Welcome to IVC Minneapolis/St. Paul

The Jesuit-affiliated Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) Minneapolis/St. Paul offers an opportunity for men and women to work for a more just society while growing in their faith through praying in the Ignatian tradition.

“Thank you again for all the work that IVC does. We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with such a great organization. I wish we could take them all on!” Patrick Mitchel, ACT Program Director

Pictured: Patrick Mitchel, Cynthia Gayles, Mary Kay Kennedy, Colleen Curran, Michele Gersich, Carmie Hobbins

The IVC is happy to present the Robert Hobbins Community Service Award to our partner site, ACT.  This award honors a non-profit who exemplifies and lifts up the men and women who come to them in need.  Named after Robert Leo Hobbins, a former chair of the IVC Regional Council and staunch supporter of Social Justice in the Metro Area.

As IVC service corps members, we work with a non-profit called Advocating Change Together.  ACT focuses on providing disability leadership opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since COVID, we have been on Zoom every Friday morning for a Disability Power Day.  Typically, around 20 people with disabilities attend.  We have had a wide variety of discussions, including the importance of inclusion in the community, the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and New Years resolutions. 

We also have participated in poetry and short story writing, calming meditations and sing-a-longs.  In the late summer, we worked on a Get out the Vote Campaign to help disabled people vote online or by mail.  In addition, Michelle does daily text messages with a person to address the isolation of COVID, and Colleen leads a Craft Club that has made bracelets, did paint by number and is currently making fleece blankets.  

We see God in the individuals we work with – sharing in their joy, struggles and kindness.  Our IVC experience with ACT has been a delight and a gift!  We’ve also greatly benefited from the special retreats available to us as IVC members, as well as our monthly gatherings to pray together.  They are inspiring remedies for the difficulties of our time.

~Michele Gersich and Colleen Curran