Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

Stories of Service & News

Generosity: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Volunteer Spotlight: Pequitte Schwerin

Pequitte Schwerin began her work with Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington in 2006, a short time after retiring from 25 years of military service. Since that time, Pequitte has donated her time, talents and even a minivan!

Volunteers, such as Pequitte, are a blessing and essential to CCDA’s ability to reach and serve our communities. For every CCDA staff member there are 20 volunteers, and if you do the math, that means more 2,500 volunteers actively participate in the Church’s mission of social justice each year. …..

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What I Do at Arlington–Alexandria
Coalition for the Homeless (AACH)

By Carol Mournighan

Today, my day started at 10:30 am. I am here with another Ignatian Volunteer, Mary Campbell, and for the most part, we have different roles with the clients. This morning I pick up a client and her son to take them to Infinite Technologies so her son could be measured for a cap to correct plagiocephaly (misshapen head). After we came back I meet with two new clients, both single and pregnant. We talk about their needs and what makes a good pre-natal diet.

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Working with Ularam

by Mary Campbell

The young man, Ularam, is 23; and recently here from Nigeria. He has a wife and baby boy. Everything is so new to them—the language, customs, food, everything.
The Arlington/Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless (AACH) is currently providing them with a place to live at Sullivan House. There, either Carol Mournighan or myself, meets one-on-one or with small groups of residents once each week to work on basic computer skills, as well as to search and apply online for jobs.

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Serving Seniors

by Tom Hogan

Tom assists his seniors with their Word Game

“Tom,” many people ask, “what do you do at those assisted living places where you volunteer?” A few IVC volunteers ask me: “How does what you do there qualify as service to the poor?” I have been volunteering for the past three and a half years at two assisted living residences established by Victory Housing under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Washington. One day a week I’m at Byron House on the campus of Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, MD, and one day at Bartholomew House on the campus of St. Bartholomew’s Parish in Bethesda, MD.

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