returning to the final frontier: featured fjv liz purdy (sitka, ak ’10-11)

We begin the new year with a new Featured FJV whose commitment to the four core values of JVC Northwest, especially ecological justice, remains as strong as ever. Liz Purdy (Sitka, AK ’10-11, Staff ’11-13) details her time in Alaska as a JV and the environmental protection work that has brought her back.   When I first spoke with the Alaska Program Coordinator upon beginning my JV…

earth day at the office

On Wednesday, April 30th the JVC Northwest staff engaged in a belated Earth Day service project to clean up our office grounds and community garden. Our efforts resulted in an overflowing yard waste bin and funphotos of staff members outside  their typical cubicle environment. Check out the end of this post for resources to help you make every day Earth Day.   The JVC Northwest staff pours their…

jvc northwest: lean, green, justice machine

Although it has been an important facet of our organization for years, “ecological justice” was officially adopted into JVC Northwest’s four core values in September of 2013. The JVC Northwest staff members make it a point to live out this value, and their green efforts are beginning to receive widespread recognition. Below you can read about our popular presentation on ecological…

like riding a bike (to work)

Oregon is one of the top “bike-friendly” states in the nation, and its affinity for biking and bike culture has rubbed off on staff members here at JVC Northwest. See how JVC Northwest supports and promotes bike commuting, as well as how its efforts have been nationally recognized. Bicycles are a vital form of transportation for many of the staff members at JVC Northwest. When asked why…

father jack morris, sj award nomination form

This year will mark the second presentation of the Father Jack Morris, SJ Award at our Annual Seattle Event. Below includes information on the award’s history, as well as a link to the nomination form. If you know an individual who meets the criteria we strongly encourage you to submit a nomination. Forms are submitted online and are due by January 10th, 2014.   The Father Jack Morris, SJ…

featured fjv: caroline kelly (portland, or ’12-13)

Given the limited food budget that Jesuit Volunteers work with each month, groceries can sometimes be a contentious issue among housemates. But, as Caroline Kelly (Portland, OR ’12-13) demonstrates, it can also be a chance to explore and unpack our international food system. Read on to discover how a JV year, and Thanksgiving dinner, helped lead to a job with Whole Foods Market.   About…

service and soreness: fjv service event recap

This past Saturday, Portland, OR-area FJVs and JVC Northwest staff joined dozens of volunteers to tear up asphalt from the King Elementary School parking lot, making room for rain gardens. The work was not easy but with great folks (and food), it went by quickly, and with quite a few laughs.   The King Elementary School parking lot in Portland, OR has dealt with a drainage problem for several…

jvc northwest adopts st. francis pledge

JVC Northwest is proud to share that we have adopted the St. Francis Pledge, an initiative to “get Catholic individuals, families, parishes, organizations and institutions to live our faith by protecting God’s Creation and advocating on behalf of people in poverty who face the harshest impacts of global climate change”. Read on to see what the pledge entails and how JVC Northwest continues…