Be a Volunteer!
Kathleen Groh calls herself a “heart hunter,” a matchmaker of sorts. As regional director of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in the Twin Cities, she helps people find volunteer opportunities with local nonprofits that serve the poor and vulnerable.
Kathleen was recently featured in The Catholic Spirit! Read more.
Summer greetings from our director!
Dear IVC Family and Friends,
Here are the Highlights of the IVC 2018-19 Year!
It was another exciting year for the IVC in the Twin Cities and some of the highlights were:
- We started the year with an unexpected gift from Fr. Greg Boyle S.J., author of “Tattoos on the Heart”.He was in St. Paul for a conference with the Ramsey County Law Enforcement and agreed to be our keynote speaker on Sept. 8th.We were able to have 168 dinner guests and over 700 people in St. Thomas More Church so they could hear about the amazing work he has done with those who are embroiled in gang life in Los Angeles!
- Four new IVC volunteers joined us to serve the non-profits in the Metro area. Three have been placed at two new service sites. They are at UpWorks, an organization that empowers adults who are seeking employment and ACT, Advocating for Change Together for those who are disabled and searching for community.
- The IVC volunteers read “God Isn’t Finished With Me yet” by Barbara Lee at their ten monthly meetings. They reflected with Ignatian Spirituality about the transitions needed once they had retired from an active career life.
- Our Evening of Gratitude in June was enhanced by the presence of Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J., a beloved Jesuit, this year.The Madonna Della Strada Award was given to Judy Dahlberg for her 10 years of active IVC service.Her last position was at the Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH). This organization was awarded the Robert Hobbins Community Service Award.
- There were three Days of Reflection throughout the IVC year.In June we had Dr. Catherine Michaud, CSJ who led us through three chapters from Margaret Silf’s book, “Landscapes of Prayer: Finding God In Your Life.”We reflected on The Garden, The Forest and The River.Contemplating on these facets of Minnesota scenes in June was refreshing and a great way to begin our summer.
- Our year may be ending, but the planning continues for another IVC 2019-2020 season! Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, one of the great Christian spiritual writers of our times and author of “The Holy Longing” and “Sacred Fire”, will be coming for the IVC annual Fall Fundraiser on October 10th. His keynote address will come from his latest book “Wrestling With God…Finding Hope and Meaning in Our Daily Lives.” Fr. Rolheiser will inspire us to affirm and understand our faith in a world where nothing seems solid or permanent.
So, Save the Date for another exciting evening with the IVC!
Kathleen Groh, Director of IVC Mpls./St. Paul
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps is looking for a few good people
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) is a Jesuit-affiliated service organization dedicated to serving the needs of local people who are poor or vulnerable, working for a more just society and growing deeper in Christian faith through reflection and prayer. A guided process of reflection in Ignatian spirituality helps IVC volunteers discover the deeper meaning of the work they do as they gather monthly to pray and share their work experiences.
Semi-retired or retired? If you have extra time during the week—one or two days—to give in service to others, the Ignatian Volunteer Corps needs you! Your lifetime of experience can be turned into meaningful service for others. We are looking for people to assist in schools, parishes and non-profit agencies. If you can teach or tutor or have literacy or computer skills, you are especially needed to help our immigrant population. If you are willing to help others find housing and jobs, assist with office and administrative tasks, provide legal assistance or distribute food among other things, IVC is the place for you. At this time we have eight service sites waiting for IVC Volunteers!
Contact Kathleen Groh, Regional Director (651) 777-0991 or firstname.lastname@example.org
IVC Named a Top-Rated Nonprofit in 2018
Great Nonprofits has named its list of 2018 recipients who are rated highly by people who experience their work first hand — clients served, volunteers, and donors. This year over 2200 nonprofits were named internationally and the IVC is proud to be among that esteemed list of impactful organizations serving communities from all over.
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps is blessed to have IVC volunteers that are committed to serving those who are poor and less fortunate in non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities. These organizations are struggling to adapt to the changing needs of those they serve and are doing so with fewer resources for staffing. Their funds from local, state, and national outlets are often reduced or eliminated and they struggle to secure grant opportunities to make up the difference. In the meantime, there are hundreds of Minnesotans who need access to services they depend on to keep them warm, safe, and fed.
Traditionally, the IVC provides skilled and experienced volunteers for these non-profit organizations regardless of their ability to pay for that support. The IVC volunteers fill much needed positions that organizations depend on to provide continuity of service to their clients. When these organizations utilize IVC volunteers to extend their staffing needs, it allows them to redistribute much needed funding to other core programming areas that otherwise may be reduced or eliminated. As a supporter of the IVC, you understood this need and have responded generously in the past to help the IVC continue to fulfill its mission of serving others in their time of need and work for justice. Thank you!
However, I wish I could say the need is decreasing, but it is not – the need is growing. This past year, I have had conversations with organizations that need our services, but are having a difficult time putting together the funds for a partnership fee. We have worked hard to keep our fees low at approximately $4 an hour, however even this nominal charge proves difficult for many organizations with limited budgets. Due to our commitment to serve the community IVC volunteers have been placed at no charge to the organization and as a result, IVC has given $8000 in sponsorships this year. With your help, financially stressed organizations are able receive the much needed volunteer support.
When you choose to support IVC, you are helping to provide over 10,000 hours of volunteer service to organizations that:
- Address chronic homelessness
- Provide emergency services
- Serve persons and families with disabilities
- Reduce recidivism for ex-offenders
- Educate disadvantaged youth
- And do much more for those who are vulnerable and less fortunate
Let’s Increase Our Impact. Let’s Increase our Service!
If you’ve attended an event, been a volunteer or a spiritual reflector, work in one of our service sites, or are connected to IVC in any way, please consider making a gift today!
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