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Today, we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor

Pope Francis, Laudato Si

Eight years ago, JVC Northwest officially adopted ecological justice as one of our core values alongside social justice. Ecological justice is both social and environmental justice. We understand ecological justice to mean the interconnection and interdependence of all beings and the responsibility of humans to co-exist in harmony for the well-being of our earth community. The health of human communities is inseparably linked to the health of our natural systems. Historic and ongoing degradation of environmental systems operate parallel to the marginalization of and suppression of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color throughout the Northwest. Our vision for ecological justice is a sustainable Northwest where all live justly and equitably in harmony with all creation.

In pursuit of that vision, not only do we encourage our JVs and JV EnCorps members to engage in eco-friendly practices and care for our common home, but we as staff strive to live out and promote ecological justice as a core value in our workplace.  Due to our efforts, JVC Northwest has been named one of the 100 Best Green Companies to work for in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine since the list’s inception in 2010. In 2018, JVC Northwest received Gold Level Certification from Clackamas County Leaders in Sustainability, the highest level certification for sustainable practices.

As part of our commitment to ecological justice, we have a number of service placements that focus on ecological justice, from placements that uphold the rights of Indigenous Alaskans to practice subsistence living, to ensuring equal access to recreate outdoors. You can read more about our eco-focused placements below, along with some resources we have found helpful as we engage in this work. We know there is so much more work to be done to promote ecological justice; if you have ideas for resources to share or advocacy or education actions to take, we would love to hear from you.

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Upcoming Virtual Events

Application Office Hours

It’s less than one week until the first priority application deadline on January 11! Drop in any time to the Zoom link below to chat with the JVC Northwest Recruitment Team about questions you have regarding your application.

  • Fri., January 7 | 12pm – 3pm Pacific Time | Join here.

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.

Catch us at an event near you!

Event DateTimeSchoolEvent NameLocation
1/24/226:30pm-7:30pmSt. Mary’s of IndianaJustice Speaker SeriesRice Commons
1/25/225pm – 8pmUniversity of Notre DameSpring Career FairDahnke Ballroom in the Duncan Student Center
1/25/228pm-9pmUniversity of Notre DameDiversity Leadership Reception5th Floor, Duncan Student Center



Marquette University

Justice Speaker Series

2/1/223pm – 6pmU of Wisconsin-MadisonPublic Service FairGordon Dining and Event Center
2/2/223pm – 6pmLoyola University ChicagoHealthcare Career FairDamen Student Center
2/2/227pm-8pmLoyola University ChicagoJustice Speaker Series Damen Suite 217
2/2/22 John Carroll University“Discerning a Year of Service” session
2/3/224:30pm – 7:00pmJohn Carroll UniversityCareer Exploration Fair 
2/8/2212pm-1pm/2pm-4:30pmGeorgetown UniversityJustice Speaker Series and Office HoursSeminar Room 1, Cawley Career Education Center
2/8/2210am – 2pmSt. Bonaventure UniversityService Year Info Session and Drop-InCafe La Verna
2/9/2211am – 1pmCanisius College“Recruiters on Campus” tableGriff Center
2/10/2210am – 1pmSaint Joesph’s UniversityOn-Campus Career FairSJU Athletics Center
2/15/2212pm – 4pmManhattan CollegeSpring Career FairKelly Student Commons
2/15/223pm – 6pmMarquette UniversityCareers for the Common Good FairAlumni Memorial Union
2/16/2212pm – 4pmSaint Louis UniversitySpring Career Expo 
2/18/2212pm – 3pmCreighton UniversitySpring Career Fair