Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

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.

Come on and ZOOM!

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

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

Once the pandemic set in . . .

IVC service corps members quickly pivoted and tutored and mentored students in Catholic schools such as Community of Saints in St Paul, Risen Christ Catholic School in Minneapolis, and two IVC service corps members continue to be a major staff influence at Cristo Rey Jesuit H.S. Bob Mendenhall worked on research projects and compiled data for Upworks Minnesota and another member Linda Cherek, virtually interviews those looking for shelter at Catholic Charities. Behind plexiglass and with her mask on, IVC service corps member, Nancy Amundson, greets single women who live in their temporary home at Sarah’s…an Oasis for Women. She finds ways to assist them such as helping with resumes, finding transportation, teaching an art class.  “Pivot” has been our new word for IVC action!

We are fortunate that the vaccine is now available to many of our IVC service corps members and soon they will be back serving in the partner sites.  They are eager to go out and make a difference in the lives of those needing compassion and hope now more than ever.

We are currently accepting applications to become an IVC service corps member or to request a service corp member. Contact Kathleen Groh for more information: 651-777-0991. Download IVC At A Glance.