Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

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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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A Mass of Gratitude

A Mass of Gratitude

We invite you to join us and Jim Conroy, SJ co-founder of IVC as he offers a Mass of Gratitude from the Loyola on the Potomac Retreat Center in Southern Maryland on December 3rd at 4:00 pm Eastern Time. Send your intentions to include in this Mass. Please send them to...

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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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IVC NEPA Member Profile: Anne & Matt Baas

IVC NEPA Member Profile: Anne & Matt Baas

Meet Members: Anne & Matt Baas
Our initial experience with service came to us in 2004 when Anne had heard of the Court Appointed Special Advocate “CASA” program in the Tampa/Clearwater area in Florida. Since Matt had just retired from a full-time consulting engagement, Anne encouraged him to look into CASA.

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Alphabet Soup: IVC and the UAPs

Alphabet Soup: IVC and the UAPs

Needs exceed resources. That’s a fact of life. On a personal level, there’s never time enough to pursue every worthy activity, nor money enough to support every deserving charity. So, how do we decide?

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