. I’m very pleased to use the skills I had as a high school teacher of writing and journalism. I’m even more pleased to be volunteering with the staff at the paper. They are wonderful people who really appreciate my contribution. It’s a perfect fit for a retired person with my background. Beyond working with the staff, it has shown me the efforts the Church is making to be effective servants of the people. Today, what could be more reassuring of the Church’s mission? Bernie Troje, St. John’s University, Class of ‘65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Ignatian Volunteer Corps in Denver and it has been an extraordinary experience. I spend 16 hours a week at my volunteer site (there are options for 8 hours/week) and have learned so much. Our cohort of volunteers meets monthly for spiritual reflecting and sharing about our various placements. When I retired, I knew I wanted to volunteer somewhere, but wasn't sure where. Finding IVC happened at just the right moment in my life. Our mission is to serve in agencies that minister to the materially poor and it is financial support from the greater community that allows IVC to fulfill its mission. Funding IVC ensures that each group of volunteers has a regional director who coordinates placements, monthly meetings, retreats, and opportunities for each of us to meet with a spiritual reflector on a regular basis. IVC makes a difference in the lives of the marginalized in our community, as well as in the lives of each volunteer. Making a positive difference is what makes a great non-profit!

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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

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

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"

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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 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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Committed volunteers living out their faith thru consistent service to others in many different areas of expertise!

Sara K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization- keep up the good work!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Erin M.5

Donor

Rating: 5

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).

Donor

Rating: 5

Ignition Volunteer Core connects talented, caring people with worthy organizations and does meaningful, effective work. Humanity at it's best in Chicagoland.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Jim S.3

Advisor

Rating: 5

After retiring from a successful role in a Fortune 500 company, I signed up to volunteer five days a week at Christ the King Jesuit College Prep an inner city school in Chicago. It was long hours and I felt like I was able to help the students, but I also felt like I was still working. Two fellow volunteers from the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) were also on site at the school. As we became acquainted it became clear to me that I was a volunteering and they were serving. Their experience was enriching them in ways that I was not feeling. Their effort was an act of faith in service that was different from mine. In my second year I joined the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and began to share the richness of their service based volunteer work. In addition to the on-site volunteer service work, all 60 members of the Chicago IVC met monthly in community for spiritual formation in the Ignatian tradition. This helped me discover a deeper sense of interior consolation from serving others and also helped me to find God in my volunteer service work. Also very importantly, the IVC experienced help me to engage with the students less corporately and more compassionately and caringly. That has made all the difference

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IVC has had a profound impact on my life. I joined 6 years ago after retiring from a 52 yr. career in nursing, most of those years in the Emergency Department. I felt a huge void after retiring,
a need to continue to do meaningful work.

I chose Fr. Bill's/Mainspring in Brockton MA., after receiving guidance from Dave Hinchen,
Director of IVC, New England. This organization was founded by Fr. Bill McCarthy 3 decades ago, after he had consistently invited the homeless to sleep in the church basement. The organization now includes safe emergency shelters in Brockton and Quincy Ma., where approximately 250 men and women are invited to sleep and enjoy hot meals. They also have 367 housing units for families and veterans. Their Mantra "Nobody Should Be Homeless".

My hours at Fr. Bill's have profoundly affected me. I have assisted in the intake and welcoming of the homeless men and women as they arrive at the shelter. I realize that simple gestures , a smile, eye contact and reassurance are sometimes the only respect and compassion shown to them that day.

I also volunteer at their Distribution Center, which supplies all the shelters and housing units .
Shelter guests, accompanied by their social worker, are also invited to chose clothing and toiletries from the Center.

These 6 years have broadened my capacity for understanding others, especially the profound effect of untreated psychiatric illness. I realize how difficult it is to carry all your belongings through the streets each day (often wet from rain) , unwelcome in many businesses, and unable to find an available restroom. I cherish the fact that I have "a space of my own", that I don't have to sleep in a room with 90 guests, as the men do in Brockton.

The men and women of IVC are all involved in similar positions. They are definitely "men and women for others"!!!! We have meetings each month in different locations, where we share our experiences, pray together and just enjoy the camaraderie. We also visit our Reflector, again each month, as he or she is a personal companion to listen and encourage.

I feel blessed to be a small part of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps has given me the opportunity to work with the homeless, those with Ailztimers, and those in the hospital. Their support ensures that their members are able to help those who need help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was laid off a few years ago after several years at a company with a hostile, abusive environment. I was not ready to fully retire, but found it difficult to trust enough to find new employment. IVC provided an wonderful, supportive, nurturing community and helped me to give back to the world.

Board Member

Rating: 5

IVC Ignatian Volunteer Corps is a true community...reaching out to help others and reaching inward to find our better selves.
It is a joy to serve and to pray together.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been in the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in the Syracuse, NY area over the past several years. I have found all my volunteer service to be rewarding and value adding. I'm always amazed at how many ways there are to be helpful and provide assistance to others. The Ignatian Volunteer Corps has given me a chance to truly give of myself and to share my skills and knowledge with others while being compassionate and caring. I hope to continue volunteering for many years to come. Linda Z - Syracuse IVC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A recent profile of me in the Creighton Prep magazine had this to say about me and the Ignatian Volunteer Corps: "Bob retired in 2014 intent on engaging in volunteer service. 'Not long after that, I interviewed with the director of the Omaha chapter of the IVC, and she agreed that I might be a suitable candidate.' Soon thereafter, he was interviewed by the staff in the Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic at the Creighton University School
of Law. Today, he is at the clinic or in court four days per week, working 'largely on family issues, landlord disputes and the seemingly innumerable legal and bureaucratic obstacles that poor people encounter in life.' " This quote from the article sums up how my experience in the Ignatian Volunteer Corps has enabled me in the winter of my years to live out the Ignatian ideal of men and women for others and seeking the faith that does justice. I would, I think, be adrift in retirement without my IVC work and the opportunity to reflect monthly with the other dedicated members of IVC on how we find God in our volunteer work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not quite ready for retirement, I was a seasoned, experienced professional who was laid off from an extremely stressful, abusive, and unscrupulous company. I was shell-shocked. Even after some time off, I couldn't imagine going back to work. But, I needed to keep my skills up; I needed healing; I needed to make a difference. IVC provides or inspires community, support, spirituality, humility, purpose, passion, reflection, transformation, and healing. I am so grateful to IVC and hope that what I have given has made a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

IF you're looking to make a a meaningful contribution, widen your spiritual formation or just be part of the solution, IVC offers all three. I joined IVC while looking for something to make my retirement years part of a new beginning and keep me involved as well as bringing a new meaning to this time of life. A historian by trade, I used my research skills to review all prospects out there and for me, IVC offers the thoroughness, structure, and opportunities that make giving my time worthwhile. They do a good job of getting to know you and matching your experience and skills with the position. The religious aspect was fine with me though everyone should feel welcome. I've found the Jesuits to be inclusive as well as scholarly in pursuit of their mission. They model how to put faith into action.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Ignation Volunteer Corps was an ideal answer for me in retirement, as it already is for many others, and can be for untold numbers of active retired persons.

When my husband died after many months of illness, I emerged from the immediate grief of his death yearning for a meaningful activity. At my daughter's recommendation, I investigated the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and I liked what I heard. IVC would give me the opportunities both to work with persons in need and to enjoy regular company with other volunteers to pursue a heightened spiritual dimension to my life.

After ten years in the Corps, I am still excited about going to school two days a week to tutor grade-school children. What they give back to me is far more valuable in my mind than the modest assistance I offer them. Service in IVC has been a godsend for me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After working in the Probation field for almost thirty years I retired. Almost immediately, I realized that I had too much time on my hands and began looking for an opportunity to enrich my life and the lives of others.

In our church bulletin I found a small notice regarding the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, (IVC). IVC is targeted toward retirees over the age of fifty, who are strongly committed to the betterment of themselves and the community.

IVC is a nation-wide organization with over five hundred volunteers serving people dealing with homelessness, disabilities, the imprisoned, refugee/migrant families, as well as children experiencing education disadvantages. There are numerous other volunteer opportunities fulfilling the needs of our community as well as providing countless ways for the volunteers to be of service in fields that suit their personal desires and talents.

However, that is just part of what IVC offers. We have monthly meetings in which we share our experiences at our volunteer sites. Each year the national organization selects a book emphasizing the spiritual aspect and/or nature of our commitment. We discuss these books during our meetings. There is also an annual three day retreat which allows us to refocus our desire to serve others and to build comradery and faith within the group.
Finally, one of the best features of the IVC community is the opportunity to have one-on-one time with a spiritual reflector each month. This gives each volunteer a chance to reflect on their service site and ways to enhance their own lives as well as the lives of the people they serve.

While the Ignatian Volunteer Corps focuses on the Jesuit belief that service is a form of prayer, it is open to all who believe that, by serving others, we also serve God.

Board Member

Rating: 5

IVC is an opportunity for those with life skills and experiences to serve the Church and immerse themselves in the style and spirituality of St. Ignatius.

IVC offers direct relational and meaningful volunteer experiences, through which we aspire to open your heart.

Make a difference for a small organization that can really use your gifts and talents.

Come, get in touch with the reality of our communities for people in need. Getting in touch with this reality, gets us in touch with God. You’ll be challenged, changed, and consoled.