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Rachel Forte, the JVC Northwest traveling recruiter, shares a story from the road:

“Aside from engaging with potential volunteers and hearing their enthusiasm about our program; my favorite part of my job is the opportunity to spend time with FJVs (Former Jesuit Volunteers).  Some work on the campuses I visit, some provide a couch for me to crash on for the night and some I meet at events we host. 

Recently, I hosted an event at a pub for FJVs from the Northwest while in Chicago, IL.  It was great to hear people introducing themselves and beginning conversations, ‘so, where were you a JV?’  Being ‘ruined for life’ meant that we all shared values and were united by common experiences.  At the end of the night I made promises to send out everyone’s contact information so that these kinds of get-togethers could continue. 

The need for FJVs to connect with each other and live out the value of community outside of the structure of JVC Northwest was evident at the Chicago gathering.  I hope to be able to host more FJV events while I am on the road this spring and to help FJVs link up with each other in the various cities I visit.”

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"JVC Northwest 101: Service and Community"

Thursday, April 7 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn about all that makes a year of service with JVC Northwest unique. We’ll talk about the opportunities available, what intentional community looks like, and dive into our values of social and ecological justice, simple living, and spirituality/reflection. There will also be plenty of time for Q+A. Register here. 

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Wednesday, April 20 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
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Zayna Abusada

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JVC Northwest Recruiter

Zayna Abusada (Ashland, MT ’17-18, Anchorage, AK ’18-19) was most recently a JV in south-central Alaska serving with immigrant and refugee English-Language learners as the Academy for Citizenship and Civics Support Specialist with the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) in Anchorage. Zayna first served with Indigenous students on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Zayna went on to earn her undergraduate degree in History and Theological Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Louis University.