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Helen Pitts, JV EnCorps Seattle Program Coordinator (she/her)

I spent my youth in the woods of Tennessee and cultivated a great love of nature. After graduating from college I worked on the east and west coasts as a wildlife rehabilitator. Eventually I settled in Seattle to study conservation biology and wetland ecology at the University of Washington. Those countless hours observing birds in southern hardwood forests led me to a position with Seattle Audubon as Conservation Program Manager. Over the next 19 years I worked with hundreds of volunteers and did just about every job under the sun at a nonprofit. I co-created the Northwest Shade Coffee Campaign to raise consumer awareness of the connection between the challenges facing small-scale coffee farmers and the protection of migratory bird habitat in Central America. The Campaign piqued my interest in the relationship between spiritual community, social and ecological justice. Coordinating the Seattle-area JV EnCorps program is an ideal way for me to fulfill my desire to serve others. I also volunteer with a local land trust and tend my large wildlife and vegetable garden when not spending time with my family and pets.

Want to contact Helen? Email her or give her a call at 206.305.8911.


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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