IVC Chicago began in September 2001 with twelve volunteers whose prior occupations ranged from fire chief and postal worker to business executive and nurse. They volunteered as hospital and prison chaplains, teachers’ aides, and GED instructors at nine service agencies.
In 2015-16, there are 57 volunteers working in 40 partner agencies. Volunteers in Chicago are working with youth and young adults in education and mentoring programs, refugee and immigrant services, women’s and children’s services and hospital and prison ministry. They provide healthcare and food assistance and work in hunger and homeless services. They serve the elderly and disabled.
Regional director Christine Curran describes a typical volunteer as someone with “a certain spirit of generosity, committed to their faith and to seeing God in all things.”
IVC Chicago 2015-16
(all left to right) Front Row: Christine Curran (Regional Director), Jackie Fitzgerald (Program Associate), Susan McGowan, Hope Gillespie, Maureen Kennedy Barney, Camille Devaney, Kate Kniest, Marta Sayeed, Pat Burke, Mary Frances Jablonskis, Domenica Moroney. Second Row: Ken Campagna, Jorge Caicedo, Gayle Crane, Judy Coswell, Andy Gore, Susan Carsello, Peter Goschy, Joan Dixey, George Casson, Mary Amelse, Susan McHugh. Third Row: Dick Shea, John Meade, John Conniff, Rich Pozdol, Chuck Malatesta, Don Gimbel, John Van Vranken, Gary Gardner, Jim Sweany (Spiritual Animator). Fourth Row: Bill Kniest, Dennis Temple, Mike Schrauth, Steve Stephany, Mike McGillicuddy, Jim McLaughlin, Warren Grienenberger, Mike Terrell, Mark Avery. Not pictured: Joan Brennan, Bob Castagna, Cheryl Craig, Jim Dixon, SJ (Chaplain), Mike Galbreath, Marti Hahn, Lucia Hall, Paul Krug, Charlie Lucas, Sue Lucas, Pat McCourt, Don McKay, John Montgomery, Keiren O’Kelly, Dick Sibbernsen, Mary Ann Sloand, Mary Ellen Smajo, Ruth Terry, George Valentine, Sharon Zandell, John Zimnie.