Jesuit Volunteers are invited to engage in one or more years of full-time volunteer service that focus on the core values of community, simple living, social and ecological justice and spirituality/reflection. JVC Northwest provides opportunities for motivated individuals to reach out to persons living on the margins of society and vulnerable places throughout the Pacific Northwest. JVC Northwest is a National Direct AmeriCorps program and the majority of our service positions are AmeriCorps eligible. Jesuit Volunteers live and serve with partner agencies in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
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Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps members (JVEs) are individuals, 50 and older, eager to do “encore” work for the common good. They have either retired from their primary careers or have sufficient time outside their work hours to make significant commitments to the community. JVEs volunteer part time in their local communities and gather for monthly community meetings and three all-day retreats for enrichment and mutual support.
JVEs use their accumulated life experiences, skills, and wisdom to make a difference in the lives of others. They are committed to deepening their understanding of the world’s needs and God’s action in their lives through service and personal and group reflection. Becoming a JV EnCorps member is a satisfying and challenging way to integrate “wisdom and a willingness to serve.”
In Fall 2013, the JV EnCorps program in Portland engaged 18 JV EnCorps members serving 16 nonprofit agencies for a total of 5, 000 hours of volunteer service.
As of Fall 2014, JV EnCorps programs will also launch in Bend, OR and Seattle, WA.
For me, JVE was a silver platter of everything I hungered for: support, opportunity, resources, spiritual guidance, and a community to walk with me on this journey. How could I have made any other choice but to join?
~ Kat Pliska, JV EnCorps member
JVC Northwest began its direct partnership with national service through a National Direct AmeriCorps grant in 2010. The majority of JV placements are AmeriCorps eligible. JVC Northwest AmeriCorps members receive an Education Award upon successful completion of a year of service. Most full-time members receive a living allowance which funds the JV AmeriCorps member’s housing costs, food, utilities, transport to and from the service site, medical co-pays and deductibles and other costs incurred during the year.
To learn more about our AmeriCorps program, please read the AmeriCorps section of our Frequently Asked Questions (includes information about the AmeriCorps Education Award, loan forbearance, etc.).Visit Our AmeriCorps Blog