Incoming JVs: Please join us for summer Pre-Orientation sessions in May, June, and July to help you transition into a successful year of service. During Pre-O, you’ll meet fellow 2022-23 JVs, learn about what life as a JV will be like, and we’ll help prepare you with some logistics for your big move to the PNW. All incoming JVs are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible! Please remember to register individually for each one you plan to attend to get the meeting link and reminders.
All sessions take place from 5-6pm PT/8-9pm ET on Zoom
Thursday, May 12th – Community Night
Get to know your 2022-23 JV cohort virtually before meeting them in August! Tonight will be a night dedicated to community building with fellow incoming JVs from all over the country.
Thursday, June 9th – Simple Living
What does it mean to live simply in 2022? In this session, we’ll explore what simple living is, why it matters, and what your own practice of simple living might look like this year.
Thursday, July 14th – Spirituality Night
Jesuit Volunteers hold many spiritual identities, ranging from Catholic to atheist and everything in between. How would you describe your own spirituality? How do you imagine it might evolve as a JV? This is a session to kick-start your journey of self-reflection.
Orientation 2022: Sowing Solidarity
“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” ― Lilla Watson
Solidarity is a radical act. In a society that worships profit, solidarity is countercultural, and a path to the world we seek to create. But this mutual responsibility or communion of interests can only be cultivated where there is relationship – a web of humans, animals, beings, earth. We cannot be in solidarity with some distant ideal, only with those seeking it. How do we truly encounter each other? How do we become intimately familiar with the ways our lives and loves are bound up with those we may not yet or never know? Might relationships with those next to us guide our understanding of the relentless oil-climate-race-brutality-fire-virus-flood-shooting-crisis?
Sowing solidarity is a hyper-local, gritty act. It takes time, contact, and ground. It relies on the flawed and hopeful generations of seeds, sowers, and soil ecology that birthed the present. As a Sower, you must listen to and learn to collaborate with soil, communities, and Spirit. Sowers wait for growth and tend to what has taken hold. Sowers trust in a future still unknown that they may never witness. Sowing may not be as flashy as harvesting, but through the groundwork of listening, introspection, and accompaniment, may we find and feed the network of our bounded liberation with a sense of bounty and abundance.
Transportation Arrival Times
In order to meet you upon arrival, we ask that you complete the Orientation Travel Form (part of your Onboarding forms). If your travel plans change after submitting the form, please resubmit the form with the new changes.
If your plans change or there’s an emergency during your travel day, call 503-335-8202, the JVC Northwest office in Portland. A staff member will be monitoring this phone for messages on Monday and throughout the week of Orientation.
Please note that only certain locales and placements require a car for the service year. We ask that all other JVs do not bring a car for the year, unless you have discussed it with your Program Coordinator.
Preparing for Orientation
Below is a list of everything that is due before you arrive at Orientation. Please note: all forms must be submitted prior to your arrival on August 8; we cannot accept forms at Orientation. All forms can be accessed online unless otherwise noted.
Forms due June 1:
- Criminal History Check Authorization
- Government Issued ID
- Health Insurance Acceptance/Waiver Form
- Health Insurance ID (upload a copy if you decline JVC Northwest Insurance)
- JV Information Form (with emergency contact info, cabin preference, bio, picture, etc.)
- Medical Form and COVID-19 Vaccination Information
- Policy Acknowledgement:
- Code of Conduct
- Drug & Alcohol Policy
- Whistleblower Policy & Addendum
Forms due by July 1:
- Orientation Travel Form (now available!)
- I-9 and W-4 forms (emailed to you directly)
Please keep a copy of the full version of the Code of Conduct for your records. Please note that there will be time for questions regarding the Code of Conduct and Whistle Blower Policy at Orientation.
One Final Task for JV AmeriCorps Members: In July, you will receive an email invitation from the “MyAmeriCorps” Portal. It is essential that you provide an accurate and timely response prior to Orientation.