IVC Chicago Recognized by Cook County Board on National Service Recognition Day
May 24, 2018 — Ignatian Volunteer Corps Chicago
(IVC Chicago), which provides mature men and women the opportunity to serve the
needs of people who are poor and to work for a more just society in the
Ignatian tradition, was recently recognized in a resolution honoring local
Chicago service organizations at a Cook County Board Meeting.
Presented on April 24 — National Service
Recognition Day — IVC volunteer Mark Avery and IVC
Regional Council member James Sweany were on hand to receive the honor.
The portion of the resolution honoring IVC Chicago read:
WHEREAS, The faith-focused organization Ignatian
Volunteer Corps has volunteers serving in close to 50 partner agencies
working with youth and young adults in education and mentoring programs,
refugee and immigrant services, women’s and children’s services and hospital
and prison ministry.
IVC volunteer Mark Avery (far left) and IVC Regional Council member James Sweany (far right) at the Board Meeting.
IVC Chicago began in September 2001 with 12
volunteers whose prior occupations ranged from fire chief and postal worker to
business executive and nurse. They volunteered as hospital and prison
chaplains, teachers’ aides, and GED instructors at nine service agencies.
there are 65 volunteers serving in close to 50 partner agencies. Volunteers in
Chicago are working with youth and young adults in education and mentoring
programs, refugee and immigrant services, women’s and children’s services, and
hospital and prison ministry. They provide healthcare and food assistance and
work in hunger and homeless services. They also serve the elderly and disabled. The
volunteers gather monthly for community and spiritual formation in the Ignatian
tradition. For more information about IVC Chicago, visit www.ivcusa.org/chicago.
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