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Area Director for the Omak, Wenatchee, Yakima, and Boise JV communities, Jess Heringer, shares about the recent endeavors of JVs who are embracing the value of simple living:

 

As a way to further embrace this year’s theme of “Rooted in the Radical” JVC Northwest gave each community a copy of the book Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World by Kelly Coyne and Erik Kutzen.  The book is an adventure in simple living, filled with projects that range from homemade condiments to building a chicken coop – all geared towards the joy of making things by hand – and laughing at the inevitable mishaps along the way.

Yakima JVs, James Harper and Anna Green, show the fruits of their labor: putting on homemade deodorant!

Led by Anna Green and James Harper, the Yakima JV community has jumped into exploring the value of simple living with gusto.  So far, the community has experimented with several recipes from Making It, concocting their own mustard, honey/vinegar drinks, hair gel, deodorant, chapstick, spicy pepper spread, sauerkraut, and face wash.  Anna explained, “Even though the mustard was too spicy, the hair gel a bit too egg-like, and the deodorant is not perfect, we are still determined to do 50 projects from the book this year!” While visiting Yakima on my area visit, I sampled some Sekanjabin, a traditional Iranian vinegar beverage with a hint of mint and ginger – it was delicious!  Anna shared, “These projects are tangible examples of how living simply may take a bit more time, a bit more creativity, and ultimately, a redefinition of how some things ought to be.” To the Yakima JVs and any community experimenting with Making It – keep up the great work!

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Thursday, October 28 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT

Join us to learn all the basics about a year of service in the Pacific Northwest, including where you can serve, what you might do, and how to apply. Our Recruiter, Zayna, will also share her experience as a JV in both Alaska and Montana. Finally, we’ll open it up for an informal Q+A.
 

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.

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