the intentionality of time

What are some of the things Jesuit Volunteers learn in the ever-challenging and often eye-opening experience of being a JV? Ellen Quinn, a graduate of St. Louis University and current Jesuit Volunteer in Billings, Montana, shares what she’s learned about building trust and spending time. It’s not too late to apply to be a JV- more info below her reflection!   “This year, I serve…

“ruined for life” – the jack morris story

Before his death in 2012, Jack Morris, S.J., had been busy compiling his life’s story and work into a book. Now, thanks to the tireless help of personal friend, and JVC Northwest Board member, Barbara Scharff, Jack’s story is now available for all to explore and enjoy. Below, Barb shares a bit of her journey in working with Jack to make this book a reality.   “RUINED FOR LIFE”…

leaning on shared values: featured fjv jane salisbury (st. mary’s, ak ’78-80, portland, or ’80-81)

In this month’s Featured FJV post Jane Salisbury (St. Mary’s, AK ’78-80, Portland, OR ’80-81) reflects on her years as a JV and the lifelong friends that came of it – friends that will convene at this year’s 60th Anniversary Portland celebration.   “In 1978, I went to St. Marys, Alaska to work as the librarian at St. Marys High School, placing all my…

former volunteer retreat april 22-24

We have another former volunteer retreat opportunity lined up for April 22-24 in both Troutdale, OR and Chicago, IL. This retreat is the second of a two part series focusing on vocational discernment for former volunteers. Read on to learn more about this retreat and how to register.   Years of anecdotal evidence, on top of the stats and feedback received from our 2015 former Jesuit Volunteer…

celebrate the 60th anniversary every day with a calendar

Celebrate with us all year long with the JVC Northwest 60th Anniversary calendar! This calendar keeps you up to date on the various 60th Anniversary-related events, important JVC Northwest dates, and holidays throughout the year.  Each month also features photos from throughout the history of JVC Northwest that correspond to the various events and important pieces of the JVC Northwest experience.…

seattle & portland 60th anniversary events

JVC Northwest’s 60th anniversary celebrations are already underway but our two biggest celebratory events will be taking place in the coming months. Read on to learn about the details of our big Seattle and Portland gatherings, taking place May 14 and June 18, respectively.   First, a little history; the annual JVC Northwest fundraising gathering began with our 50th anniversary celebrations…

it’s all about love: click campaign 2016

JVC Northwest is proud to host our 5th Annual Click Campaign: Show Your Love for 60 Years of Jesuit Volunteers. Our Valentine’s Day fundraiser runs February 1-14 with a goal of raising $25,000 to support our volunteers and the communities with whom they serve.   Happy Click Campaign! In this season of love, we are especially excited to celebrate both the fifth anniversary of our Valentine’s…

Book Club Sign Ups

Based on feedback from the Former JV Survey and as part of our 60th Anniversary celebrations, we’re launching a world-wide book club in early 2016! Our hope is to have both in-person meetings across the country and also offer a “virtual book club” format. We’ll be featuring four different books over the next year, each book focused on one of the four core values of JVC Northwest.…

refugees and loving kindness: featured fjv colleen sinsky (gresham, or ’10-11)

FJV Colleen Sinsky has been on the front lines of the refugee situation on the Greek island of Lesvos for several weeks, assisting refugees as they seek food, shelter, and safety far from home. Read on to see how she got involved in one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time.   Colleen with a young refugee I’ve been volunteering on the distant Greek island of Lesvos for over…

3 ways you can get involved in the paris climate talks

Significant climate change negotiations are taking place in Paris Nov. 30 – Dec. 11. These talks stand as a monumental opportunity for the global community to set standards and goals by which we can collectively tackle the growing threat of climate change. Below are three things you can do to get involved during this historic moment.   1 – Get Educated What is COP21? The Catholic…