Welcome to IVC Baltimore
**During COVID-19, there are numerous “work from home” options for service.**
About the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, Baltimore
IVC Baltimore started the 2019-2020 service year with 29 Ignatian Volunteers serving at 18 IVC Partner Agencies. Ignatian Volunteers are incredibly generous with their time and talents. Yet, our volunteers say over and over again that they get back so much more than they give- from those they serve and from prayer and fellowship in their IVC community.
SERVE. IVC was founded in 1995 with a handful of volunteers- right here in beautiful Baltimore– to provide retired and semi-retired women and men age 50 and older the opportunity to serve the needs of people experiencing poverty. Ignatian Volunteers commit to one or two days a week of skilled volunteer service with local non-profit agencies for 40+ weeks a year (September through June); although 80% stay at their service site year after year.
Some Ignatian Volunteers prefer to continue the work they did in their careers. Others prefer to serve in an area that is entirely new and different.
- A retired housing attorney provides pastoral care in a nursing home.
- A recent empty-nester assists a food pantry and service site with advocacy work.
- A retired city school teacher tutors immigrant children.
- A retired corporate executive accompanies persons with disabilities to their job sites.
- A retired college career counselor conducts mock interviews and offers resume assistance to unemployed job-seekers.
- A retired English professor facilitates English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes for women seeking asylum in the United States.
COMMUNITY. Diverse in their professional backgrounds, Ignatian Volunteers share one very meaningful thing in common – the desire to make an impact in retirement, together in community. Along with their weekly commitment of direct service, Ignatian Volunteers attend an IVC Opening Retreat, two one-day IVC Days of Reflection, and IVC Monthly Meetings to reflect on their service in the Ignatian tradition. IVC is unique in its combination of volunteer service with a support program- that sustains and enriches the faith-filled service of our service corps community.
Join Our IVC Baltimore Service Corps Community
There is no shortage of need in Baltimore and all skills, lovingly offered, can be matched to the great work of one of our over 30 non-profit IVC Partner Agencies. Come serve with us! In the spring of 2020, IVC Baltimore will host information sessions throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore to attract new Ignatian Volunteers for the 2020-2021 service year. Stay tuned for details. In the interim, visit our “how to apply” webpage to learn more about our IVC Partner Agencies and how to join our IVC Baltimore Service Corps Community. Or, contact Nora Collins, Director, IVC Baltimore.
Become an IVC Partner Agency
IVC Baltimore partners with nearly 30 exceptional non-profit agencies in the Baltimore Metro Region- working with people experiencing poverty and marginalization (view a Google Map of our current IVC Partner Agencies). Ignatian Volunteers work entirely on a voluntary basis. IVC asks for a financial commitment from our Partner Agencies- an annual, modest partnership fee for IVC to recruit, form, and support our Ignatian Volunteers year-round. If your agency would like to explore partnership, please contact Nora Collins, Director, IVC Baltimore. We’d love to hear about your great work