Stories from Philadelphia/South Jersey

For Ignatian volunteers, experience makes the difference

For Ignatian volunteers, experience makes the difference

Volunteers are the lifeblood of nonprofit organizations, but the constant cycle of recruiting, scheduling and orienting newcomers can be a challenge to forward momentum. Similarly, for many individuals seeking to donate their time and talent, it’s not enough to fill a slot on a schedule; they long to contribute in meaningful ways.

For when I was hungry…

For when I was hungry…

In the midst of the civic unrest and anxiety about the coronavirus, we can lose sight of the ongoing crisis of food insecurity. Defined as “the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money and other resources,” Katie Fitzgerald, Chief...

Giving Back and Changing Lives for 20 Years

Giving Back and Changing Lives for 20 Years

Lou Naglak, an Ignatian Volunteer in Philadelphia, has served prisoners at the Bucks County Prison for over 20 years.  “I couldn’t have predicted this would be the next phase of my life,” he says. “I grew up in a coal town above Scranton, Pennsylvania.  In the 1930s...

Prodigal Sons and Their Safe Haven

Prodigal Sons and Their Safe Haven

by Robin Cuddy The most recent Department of Housing and Urban Development report on homelessness, published in 2015, estimated that about 564,000 homeless people in the United States live in shelters or on the streets.  For Jack O’Doherty, an Ignatian volunteer for...

Serving School Children with Love and Skill

By Emilie Gillanders IVC National Board Member and Ignatian Volunteer in Northern Virginia Anne Marie Campbell is beginning her thirteenth year with IVC and has been at Our Lady of Sorrows/St. Ignatius School right from the start.  Eight years ago the two schools...