For Parents & Families

For more than 55 years, Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest has placed thousands of volunteers in full-time service positions at not-for-profit social service, educational, medical and environmental agencies throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. As a family member or friend of a prospective volunteer, you may have some questions about what it means to be a Jesuit Volunteer (JV).

JVs are well supported by the JVC Northwest office and receive direct support from their program coordinators, who visit each community at least two times during the year. JVs also participate in three regional retreats throughout the year, designating time for shared and personal reflection. They receive room and board, basic medical insurance, and a small living stipend each month. Transportation home is provided upon completion of the year.

For many, becoming a JV is a process of discovery and growth. Our volunteers often comment that the JV experience is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences they have ever had. Your child, family member, or friend will appreciate your support and understanding as they make this important decision. If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please call the JVC Northwest office at (503) 335-8202 or email us at

What other parents have said:

Today, there are so many career opportunities for students and this is the reason that self-assessment is integral while a student is in college in order to plan for life after graduation. When my daughter Margaret graduated with a marketing degree, great grade point, two internships, and study abroad (experience) she still wasn’t sure what the next step in her life should be. After months of research prior to graduation she discovered JVC and “enlisted” after walking across the graduation stage. In my opinion, it was one of the best decisions she has made and helped her continue with the self-assessment. The experiences she encountered during the JVC tenure ended up providing a sound foundation for Margaret in learning how to deal with life’s adventures.
-Allie Goatley, Parent of JV

I can’t help but believe that seeing this kind of service on his application for grad school and/or work resume could be other than a positive. His year in Alaska gave him a confidence & focus that were easily recognized by those around him.
-Karen Davidson, Parent of JV

Her experience has really formed the person she is. She has a strong sense of service and knows the value of community. She is a confident, capable woman who believes she can make a difference in the world, in little steps.
-Anonymous, Parent of JV

If everyone volunteered for a year of their life, imagine what a difference that would make in the world.
-Teri Newell, Parent of JV

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