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 2021 – 22, there are 70 volunteers serving (in-person and virtually) in more than 35 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.

The IVC Chicago Leadership Team 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 volunteers serving at their sites.

IVC Chicago volunteers enjoying conversation at a community meeting.

Food Justice

IVC Chicago welcomed Amy Laboy, Senior Director of Programs for the Greater Chicago Food Depository on April 14. In this presentation, Amy addresses the root causes of hunger in our country and shares the many ways that the GCFD is providing relief and working to solve the underlying issues of food insecurity. 

Catholic Social Teaching and Racism

On February 10, the IVC Chicago community gathered virtually for a presentation on Catholic Social Teaching and Racism by Tanya Woods, Esq.  Tanya is the Executive Director of the Westside Justice Center in Chicago.  Please listen to the presentation here.