Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

IVC Stories

IVC NCA Members “Team Up” in Service at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic School

IVC NCA Members “Team Up” in Service at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic School

At St. Philip the Apostle Catholic School in Camp Springs, Md., IVC Service Corps members Flavia Favali, Maureen McMahon, and Maria Otoo are not only volunteer staff members – they are also considered part of the school family. “We’re very grateful to them,” says Mr. Raven A. Wilkins, Sr.,  the school’s principal. “They go over and beyond, and our students and teachers love having them here.”

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Can We Be More Like Doña Magdalena?

Can We Be More Like Doña Magdalena?

Reflecting on the stories that formed Ignatius, I found myself wondering how there could only have been two books in all of Loyola castle. The availability of nothing to read but The Life of Christ and The Lives of the Saints is the core of the conversion story we tell, yet it seems so improbable. Ignatius was recuperating in the wealthy home where he had learned to read; hadn’t he also cultivated his fondness for chivalric tales and courtly romances there?

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Spotlight on Service: David Buckley’s Dedication at St. Paul’s PACE

Spotlight on Service: David Buckley’s Dedication at St. Paul’s PACE

Spotlight on Service: David Buckley’s Dedication at St. Paul’s PACE
Seven months ago, David began his volunteer journey at St. Paul’s PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly). PACE is a comprehensive medical, social, and home care program for low-income seniors with chronic medical conditions who are struggling to live at home independently.

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IVC NCA Member Profile: John Gradowski – A Perfect Fit at Friendship Place!

IVC NCA Member Profile: John Gradowski – A Perfect Fit at Friendship Place!

IVC service corps member John Gradowski, now in his sixth-year volunteering at partner agency Friendship Place in Washington, D.C., knew from the start that his placement there felt right. The agency works with those experiencing homelessness and unemployment to help them obtain stable housing and jobs and rebuild their lives. John thought he could make a real impact there, and he has.

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Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center: Helping Afghan Refugees Resettle in Northern Virginia

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center: Helping Afghan Refugees Resettle in Northern Virginia

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, a mosque and Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, provides extensive social services to a vibrant and diverse Muslim community. With a congregation of over 3,500 members representing over fifty countries, the Center’s comprehensive support programs include career training and placement, a food bank, dental care and serving thousands of hot meals annually. Recently, the Center has taken on a new and urgent role: supporting newly arrived Afghan refugees.

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Meet IVC Albany Spiritual Reflector Eileen Shirey

Meet IVC Albany Spiritual Reflector Eileen Shirey

Eileen Shirey serves the IVC Albany community as a Spiritual Reflector.  Eileen was part of the team that provided the firm foundation that led to the approval of IVC Albany as a region in 2019.  Since then, Eileen serves as a Spiritual Reflector to plan the monthly spiritual program for the IVC Albany community.  Eileen and her husband Dick live in Watervliet and are parishioners at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Albany.  

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