Feature Story – This Was Meant to Be

Ignatian Volunteer Dede Armstrong

Ignatian Volunteer Dede Armstrong

Dede Armstong says that her time with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps after college “changed the course of my life.”  She served for a year in Houston, TX and then worked on JVC’s staff for a year.  She went on for a Master’s in Social Work at Columbia University.

Now she has joined the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, and says, “This was meant to be.”

Dede learned about IVC when she was on JVC’s staff.  She says she told herself, “When I’m old, I want to be in IVC.  I thought it was such a great idea.  I remember talking about it with my JVC community.  When I turned 50, I got something in the mail from JVC that had an IVC blurb on the back.  I realized, ‘heck, I think I’m old enough for this thing now.’  I called them up and 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.

The Impact of IVC

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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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