30 jv positions open: you can still make a difference!- jvc northwest blog

It’s not too late to address pressing needs in Northwest communities. JVC Northwest still has 30+ positions open for the 2018-19 service year, running August 2018-July 2019! Considering applying (or know someone who should)? JVC Northwest is seeking 30+ applicants to address pressing community needs and create a lasting impact with partner agencies across the Northwest. In addition to their full-time…

Join Us May 20 for the Seattle Brunch!

Join us in extending the table at this year’s thirteenth annual Seattle Event! During this Sunday morning brunch, we will be hearing from our keynote speaker, Attorney General Bob Ferguson (’89-90)! We will also be honoring our longtime friend and supporter, Br. Fred Mercy with the Fr. Jack Morris, S.J. award and hearing from current JV, Hannah Legatzke on how she is extending the table…

community: the answer to moving gracefully in the world – featured fjv patrick vale (gresham, or ’13-14)

This month’s featured fjv, Patrick Vale (Gresham, OR ’13-14) explores how the defining aspect of his JV year, Community, has played a role in the years since completing his service. At the very end of our time together in Gresham, Ore., my housemates and I spent a weekend camping at Crater Lake in southern Oregon. Sitting beside the fire, Katie challenged us to summarize the preceding…

becoming human: a jv’s reflection on life at l’arche

How does one slow down while living in a culture that places such high value on personal accomplishment? In their post on L’Arche Portland’s blog, Jesuit Volunteer Jacqueline Mosher (Gresham, OR ’17-18) and Core Member Joni Smith offer authentic relationship as the answer. Here’s a glimpse. “My first few weeks at L’Arche were really challenging. After leaving the ‘doing-oriented’…

advent gathering reflection

Last week was our annual Advent Gathering, which brings together the extended JVC Northwest family for an evening of food, fellowship, and a prayer service. Read Jesuit Volunteer Ursula Magsayo’s (Portland, OR ’17-18) reflection, and find a link to Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps member Mary Kleffner’s (Portland, OR ’17-18) below.   *I invite you all to close your eyes and reflect…

orientation 2016 recap – jvc northwest blog

2016 Orientation has come and gone but you can get a glimpse into all the week had to offer through our photo recap. If any of these images inspire you or help you reflect on your own Orientation or time as  JV, be sure to leave us a comment!     This year’s Orientation theme was “On Our Way”, corresponds with our 60th Anniversary logo, both of which depict a compass:…

orientation 2016: on our way – jvc northwest blog

The approach of August is a significant time in the lives of current and future JVs; as one year of service comes to a close for current JVs, an exciting an exciting, hope-filled journey to the Northwest begins for the ’16-17 JV cohort, who will all converge on Molalla, Oregon  from August 8-13 for Orientation. To learn what this year’s Orientation will hold, read on.   For many…

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”…

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…