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Partnering with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

Over the past 60 years, Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest has placed thousands of talented, energized and well-supported volunteers in agencies providing direct service and advocacy opportunities throughout the Northwest. In 2010, JVC Northwest became an AmeriCorps National Direct Grantee. This status was renewed for an additional three years in 2013, 2016, and 2019.

Due to this grant, the majority of Jesuit Volunteers are now also AmeriCorps members. This grant has made it possible for JVC Northwest to go where the need is greatest and to enable our partner agencies to extend their services at a significantly reduced cost.

Partner Agency Requirements

Please review the following important guidelines for our partner agencies before applying for a Jesuit Volunteer (JV)/AmeriCorps member:

  • Design opportunities for the JV/AmeriCorps member to spend 40 hours per week working directly with people who are economically poor or marginalized, or working in advocacy positions in the social or ecological justice arenas.
  • Provide appropriate orientation and training for the JV/AmeriCorps member to understand the work of the agency and their role within it.
  • Supervise the JV directly, including weekly 1-1 meetings throughout the year.
  • Comply with AmeriCorps requirements, if an AmeriCorps partner site.

A complete description of all Partner Agency Expectations is available in our Partner Agency Handbook. Please contact us if you’d like a copy of this.

Application Timeline Overview

Late November / Early December

Agencies wishing to apply for a JV/AmeriCorps member for the following program year must submit an application before or on the application deadline which typically falls on the first Monday after Thanksgiving.


After that date, the Partner Agency selection process begins and agencies are notified of their acceptance by the end of January.

Spring and Summer

The JV/AmeriCorps member screening and placement process takes place from mid-February through July, with service beginning mid-August. The JV/AmeriCorps members complete their service commitment on July 31.

Partnering with Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (50+)

Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (JVE) is a program of JVC Northwest enlisting the experience and skills of women and men ages 50 and older in part-time, meaningful volunteer service to a local non-profit organization. Currently, JV EnCorps Members (JVEs) serve in Portland, OR and the surrounding area. JVEs serve September through June. Some volunteer year-round depending on their availability and the needs of the hosting nonprofit agency.

Which Agencies Fit JV EnCorps Eligibility?

  • Agencies directly serving people who are economically poor or working to address the issues and structures impacting poor or marginalized populations.
  • Agencies able to provide minimum service requirements to meet the JVE time commitment of five or more hours a week, September – June.
  • Agencies able to offer adult volunteers, 50 years and older, meaningful service opportunities and enrichment, including: orientation, supervision, and training that supports the effectiveness of volunteers.
  • Agencies able to provide standard liability protection for volunteers.

If your agency’s mission and position descriptions match our criteria, your agency will be placed on our Site Placement List from which JVEs select potential placements. Our office will then notify you if a volunteer wishes to interview your agency for a position. We will contact you at the beginning of each year to update your volunteer position availability for the coming year. Matches typically are made during June and July.

For more information about applying to host a JV EnCorps Member (50+) please call 503.335.8202 or email jvencorps@jvcnorthwest.org.

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Upcoming Virtual Events

Get to Know JVC Northwest

Thursday, October 28 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT

Join us to learn all the basics about a year of service in the Pacific Northwest, including where you can serve, what you might do, and how to apply. Our Recruiter, Zayna, will also share her experience as a JV in both Alaska and Montana. Finally, we’ll open it up for an informal Q+A.

Zayna Abusada

JVC Northwest Recruiter

Zayna Abusada (Ashland, MT ’17-18, Anchorage, AK ’18-19) was most recently a JV in south-central Alaska serving with immigrant and refugee English-Language learners as the Academy for Citizenship and Civics Support Specialist with the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) in Anchorage. Zayna first served with Indigenous students on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Zayna went on to earn her undergraduate degree in History and Theological Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Louis University.

Catch Zayna at an Event Near You!


10/5/2021Pepperdine UniversityVirtualCareers with Social Impact Fair
10/6/2021Saint Mary’s College (CA)VirtualCareer & Internship Fair
10/7/2021Loyola New Orleans/UNOVirtualJoint Fall Job & Internship Fair
10/7/2021Spring Hill CollegeVirtualBadger Career Expo Day 2
10/13/2021Gonzaga UniversityIn PersonPost Grad Service Fair
10/13/2021Ohio UniversityVirtualGovernment, Nonprofit, and Service Fair
10/16/2021Ignatian Family Teach-InVirtualBreakout Session and Exhibiting
10/18/2021University of DaytonVirtualBeyond UD Fair: Post Graduate Volunteer Programs
10/20/2021Xavier UniversityIn PersonPost-Grad Service Fair
10/20/2021Boise StateIn PersonCareer Fair
10/21/2021University of DaytonIn PersonPost-Grad Service Fair
10/21/2021UC Santa BarbaraVirtualSocial Service Fair