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.”

New Information Session Scheduled

Semi-Retired? Retired? Open the Doors of Your Heart!

Join the Ignatian Volunteer Corps! Members of this Jesuit service program volunteer in poor and marginalized communities 2 days per week (September-June), grow deeper in their Christian faith by reflecting and praying in the Ignatian tradition and meet monthly with other IVC members and a spiritual reflector. IVC members serve as tutors, employment counselors, food pantry volunteers, companions to the elderly, and more! Detailed information is online at www.ivcusa.org/chicago.

Please attend an information session to learn more and meet current IVC volunteers at 2pm on Friday, July 15 at Old St. Mary Parish Center, 1500 South Michigan Avenue. 

To register or for questions contact Jacqueline Fitzgerland at jfitzgerald@ivcusa.org or 312-961-6206

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.