“extending the table”- a photo recap of the annual seattle benefit

On May 20th the JVC Northwest community gathered to celebrate another year of service with Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (Portland, OR ’89-90) and Brother Fred Mercy, S.J. Ferguson spoke on this year’s theme of “Extending the Table” and how his year with JVC Northwest influenced his decision to go to law school and his work as Attorney General today.     This…

sit, listen, accompany: jv reflection from the seattle benefit

At our annual Seattle Benefit on May 20, current JV Hannah Legatzke (Seattle ’17-18) reflected on her experience at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Below is an excerpt from her moving speech about “Extending the Table,” the theme of our 2017- 2018 JV program year: “I have found that extending the table is more than just the opportunity for people to come together over…

30 jv positions open: you can still make a difference!- jvc northwest blog

It’s not too late to address pressing needs in Northwest communities. JVC Northwest still has 30+ positions open for the 2018-19 service year, running August 2018-July 2019! Considering applying (or know someone who should)? JVC Northwest is seeking 30+ applicants to address pressing community needs and create a lasting impact with partner agencies across the Northwest. In addition to their full-time…

Join Us May 20 for the Seattle Brunch!

Join us in extending the table at this year’s thirteenth annual Seattle Event! During this Sunday morning brunch, we will be hearing from our keynote speaker, Attorney General Bob Ferguson (’89-90)! We will also be honoring our longtime friend and supporter, Br. Fred Mercy with the Fr. Jack Morris, S.J. award and hearing from current JV, Hannah Legatzke on how she is extending the table…

community: the answer to moving gracefully in the world – featured fjv patrick vale (gresham, or ’13-14)

This month’s featured fjv, Patrick Vale (Gresham, OR ’13-14) explores how the defining aspect of his JV year, Community, has played a role in the years since completing his service. At the very end of our time together in Gresham, Ore., my housemates and I spent a weekend camping at Crater Lake in southern Oregon. Sitting beside the fire, Katie challenged us to summarize the preceding…

#jvreflects: extremists for love- jvc northwest blog

In the latest JV Reflects blog post, current JV Maddie Murphy reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for us to be Extremists for Love- and what this call means to her as a JV. Below is an excerpt from her piece on Ignatian Solidarity Network’s JV Reflects blog.   “On the celebration of the birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I left my service site and went…

#jvreflects: let it rise – jvc northwest blog

In the latest #JVReflects blog post, current JV Rachel Swenarton reflects on how baking bread from scratch is more than just a new hobby: it’s also a metaphor in understanding her JV service at a needle exchange program in Anchorage. Below is an excerpt from her piece on Ignatian Solidarity Network’s blog.   “If the creation of fresh bread is indeed a metaphor, then I can’t help…

becoming human: a jv’s reflection on life at l’arche

How does one slow down while living in a culture that places such high value on personal accomplishment? In their post on L’Arche Portland’s blog, Jesuit Volunteer Jacqueline Mosher (Gresham, OR ’17-18) and Core Member Joni Smith offer authentic relationship as the answer. Here’s a glimpse. “My first few weeks at L’Arche were really challenging. After leaving the ‘doing-oriented’…

extending the table: jordan rudner

This Christmas Season, we invite you to “Extend the Table”. This is the theme our volunteers are exploring this year–to honor a spirit of radical hospitality in their service with those on the margins. As we share some of the ways they’re extending the table, we hope you’ll be inspired, too. We invite you to join in our efforts to extend the table to current and future generations of volunteers.…

advent gathering reflection

Last week was our annual Advent Gathering, which brings together the extended JVC Northwest family for an evening of food, fellowship, and a prayer service. Read Jesuit Volunteer Ursula Magsayo’s (Portland, OR ’17-18) reflection, and find a link to Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps member Mary Kleffner’s (Portland, OR ’17-18) below.   *I invite you all to close your eyes and reflect…