IVC offers adults the opportunity to serve in community-based organizations while also engaging in a process of spiritual reflection and growth. The program is rooted in the Ignatian spiritual tradition and aims to help corps members grow in their faith, become more aware of the needs of the poor, and develop a deeper sense of purpose and direction in their lives. Some benefits of joining IVC include
- Making a meaningful impact in the community: IVC members work with a wide range of organizations, such as schools, non-profits, and faith-based groups, to address social issues and improve the lives of those in need.
- Personal growth and enrichment: Serving can be a powerful way to learn new skills, meet new people, and gain a sense of purpose and fulfillment. IVC members also participate in reflection and spiritual formation activities to deepen their faith and understanding of social justice issues.
- Building a supportive community: IVC members come from diverse backgrounds and walks of life, but they share a commitment to service and a desire to grow in their faith. They form a community of peers who support one another and share in the joys and challenges of volunteering.
- Access to training and resources: IVC provides volunteers with training, resources, and support to help them be effective in their volunteer work and in their personal and spiritual growth.
- Flexibility: IVC allows corps members to choose the location, time commitment, and schedule that works best for them.
IVC is an ideal program for those seeking to deepen their faith, make a difference in the world, and find deeper meaning and purpose in their service.
What’s really been helpful for me in IVC is the combination of working on the front lines in this ministry – dealing with people experiencing poverty and marginalization — and monthly meetings, spiritual reflection, and readings – the theoretical aspects. It’s a terrific model.
Coordinator for the Life skills Training and Empowerment Program, New York