New Beginnings in Employment and Retirement

Ellen Stuhlmann helps homeless men and women find and sustain employment as an Ignatian Volunteer at Friendship Place in Washington DC.  “It’s been wonderful”, she says of the IVC service experience.

FrienshipPlace (2)She came to IVC after retiring from a career as a publishing industry executive.  She spent several years in website development, creating content to help professionals with career transitions and re-entry into the changing job market.  She knew she wanted to volunteer after she retired, and approached IVC Regional Director Mike Goggin to discern where she could put her experience and talents to good use.  Read more

Ellen Stuhlmann (second from left) with members of the Friendship Place AimHire Team


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



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

What’s New?

IVC in the Media Spotlight!  IVC Regional Directors Dave Hinchen (New England) and Joanie Coolidge (Northern Virginia) were recently interviewed by media in their regions. Dave, along with Ignatian Volunteer Ann Bersani, was interviewd on, a Catholic TV outlet in New England. Dave and Ann were interviewed on the show ‘Aging Gracefully’ and... 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
“What makes IVC special – they come with a wealth of experience, with professional backgrounds, with a maturity, and above all with a passion to be in service for the marginalized and those in need of help.”  - Gizachew Emiru, Executive Director of TASSC International, Washington DC  

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A New Group of Students for this Professor

Jan Allen retired in January 2015 from a 40-year career as a college English professor, having taught in France, the Netherlands, Illinois, and the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland.  She wanted to give back to the community and learned about the Ignatian Volunteer Corps through a friend.  “There are hundreds... Read more »
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