“Christ has no body now, but yours. No hands, no feet on earth, but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks compassion into the world. Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world.
– St. Teresa of Avila
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps of Syracuse, NY was established in 2009, when Syracuse’s first IVC Director, Tom Coman entered into a partnership with the Le Moyne College Jesuits, the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse and Catholic Charities of Onondaga County. His successor, Ron Russell, continued to expand the number of service corps members serving the poor and needy in the Syracuse area. Linda Zimmerman, the current Syracuse Director, began in Fall, 2017 and worked to create a more formal working partnership with Le Moyne College and in 2018, the Currie Alumni Partnership for Service (CAPS) was signed. Syracuse continued to establish itself as one of the regions within the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. Although smaller than many metropolitan areas, Syracuse does have similar community needs and perhaps an even greater proportion of those in need of services.
Currently, IVC Syracuse has approximately 25 volunteers working at service sites for the poor, the homeless, immigrants, refugees, and those who are materially in need in and around Syracuse. Each service corps member works with a specific partnering agency during the year and all of the service corps members meet monthly to pray together and share their volunteer experiences. In addition, each service corps member is offered the opportunity to meet individually with a spiritual reflector to discuss their service corps activity and how it affects their lives on a day-to-day basis.
The Service Corps Members also gather annually for an annual retreat focused on Ignatian Spirituality. The IVC od Syracuse provides the opportunity for people who are retired, or semi-retired, to make a meaningful difference in their community, while enriching their own personal relationship with God, as reflected through their service experience.