Welcome to IVC Buffalo

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We are anticipating continued growth in 2019 and 2020 and are recruiting both for volunteers and nonprofit partners. Read about Our Current Volunteer Opportunities. We welcome you to join us.

IVC Buffalo provides our partner agencies mature, skilled, and passionate volunteers to assist the agency in fulfilling their mission throughout the Greater Buffalo area.

We are looking for you!  Mature men and women, age 50 orbetter, who are loyal, committed, and eager to give of your time and expertise.

If you have a roll up your sleeves attitude, a desire for an opportunity that provides a meaningful connection, a challenge, and use of your skills to make a difference in your community, then contact our Regional Director, Minnie Wyse.

The IVC Volunteer experience is one in which you are able to contemplate on your service through Spiritual Reflection.  Together we will work to serve those in need. And together, we can make a
difference.

IVC Buffalo was featured in Western New York Catholic. Click here to link to the article presenting how Ignatian Volunteer Corps fills a unique, important, and fulfilling services role for Western New York area non-profit agencies.

 

Meet the Director of IVC Buffalo

Minnie Wyse

Hello and thank you for your interest in the Ignatian Volunteer Corps of Buffalo!

I’ve always believed in the need to serve others and the power of volunteers to make a difference.  This is what drew me to IVC.  IVC is unique: it is geared toward retired men and women, demands a commitment of 300 to 600 hours a year from September to June, and offers Ignatian faith formation.  With many new retirees seeking creative ways to “give back,” IVC’s time has come.

IVC is about transformation.  For me, it is a joy to empower lay leaders in our Church and watch volunteers grow through their service and faith-sharing experience.  Relationships develop, whether it is a client, colleagues at our partner agencies, and with fellow volunteers.  They connect through the common interest and commitment of service to others.

Our program Jesuit roots set us apart.  Ignatian volunteers gather monthly to share their faith and service experiences.  The monthly gatherings include spiritual reflection, book discussion, and Eucharist. Also, there are two retreat days within the year.

IVC is a nation-wide organization of retired individuals that help serve the marginalized or materially poor communities.  IVC is in 21 regions across the United States.  IVC members are retired nurses, professors, educators, lawyers, doctors, administrators and serve as tutors, employment counselors, food pantry volunteers, and more. As a relatively new region, Buffalo is in its third year, the challenge is getting the word out to potential partners and recruitment of volunteers.

Ignatian Volunteer Corps of Buffalo is growing, and we are thrilled that our hard work is garnering meaningful attention throughout the community.  Our goal is to continue to grow by bringing together men and women with decades of experience with organizations committed to coming together in service.  If this sounds like the kind of committed volunteer work that you are looking for, I invite you to call me at 716 854-6726 or mwyse@ivcusa.org.

Peace and Blessings,

Minnie   

Meet one of our volunteers                           

Bill Thomson had just begun his retirement from a career in electric engineering when he began volunteering with IVC Buffalo at the Food Bank of Western New York. To read more about Bill and his involvement with the Buffalo Food Bank of WNY through IVC please click on the picture.