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—2019
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 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.
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 their 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.
Center for Peacemaking, Marquette University
The Marquette University Center for Peacemaking operates at the intersection of thought and action. Informed by the Jesuit mission of reconciliation and working for peace, the Center for Peacemaking fosters research and action for the promotion of social justice, human dignity and peace.
As the only academic center at a Catholic university that explicitly focuses on exploring the power of nonviolence, our programs bring together students, faculty and the wider community to achieve three main objectives:
- Formation — shaping the values of youth and young adults through unique educational, experiential and applied learning opportunities.
- Scholarship — producing high-quality and community-based participatory research that expands our understanding of how to address inequalities, resolve conflict and promote human dignity.
- Community peacemaking — leading programs that disrupt cycles of violence, address root causes of conflict, and help build strong, resilient and inclusive communities.
IVC volunteers Anne Wolfe, Ann Luba, and Mary Beth Leahy assisted in a great project with the Center for Peacemaking at Marquette University. 150 meal bags went home to families on parent-teacher conference night at St. Mary and St. Rose schools where the Center facilitates the PeaceWorks program. IVC volunteers acquired the food and packed the bags. Each bag included a meal of pasta, sauce, bread, apples and peanut butter and a PeaceWorks activity for families to do together at home.
Partners Serving in 2016—2017
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
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.
Supporting IVC Milwaukee
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:
- Talk to others
- Refer someone
- Suggest an organization to contact