Why IVC?

“God has been good to me and I want to give something back.”

This is the continuing refrain spoken by the men and women of IVC—men and women who feel the presence of God in their lives and wish to respond by serving the God who calls us through the voices of our brothers and sisters who are poor.

IVC is a wonderful opportunity to make a significant difference in your local community.

The men and women who serve as Ignatian Volunteers are people who are eagerly moving to a new phase of their lives. Their backgrounds are broad. Ignatian Volunteers are mature men and women, most age 50 or better, who either have retired from their primary careers or work fewer hours as they move towards retirement.

Endowed with a generosity of spirit, they desire to make use of their talents in service to others. Ignatian Volunteers are men and women who want to give of themselves in response to the blessings and love that God has given to them.  All have valuable life experiences to tap into, as well as a sense of maturity and a readiness to reach out and share their wisdom and skills with others.

Volunteers commit to work two days a week for 10 months a year, and play critical roles for the partner nonprofit agencies and the clients they serve.   IVC partner agencies work directly with people who are materially poor or address structures that affect people who are poor.  Care is taken in matching a volunteer’s talents and passions to an organization’s needs.  Some volunteers choose projects unrelated to their former job experience, and find this enriching, while others use their professional skills to serve the agency.

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps is unique in offering an integrated Jesuit spiritual program.  Volunteers live the gospel in a new way at this time in their lives, and reflect personally and with others on this experience.  They are open to deepening their understanding of and experience with those who are materially poor and marginalized.