Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

Welcome to IVC New Orleans

 IVC is now in New Orleans — and YOU are invited to participate!

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Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) provides men and women aged 50 or better with opportunities to serve others and deepen their Christian faith. IVC matches the talents of experienced volunteers with the greatest social needs of our time. Founded in 1995 by two Jesuit priests with retired women and men in Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, IVC now engages more than 600 volunteers in 19 regions across the US. In 2019, New Orleans became an active IVC region. Are you called to serve your community through the Ignatian Volunteer Corps?

IVC works in partnership with nonprofit or government organizations serving materially poor or otherwise severely vulnerable populations in our community. Each partner organization contributes a modest, annual fee to help IVC recruit and support the skilled and reliable Ignatian Volunteers whose service expands organizational capacity to fulfill their mission. In partnership with these compassionate and life-saving agencies, Ignatian Volunteers help to lift up our neighbors who have fallen through societal safety nets.

Volunteers are strengthened in their Christian faith by IVC’s unique spiritual reflection program, rooted in the Jesuit tradition of Ignatian spirituality.  Volunteers meet monthly as a group for prayer, reflection, and conversation as a small faith community. In addition, each Volunteer has the opportunity for monthly one-on-one conversations with a Spiritual Reflector well versed in Ignatian Spirituality. Together, we can grow as Men and Women for Others and witness God’s presence in our work. 

While IVC is a national organization, the program is local.  Volunteers live in their own homes and volunteer in their communities. Activities included in each 10-month commitment are:

  • 8 or 16 hours per week of service at a partner agency service site
  • Monthly group convenings in New Orleans for group prayer and reflection
  • Monthly one-on-one conversations with a Spiritual Reflector versed in Ignatian Spirituality
  • Retreats at start and end of service year (September and June)

To learn more about becoming an Ignatian Volunteer or a partner agency service site for volunteers, contact Lisa LaFleur Schillace at neworleans @ ivcusa.org or (504) 264-3438.

Here’s what others have to say about IVC:

I joined IVC because I want to model God’s unconditional love and mercy for all.

Laura Comiskey Broders

Ignatian Volunteer

Most of our younger volunteers are just out of college, come in wanting to change the world and forget that they are with us to assist in our mission. It is nice to have more mature volunteers because they are more settled and have more experience.

Andrea GazawayInstruction Coordinator, YMCA Educational Services