refugees and loving kindness: featured fjv colleen sinsky (gresham, or ’10-11)

FJV Colleen Sinsky has been on the front lines of the refugee situation on the Greek island of Lesvos for several weeks, assisting refugees as they seek food, shelter, and safety far from home. Read on to see how she got involved in one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time.   Colleen with a young refugee I’ve been volunteering on the distant Greek island of Lesvos for over…

giving tuesday: an fjv on why they give

For the past three years #GivingTuesday has been the philanthropic alternative to the abject consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In this post former JV Amanda Wolff (Gresham, OR ’10-11) reflects on why she is taking the opportunity this #GivingTuesday to give to JVC Northwest.   Why I’m Giving to JVC Northwest on #GivingTuesday Amanda (right) with her fiancé at a recent…

blessings in every stitch

JVC Northwest is proud to bring back its monthly Featured Former JV post by highlighting Teresa Knipper (Tacoma, WA ’83-84). Teresa was recently awarded the “Catholic Women in Service to the Community” recognition by the Diocese of Trenton’s Mount Carmel Guild for her work with prayer shawl ministry. In her own words Teresa describes the history of prayer shawls and how…

ignatian family teach-in 2014

The Ignatian Solidarity Network will host its annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) this month in Washington D.C. Two of our staff members will be attending and we’ll also be co-sponsoring a Q & A session with author James Martin S.J. Read on to learn what this exciting social justice event is about and how you can be a part of it!   For nearly twenty years the Ignatian…

the rarest sort of person: fr. jack morris, sj

Just over two years ago, Fr. Jack Morris, SJ passed away. Jack was a co-founder of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps movement and a figure of great enthusiasm, wisdom, and grace to the thousands of JVs whose lives he touched. FJV Ryan O’Connell (Bethel, AK ’11-12) sent a brief memorial honoring the impact that Jack had on Ryan and all others who had the great fortune to meet him. Jack’s…

Orientation 2014: PhotoRecap

The 2014-15 JVs are off and running in their new communities and the dust of Orientation has settled. Over 80 presenters, FJVs, Jesuits, JV EnCorps members, Board members, support people, staff, and friends came out to assist and support the incoming JVs throughout the week of Orientation, but many more were unable to share in the experience of Orientation directly. Lucky for you, we’ve created…

Orientation 2014: What’s Your Impact?*

August is just around the corner, and that means that the current JVs are finishing up their year of service while a new group is preparing to embark upon a year of values-driven living and learning. This new group is stepping into over 58 years of rich history, and the continuation of that history begins at Orientation at Camp Adams starting Monday, August 4th.  Read on to find out more about how…

featured fjv: caroline kelly (portland, or ’12-13)

Given the limited food budget that Jesuit Volunteers work with each month, groceries can sometimes be a contentious issue among housemates. But, as Caroline Kelly (Portland, OR ’12-13) demonstrates, it can also be a chance to explore and unpack our international food system. Read on to discover how a JV year, and Thanksgiving dinner, helped lead to a job with Whole Foods Market.   About…

service and soreness: fjv service event recap

This past Saturday, Portland, OR-area FJVs and JVC Northwest staff joined dozens of volunteers to tear up asphalt from the King Elementary School parking lot, making room for rain gardens. The work was not easy but with great folks (and food), it went by quickly, and with quite a few laughs.   The King Elementary School parking lot in Portland, OR has dealt with a drainage problem for several…

featured fjv: pam ingalls (Seattle, WA ’80-81)

This month, featured FJV Pam Ingalls (Seattle, WA ’80-81) details the incredible impact that her time in JVC Northwest has had throughout her life, specifically her decision to accompany Jack Morris S.J., Br. Fred Mercy, and others on the Bethlehem Peace Walk. Pam has also been a painter for many years and has shared a few of her beautiful pieces at the bottom of this post.   Standing in…