Volunteer Nurse: A Year of Resistance and Radical Love

Each month, JV AmeriCorps members share their incredible stories of service on our AmeriCorps blog. These stories range from reflections on issues affecting JV AmeriCorps members’ community, such as homelessness or domestic violence, and how they and their placement address the issues, to projects they implement within their agency and community. In our latest AmeriCorps blog, our JV AmeriCorps…

The Importance of AmeriCorps

Over the next few months, JVC Northwest will be sharing about the importance and impact of AmeriCorps (National Service) and inspiring stories of service from our JV AmeriCorps members. We need your help to educate about these vital services addressing the urgent needs of marginalized populations throughout the Northwest, and our country. In this post, learn from supervisors and agency directors about…

Service and Autism- current JV featured in America Magazine

“A life of service is never easy. Having autism can make it even harder” is the title of current JV Gus Hardy’s beautiful and deeply moving reflection in this month’s issue of America Magazine. In it, Gus reflects on what it’s like to commit to service while also living with autism, and how Ignatian Spirituality has played a significant role in his strength and commitment.   “The…

walking with those seeking a new home: current JV reflection

“Voices from the Northwest” is a new blog series featuring Jesuit Volunteer reflections on JV life, lessons from the year, and the vital service JVs provide. Follow along with us in this story series and learn from incredible folks like current JV Eliana, supporting immigrants seeking legal support in the Northwest.   Half-way through my time as a college undergrad, I recognized that standing…

our work is rooted in our values

Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest’s history of service is rooted in our four core values of community, social and ecological justice, simple living, and spirituality.  In this post, Jeanne Haster, Executive Director, affirms JVC Northwest’s commitment to these values and our efforts to stand with those who are vulnerable and marginalized in our communities.   Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest…

agayutem yui: people of god – jvc northwest blog

This month’s Featured FJV is filmmaker Bridget Power (Gresham, OR ’12-13, Bethel, AK ’13-14) who was moved by the spirituality of the Yup’ik Catholic people she met while living in Bethel during her time as a Jesuit Volunteer. In this post she explores the process of making a short documentary about the role of women in sustaining spiritual communities in Southwestern Alaska.   During…

service across generations – jvc northwest blog

The Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (JVE) program is proud to be a part of the “Encore” service movement, but you might be asking, “What is the ‘Encore’ service movement, exactly?” This post briefly explains the movement and how a new partnership between JVC Northwest and an Encore.org initiative in Seattle deepens our commitment to providing meaningful opportunities…

love and support through #givingtuesday – jvc northwest blog

For the second year in a row we are grateful to have a member of the JVC Northwest community, Marcy Haugh (Juneau, AK ’03-04, Board Member, PAC ’15-17), write about how she is using these current times of uncertainty and fear to support the organizations that give her hope on #GivingTuesday.   This year, the darkness of Advent and winter came early and suddenly for me. This November…

4 values, 1 appalachian trail – jvc northwest blog

For this month’s Featured FJV, we switched up the style and let former JV Anna Burnham (Portland, OR ’14-15, Former Staff) take the reins. She recently reunited with close friend and fellow FJV Rachel Young (Juneau, AK ’14-15) to ask her about her experience of the four core values as she travels across the Appalachian Trail. Enjoy!   Living the Four Values on an Appalachian…

orientation 2016 recap – jvc northwest blog

2016 Orientation has come and gone but you can get a glimpse into all the week had to offer through our photo recap. If any of these images inspire you or help you reflect on your own Orientation or time as  JV, be sure to leave us a comment!     This year’s Orientation theme was “On Our Way”, corresponds with our 60th Anniversary logo, both of which depict a compass:…