Welcome to IVC New England

Thank you for checking out IVC New England’s home page.  Please be sure to click on the Program Details page to learn more about becoming an Ignatian Volunteer and how we’re taking steps to reach out to the poor and marginalized in New England.

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) opened its New England Region in January, 2009. The first Ignatian Volunteers were 11 men and women from assorted walks of life and different educational backgrounds, looking to put their life experiences, talents and time at the disposal of the poor in Boston, Worcester, and Providence, and surrounding communities.

In 2021-2022, more than 50 women and men are serving in diverse neighborhoods in Boston, Dartmouth, Easton, Haverhill, Lexington, Quincy, Waltham, Worcester, and Providence. These volunteers are supported by one another and by “spiritual reflectors” whose task is to help the volunteers look at their service and to reflect upon its deeper meaning for themselves and for those whom they serve.

New England Ignatian volunteers teach, mentor and advise in a variety of educational programs; provide services to potentially homeless elders; co-ordinate volunteers who work in direct service; educate and locate resources for adult students and immigrants; offer administrative, development, strategic planning and HR support to non-profit staff;  and, organize retreats for homeless and formerly homeless women and men..

Want to know more?

We have a regional newsletter: Making A Difference

IVC New England is in the News!

Boston College’s Chronicle caught up with IVC New England at its Core Community gathering and shared with the BC community what’s happening in IVC in New England and what an important role BC alums are playing. Check it out.

Check out this great video, produced by the Spanish Class at one of our partner schools – Holy Cross. Visit placements in Boston, Worcester, and Providence where volunteers serve. Listen to volunteers and service site administrators explain the value of IVC. IVC Regional Director Dave Hinchen gives an overview of the New England IVC. Click here to see a shorter, newly edited version of this video.

IVC New England Regional Director Dave Hinchen, along with Ignatian Volunteer Ann Bersani, was interviewed on CatholicTV.com, a Catholic TV outlet in New England. Dave and Ann were interviewed on the show ‘Aging Gracefully’ and provided a great overview of IVC and why it’s a great opportunity for the show’s audience.

Who knew so many Holy Cross grads were part of IVC? Numerous alumni speak to their experience with IVC in the Winter 2012 edition of Holy Cross Magazine in a feature article: “Living the Mission.” In 2020-2021, 23 Holy Cross alums and others affiliated with the college serve as volunteers, regional council members, staff or spiritual reflectors with IVC New England. There are currently 40 volunteers in New England and 21 regions nationally.

Check out this  article in the Rhode Island Catholic featuring Ignatian Volunteer Larry Loh and his work at the Genesis Center in Providence, RI. IVC New England has supported the good work of Genesis Center since 2011.

This article in Jesuit Magazine spotlighted the relationship between volunteers and reflectors working in the northeast region.

If you would like more information on the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, or would like to volunteer or support our volunteer program in New England, please contact regional director Dave Hinchen via email or at 617-571-3838.