“They got it right.” It’s as simple as that for Ivy Logsdon. That’s the reason he kept coming back to volunteer and serve at SVdP for more than 60 years. “SVdP is the most charitable organization I know,” he says. “Christ calls us to help others and that is exactly what everyone here tries to do—every day, no matter the situation.”
Over the years, Ivy has helped in a variety of ways. He helped start the first Conference in the area because he was regularly learning about needs through his home parish. “We were just trying to take care of the needs that came to our attention,” he says.
After 10 years of volunteering at the Conference level, he went on to serve as Vice President of the SVdP Indy Council. While he is a natural leader and ideal for those roles, some of his favorite times with SVdP were “in the trenches.” as he happily recalls repairing appliances, picking up furniture or just helping someone out. Ivy left his mark on the organization digitally as well, helping to launch SVdP’s first website and transitioning the Helpline and donation functionality online.
A Leader Among Fellow Volunteers
Over the years, Ivy has also became well known for helping new volunteers learn the ropes. He has always made himself available to answer questions and provide support, whether you’d been volunteering 10 days or 10 years. Just ask any of these individuals:
- “I appreciate all of Ivy’s help through the years. What started off with him helping me to give a donation has turned into giving me the opportunity to be a blessing to others.” — Melba Turner
- “Ivy introduced me to this ministry many years ago and helped as I learned the process. He always went out of his way to help when I needed it over the years.” — Cathy Weidenbener
- “I personally appreciated all the help Ivy gave me through the years. He was always thorough, professional and very responsive!” — Pat Jerrell
- “I want to personally thank Ivy for all the help and support over the years that he’s given to me as we have worked together.” — Donna King
A Humble Servant
Throughout the many volunteer jobs Ivy has held at SVdP, his focus has remained the same. It all comes down to one purpose—the people. This includes those he served as well as those he served alongside.
“SVdP draws out the best in people,” he says. “It’s a place where people find hope. It’s also a place where you can come and be a part of good things and helping others.”
And Ivy is one of the best we’ve seen.
Ivy, at almost age 90, is handing off the major volunteer responsibilities he’s managed at SVdP for many years and looking forward to what God brings him next. We are forever grateful for his humble servanthood.