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Mission and Values

Mission and Vision Statement

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest responds to local community needs in the Northwest by recruiting, placing, and supporting volunteers who provide value-centered service grounded in the Jesuit Catholic tradition.

Honoring the Divine at work in all things, we envision the Northwest as a sustainable region where all live in dignity, are treated justly and equitably, and actively contribute to their own empowerment and positive change in their communities.


Core Values

Over the years, the experience of volunteers and their reflection on that experience have been distilled into four values: community, simple living, social and ecological justice, and spirituality. Jesuit Volunteers and JV EnCorps members make a commitment to strive to live out these four interconnected values during their service year.


Living in intentional community challenges us to be compassionate, vulnerable in sharing our uniqueness, and humble in learning from one another. As we recognize our need to be in community, we open ourselves to life-giving relationships and appreciate the sacredness at the heart of our interactions and interdependence.


Simple living enables us to value relationships and reflection over an excess of activity and material possessions. It opens us to a more joyful way of life, clarifies our view of the world and of ourselves, and helps us better attend to our community, the earth, and those oppressed and living on the margins.


We work for justice by becoming more aware of how our attitudes and behaviors impact others, and by serving with people living on the margins who suffer the effects of social and ecological injustice. Together, we strive for solidarity, we work to examine and change unjust attitudes and structures we encounter, and serve to promote justice and a reverent, sustainable relationship with the earth.


As a community rooted in Jesuit principles, we explore what it means to live committed to on-going reflection. We discern our gifts and deepest passions to inform our actions so we may fully engage our call to serve in the world.

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Upcoming Virtual Events

"JVC Northwest 101: Service and Community"

Thursday, April 7 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn about all that makes a year of service with JVC Northwest unique. We’ll talk about the opportunities available, what intentional community looks like, and dive into our values of social and ecological justice, simple living, and spirituality/reflection. There will also be plenty of time for Q+A. Register here. 

"How to Make Your Application Stand Out"

Wednesday, April 20 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn how you can position yourself to be a strong candidate for service with JVC Northwest. With one week left before the April 26 priority deadline, this will also be the perfect time to get a handle on each step of the application, interview, matching, and placement process. Register here. 

Where Are the JVC Northwest Recruiters Going Next?

Check out our upcoming recruitment events below. Don’t see your school or town on the list? Reach out to us at recruiter@jvcnorthwest.org to let us know you’d like us to pay your town a visit! 

Notre Dame | Info Session: Discerning Post Graduate Service | 6:30 PM | COffee House in Geddes Hall

Marquette | Info session (1-2) office hours (2-4) | Career Services Center – Seminar Room