A New Group of Students for this Professor

Jan Allen retired in January 2015 from a 40-year career as a college English professor, having taught in France, the Netherlands, Illinois, and the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland.  She wanted to give back to the community and learned about the Ignatian Volunteer Corps through a friend.  “There are hundreds of nonprofits", she says.  "It would've taken forever to match myself up to the work that was being done.  Then I learned about IVC and thought, ‘Oh, I bet the Jesuits will be able to solve my problem’".  Read more

(Right) Jan Allen (center) with Staff at Asylee Women Enterprise in Baltimore, Maryland, where she teaches English writing.


Ignatian Volunteer Corps

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps® (IVC) provides men and women, most age 50 or better, opportunities to serve others and to transform lives. IVC matches the talents of experienced Volunteers with the greatest social needs of our time.

IVC works in partnership with hundreds of community partner organizations. These nonprofit organizations provide Ignatian Volunteers with substantive work to serve individuals who have slipped through this country’s safety net. And hundreds of community organizations are on waiting lists to get an Ignatian Volunteer.

Volunteers are strengthened in their Christian faith by IVC’s unique spiritual reflection program, which is rooted in the Jesuit tradition of Ignatian spirituality.  By contributing their leadership skills and life experience into service, IVC volunteers improve their communities and create a more just society.

EWTN Nightly News Segment from September 2015 highlights the impact of Don and Pat Kisicki through the Ignatian Volunteer Corps

Pope Francis' Inspiration



“Lord, help us to live the virtue of generosity, to love without limits”.
-Pope Francis, via Twitter, April 2015

What’s New?

IVC Accredited by Standards for Excellence Institute® We are proud to announce that IVC has been accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute for successfully fulfilling the requirements of their Standards for Excellence® program. The Standards for Excellence Institute is a national program to help nonprofit organizations achieve the highest benchmarks of ethics and accountability in... Read more»

Here's what others have to say about IVC.

IVC is one of the truly great blessings of my life. I can volunteer anywhere, but when I volunteer through IVC, I not only get an opportunity to serve the poor, but an adventure in pursuing the enrichment of my spiritual life.” –Rich Pozdol, Chicago
“What makes IVC special – they come with a wealth of experience, with professional backgrounds, with a maturity, and above all with a passion to be in service for the marginalized and those in need of help.”  - Gizachew Emiru, Executive Director of TASSC International, Washington DC  

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by Katie McGinnity, IVC Intern “Everyday I would go into the high school I would say, ‘God, what do you want from me today?’. I focused on listening and listening and trying to discern what part I played – what God wanted me to do with this school at this time.” Cheryl Dugan began her... Read more »
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