“God, what do you want from me today?”

“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

Ignatian Volunteer Cheryl Dugan, center, with students at the Minnesota Intership Center high school

Cheryl Dugan began her journey with IVC about five years ago after picking up a brochure at a Jesuit Silent Retreat; and what a difference she has made.   She spent a majority of her working years in a corporate based setting, as a registered pharmacist, and the Vice President of a Health Care Company, and in 2008 she retired. After read more

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?

You can help IVC get a $50,000 grant! For a limited time, a charitable fund in Baltimore has made it possible for you to earn IVC an extra 50 cents for every dollar you donate.  Please take a moment to visit our Donate page and make a contribution now. All new donations received by June... 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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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 Essex Community College in 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. ... Read more »
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