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 2016-17, there are 61 volunteers serving in over 40 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.
Regional director Maura Rogan describes a typical volunteer as someone who is “committed to helping others and to reflecting on God’s presence and power in their volunteer service and in all aspects of their life.”
IVC Chicago 2016-17
1st row (L to R): Richard Pabst, Patrice Johannes, Jackie Fitzgerald, Mary Ellen Smajo, Susan McGowan, Marta Sayeed, Liz Cardona, Sharon Zandell, Becky Mulkerrin, Mary Frances Jablonskis, Hope Gillespie, Maureen Kennedy Barney, Joan Brennan, Susan McHugh; 2nd row (L to R): Maura Rogan, Susan Lucas, Kathleen Donnelly, OP, Charles Lucas, Hallie Burhoe, Patricia Burke, Peter Goschy, Camille Devaney, Jean Schuett, Joan Dixey, George Casson, Judy Coswell, Mary Amelse, Frani Luehrs; 3rd row (L to R): Fr,. Jim Dixon, SJ, William Kniest, Richard Shea, Jorge Caicedo, Ruth Terry, Michael Philipp, Michael Tyrrell, Richard Pozdol, Paul Krug, Gary Gardner, Timothy O’Brien, Richard Schenk; Top row (L to R): Jim Sweany, Mark Avery, Michael Galbreath, John VanVranken, Michael Schrauth, James McLaughlin, John Meade, Michael McGillicuddy, Charles Malatesta. Missing from photo: Fr. Jack O’Callaghan, SJ, Kenneth Campagna, Susan Carsello, John Conniff, Janet DeRaleau, Susan Gatziollis, Don Gimbel, Andrew Gore, Lorraine Hahn, Lucia Hall, John Hynes, Patrick McCourt, John Montgomery, Domenica Moroney, Richard Sibbernsen, George Valentine