Recent Graduates Dedicate a Year to Serving as Jesuit Volunteers
Portland, Ore. — A Creighton alumna has recently embarked on a year of full-time volunteer service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest:
Virginia (Ginny) Michel, New Avenues For Youth, Portland, OR
A total of 141 Jesuit Volunteers (JVs) – 28 returning for a second year – are serving in 20 locales throughout the five states of the Northwest, living in 23 JV communities. Going where the need is greatest is guiding JVC Northwest to expand into two communities this year to serve at Pretty Eagle School in St. Xavier, Montana, on the Crow Reservation and with various partner agencies in Wenatchee, Washington.
“Our JVs will be making a big impact for the people and habitats they will be serving this year; they will participate in transforming the communities where they serve and they will forever be transformed,” says Jeanne Haster, executive director for JVC Northwest.
There are two Jesuit Volunteer organizations in the United States, JVC Northwest and JVC. Jesuit Volunteers can be found in a variety of urban and rural locations and are challenged to live simply and work for social and ecological justice in a spiritually supportive environment.
Established in 1956, JVC Northwest is an independent, non-profit organization that recruits, places and supports volunteers living in communities across the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Jesuit Volunteers serving elsewhere are part of Jesuit Volunteer Corps, which consists of five JVC regions that merged in 2009.
As a national direct grantee of the Corporation for National and Community Service, most of our volunteers receive the AmeriCorps Living Allowance and Education Award. Volunteers live in urban and rural locations in communities of four to eight volunteers. This year, the JVs work with over 100 partner agencies across the region in many areas, involved in critical service advocating for refugees, nursing in community clinics, teaching in schools on Native American Reservations, assisting in shelters, and organizing community garden projects, and many more important works. Throughout their year of service, JVs focus on four core values–social and ecological justice, simple living, spirituality and community.