February’s Feature Story – “Love is an Action Word”

Mike GroganMike Grogan’s family celebrated his 80th birthday serving the homeless, following his lead of living faith in action. Mike, an Ignatian Volunteer in Cleveland, says that before he started with IVC ten years ago, “I didn’t know that people lived in the streets; that these levels of poverty existed”. Today, service to the poor, especially those struggling with homelessness, permeates all aspects of his life. It was a natural choice for how to celebrate this milestone birthday with his extended family.

Mike’s family served dinner on Friday with him at St. Augustine’s, his IVC service site, to those living on the streets and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Saturday, they spent time in the homeless camps read more

Ignatian Volunteer Mike Grogan works in the streets connecting homeless individuals to services.  

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?

IVC Receives Two New Seals of Excellence Two respected organizations have awarded IVC their seals of excellence in the nonprofit sector. IVC received the 2014 Top Rated Nonprofit Award from GreatNonprofits.org for a second year in a row.  This is an honor that we won in 2013 for the first time, by getting 10 or more 4... 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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