jvc northwest has a new look!

9 01 2013

It’s a new year, and JVC Northwest has a new look!


Check out our new website, jvcnorthwest.org with new featured stories, a video about JV life, and updates on news and events.

Our blog is now a part of our website; for all future blog updates please visit: jvcnorthwest.org/blog

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2012 year in review (part II)

31 12 2012


  • The 2011-2012 JVs complete their year of transforming service on July 31.

The Portland Mac JV community gathered for a photo at the JV Farewell BBQ with their support people and area director, Julia.


  • August 6-11, JVC Northwest welcomed 141 Jesuit Volunteers at Orientation for the 2012-2013 JV year.

Camp Adams welcomed us after back for another wonderful week of JV Orientation!


  • Seattle FJVs from ’82-83 gathered at St. Joe’s Parish on Labor Day Weekend to celebrate their 30 year reunion.
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’82-83 Seattle FJVs watch a slideshow at their reunion of JV memories.

  • Fr. Jack Morris, SJ, co-founder of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps movement, visionary and inspiration to thousands of Jesuit Volunteers through the years, passed away early Sunday morning, September 30.
Jack Painting

Fr. Jack Morris, S.J.


  • A memorial mass was held for Fr. Jack Morris, S.J. in Spokane on October 6th. Other memorials were held in Seattle, Portland, and Anchorage throughout the month. Click here for the video of the Spokane memorial.
  • The first retreat for the 2012-2013 JVs focusing on community took place in 4 different retreat locations throughout the Northwest.


  • 41 former volunteers from 7 different service organizations gathered at Camp Ghormley in Naches, WA for former volunteer retreat led by Jack Kennedy. The retreat gave the former volunteers the chance to reflect on their service experiences and connect with one another.

    41 former volunteers gather for a big group photo!

    41 former volunteers gather for a big group photo!


  • The JVC Northwest community in Portland, Oregon gathered at the Loyola Jesuit Center for the annual Advent Gathering.
'12-13 JV Claire Smith shares a reflection on waiting in the Advent season.

’12-13 JV Claire Smith shares a reflection on waiting in the Advent Season.

2012 year in review (part I)

28 12 2012

JVC Northwest takes a look back at 2012, a year full of service, celebration, and community!


  • The third-annual national MLK Day of Service was Monday, January 16th. In the spirit of the day, AmeriCorps programs all over the country participated in various public service days.

’11-12 JV AmeriCorps members Eddie, Maggie, and Cole above an ivy-infested hillside. Ivy is an invasive species in Oregon and prohibits the growth of native plants. The day of service in Portland was designed to rip up the ivy for future native plantings.


  • Current JVs gather for their second retreat of the year–a weekend to reflect on social justice and their service as JVs.
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The 2011-2012 Alaska JVs congregate at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau for their winter retreat.


  • JVC Northwest highlights AmeriCorps Week March 12-16, 2012, featuring daily stories of service and the impact of the 2011-2012 JV AmeriCorps members throughout the Northwest on the JVC Northwest AmeriCorps blog.


  • Former JVs, past and present board members, donors, and friends of JVC Northwest celebrate the service of JVs on Earth Day at the 7th annual Seattle gathering.

The Sunday morning garden party brunch at Seattle University brought together 250 people from the JVC Northwest community.

  • FJV Nancy Solomon (’64-68 Copper Valley, AK) hosted an evening in New York City with Executive Director, Jeanne Haster, and former volunteers from the area.

NYC gathering


  • JVC Northwest celebrated 55 years of service in the Northwest in Portland with a Sunday potluck and mass.

The Portland JVC Northwest community gathers for a potluck at St. Andrew’s Parish after mass celebrated by Fr. John Whitney, S.J.


  • The first Feed-A-Seed fundraising event was held at Cornell Farms in Portland, giving people the opportunity to purchase their seasonal garden needs while supporting JVC Northwest and enjoying an early-summer evening together


Check back on Monday, Dec 31 for the remainder of 2012 year in review!

jv christmas cheer!

26 12 2012

This time of year, the JVC Northwest office receives Christmas cheer from all around the Northwest when JV communities send their creative, and often humorous, Christmas cards to our office. Here’s a sample from all over the region. Christmas blessings to all!

Wenatchee Xmas

Wenatchee JVs

Anchorage Xmas

Anchorage JVs

Cherry Abbey Xmas

Seattle Cherry Abbey JVs

Gresham Xmas

Gresham JVs

Hays Xmas

Hays JVs

Mac Xmas

Portland Mac JVs

Missoula Xmas

Missoula JVs

Omak Xmas

Omak JVs

Seattle Xmas

Seattle Mercy JVs

Yakima Xmas

Yakima JVs











merry christmas from jvc northwest!

20 12 2012
Blog JVs with Snowman Christmas

JVs remind us that sometimes, building community can be as simple as building a snowman.

“the prophet of the Most High,

for you’ll go before our God, to prepare
the way for the Promised One…

Such is the tender mercy of our God,
who from on high
will bring the Rising Sun to visit us,
to give light to those who live
in darkness and the shadow of death
and to guide our feet
into the way of peace.” 


– Luke 1:76, 78-79


Blog Christmas Staff Photo

Wishing you and your family a Christmas season filled with community, hope, love, and joy.
From all of us at JVC Northwest!

selecting our partner agencies

19 12 2012

Danielle Bastien, Area Director for Alaska, shares a bit about the selection process of our partner agencies for the 2013-2014 JV year.

Even though 2014 sounds far away, around this time each year, area directors begin the process of selecting partner agencies for the following year of service. No matter how long JVC Northwest has partnered with an agency, each agency must reapply to have a JV each year.  After receiving the partner agency applications, the area director assigned to that locale reads through the applications. And so begins a series of meetings in which the agencies for the following year are chosen by consensus among the area directors.  Meeting compelling needs in a locale, quality of supervision and mentoring, amount of training and orientation available, and meaningful duties and responsibilities for the JV position are all factors in deciding which agencies to accept.


Pretty Eagle School in St. Xavier, MT is one of our current partner agencies where four JV AmeriCorps members serve in the role of Academic Support.

This may seem like a dry process, but I find it really exciting.  It’s amazing to hear about the wonderful work done by agencies throughout the Northwest and to learn about the roles Jesuit Volunteers play in working toward social and ecological justice.  Hearing about each agency when we select them in December also helps later in the process of matching JV applicants to positions for which they interview during the spring.

While partner agency selections are not finalized, it’s energizing to think that over the next few months, the agency will interview a JV for the next service year, and come August a JV will join the team of an agency to continue their on-going justice work.  Most of all, selecting agencies is a tangible way to show the impact that JVC Northwest has by providing supportive and transforming experiences for JVs and serving vulnerable populations and ecosystems throughout the Northwest.

count on community

11 12 2012

Recruiter, Ian Roeber, shares an adventure from his semester of traveling around the country while recruiting for JVC Northwest:

[Note: I do not in any way want to equate my experience to those truly affected by Hurricane Sandy. This reflection stems only from what I saw and experienced away from the epicenter of the storm.]

The true grace of being the recruiter for JVC Northwest lies in the relationships I am able to nurture and create throughout my travels.  Students, faculty, staff, and hosts welcome me into their world, and I do my best to welcome them into mine.  However, in order to meet these individuals and mutually share our experiences, I have to first plan everything, I mean everything.

Visiting nearly thirty schools in the span of a few months has required more emails than my hands have ever previously typed.  I use not one, but two cell phones to coordinate car rentals, flights, class presentations, tables, fairs, etc.  You name it, and I plan it.  This did not come naturally to me and I have learned a great deal about the amount of work it takes to spread the good news of JVC Northwest.  However, over a month ago, I learned one very distinct truth about plans:  They change.

This became undeniably evident as Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast, and my travels to Connecticut and New York became plans of the past.  Boston, where I had been recruiting prior to the storm, was where I stayed for the next week, and I found myself wondering how I could maintain some sense of normality in a place very far from the JVC Northwest office on North Williams Avenue in Portland, Oregon.  After becoming acclimated to moving across the country in rapid fashion during the past months, I suddenly was stopped.  No travel, no plans.  What in the world was I going to do?

With former JVs now in Boston, Ian participates in a "work party" while waiting out the storm.

With former JVs now in Boston, Ian participates in a “work party” while waiting out the storm.

That question was quickly answered when I woke Sunday morning expecting to hear the howling wind and driving rain, but instead, I heard laughter in the living room.  I had been staying with a former JV housemate from my community in Juneau, Alaska during my time in Boston, who also happened to live with two other former JVs.  Another Juneau housemate lived nearby, being visited by yet another of our Juneau community members who had flown in for the weekend.  With only a few missing community members from our Juneau house, I woke to see them all sitting in the living room watching “The Goonies.”  From that moment on I didn’t need to question what I was going to do.  We did work. We made phone calls to loved ones. We watched movies.  We even went grocery shopping like we did together in Juneau.  But most importantly, we were “we” for those few days. Much like our days as Jesuit Volunteers, we were a community.

That week, it was obvious that “community” is not simply a value that we ponder as Jesuit Volunteers.  Rather, it is a necessary part of our human experience.  Those few days of laughter, support, and care transformed our experience of, what could have been, a very uncertain week.  And we weren’t the only ones that found the support of a community that week.  We watched plenty of stories that detailed people saving others from floods, repairing homes, cooking for one another; more glimpses of some innate nature we have to come together in uncertain times.  This was a week during which I learned one more important aspect about the work we do at JVC Northwest: Plans change, but our need for community doesn’t.

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