Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) is a faith-based, non-profit organization, founded in 1995 by two Jesuit priests. Fr. Jim Conroy, S.J, and Fr. Charlie Costello, S.J. dreamed of matching the dynamic abilities of men and women fifty years and more with the great needs of poor, vulnerable and marginalized people by service with IVC’s partner nonprofit organizations. IVC is a Catholic organization, rooted in Ignatian Spirituality. People of other faith traditions are welcome to apply to IVC and share in this unique program of faith and service.
IVC has now become an established and successful outreach ministry in 17 regions across the United States. Currently over 513 IVC volunteers are working in 300 sites, touching the lives of thousands of individuals. IVC is listed in the Official Catholic Directory and has a 501 (c) (3) status.
At the heart of the IVC program is a reflection process that is both spiritual and analytical. It guides Ignatian Volunteers in the ongoing search for the presence of the living God. Our volunteers receive individual spiritual direction under the guidance of a trained spiritual reflector, participate in monthly group reflection meetings, and attend three 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.