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earth day at the office

On Wednesday, April 30th the JVC Northwest staff engaged in a belated Earth Day service project to clean up our office grounds and community garden. Our efforts resulted in an overflowing yard waste bin and funphotos of staff members outside  their typical cubicle environment. Check out the end of this post for resources to help you make every day Earth Day.

13-14_2 Karen weedingThe JVC Northwest staff pours their heart and soul into making the Jesuit Volunteer program as great as possible, but this often results in less opportunities for direct service work, which is the hallmark of the JV experience. As a staff we decided to utilize Earth Day as the impetus for a staff service project and team-building activity. The JVC Northwest grounds and community garden needed some tender loving care and beautification after several months of heavy rain, brief periods of sunshine, and a bit of neglect.

13-14_6 Matt tackling the lawn

The effort included a ton of weeding, some strenuous mowing, and a healthy amount of fun. The weather was beautiful and with everyone’s effort the changes were quickly visible. Just like the JVs, staff members strive to live out the four core values, and this service project was the product of a concerted effort to affirm our commitment to ecological justice.

Each staff member engaged in multiple tasks, all of which varied on a scale from pleasant (beautification) to comically challenging (mowing 8 inch grass with a classic push reel mower). Regardless of the challenge each staff member went from task to task with a simple appreciation for being with one another outside on a gorgeous day.

13-14_19 saving the rhubarbIf you’d like to see the full album from our Earth Day Clean Up 2014, please click here.

A few of our Program Coordinators also compiled a brief list of resources for current JVs to utilize in an effort to be more environmentally conscious and plunge even more deeply into the values of social and ecological justice:

  • Meteorologist, and FJV, Eric Holthaus (Woodburn, OR ’03-04) reflects on his decision to never fly again.
  • Missing Ingredients – a look at worker’s rights and consumer choice missing in our food system.
  • Filmmakers document marine debris that travels across Pacific Ocean currents and ends up on remote beaches in Alaska.

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Upcoming Virtual Events

Get to Know JVC Northwest

Tuesday, September 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. 

How to Make Your Application Stand Out

Wednesday, October 6 | 6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT

How can you position yourself to be a strong candidate for JVC Northwest? We’ll share tips and tricks to help you navigate the application, interview, matching, and placement process. We’ll also leave plenty of time for Q+A.  

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.

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