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JV Flex

JVC Northwest is excited to launch our JV Flex program, which explores new ways in which JVC Northwest can respond to local community needs! JV Flex engages people in Portland or Seattle to experience a JVC Northwest values-driven year of service within their own communities. Whether you’re right out of high school or college, recently retired, or looking for a mid-career change, JV Flex provides flexibility for many different lifestyles, commitments, and stages in life, allowing volunteers to maintain their own unique independent housing while building community with fellow volunteers in their area through monthly cohort meetings, retreats, and contemplative resource sharing. Explore and expand vocational skills in your city through a program rooted in our core values of community, simple living, social and ecological justice, and spirituality/reflection. 

JV Flex is different from our JV program in that:

  • The minimum age requirement is 18
  • There is no limitation on relationship status
  • You can apply directly to the specific positions you wish to be considered for
  • Volunteers maintain their own unique, independent housing while building community with fellow volunteers through monthly meet-ups and two annual retreats

Read our blog post on JV Flex for a more detailed comparison of our programs.

Timeline

JV Flex is an eleven month service opportunity beginning September 7.

Final application deadline is August 5. Those who submit an application by June 28 will have the best chance of securing a preferred placement.

Where We Serve

JV AmeriCorps members enrolled in the JV Flex program serve in a variety of organizations throughout Portland and Seattle whose missions include housing services, substance addiction and recovery services, education, legal services, and more. No matter your interests or expertise, there’s bound to be a service position for you. When applying to JV Flex, you’ll include a list of your preferred placements.

Volunteer Opportunities

Click on the position titles below to learn more about each service opportunity.

Portland

Activities and Events Coordinator

Agency: Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO)
Primary Service Category: HIV/AIDS 

The Activities and Event Coordinator is responsible for the planning and implementation of on-site, off-site, and virtual psychosocial support activities for clients at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV Day Center and Daily Bread Express. The JV AmeriCorps member will be reporting participation on our new platform, Storiicare. This platform has the ability for clients to interact on in a capacity of a digital Day Center. The Coordinator will be supporting the clients in registering on to Storiicare, teach them how to use the system, and provide virtual activities on Storiicare for clients who are isolated. The Coordinator will have the opportunity to support EMO’s Northeast Emergency Food Program by assembling meal boxes to be distributed to clients for grocery pick-ups.

About Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon: We respond as people of faith to the needs of Oregonians to create a more just, compassionate, sustainable, and peaceful world. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV Services programs provide a community that strives to address basic needs of individuals living with HIV/AIDS with respect, compassion, and safety. Click here to read the full position description.

Cultural Orientation and Life Skills Coordinator

Agency: Catholic Charities of Oregon
Primary Service Category: Refugee and Immigrant Services

The Cultural Orientation and Life Skills Coordinator will provide essential orientation, English language, and life skills trainings to newly arrived refugee families, facilitating their ability to successfully rebuild their lives in the U.S. This includes providing refugees with the essential skills training they need to access community resources and educational opportunities, achieve economic stability, and strengthen physical and mental health.   

About Catholic Charities of Oregon: Our mission is to assure that essential, life-saving services and supports are accessible to the most vulnerable Oregonians. The services we provide across the state of Oregon include affordable and supportive housing, financial empowerment, mental health and counseling, pregnancy and parenting support, legal services, intensive case management and more. Click here to read the full position description.

Education and Employment Support Specialist

Agency: Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC) + Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS)
Primary Service Category: Teen/At-Risk/Opportunity Youth Services

The Education and Employment Support Specialist will provide employment, education, and mentorship services to graduates of Rosemary Anderson High School (an alternative high school serving low income youth) and older youth from the community, through the age of 25. The role includes serving in a drop-in center for youth, providing wraparound services with a focus on skills such as college and career readiness, navigating post-secondary education, and career exploration. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or Person of Color) individuals strongly encouraged to apply.

About POIC+RAHS: Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center + Rosemary Anderson High School (POIC + RAHS) is a minority-led nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing the highest quality services in education, mentoring, family outreach, employment training and placement. At POIC + RAHS, we reconnect alienated at-risk youth and adults affected by poverty, family instability, and homelessness to education, career training, and culturally-specific wraparound programs, including services for families impacted by the criminal justice system. Click here to read the full position description.

Graduate and Meal Program Support

Agency: St. Andrew Nativity School
Primary Service Category: Education (K-12 School) 

Join a dynamic staff of dedicated middle school educators by providing meal program and classroom support. Help 8th grade students apply to high school and support high school students through their transitions. The JV Flex member steps into responsibilities like supporting teachers in hybrid learning, lunch supervision, and meal program support.

About St. Andrew Nativity School: St. Andrew Nativity School is a tuition-free Catholic, Jesuit middle school serving young people of all faiths from low-income backgrounds and empowering them in their spiritual, intellectual and personal development toward college and career readiness and becoming people for others. Click here to read the full position description.

Health Instructor

Agency: Serendipity Center
Primary Service Category: Education (K-12 School)

The Health Education/Therapeutic Rec. Instructor will support 9 classrooms, and roughly 80 students, in receiving and engaging in weekly Health education curricula. The curricula will be in compliance with educational state standards and will include but will not be limited to sexuality education, physical health, nutritional health, healthy relationships, etc. The Therapeutic Rec instruction component of the position will enhance the health education curriculum by providing opportunity for daily movement and play, which seeks to build physical, cognitive, and emotional skills through an integrated approach.

About Serendipity Center: Serendipity is a non-profit therapeutic school serving at-risk students whose complex needs prevent success in other settings. Serendipity’s mission is to provide the best environment for students to heal and become educated, productive community members. Populations served by Serendipity include children and families, LGBTQIA2S+ communities, teens/at-risk/opportunity youth, individuals experiencing housing instability and/or houselessness, and individuals with mental illness. Click here to read the full position description.

Program Associate

Agency: Rose Haven Day Center for Women and Children
Primary Service Category: Women’s Shelter/Program

Rose Haven is seeking a compassionate and dedicated person to join us in providing services directly to the women, marginalized genders, and children that we serve within a low-barrier, drop-in, day space setting. This unique opportunity will give you the opportunity to work with individuals within all of our service programs, providing a diverse range of experiences and insight to our non-profit operations.

About Rose Haven: Rose Haven is a day shelter and community shelter serving women, children, and gender non-conforming folks experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home, and other disruptive life challenges. We break the cycle of homelessness by providing meals, clothing, first aid, mailing addresses, hygiene, restrooms, showers, as well as educational programs and guidance through medical and social services. By meeting basic needs and building trust, we empower our guests to explore long-term change. Click here to read the full position description.

Program Services Coordinator

Agency: Blanchet House of Hospitality
Primary Service Category: Food and Hunger

The Program Services Coordinator provides essential support to our houseless program services by assisting with volunteer check-in, in-kind donations, and meal service operations. In addition, the Program Services Coordinator will have opportunities to design and lead activities in support of our meal guest services. The Program Services Coordinator will receive an orientation to Blanchet House, including key concepts and skills they will need to perform their duties, including social issues, client population, and processes to use when solving problems.

About Blanchet House of Hospitality: Blanchet House is a nonprofit social services organization located in downtown Portland that provides food, clothing, and housing programs to people in need. The Meal Program serves nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners six days a week. Populations served by Blanchet House of Hospitality include current or formerly incarcerated, immigrants and refugees, Indigenous communities, individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities, Latinx communities, LGBTQIA2S+ communities, seniors/elders, survivors of DVSA, teens/at-risk/opportunity youth, individuals experiencing housing instability and/or houselessness, and individuals with mental illness. Click here to read the full position description.

Resident Services Coordinator

Agency: Volunteers of America (VOA)
Primary Service Category: Substance Addiction/Recovery/Prevention

The Resident Services Coordinator is responsible for supervising and providing crisis counseling and support services for clients who identify as men in a residential therapeutic community. These services are provided both at the treatment center and in traveling with the clients in the community on recreation activities, on community service activities and recovery meetings. The MRC serves clients who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, in a residential setting. This is a dynamic position in a team-oriented environment.

About Volunteers of America: Volunteers of America is dedicated to helping those most vulnerable, the abused, and those in need of a second chance. VOA aims to enhance lives by promoting self-determination, building strong communities, and standing for social justice. VOA provides services include residential treatment, outpatient services, and drop-in child care, and more. Click here to read the full position description.

Seattle

Community Engagement and Resource Coordinator

Agency: YouthCare
Primary Service Category: Teen/At-Risk/Opportunity Youth Services

As a member of our Community Engagement Team, the Community Engagement and Resource Coordinator will interact with community partners, donors, and volunteers, and provide critically needed resources to young people experiencing homelessness ages 12-24 at 15 transitional housing and emergency shelter programs across the city.

About YouthCare: Founded in 1974, YouthCare was one of the first shelters to serve runaway and homeless youth on the West Coast. The goal was to help young people find safety today and build a future for tomorrow. Over four decades, YouthCare has defined best practices and developed programs that set a national standard for excellence. 

YouthCare currently operates 15 sites across Seattle and serves over 1,500 young people every year. Each young person receives individualized, comprehensive care tailored to their unique needs and goals. Through comprehensive services, including early intervention, shelter, housing, education, and employment training, as well as a range of community partnerships, such as legal aid, mental and physical healthcare, and post-secondary support, YouthCare ensures that young people experiencing homelessness have the hope, skills, and self-confidence to achieve their dreams. Click here to read the full position description.

Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator

Agency: YouthCare
Primary Service Category: Teen/At-Risk/Opportunity Youth Services 

As a member of our Community Engagement Team, the Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator will support volunteer programming in order to provide critically needed volunteer support to young people experiencing homelessness ages 12-24 at 15 transitional housing and emergency shelter programs across the city.

About YouthCare: Founded in 1974, YouthCare was one of the first shelters to serve runaway and homeless youth on the West Coast. The goal was to help young people find safety today and build a future for tomorrow. Over four decades, YouthCare has defined best practices and developed programs that set a national standard for excellence. 

YouthCare currently operates 15 sites across Seattle and serves over 1,500 young people every year. Each young person receives individualized, comprehensive care tailored to their unique needs and goals. Through comprehensive services, including early intervention, shelter, housing, education, and employment training, as well as a range of community partnerships, such as legal aid, mental and physical healthcare, and post-secondary support, YouthCare ensures that young people experiencing homelessness have the hope, skills, and self-confidence to achieve their dreams. Click here to read the full position description.

Community Outreach Coordinator

Agency: Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
Primary Service Category: Homelessness/Housing Services

Join the Low Income Housing Institute on the frontlines of fighting homelessness and poverty as the Community Outreach Coordinator. This position will conduct outreach and build relationships with community and faith organizations, schools, non-profits, and businesses to provide donations of crucial items and meals to benefit the residents and clients served by our tiny house programs, Urban Rest Stop hygiene facilities, and affordable housing buildings in Seattle and the Puget Sound region. The position will receive and organize donations and distribute out to the various LIHI sites to immediately serve the needs of our residents and clients and will work with LIHI staff at all levels on creating and updating donation wish lists to be distributed out to the community. Be a part of the success of LIHI’s innovative and rapidly expanding tiny house village program that includes 13 villages currently and several more being planned providing shelter, safety and community annually to over 1,000 people experiencing homelessness.

About Low Income Housing Institute: The Low Income Housing Institute develops, owns and operates housing for the benefit of low-income, homeless and formerly homeless people in Washington state, advocates for just housing policies at the local and national levels, and administers a range of supportive service programs to assist those served in maintaining stable housing and increasing their self-sufficiency. Click here to read the full position description.

Essential Needs Coordinator (Ballard)

Agency: Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
Primary Service Category: Homelessness/Housing Services

Join the Low Income Housing Institute team at our Ballard neighborhood Urban Rest Stop in Seattle as the Essential Needs Coordinator on the front lines of helping people experiencing homelessness receive crucial hygiene services, resource support, and community donations to assist clients in transitioning from homelessness to housing. At the URS, which provides free laundry, showers, and restrooms for the Seattle homeless population, the Essential Needs Coordinator will assist staff in providing hygiene services for clients, provide clients with resource information and referrals to housing, shelter, employment, food, education, health care, child care, treatment and other programs, and help organize donation and volunteer programs. The Essential Needs Coordinator will play a critical role in helping people and families exit homelessness and poverty and gain stability, self-sufficiency, and permanent housing.

About Low Income Housing Institute: The Low Income Housing Institute develops, owns and operates housing for the benefit of low-income, homeless and formerly homeless people in Washington state, advocates for just housing policies at the local and national levels, and administers a range of supportive service programs to assist those served in maintaining stable housing and increasing their self-sufficiency. Click here to read the full position description.

Essential Needs Coordinator (Downtown)

Agency: Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
Primary Service Category: Homelessness/Housing Services

Join the Low Income Housing Institute team at our Downtown Urban Rest Stop in Seattle as the Essential Needs Coordinator on the front lines of helping people experiencing homelessness receive crucial hygiene services, resource support, and community donations to assist clients in transitioning from homelessness to housing. At the URS, which provides free laundry, showers, and restrooms for the Seattle homeless population, the Essential Needs Coordinator will assist staff in providing hygiene services for clients, provide clients with resource information and referrals to housing, shelter, employment, food, education, health care, child care, treatment and other programs, and help organize donation and volunteer programs. The Essential Needs Coordinator will play a critical role in helping people and families exit homelessness and poverty and gain stability, self-sufficiency, and permanent housing.

About Low Income Housing Institute: The Low Income Housing Institute develops, owns and operates housing for the benefit of low-income, homeless and formerly homeless people in Washington state, advocates for just housing policies at the local and national levels, and administers a range of supportive service programs to assist those served in maintaining stable housing and increasing their self-sufficiency. Click here to read the full position description.

Family Services Unit Intake Coordinator

Agency: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)
Primary Service Category: Legal Services

The FSU Intake Coordinator will assist the Family Services Unit staff in assessing the eligibility of potential clients registered for the monthly Family Visa Workshops (FVW) and provide information regarding the family visa petition process. Responsibilities will include serving as the direct contact for individuals registered for FVWs, the scheduling of intakes, processing and reviewing responses received from: FOIA records requests to USCIS, CBP, EOIR, ICE, FBI, and court-related records, and relevant case preparation support under supervision.

About Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education. Click here to read the full position description.

Food Bank Coordinator

Agency: FamilyWorks
Primary Service Category: Food and Hunger

In the first couple months of placement, the JV AmeriCorps member will dive into food bank operations, learning everything from grocery rescue and sorting, to distribution and our client intake process. The JV AmeriCorps member will assist with the full range of FamilyWorks food programs including food bank distribution, Home Delivery, Student PowerPacks, and No Cook bag distribution. After gaining a foundation in food bank operation, the JV AmeriCorps member will serve alongside the Food Bank Manager on the expansion of a new program, our Mobile Food Pantry. Through this program, the JV will collaborate with community partners to bring essential food resources directly to our community, largely serving populations currently experiencing homelessness.

About FamilyWorks: FamilyWorks is the only organization in Seattle with a food bank and family resource center in the same building. Because of this unique blend of services, neighbors and families have access to nutritious groceries at both our Greenwood and Wallingford Food Banks, as well as a wide array of programs and resources at our Wallingford Family Resource Center. Through our food banks, families and individuals can receive fresh produce, dairy, proteins, and more, once a week at each location. We also offer a Grocery Delivery Program for home-bound adults, “No-Cook” or Emergency Food Bags for our neighbors struggling with housing insecurity, and “PowerPacks” for local students to stay well-nourished over the weekend. At our Family Resource Center, families and individuals are creating a vibrant community through playgroups, participant-led workshops, and other community programs. Our Family Resource Center also offers other basic resources such as children’s clothing and diapers, broader support in referrals and connections to other services, WIC Nutritionist appointments, and more. Click here to read the full position description.

GED Tutor

Agency: YouthCare
Primary Service Category: Teen/At-Risk/Opportunity Youth Services 

The GED Tutor will provide individualized tutoring to participants in the GED program. The member will be encouraged to prepare and teach small group learning lessons and/or lead small group activities. The member will also support outreach efforts to other YouthCare sites regarding the GED program. The JV AmeriCorps member will support in facilitating post-GED workshops with youth under the guidance of the GED Supervisor.

About YouthCare: Founded in 1974, YouthCare was one of the first shelters to serve runaway and homeless youth on the West Coast. The goal was to help young people find safety today and build a future for tomorrow. Over four decades, YouthCare has defined best practices and developed programs that set a national standard for excellence. 

YouthCare currently operates 15 sites across Seattle and serves over 1,500 young people every year. Each young person receives individualized, comprehensive care tailored to their unique needs and goals. Through comprehensive services, including early intervention, shelter, housing, education, and employment training, as well as a range of community partnerships, such as legal aid, mental and physical healthcare, and post-secondary support, YouthCare ensures that young people experiencing homelessness have the hope, skills, and self-confidence to achieve their dreams. Click here to read the full position description.

Outreach and Direct Support Professional

Agency: L’Arche Noah Sealth
Primary Service Category: Ability/Disability Resource

The Core Member Support and Outreach Assistant is a new position at L’Arche Noah Sealth created to help foster relationships between Core Members (adults with intellectual disability) and the extended community of friends of L’Arche. The JV AmeriCorps member will be responsible for providing direct care for core members in the spirit of mutual relationship as well as creating our monthly newsletter, planning engaging community events with our community night committee, and supporting core members with family and friend relationship-building through gifts, art and written correspondence.  This is a full-time, live-in position at one of our L’Arche houses in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, which means that the JV AmeriCorps member would live and share life with people with and without intellectual disabilities as housemates. Our housing fee for the Flex JV is $750 per month and this covers room and board, utilities, personal use of company vehicles and respite lodging at a nearby apartment. This is a unique experience to live in intentional community with people with and with-out intellectual disabilities and engage in housemate relationships grounded in the mission of L’Arche and mutual relationships. 

About L’Arche Noah Sealth: L’Arche Noah Sealth of Seattle is one of 17 communities in the United States that provide homes and workplaces where people with and without intellectual disabilities live, work and play together as peers, create inclusive communities of faith and friendship, and transform society through relationships that cross social boundaries. Click here to read the full position description.

Rural Outreach Specialist

Position Title: Tacoma South Unit Rural Outreach Specialist
Agency: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)
Location: Tacoma, WA

The Rural Outreach Specialist will fill the critical, unique role of coordinating outreach and waitlist services for the Tacoma and South Unit, specifically focusing on opening accessibility across the mostly rural region and reducing our service wait time. This position typically supports the coordination of 20 intakes per month and assisting possible clients with requesting necessary documents such as police reports, and immigration files. NWIRP relies on critical support from staff at all stages of legal assistance, from screening cases to scheduling intakes and coordinating the collection of documents; from conducting intakes to providing advice/counsel or taking on a case for direct representation. This will allow the unit to properly screen possible clients more quickly and help collect documents for clients who have been screened as eligible for immigration relief. The JV AmeriCorps member plays an essential role in the earlier stages of the process, ultimately enabling us to ensure that we provide quality service to as many people as possible in this time of significant need for our communities.

About Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education. Click here to read the full position description.

The JV Flex Experience

Life as a JV is rooted in our four core values of community, simple living, social and ecological justice, and spirituality/reflection. While everyone’s service year can vary greatly depending on their unique perspectives and life experiences, here are some general guidelines to what immersion in the four core values may look like during a JV Flex year:

Community

The JV Flex community welcomes and celebrates people of all stages of life, genders, sexual orientations, cultural identities, faith backgrounds, abilities, and economic statuses. JV Flex members expand their independent communities by meeting monthly with their JV Flex cohort, a supportive and diverse group of people committed to pursuing a values-driven life. Through service at a local organization, JV Flex members interact with new subsets of their Portland/Seattle community and develop a greater understanding of the interdependence of our lives and our responsibility to support one another.  

Simple Living

Simple living is an invitation to live more intentionally and to choose presence and mindfulness over the noise and clutter of a mainstream, capitalist lifestyle. Simple living allows JVs to more fully connect with the communities they serve alongside and to more intently focus on relationships over objects. For some, this is a new concept that can be challenging and rewarding. Though many forms of technology have evolved in recent years from luxury to necessity, many JVs choose to take a critical look at their relationship and habits with technology, and challenge themselves to be more intentional about their interactions with it. Resources are shared and discussions are lead in monthly meetings about how we can more intentionally integrate simple living practices into our lives, and how this lifestyle helps us better connect to ourselves and our communities.   

Social and Ecological Justice

JVs work for peace and justice by being aware of how attitudes and behavior affect others. Being aware urges us to change the attitudes and structures which create poverty, perpetuate oppression, and destroy ecological systems. Solidarity demands that we create change by working alongside people who suffer the effects of social and ecological injustice. We affirm the interconnectedness of life by making efforts to reduce our impact on the Earth. JVs live out this value each day, many through their service placement involvement, and within their independent communities through practices like limiting the use of resources, being intentional about how money is spent, transportation choices, choosing to compost, staying educated, and more. 

Spirituality/Reflection

JVs bring a rich diversity of spiritual backgrounds and belief systems. This diversity challenges local cohorts to practice reflective listening and conversation in order to deepen and broaden their wonder and appreciation of the myriad ways spirituality can connect us to each other and to the Earth. JV Flex members take a closer look at their spiritual values by participating in two cohort retreats throughout the year (volunteers who identify as BIPOC have the option to join the residential JV program’s BIPOC retreats as well). The cornerstone of the JVC Northwest year is having the on-going time and space to reflect on one’s transformative service experience. 

Support

  • Full-time service experience with a local values-driven nonprofit organization
  • Dedicated JVC Northwest staff support
  • Two-day Orientation
  • Monthly meetings with JV Flex Cohort. These meetings will be a mix of formation centered on the four values, AmeriCorps and professional development, vocational discernment, and more.
  • Two cohort retreats (fall and spring). Volunteers who identify as BIPOC have the option to join the residential JV program’s BIPOC retreats as well.
  • Personal growth and formation

Benefits

  • Living allowance of $15,100 for the 2021-22 program year, set by AmeriCorps 
  • Health insurance premiums (member responsible for co-pays)    
  • AmeriCorps education award after successful completion of service ($6,345 for 2021-22)  
  • Access to mental health counseling 24/7 
  • Childcare (provided by AmeriCorps State and National) 
  • Loan assistance, including forbearance and deferral options for some loans and eligibility to apply to public service loan forgiveness program  
  • Workers Compensation insurance  
  • Mileage reimbursement to and from Orientation and retreats (within locale radius)  

Qualifications

Partner agencies may list additional qualifications needed for specific service opportunities in their position descriptions. Minimum program qualifications follow. 

  • 18 years or older; no upper age limit 
  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • English language skills; no additional language requirement 
  • No limitations on relationship status 
  • No limitation related to dependents 
  • Members must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States for the 2021-22 program year.

Still have questions? Email recruitment@jvcnorthwest.org.

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