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AmeriCorps Week: Celebrating National Service

Join Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in celebrating national service! March 5th marks the beginning of AmeriCorps Week. During this time, we highlight and show our appreciation to all the AmeriCorps members who are ‘getting things done’ across the country, as well as recognizing AmeriCorps alums, community partners, and all those who play a huge role in AmeriCorps’ service impacts.

From March 5-12th, follow our blog and AmeriCorps’ Facebook page as well as #AmeriCorpsWorks and #IamAmeriCorps on social media to learn about AmeriCorps amazing impact on members, individuals we serve, communities, and more!

A Brief History

In 2010, JVC Northwest partnered with AmeriCorps to bring over 50 years of experience serving the most vulnerable of the Northwest into the Corporation for National and Community Service’s network. This partnership has enabled JVC Northwest to serve more people through its agencies and expand to new communities.

JVC Northwest currently places members in 24 communities in remote and urban areas across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.  JVC AmeriCorps members live together in intentional communities, which provide them greater opportunities to share skills, network agencies, and better understand and meet the needs in the towns and cities in which they serve. These members help address local needs including youth at risk, domestic violence prevention, homelessness and housing, food and hunger, disaster relief, and environmental stewardship.

AmeriCorps Tackles America’s Toughest Problems, Expands Opportunity and Builds Lifelong Civic Leaders, and is a Leading Driver of Social Innovation and Nonprofit Success

  • Service is a Solution:  More than 75,000 AmeriCorps members improve the lives of millions of our most vulnerable citizens each year. Since 1994, 983,000 individuals have served as AmeriCorps members. AmeriCorps’ impacts are proven and measurable.
  • Expanding Educational Opportunity:  AmeriCorps members have earned more than $3.1 billion in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards since 1994, helping hundreds of thousands of AmeriCorps alums pay for college.
  • Building Community Leaders:  An AmeriCorps longitudinal study found that AmeriCorpsalumsare more attached to their communities, aware of community challenges, and empowered to address them.
  • Strengthening Nonprofits:  AmeriCorps members help tens of thousands of faith-based and community groups expand services, build capacity, raise funds, develop new partnerships, and create innovative, sustainable programs.
  • Mobilizing volunteers:AmeriCorps is a powerful catalyst and force-multiplier for community volunteering. Last year AmeriCorps members recruited, trained, and supervised more than 4 million community volunteers for the organizations they serve.
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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.