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JVC Northwest’s Partnership with AmeriCorps has a Widespread Impact  

Have you ever wondered why we partner with AmeriCorps? JVC Northwest has been in partnership with AmeriCorps for over a decade, and we recently received word that our capacity building grant will be renewed for another three years. We’d like to take this opportunity to share with our community more about what makes our partnership … Read more

JVC Northwest Receives Public Health AmeriCorps Grant 

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest is excited to announce that we have received a Public Health AmeriCorps grant of $908,689 from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism. Public Health AmeriCorps, a new partnership between AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that is supported by a five-year, $400 million investment from … Read more

Serving and Learning from the People of the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Tribes

Jesuit Volunteer Conal Fagan reflects on the unexpected ways he has experienced growth while serving as an Academic Specialist at St Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana. “Our land is everything to us… I will tell you one of the things that we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it … Read more

Vegan in Alaska

Vegan in Alaska Jesuit Volunteer AmeriCorps member Kara Black, who served as Natural Resources Technician at Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC) in ’20-21, shares her experience of coordinating a moose proxy hunt in Bethel, Alaska. My name is Kara, and I am a JV residing on the traditional lands of the Yup’ik and Cup’ik people in … Read more

Conversation with Omak, WA Partner Agency and Former Jesuit Volunteer

JVC Northwest Communications Coordinator Phil Gerigscott chats with Jenny Gardinier, Clubhouse Manager at Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare (OBHC), and former Jesuit Volunteer Ino Gonzales (’19-20), to learn more about life as a JV AmeriCorps member serving at OBHC.  The following dialogue has been edited for clarity and brevity. Phil: What is life in Omak like?  Jenny: I come from a town of a … Read more

Partner Agency Interview with the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA) Boise

JVC Northwest Communications Coordinator Phil Gerigscott interviews partner agency WCA Boise Communications Manager Chris Campbell-Davis about their mission, JV involvement, and how we can make change in our communities. This conversation has been edited for brevity and clarity. Click here to watch the full interview. Phil: We are so excited to be actively recruiting again … Read more

Hood River Jesuit Volunteers (JVs) Discuss Their Service Year

Michaela Busch, Marly Beck, and Ryan Zoellner (’20-21) speak on their experiences serving in Hood River, Oregon.   Michaela serves as the Prevention Educator at Helping Hands Against Violence, Inc, Marly as the Garden/Community Outreach Coordinator at FISH Food Bank, and Ryan serves as Museum Outreach Coordinator at Hood River County Heritage Council. The following dialogue has been edited for clarity and brevity.   Marly: … Read more

“Certainty in a Time of Uncertainty” – Alexa Jayne (Portland, OR ’19-20)

The unique and unprecedented experience of being a JV during the COVID-19 pandemic has shown me the importance of connectivity, presence, and unwavering support through solidarity. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a world-renowned expert on mindfulness and meditation, once stated, “you can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Learning to surf the waves of being a Jesuit Volunteer, … Read more

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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

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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.