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2015 orientation: let peace take root

Orientation 2015 will take place August 3-7 at Camp Adams in Molalla, OR. You can be a part of this timeless part of the Jesuit Volunteer journey no matter where you are.


As many of you know, Orientation is an essential part of the JV year that provides an opportunity for JVs to explore the four values of JVC Northwest, their reasons for joining the program, and their hopes for the coming year.

JVs at 2014 Orientation
JVs at 2014 Orientation

Orientation can also bring up many fond memories for the decades of former JVs that preceded this year’s bunch, and we’d love for you to contribute to the new JVs’ experience, whether or not you can attend Orientation.

See details below for ways to be involved, whether in person or from afar!



Can’t Attend? Write a letter instead!

The incoming JVs will learn plenty at Orientation but a letter from a former JV providing advice, stories, or encouragement can go a long way to help ease the inevitable nerves.

Letters from FJVs and other supporters will be given to the JVs at the Orientation Banquet on 8/7.

  • Letters should be sent to outreach@jvcnorthwest.org or PO Box 3928, Portland, OR 97208
  • Please include your name and service info (example: Jane Doe, St. Mary’s, AK ’78-79)
  • Notes can be general or specific to your service locale
  • Letters/notes due by July 30 at 5 p.m.

Notes received after this may not make it to the Banquet (but we’ll do our best!)


Want to attend? Join us at the Banquet and Missioning Mass!

’14-15 Boise, ID JVs & supporters at 2014 Banquet

Join the JVs at Camp Adams! Although you’re welcome to come to Orientation at any point during the week, there are two opportunities we greatly encourage those in the JVC Northwest family to partake in: the Banquet and the Missioning Liturgy.

  • Banquet
    • Share a meal with incoming JVs, former JVs, JVEs, JVC Northwest staff, Board members, Jesuits, and other Orientation guests
    • Friday, August 7, 6:30 p.m., Camp Adams
    • Please arrive between 6 & 6:15 p.m. if possible
    • RSVP to outreach@jvcnorthwest.org or 503-335-8202 by July 31
  • Missioning Liturgy
    • Celebrate mass with the JVs and JVC Northwest community as they are missioned off to their service locales (immediately following Banquet)
    • Friday, August 7, 8:00 p.m., Camp Adams
    • RSVP to outreach@jvcnorthwest.org or 503-335-8202 by July 31
  • Need Overnight Accommodations?
    • Overnight lodging available on request
      • Priority given to elders and out-of-town guests
      • Camping available as well

Please include lodging/camping request in your RSVP!

Location of Orientation: Camp Adams, a rural, wooded site with simple cabins and lodge facilities, is located 45 minutes southeast of Portland. Click here for a map and directions to Camp Adams in Molalla, OR.


Orientation 2015 Theme: Let Peace Take Root

2015 Orientation Logo JVC NorthwestThis year’s Orientation theme was inspired by the lifelong peace and anti-nuclear proliferation activism of Fr. Bill “Bix” Bichsel. Bix was a lifelong friend of JVC Northwest and the Jesuit Volunteers, particularly those serving in Tacoma, WA. He passed away on February 28, 2015.

The Orientation logo contains a sunflower, a plant known for pulling radioactive contaminants out of the soil, as an acknowledgment of Bix’s lifelong advocacy for an end to nuclear weapons.

We hope that you will help “let peace take root” in your own lives, as well as those of the incoming JVs!

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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. 

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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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