Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

Welcome to IVC Chicago

IVC Chicago began in September 2001 with twelve volunteers whose prior occupations ranged from fire chief and postal worker to business executive and nurse. They volunteered as hospital and prison chaplains, teachers’ aides, and GED instructors at nine service agencies.

In 2020 – 21, there are 58 volunteers serving (in-person and virtually) in more than 30 partner agencies. Volunteers in Chicago are working with youth and young adults in education and mentoring programs, refugee and immigrant services, women’s and children’s services and hospital and prison ministry. They provide healthcare and food assistance and work in hunger and homeless services. They serve the elderly and disabled.

IVC Chicago Director Maura Rogan describes a typical volunteer as someone who is “committed to serving others and to reflecting on God’s presence and power in their volunteer service and in all aspects of their life.”

IVC Chicago 2020 – 21 Leadership Team

From left to right:  Jim Sweany, Spiritual Animator; Rev. Jack O’Callaghan, SJ, IVC Chaplain; Maura Rogan, Director, IVC Chicago; Jacqueline Fitzgerald, Program Manager; Rev. Steve Kruppa, SJ, IVC Chaplain

IVC Chicago December 2020 Program

This year, we are exploring various social issues that demand our attention and action.  On Dec. 9, our Service Corps Members gathered on Zoom to learn more about the correctional system in Chicago and steps being taken to provide support and justice to those impacted by detention.  Our speakers were Henriette Gratteau, Director of the Sheriff’s Justice Institute, and MaryClare Birmingham, Executive Director of Kolbe House Jail Ministry. View the presentation here.

IVC Chicago Laudato Si’ Pledge

This past year, we, the Service Corps Members of Ignatian Volunteer Corps Chicago, studied Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. We examined the climate crisis from scientific and spiritual perspectives, exploring changes that must take place on the macro and micro levels. Our eyes were opened to the crisis’ overwhelming impact on the world’s poor.

Our focus on the Encyclical concluded with determining action steps that we pledge to take in our lives to protect our Earth, God’s creation. Read through our comprehensive IVC Laudato Si Pledge here.

Listen to Loyola Academy’s Become More Podcast episode about IVC Chicago, featuring volunteer Keith Schoenberg and IVC Chicago Director Maura Rogan here.