In the midst of the civic unrest and anxiety about the coronavirus, we can lose sight of the ongoing crisis of food insecurity. Defined as “the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money and other resources,”
Katie Fitzgerald, Chief Operating Officer of Feeding America, reports more than 54 million people in the US could soon face this dilemma. “About 40% of people showing up for food distributions have never before had to rely on charitable food assistance,” Fitzgerald said in a recent interview with CNN.
Barbara Flynn loved her IVC placement in Chicago. From 2017 through 2019, this former librarian served two days a week at Accolade Adult Day Care, companioning people with dementia. A move back to Southern California in late 2019 had her seek out the IVC San Diego regional office, and she began 2020 eager to find a new social service agency placement. Then came the stop sign that is the COVID-19 pandemic!
What is Ignatian Volunteer Corps
The lgnatian 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 lgnatian 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 lgnatian Volunteer.
Find IVC in Your Region
Regional Directors and Coordinators administer the local IVC program in their city. They recruit and place new volunteers, reflectors and agencies
IVC Regional Offices
lgnatian Resources in Uncertain Times We are living in critically important times and it is not a stretch to state that people feel that we are grappling with many issues facing our country. Many of the people we serve are unsure, vulnerable and even frightened as many changes are occurring, political motivations are conflicted and confusing.
Here’s what others have to say about IVC.
“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, former Executive Director of TASSC International, Washington DC
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