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Our Team

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

"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.