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find yourself by serving others.

Elizabeth Skurdahl, Development Coordinator at JVC Northwest, shares the following:

“I’m pretty new to JVC Northwest – I just began working here in August. So I am still often asked by my friends and family about what drew me to my position here. My response can really be summed up by the well-known line of Mohandas Ghandi:

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Working at JVC Northwest has put me on the path to finding myself. The passion for social justice, the commitment to ecological sustainability, and the genuine, heartfelt dedication to those who are most vulnerable in society make JVC Northwest a truly unique organization. It is this passion that makes me excited to come to work each morning. I am inspired daily by the generosity and enthusiasm of the JVs, and I aspire to lose myself in the service of others the way they so wholeheartedly do.

I encourage you, too, to lose yourself in service. You may be surprised as to what you can find when you do.”

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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. 

"How to Make Your Application Stand Out"

Wednesday, April 20 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn how you can position yourself to be a strong candidate for service with JVC Northwest. With one week left before the April 26 priority deadline, this will also be the perfect time to get a handle on each step of the application, interview, matching, and placement process. Register here. 

Zayna Abusada

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.