The planning process for IVC Los Angeles started in 2005. In January 2006 three volunteers stepped forward to help launch the program. Those volunteers served at Loyola High School, the Pregnancy Help Center, and Verbum Dei High School.
Ten years later, 37 Ignatian Volunteers serve the Los Angeles community. Ignatian Volunteers are working in refugee and migration services, substance abuse recovery programs, community and parish outreach, and vocational education and job placement programs. They serve the homeless, act as mentors to young parents, tutor teens and adults, and offer administrative and fundraising support.
According to the 2005 American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), 18% of the population in the city of Los Angeles lives below the poverty level, compared to 13% state-wide. While community agencies throughout Los Angeles do a remarkable job working to meet the needs of people who are materially poor, most will say that there are simply not enough resources to meet the needs. Agencies increasingly look to volunteers to help fulfill their missions to people who are poor. Ignatian Volunteers, all age 50 and older, bring a lifetime of experience to their volunteer work and they are committed and spiritually supported to serve.
2015/16 IVC Volunteers
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