service across generations – jvc northwest blog

The Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (JVE) program is proud to be a part of the “Encore” service movement, but you might be asking, “What is the ‘Encore’ service movement, exactly?” This post briefly explains the movement and how a new partnership between JVC Northwest and an Encore.org initiative in Seattle deepens our commitment to providing meaningful opportunities…

through the fire and flames

This past summer the Western United States was struck with one of the worst fire seasons in recorded history, including  regions of the Inland Northwest where our JVs serve. Second year JV Spencer Uemura (Hays, MT ’14-15, Omak, WA ’15-16) reflects on how this experience impacted his JV community and the broader locale.   Foreboding skies linger behind a house in Omak, WA North Central…

reflections on advent

JVC Northwest recently held its annual Advent Gathering, which brings together the extended JVC Northwest family for an evening of food, fellowship, and a prayer service. Read  current Jesuit Volunteer Amanda Foggia (Portland, OR ’14-15) and current Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps participant Anne Mildenberger’s (JVE: Portland, OR ’14-15) reflections from this event below.   Amanda…

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…

former volunteer retreat sept. 13-15

Back by popular demand! JVC Northwest is proud to bring you a third Former Volunteer Retreat September 13-15.  The retreat will take place at Ghormley Meadow camp in Naches, WA, the same location as our first Former Volunteer Retreat last Fall.  Read on to learn more about the specific details of the retreat. One of the most common struggles we hear about from FJVs is how to better integrate the…

selecting our partner agencies

Danielle Bastien, Area Director for Alaska, shares a bit about the selection process of our partner agencies for the 2013-2014 JV year. Even though 2014 sounds far away, around this time each year, area directors begin the process of selecting partner agencies for the following year of service. No matter how long JVC Northwest has partnered with an agency, each agency must reapply to have a JV each…

a year at house of charity

Bob Hieger, 2011-2012 Jesuit Volunteer in Spokane, WA, reflects on his journey this year while serving at the House of Charity: I have been serving here at the House of Charity since last August, and I have learned so much during my time here. I have met many wonderful and amazing people, both among those who work and volunteer, and among those we serve. Every person here leaves a memory I will take…