June’s Feature Story – Discerning Her Role in the Vineyard

SKD_0653Judy Coswell believes the call to join the Ignatian Volunteer Corps was "put in front of her." In 2014, as she was considering retirement after a long career in horticulture, an announcement in the local church bulletin caught her attention: an invitation to attend an information session on the IVC program in Chicago, Illinois. She accepted that invitation and is now completing her first year of service volunteering at the Howard Area Community Center in Chicago.

"I knew I was going to retire, but I didn't want to really retire.  I still had lots of energy and knew I didn't want to sit around the house.  I had volunteered some in the past, but the emphasis IVC put on the spiritual component of the program is what really drew me in.

While Judy was sure about wanting the IVC experience, she was unsure about...  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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What’s New?

Easter to Pentecost Challenge Grant –You Did It!  You Won the Grant for IVC! Thank YOU! In the spirit of Easter and a faith that believes in resurrection and new life after sacrifice – a very generous contribution was made to IVC – but only if we met a challenge. At its February 2015 meeting the IVC... 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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