Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

Testimonials and Honors

Ignatian Volunteer Corps – Instruments of Peace

In June of 2019 the Ignatian Volunteer Corps was selected by the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ St. Francis Community Services agency to be the recipients of the Instruments of Peace Award.  The award was presented to current and former members of the IVC community in June.  IVC members volunteer at two sites within the St. Francis Community Services agencies: the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry and Southside Community Services.


IVC St. Louis volunteer Jim Owens received “Volunteer of the Year” Award from Employment Connections at a recent luncheon on site.   Employment Connections (EC) provides career readiness classes and opportunities to those in St. Louis with limited career opportunities. Their services have been especially appreciated by those in transition and re-entering our community after incarceration.

Jim joined IVC St. Louis in 2008 and is one of our first St. Louis members.  He has been a dedicated volunteer at several agencies and with EC for the last three years.  Jim’s many years of human resources background and experiences have been very helpful in assisting clients with job preparation, interviewing skills and referrals.  In addition, Jim as been a very active and committed member of the IVC community, always willing to pitch in and help where needed.

Congratulations Jim for your generosity and for your many years of service and dedication to the staff and clients of Employment Connections and to your IVC community!  Thank you, Employment Connections, for providing Jim this volunteer opportunity and recognition!