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.

Currently, 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

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