Giving Back and Changing Lives for 20 Years

Lou Naglak, an Ignatian Volunteer in Philadelphia, has served prisoners at the Bucks County Prison for over 20 years.  “I couldn’t have predicted this would be the next phase of my life,” he says.

“I grew up in a coal town above Scranton, Pennsylvania.  In the 1930s and 1940s, I thought maybe I’d be a coal miner.  The opportunity to gIgnatian Volunteer Lou Naglak outside the Bucks County Prison, where he has served for 20 years.o to the University of Scranton was amazing.  After I graduated, I worked in engineering, then served in the Navy who paid for my graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania.  I never dreamed of that in my life.  I spent a good portion of my career in naval research, engineering, in a laboratory.  There’s a big contrast between my career and what I’m doing now.”  Read more

Lou Naglak outside his service site, Bucks County Prison

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

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

What’s New?

IVC Moves Headquarters to New (Nearby) Location In what may be one of the shorter office moves you’ve heard of, IVC has moved its headquarters about 100 yards to the East and up two floors. For years, our home has been in the St. Paul Street building that we shared with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, on... 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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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. She came to IVC after retiring from a career as a publishing industry executive.  She spent several years in website development, creating content to... Read more »
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