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Video: Jesuit Volunteers Serving in Gresham, Oregon Reflect on Their Service Year

Meet Gladys (she/her), Diana (she/her), Ben (he/him), Andrew (he/him), and Lexi (she/her): 2021-22 Jesuit Volunteers living and serving in Gresham/East Portland, OR. In this video, the JVs share about their service positions, reflect on what they’ve learned, and the supportive benefits of living in community. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaBWiLkaE_U Click here to make a gift to support JVC … 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

Locale Changes for ’21-22 Service Year

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, sunlight is sticking around for a few extra minutes each day, current JVs have hit their stride, and before we know it, we’ll be full swing into our ‘21-22 service year! As we prepare ourselves for what summer will bring, we’ve been gathering information from our partner agencies and are excitedly interviewing future JVs. It’s with delight, sadness, and the nuanced feelings in between, … 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

#jvreflects: let it rise – jvc northwest blog

In the latest #JVReflects blog post, current JV Rachel Swenarton reflects on how baking bread from scratch is more than just a new hobby: it’s also a metaphor in understanding her JV service at a needle exchange program in Anchorage. Below is an excerpt from her piece on Ignatian Solidarity Network’s blog.   “If the … 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.