“H.O.M.E. helps low-income seniors in Chicago maintain their independence by providing free home repair, free shopping transportation, and affordable, inter-generational housing for seniors. Ken and Chuck, our volunteers from the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, have become important members of our home repair team and their dedication to our mission and hard work are a testimony to the type of volunteers provided by IVC.” –Bruce Otto, Executive Director, H.O.M.E.
“For over 12 years, IVC has provided Poder Learning Center with quality individuals who are dedicated to our students and our mission. Poder looks for reliable volunteers with whom we entrust a wide array of responsibilities. IVC has been an incredibly consistent source of these individuals. IVC volunteers immerse themselves in the work and truly walk with our students. As a result, they have empowered hundreds of adult, immigrant students over the years and have become welcomed members of our staff and our community.”–Dan Loftus, Executive Director, Poder Learning Center
“Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a relevant work study experience in the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP), students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life. Our IVC volunteers, Winifred and Jean, have been tremendous assets to our CWSP.
“The problem: At the end of last school year, we saw an abnormally high number of upperclassmen who were not meeting their full potential. We needed to find out why and then create a development plan for each student, but given the lean staffing of the CWSP, there was not enough time or experienced staff to effectively assess our students.
“The solution: Based on a few initial meetings, Win and Jean produced a comprehensive plan to observe each student at their work place, interview each supervisor, and then create individualized development plans geared to the students’ specific needs. Subsequently, they have regular meetings with each student at their work sites to provide one-on-one development exercises as well as specific suggestions designed to help students improve their skills and work performance.
“The result: In half a school year, we moved from a subjective decision-making process to comprehensive evaluations with consensus recommendations on these students’ performance and future plans. Without our IVC volunteers, our team would continue to struggle with gut-instinct decisions and a much lower success rate in our work-skill evaluation and outreach to students. We plan to utilize our IVC volunteers for input on additional projects that are key to the role of the Corporate Work Study Program. Our IVC volunteers are a blessing to our mission.”–Hugo Chavez, Director of the Corporate Work Study Program, Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep
“The heart of the mission of the Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) is to ensure that people who work do not live in poverty. JARC’s Ignatian Volunteer Corps member, Kevin, strongly believes in this mission. His commitment to JARC is unparalleled. Over the last three years, Kevin has proven to be a huge asset to our team and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our clients as they seek to re-enter the workforce. Kevin has played a significant role in our recent success in placing job seekers into permanent employment with family-sustaining wages. JARC was pleased to honor Kevin with our Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010.”–Regan Brewer, Director of Training Services, JARC