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JVC Northwest Receives AmeriCorps Grant

Exciting news:

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest is Recipient of AmeriCorps Grant!

Connor Kelley

Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest has been awarded a three-year (2016-19) National Direct AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The grant will support 142 AmeriCorps members in 22 locales throughout five states of the Northwest enabling JVC Northwest to expand its impact in addressing locally identified challenges. 

“AmeriCorps is an indispensable resource to help meet critical challenges facing our communities and nation,” said Jeanne Haster, Executive Director of JVC Northwest. “We’re thrilled that the Corporation for National and Community Service believes in and supports the important service JVC Northwest AmeriCorps members offer to urban, rural and remote communities throughout the Northwest. During their service, our Jesuit Volunteer (JV) AmeriCorps members develop important civic and leadership skills that last a lifetime.”

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Since 2010, JVC Northwest, our partner agencies, JV AmeriCorps members, and community stakeholders have collaborated in our AmeriCorps program, engaging 135 members in full-time meaningful service opportunities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. This grant increases our JV AmeriCorps member numbers from 135 to 142, enabling us to open a new JV AmeriCorps member community in Woodburn, Oregon.

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In addition to the grant funding, CNCS provides $5,775 Segal Education Awards to AmeriCorps members at the end of their successful service term. The Education Awards help pay for further educational and vocational training or pay back qualified student loans. AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at more than 21,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.  Later this year, the one millionth AmeriCorps member will take the AmeriCorps pledge, committing to “get things done” for America.

Thank you!

We thank each of you for your continued support in this mutually beneficial collaboration of CNCS, partner agencies, JV AmeriCorps members, stakeholders and JVC Northwest!

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Zayna Abusada

(She/her/hers)
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.