IVC Volunteers and Partner Organizations 2016-2018 and Future

Posted by .

Several organizations serving Milwaukee students and people in need are working with IVC Milwaukee. Discussions are also taking place to determine mutually beneficial working relationships with more organizations in the future. The goal is to identify and place one or more outstanding volunteers with the organizations, each contributing unique and treasured value to their services over a 10 month year. Volunteers also participate in spiritual formation meetings consisting of discussion, prayer, readings and incorporating Ignatian spirituality into their lives.

Partners Serving in 2017—2018

Seton Catholic Schools


Seton Catholic Schools is a collaborative network of Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic elementary schools providing the highest caliber of academic and spiritual formation programs for all students. The Seton system is committed to overcoming social and academic challenges, empowering students, families, and educators to attain their God-given potential. Sixteen schools form the Seton system in 2017-18.

Opportunities: Projects differ from school to school. Our goal is to match the skill of an IVC volunteer with the significant need of a particular school. Needs may include educational tutoring; school management; sports; faith development; teacher support; building maintenance, technology assistance, and more.

Sensory Room – St. Catherine School

Jean Talken

Jean and student participate in a game.

Jean and student participate in a game.

Volunteer Jean designed and staffed a Sensory Room for St. Catherine School students. A sensory room is a place where students can be supported in working through their emotions and feelings and refocus their mind and body. She met with an Occupational Therapist for professional input. The room was originally used for storage. Jean cleaned out the room, putting required items in storage as well as painted the room. She researched the necessary equipment and costs, provided a power point presentation for the staff. Jean worked with staff to finalize the desired equipment list and secured all the necessary equipment and supplies, setting up the room, posting signs and equipment guidelines as well as supporting the staff on how to use the room and the equipment. Jean also tutored some students in reading.

Health Room

M. Kristin Troy / Mary Ellen Ness

The objective of the project is to assess the health function across all 12 Seton schools. The project will assess resources, problems and needs while creating a comprehensive report of findings, recommendations for improvement and implementation. Kristin and Mary Ellen also explored the potential for external partners and resources – volunteers, supplies, community available services. The potential for the Seton School is grand as each school may develop, staff and have students access its own healthcare facility.

Spiritual Training for Staff/Teachers

Martha Malloy

This project is working with the Director of Campus Ministry for the Seton Catholic Schools who is tasked with the challenge of supporting and maintaining the Catholic identity of the schools in the Seton network. Martha attended 8 training meetings of the Faith Formation teams at two schools, St. Matthias and St. Roman schools. She listened, discerned key issues and challenges while contributing to the Faith Formation plans. Martha also met regularly to plan support for school teams and working on a booklet of reflections and prayers about each of the six “Shared Values” that the Seton Schools agree to uphold–Community, Justice, Joy, Service, Transformation and All In.

Tutoring – St. Catherine School

Anne Curly

Assignment is two-fold, Anne spends every Tuesday tutoring students at St. Catherine’s School and also developing plan for recruiting, training, deploying and supporting volunteers throughout the Seton system. The vision is to eventually have a trained and committed volunteer supporting every Seton classroom teacher.

Notre Dame Middle School

Milwaukee’s leading Catholic college preparatory middle school for Latinas. Founded in 1996 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the English and Spanish bi-literate setting emphasizes leadership skills, critical thinking, social justice and the overall wellbeing of each student while empowering young women to make positive contributions to society.

Tutoring Joanna Galezowska

Joanna serves fifth grade students, tutoring math in after-school program. She examines different math problems with them directly, and securing their knowledge is a part of the weekly service.

IVC Administration

Mary Beth Driscoll

Mary Beth is a member of Leadership team providing input to all operations and strategic planning. She coordinates and/or executes a variety of business functions e.g. accounting, marketing, and research. Mary Beth supports the Ignatian tradition by organizing and maintaining information and data on our participants and partners to ensure the efficient management of the organization.

Mark Kipfmueller

Mark an active member of IVC as site supervisor for volunteers. Duties involve visiting their sites, providing feedback from their journals describing their experience on site, and encouraging use of their own resources for change and improvement.

Partners Serving in 2016—2017

Casa Romero


Motivated by the integration of faith and justice, the programs and retreats offer formation and renewal to youth and adults, strengthen families, and build community in the Ignatian tradition.

Opportunities: Mentored executive Director; staff development, marketing. 2017/18 opportunities include grant writing, fund raising, community outreach/marketing, building in programs in the Greater Milwaukee area.

St. Catherine School

St. Catherine School

Students excited about their new Library created and staffed by IVC volunteers.

Students excited about their new Library created and staffed by IVC volunteers.

Mission is to educate students in an urban community. Service to God and others is a core teaching of our Catholic faith, and in our classrooms, it informs all learning.  By promoting academic excellence and personal responsibility, we prepare students for lifelong learning and faith-filled living.

Opportunity: Developed, renovated and staffed library resource center, providing new learning environment for all students.


Potential Partners

Milwaukee Center for Independence


Many paths, one goal—Independence. Each of the children, adults and older adults served by MCFI has their own path to independence. The agency has a long tradition of leading the way in developing life-changing programs and services for people with special needs.

Opportunities: Clinical areas of nursing, physical therapy, social work, behavioral health as well as community/health education and early childhood education. Projects can also matched to volunteer skills, experience and goals.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center


To improve the health and well-being of Milwaukee and surrounding communities, by providing quality, patient-centered, family-based health care, health education and social services, free from linguistic, cultural and economic barriers.

  • Clinical areas of nursing, physical therapy, behavioral health as well as community/health education.
  • Department of Environmental Health with both sustainability/water resource management programs as well as lead poisoning prevention/outreach.
  • WIC Project offering nutrition education and breastfeeding support.
  • Social Services Department with both social workers and enrollment/eligibility staff.
  • Pilot Medical-Legal Partnership.
  • Chronic disease management, occupational therapy, IT and electronic medical records, obesity prevention, HIV prevention/0utreach, and prescription assistance.
  • Communications/Social Media, Government Affairs, and Customer Service/Patient Experience.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School


Cristo Rey Jesuit High School uses an innovative work-study program to provide a comprehensive affordable, Catholic education to students who come from families with limited financial means. All students work five full days per month at companies across the greater Milwaukee area. Through our innovative program, students gain confidence, connect the relevance of their academic coursework to future employment, acquire skills that will benefit their career, and receive unprecedented access to the professional world.

Opportunities: Driving vans of 4-8 students to their work sites; can be combined with activities like tutoring, classroom assistance, athletics, extra-curricular activities. Projects can also matched to volunteer skills, experience and goals.

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care


To provide Franciscan-inspired, intergenerational, community-based health and educational services for children, adults, the elderly and people with disabilities.

Opportunities: Clinical areas of nursing, physical therapy, social work, behavioral health as well as community/health education and early childhood education. Projects can also matched to volunteer skills, experience and goals.

Center for Peacemaking (Marquette University)


Strives to empower the university and wider community to explore together the necessary skills to become informed, spiritually centered, nonviolent peacemakers. Rooted in the Ignatian chrism, the center works with a spirit of confidence and joy to achieve an awakening to the complementary relationship of scholarship, spirituality, nonviolent living, and the active struggle for peace and justice.

Opportunities: TBA

Journey House


Empowers families on Milwaukee’s near Southside to move out of poverty by offering adult education, youth development, workforce readiness, and family engagement.
Every individual and family in Clarke Square will be given the tools and resources to succeed and contribute personally, professionally, and civically to the neighborhood and our greater Milwaukee community.

Opportunities: TBA

The Capuchin Community Services


Two locations: House of Peace and St. Ben’s Community Meal. Helping friars and partners in ministry serve the poor, the hungry, and the homeless. 

Opportunities: Many volunteer opportunities.  At the House of Peace site, need help in food pantry and clothes closet. Organize a holiday food box drive or a hygiene supply drive. Help makes all the difference in the world to central city families.



NAMI Greater Milwaukee is a community-based, self-help, support, education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of those with mental illness, their families and those touched by mental illness.

Opportunities: Assist director with office support; help with organization of educational programs and support groups.

IVC Affiliate

Schools of Hope – Racine

Betty Harmatys Park

This ministry team brings the Sunday readings and communion to women prisoners. Betty volunteer together with her husband and brings prayer and thoughtful study and worship service to people in the Racine prisons. Betty reached out from her ministry and spoke about forgiveness to a tri-parish adult formation group, and offered five follow-up seminars on the same topic.

IVC Milwaukee is dedicated to working with each individual in their prayerful discernment of a meaningful, rewarding volunteer experience. We will work with organizations outside the above list as well as places you might suggest to find that successful match for you and the organization.

Your support in the creation of IVC Milwaukee is greatly valued.
A few options include:

  • Pray
  • Talk to others
  • Refer someone
  • Suggest an organization to contact
  • Donate