Orientation 2014: PhotoRecap

The 2014-15 JVs are off and running in their new communities and the dust of Orientation has settled. Over 80 presenters, FJVs, Jesuits, JV EnCorps members, Board members, support people, staff, and friends came out to assist and support the incoming JVs throughout the week of Orientation, but many more were unable to share in the experience of Orientation directly. Lucky for you, we’ve created…

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…

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…