Welcome to IVC Portland (ME)
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps Launches in Portland, Maine!
On June 22, 2019, the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) was officially launched in Portland, Maine. Founded twenty-five years ago by two Jesuit priests, the IVC is committed to making a difference in the lives of the poor, the capacity of organizations that serve the poor or address poverty-related issues and the spiritual lives of its volunteers. Over 600 volunteers are serving in 21 metropolitan regions in the United States. (http://www.ivcusa.org) The IVC provides men and women over the age of fifty or better, opportunities to touch the lives of people who are poor and disadvantaged, offering hope and human dignity. The volunteers commit to 600 hours of service per year (normally 2 days per week for 10 months). Volunteers meet monthly with a trained Spiritual Reflector to reflect on the meaning of their service and attend a monthly meeting with the other Ignatian Volunteers.
Currently, agreements are being finalized with prospective placement sites in the Greater Portland area, i.e., Cheverus High School, Portland Adult Education, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Catholic Charities, Partners for World Health, and STRIVE. Conversations are being held with several other area organizations regarding their interest in serving as a placement site.
The ideal start date for the first group of Greater Portland, Maine Ignatian Volunteers will be late fall 2019. If you or individuals you know might be interested in becoming an Ignatian Volunteer, please have them contact Katherine Crosson, IVC Director – Portland, Maine at KECrosson@gmail.com or via phone at 207.808.8029 for additional information and a volunteer application.
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