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Ben Carver, AmeriCorps Program Manager (he/him)

I was raised in an agricultural family in the high desert of central Oregon, and left home to attend college in the rainier part of the state at the University of Oregon. Job opportunities after college have led me all over the globe, while always returning to the Northwest when I can. I completed two years of service as an AmeriCorps member, first in the high Rockies of Colorado with a watershed protection and education organization, and later supporting initiatives across Oregon to advance racial justice and equity in access to education. In my current role as the JVC Northwest AmeriCorps Program Manager, I’m grateful for the opportunity to translate my service experiences to benefit our partner agencies and the many individual JVs serving throughout the Northwest.

I am a committed prison abolitionist, volunteering for over a decade to support members of our community held in federal detention facilities. My belief that our world should have no place for people to be held in cages has led me to seek deeper understanding of alternative systems of justice, through which journey I became a certified mediator. True to my roots in rural Oregon, I spend time outside of work and volunteering with activities like blacksmithing and fly fishing.

Want to contact Ben? Email him or contact him at 971.353.6800.


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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. 

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.