Invisible Words – An Exercise in Empathy

Sometimes we see something often enough, even a sight that carries immense pain and suffering, that we begin to become numb to it. We let our minds wander; we tune it out. It's not our proudest moment, but it's not intentionally cruel. It's a symptom of the...

What are they saying about Invisible Words?

“So touching, emotional to me… I don’t think I’ll ever forget it!” Invisible Words is an exercise in empathy and a public art exhibition featuring a curated collection of signs made by people experiencing homelessness worldwide. The exhibit runs at Martin Luther King Memorial Library in Washington DC until June 30th.

What must we do?

Here at IVC, we believe acts of service motivated by empathy make a long and lasting difference in our communities. The evil of gun violence impacts all of us, across all different classes, races, and religions.

Making a Difference in Catholic Schools

Washington, DC (May 10, 2022) - The Ignatian Volunteer Corps of Washington DC/Metro Maryland announces the placement of three service corps members in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington thanks to grant support received from the Crimsonbridge Foundation...

The Push for Repeal of the Death Penalty in Louisiana 

What a difference a year has made. Last spring, I received information about the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) in an email from the Loyola Alumni Association and was invited to attend an informational meeting at Loyola’s Ignatius Chapel to learn more.

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

What’s New?

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.

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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