“Love is shown more in deeds than in words.”
– St. Ignatius of Loyola
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) is a national organization that is located in 24 cities/regions throughout the country, with Albany being one of the newest locations that was approved in June 2019 by the IVC National Board. IVC’s mission is to provides mature men and women the opportunity to serve the needs of people who are poor, to work for a more just society, and to grow deeper in Christian faith by reflecting and praying in the Ignatian tradition.
Ignatian Volunteers commit to one or two days a week (generally, eight to sixteen hours) for a period of ten months. IVC partners with local agencies that directly serve the poor or address poverty-related issues. In the Capital District, there are currently 11 men and women serving in eight non-profit agencies in the greater Capital District area. These men and women of the Corps are working with youth and young adults in education and mentoring programs, refugee and immigrant services, and hospital and prison ministry. They provide pastoral care for the elderly, food assistance and work in hunger and homeless services.
In addition to serving these organizations, the men and women gather with each other each month to reflect on their service experience, and also meet individually once per month with a spiritual reflector. IVC’s community and spiritual aspects set IVC apart from other volunteer opportunities. Reflection is integral to the experience of service in order to, in the words of St. Ignatius, ” find God in all things.” IVC integrates a spiritual support program into a volunteer’s service.
If you are interested in learning more about serving as an Ignatian Volunteer, or if you are interested in being a partner agency with IVC, please contact Kathleen Burgess for more information.
Kathleen H. Burgess – Regional Director, IVC Albany