Claire Rawson, Recruiter
My name is Claire Rawson, and I am one of the recruiters on staff at JVC Northwest! I grew up in a small town near Portland, and try to get home frequently to enjoy the hiking, swimming, and outdoor adventures with my family. I graduated from Seattle University with a major in Social Work and a minor in Latin American Studies. I clearly feel at home here in the Northwest, which became even more apparent as I chose JVC Northwest for a service year. I just completed my JV year in Woodburn, OR where I had the opportunity to serve with Catholic Community Services. Throughout my JV year, I was able to sit on development teams and put together a college internship program but spend most of my time at a rural shelter for families experiencing homelessness. I had the privilege of serving alongside the staff and residents in developing community building activities and youth programs, such as community birthday celebrations, barbeques, arts and crafts, and starting a community garden.
Throughout my year, I was drawn to learning about and challenging the unjust and oppressive housing systems resulting in houselessness throughout the rural and urban areas where I was serving. My year provided opportunities for radical community that I was privileged to be a part of at my service site, and challenging questions that I continue to sit with and learn from as I carry my year with me. My understanding of community expanded exponentially throughout my year as I found community at my service site, with my housemates, and in Woodburn itself. I learned how to play ridiculously complicated board games, listened to almost all of the Harry Potter audio books, and benefited from the amazing culinary expertise of my housemates who kindly put up with me making pasta almost every week. In my free time, I love reading, drinking tea, swimming, going for walks, playing tennis or soccer, listening to podcasts (specifically trivia!), and spending time with my friends and family.
As a recruiter, I am excited to see more of the country as I travel to meet with people who are considering a year of service!
Want to contact Claire? Email her or give her a call at 503-902-2770.