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welcome to alaska!

Jamie Smeland, Alaska Area Director, writes:

“Alaska is the birthplace of JVC Northwest, and hosts four JV communities. Here is a glimpse of each locale!


Three current Anchorage volunteers enjoy a hike! Becky Dial serves at Covenant House, Braden VanDragt serves at Bean’s Café, and Brittany Davis serves at the American Red Cross of Alaska.

The Eddie Hoffman Senior Center and Chrissie Shantz Adult Day Care Center is one of our service placements in Bethel. Leiah Heckathorn is our current JV who serves indigenous elders at this placement.

The Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau was the site of our Winter Retreat. All of the 27 Alaska JVs came to Juneau for a weekend of sharing and reflection.

Six JVs serve in the town of Sitka, where they work with children, adolescent youth, elders, and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

1 thought on “welcome to alaska!”

  1. I am a retired Semiconductor Engineer who is looking for a way to serve young people as my son did as a volunteer with JVC before going to medical school.
    I am currently active with the Knights of Columbus in Bloomington Indiana but would like to help young people especially on a more full time basis.
    I see your assignments start in August. Am I the type of person you would consider and if so what is the deadline for applying?

    Reply

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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.