Intentional community means JVs commit to having thoughtful, personal relationships with each person in their community and with the group as a whole. Each person is expected to participate fully and contribute to the community. JVs live with three to seven other volunteers, with the potential of having both an inter-generational and mixed gender community. Volunteers may share bedrooms, but in some cases have their own room. Everyone cooks and cleans, or learns how! Most community members volunteer at different placement agencies. As a community, you decide how to handle finances, agree on regular times to be together as community, discuss how to make decisions and resolve conflict, and divide household responsibilities. All volunteers are responsible to each other as members of the same community. The process of keeping communication and expectations clear is helped by regular community meetings. JVC Northwest communities also participate in weekly spirituality and community nights.
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