Feature Story: Shedding Light in the Dark

chicago HOMEby Mike Galbreath

Dark. Pitch black. No power. No lights. Basement waters now four inches and rising… Days and days of winter rains and melting snows.  Is this why I volunteered?  Slipping face-down into the dark, oily water. Nothing to pull me up. Am I gonna drown in this basement pond? Time once again to pray to St. Joseph… Somehow I find a pole to grab and hear J.J. call over to me to hang on. After a few long moments I am finally able to grasp something, rise up and hand J.J. the switches and tools so he can restart the electrical system.  Mission accomplished. Power on.  A grateful read more

Above: Ignatian Volunteer Ken Campagna and H.O.M.E. staff member J.J. Haley perform home repairs for for low-income Chicago residents.

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

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

What’s New?

New IVC Region Opens in Buffalo, NY The IVC National Board of Directors voted in September to approve a new IVC Region in Buffalo, NY. This is IVC’s 18th regional office. “The core leadership team in Buffalo has been working very hard and has demonstrated the commitment to bring the IVC mission there to serve the needs... 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
 
We are grateful for Nick's presence among us and know that his help is a catalyst for change and for hope in the lives of the young men entrusted to us.” –Brother Thomas Casey, FSC Executive Director of The De La Salle School, New York

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Mercy and Compassion to Refugees – the IVC Way

“Sayid (name changed to protect privacy) is a heart surgeon from Syria who is very well educated, speaks three languages, is a well-known and well-respected doctor in his community,” describes Bob Sliney, Ignatian Volunteer serving with Catholic Charities Refugee Services in South Boston. “In December of 2013, Sayid was a first responder to a bombing... Read more »
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