Overview – Welcome to IVC Milwaukee

IVC Milwaukee is a faith-based non-profit that began in 2014, with support from the national IVC organization and the Midwest Province of Jesuits.  IVC matches the life experiences of volunteer men and women with established community organizations serving the poor and marginalized in the Milwaukee area.Partnering community organizations provide IVC volunteers with meaningful work that serves individuals and families challenged by poverty.


Volunteer placements are broad in scope and can include roles in administration, counseling, legal services, teaching, finance, technology, and others.

IVC volunteers serve one or two days per week, 10 months per year. These dedicated individuals come from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions and share a strong desire to make a positive difference in their communities and to deepen their faith in the Ignatian tradition.

A reflection meeting is held each month, giving volunteers the opportunity to spend time together, share experiences from their sites and discuss assigned readings.

Volunteers have the option to receive individual spiritual direction under the guidance of a trained spiritual reflector, participate in monthly group reflection meetings, and attend retreats or days of reflection during the course of the IVC service year. This process prepares and strengthens volunteers for the reality of working on a long-term basis in challenged communities and settings.

In 2021-22, there are 20 volunteers serving in more than 10 partner agencies. 

Leadership Team

Monica Meagher, IVC Milwaukee Director

Jesuit Chaplain, Fr. Wally Boehm, S.J.

Thomas Bachhuber, EdD., Co-Founder & President – Center for Life Transitions

Tom Bray, Retired; Dean of Applied Research-Milwaukee School of Engineering

Ardene Brown, PhD., Retired; Associate Dean, College of Nursing- Marquette University; Spiritual Director

Mary Beth Driscoll, Retired; Executive Director, Groundwork Milwaukee

Ruth McShane, PhD., Faculty, College of Nursing – Marquette University; CLC Guide

Kathleen Mantz, Retired; President, Red Ball Marketing