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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

Justice Starts at Home

Empowering Native American Students at St. Labre’s Dormitory Only 67 percent of Native American children graduate high school and only 17 percent go on to further their education. Through tutoring, being present, and empowering their students, JV AmeriCorps members Michael DeSantis and Caroline Fenton (Ashland MT ’18-19) hope to change this statistic for the students … Read more

Celebrating World Immigration Day

One JV’s Experience with Today’s Asylum Seekers 258 million migrants across the globe and nearly 26 million sought asylum or refugee status in 2017. Never before has the world been so on the move.[1]  In this world of constant motion, I find it important to recall America’s fundamental, yet sometimes imperfect promise of welcoming immigrants … Read more

The Power of Presence

An Interview with JV AmeriCorps Member, Natalie Doggett, on Assisting Those Applying for Health Insurance As many of us prepare to re-enroll in our own health insurance coverage, Natalie Doggett, a JV AmeriCorps member serving in Gresham, Oregon, highlights the necessity of and challenges to gaining coverage. The Community Health Specialist for The Wallace Medical … Read more

Centering Those Served

Reflections from the Oregon AmeriCorps Kick-Off On October 8th, AmeriCorps members from across the state of Oregon gathered in Portland to kick off the service year. JVC Northwest’s AmeriCorps members were able to network with others, learn more about racial equity from Resolutions Northwest, and unpack how to center those they are serving in their … Read more

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