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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

Get to Know JVC Northwest

Tuesday, November 30 | 6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT

Join us to learn all the basics about a year of service in the Pacific Northwest, including where you can serve, what you might do, and how to apply. Our Recruiter, Zayna, will also share her experience as a JV in both Alaska and Montana. Finally, we’ll open it up for an informal Q+A.

Discerning Post-Grad Service Roundtable

Thursday, December 2 | 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT

Led by Greg Carpinello, Executive Director of JVC Northwest, this roundtable will explore how to discern if a service-year program is right for you.

Prior to joining JVC Northwest in 2019, Greg worked at both Xavier University and Boston College where he helped accompany students through post-grad discernment processes.

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 Zayna at an Event Near You!

11/2/202112pm – 1pmOregon StateVirtualInfo Session w/ College of Liberal Arts and Education
11/2/20217pm-9pm ESTBoston College/St. Anselm/Holy CrossVirtualPost Grad Service Fair
11/2/202112pm-2:30pmManhattan CollegeIn PersonPost Grad Service Fair
11/4/20211:30pm – 4:30pmCatholic UniversityIn PersonLong-Term Service Fair
11/7/2021 IFTJIn PersonIFTJ
11/10/20218:30am-12pmSaint LouisIn PersonService Fair
11/15/20212pm-4pmVillanovaIn PersonPost Grad Service Fair
11/16/20212pm-4pmUniversity of ScrantonIn PersonPost Grad Service Fair
11/17/20211pm-3pmSaint Joseph’s UniversityIn PersonPost Grad Service Fair