“Love is an Action Word”

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Mike 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… Read more »

Alleviating Children’s Suffering with Compassion

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Mary Beth Manninger and Kathy Bigelow bring full careers as educators to their IVC work at Ted E Bear Hollow, an Omaha grief center for children and families who have lost a loved one. “A five-year-old girl had lost her older sister,” describes Mary Beth. “Ted E Bear Hollow is a safe place where she… Read more »

Opening a Door to Compassion

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“I view my finding IVC as a new beginning, opening a new door,” says Greg Howes, 46-year-old president and owner of Howes Insurance Group in Concord, Massachusetts, and Ignatian Volunteer. “I don’t really fit the IVC model,” he continues. “I’m not retired, not over 50. I have three children, two in college. My internal compass… Read more »

A Spirit of Giving

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When Christmas arrives, the Turinas won’t wrap store-bought gifts for their adult children. Instead, they give money to charitable groups whose missions are dear to the hearts of their children. And their children do the same for them. Their gratitude inspires their spirit of generosity, and this is just one small example. Eliana and Pedro… Read more »

“Barbara’s Class Gave Me Hope”

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Retired Judge Barbara Lee has taught English as a Second Language at Cabrini Immigrant Services in New York’s Lower East Side through IVC since 2000 and expresses gratitude for this opportunity. What inspires her 15 years of service? She says, “Things get to be clichés because they’re true. I get more than I give. It’s… Read more »

Serving School Children with Love and Skill

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By Emilie Gillanders IVC National Board Member and Ignatian Volunteer in Northern Virginia Anne Marie Campbell is beginning her thirteenth year with IVC and has been at Our Lady of Sorrows/St. Ignatius School right from the start.  Eight years ago the two schools merged to serve a primarily African American community in West Philadelphia. Anne… Read more »

Regional Director’s Job Thrills Her

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Regional Director Kathleen Groh in Minneapolis/St. Paul thinks of herself as a Heart Hunter. This perspective arose when she described IVC and her role as Regional Director at a conference of the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators.  Afterwards, someone came up to her and said, “So you’re basically a headhunter for volunteers.”  Kathleen countered, “Oh,… Read more »

This was Meant to Be

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Dede Armstong says that her time with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps after college “changed the course of my life.”  She served for a year in Houston, TX and then worked on JVC’s staff for a year.  She went on for a Master’s in Social Work at Columbia University. Now she has joined the Ignatian Volunteer… Read more »

A Mother and Daughter Who Inspire Each Other to Service

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“My daughter Erin inspired me to get involved with what I’m doing now,” says Julie Bishop, an Ignatian Volunteer in San Diego.  “When she started with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps after college, it was difficult for me to think of her living in the inner city environment.  I worried about her.  We had a lot… Read more »

Transformed by His Love: Jay’s Story

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Jay Burke is a first-year Ignatian Volunteer who serves as Associate Coordinator for the Ignatian Spirituality Project in Boston. Before joining IVC, Jay had a 30-year career in marketing for community banks and then began a second career in bereavement counseling for hospice patients after completing a program in Clinical Pastoral Education.  “My work with… Read more »