JVC Northwest and JVC based in Baltimore are two separate organizations. They vary in three primary ways:
- Types of placements/locales: JVC in Baltimore offers many large urban placements in the U.S., while JVC Northwest offers a bit more variety of locales. We have a number of large urban centers, but offer a wider variety of small cities, towns, and rural and remote locales. This means there are also more opportunities to serve with Indigenous communities, specifically in Montana and Alaska.
- Ecological Justice: JVC Northwest recently incorporated “ecological justice” into our core values, so there is a concentrated focus on this throughout the year. Ecological justice shows up both in the types of placements we offer, as well as in the resources we offer JVs and the challenges and lifestyle choices JVs take on during the year.
- AmeriCorps: JVC Northwest has been an AmeriCorps Direct Grantee for the last six years, which offers a significant benefit to our volunteers and agencies. This partnership means almost all of our JVs are also AmeriCorps members (142 of the 148+) and are eligible for the $5,815 Education Award at the end of the year, which can be used to pay back federal student loans or pay for future education. AmeriCorps funding also cuts the cost in half for an agency to host a JV, so more agencies and smaller locales can now afford to have JVs that couldn’t before our partnership with AmeriCorps.
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