JVC Northwest has launched a pilot program for the ’21-22 service year which explores new ways to serve in Portland and Seattle.
We’re thrilled to announce the launch of a new JVC Northwest pilot program, JV Flex! JV Flex engages people in Portland or Seattle to experience a JVC Northwest values-driven year of service, with an emphasis on intergenerational cohorts and vocational discernment. With fewer eligibility requirements, JV Flex opens up new avenues for volunteers to engage in a year of service and enables a greater number of partner agencies to host a JV AmeriCorps member.
The key elements which make JV Flex different from the JV Program are:
- The minimum age requirement is 18
- There is no limitation on relationship status
- Volunteers maintain their own unique, independent housing while building community with fellow volunteers through monthly meet-ups and two annual retreats
All who serve in JV Flex will also be AmeriCorps members, and will receive healthcare, childcare (if needed), a living allowance of $15,100 and the $6,345 AmeriCorps education award upon completion to use for prior loans or further study.
Which JVC Northwest program is right for me?
With the addition of JV Flex, we now offer a greater range of service opportunities across the Pacific Northwest. The chart below provides a side-by-side comparison of our three programs, all of which are rooted in our core values of Community, Social and Ecological Justice, Simple Living, and Spirituality/Reflection. Click on the program name for a more in-depth look and application details.
|JV Flex||JV Program||JV EnCorps|
|Location||Portland and Seattle||19 locales throughout Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana||Oregon: Portland, Bend|
Washington: Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver
|Marital Status||No Restriction||Single||No Restriction|
|Service Commitment||1 year, full-time service (with the option for an Additional Year)||1 year, full-time service (with the option for an Additional Year)||10 month (or more), 5-10 hours per week|
|Communal Living||No (AmeriCorps living allowance of $15,100 is provided)||Yes (housing is provided through JVC Northwest)||No|
|Community Meet-ups||Monthly cohort meet-ups, Orientation, and two annual retreats (plus BIPOC-only retreats)||Weekly community house gathering, Orientation, three multi-communal annual retreats (plus BIPOC-only retreats)||Monthly community meetings plus two annual retreats|
|AmeriCorps Status||Yes||Most, but not all positions. Read more in the AmeriCorps section of our JV FAQs.||No|
JV Flex is an exciting service opportunity for volunteers of many different life stages—whether right out of high school or college, recently retired, or seeking a meaningful mid-career change. While JV Flex allows for out-of-state members to relocate, those already living in Portland or Seattle are welcome to maintain their current housing arrangements. For JV Flex members with children, the AmeriCorps benefits include childcare too! Visit our JV Flex page to learn more about the program, benefits, and available positions.
Still have questions about our new program JV Flex? Email email@example.com.