Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest

General Info
JVC Northwest Office
PO Box 22125
Portland, OR 97269
Phone: 503-335-8202
Fax: 503-249-1118
Program Contacts
Contact: 
Jeanne Haster
Executive Director
Contact: 
Christie Costello
Recruitment and Marketing Manager
Affiliation: 
Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
Goal of Program: 
Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest responds to local community needs in the Northwest by placing volunteers who provide value-centered service grounded in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Each year, over 150 full-time Jesuit Volunteer (JV)/ AmeriCorps members commit to a year or more of service focusing on the values of community, spirituality/reflection, simple living, and social and ecological justice. During their year, volunteers support people living on the margins of society and fragile ecosystems throughout the Northwest. JVs are supported by professional staff who provide a week-long orientation at the beginning of the program year; three retreats throughout the year; two week-long visits; and ongoing support by phone and email. Additionally, the JVs enjoy vast a network of former Jesuit Volunteers and community members who mentor and support them in and after their year of service.
Type of Placement: 
JVC Northwest offers a wide variety of placements serving children, women, and men who often are invisible and live on the margins of society, as well as fragile ecosystems in the Northwest. Categories of service include: children/at-risk youth services, community organizing, education, environmental restoration and advocacy, abuse intervention & prevention, food justice and hunger, health, nursing, homelessness/housing services, legal services, pastoral ministry, refugee/immigration services, and senior services. JVs also serve populations such as those living with disabilities, mental illness, addiction, as well as Latinx and Indigenous communities throughout the Northwest.
Service Area: 
Jesuit Volunteers serve in 23 urban, rural, and remote locales across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, including alongside Native American and Native Alaskan communities.
Service Length: 
Jesuit Volunteers make a service commitment of one year, beginning in August through the end of July, and have the option to reapply for additional years of service.
Requirements: 
JVC Northwest welcomes persons of every race, ethnicity, origin, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender expression, economic status, and political affiliation. Applicants must be 21 years or older and have a college degree or applicable work experience. Applicants cannot be married, and we ask that applicants’ marital status not change during the service year. A small number of placements require specific certification or skill (i.e. Teaching, Nursing, Spanish proficiency).
Financial Arrangement: 
JVC Northwest provides room and board, a monthly stipend, and medical insurance. 142 of 160 positions are AmeriCorps positions, so JV AmeriCorps members can receive forbearance and deferment on qualified student loans during the year, and the $5,815 Education Award upon successful completion of the year to pay back qualified student loans or pay for future education. Each JV is responsible for transportation costs to Portland, Oregon at the start of the service year. JVC Northwest provides transportation from Orientation to each locale; each placement provides transportation for their JV to return home at the end of the year. JVs with JVC Northwest do not need to fundraise to be part of the program.
Living Arrangements: 
Jesuit Volunteers live in intentional community with three to seven other Jesuit Volunteers.
Program Size: 
There are approximately 145-155 volunteers each year.
Training: 
JVs receive an initial five-day JVC Northwest Orientation at the beginning of the service year; local orientations to the communities are provided as well. Agencies where JVs serve provide on-site orientation and pertinent training for positions. In addition, three retreats are offered throughout the service year.
Application Deadline: 
The Priority Deadline for applications is in early February each year, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis after the Priority Deadline until all placements are filled. Visit www.jvcnorthwest.org for up-to-date information on the application process.

Current Urgent Opportunities

Empower those experiencing homelessness to reach self-sufficiency- Missoula, MT AmeriCorps positions

Passionate about supporting those experiencing homelessness find safe shelter and become self-sufficient? JVC Northwest is seeking applicants to serve as the Community Resource Direct Service Specialist for one of our partner organization in Missoula, MT. From connecting people with daily necessities, providing access to healthy food, and empowering people to reach self-sufficiency, there are many ways you can support those in the Missoula community as a Jesuit Volunteer AmeriCorps Member! The program year runs August 6, 2018 - July 31, 2019. We’re accepting applications now through July 23: apply today!

As part of the service year, JV/AmeriCorps members live in community with 3-7 other volunteers and explore the values of spirituality/reflection, community, simple living, and social and ecological justice. Benefits include housing, room and board, medical insurance, $5,815 AmeriCorps Ed Award, support throughout the year, three retreats, personal and professional development, and connection to a vast network of former JVs and AmeriCorps alum.

Read positions descriptions at http://jvcnorthwest.org/what-we-do/volunteer-opportunities/ and learn about how to apply at https://jvcnorthwest.org/get-involved/becoming-a-jesuit-volunteer/.

Support survivors, help prevent domestic violence in MT and AK - AmeriCorps positions

Interested in supporting adults and children who’ve survived domestic violence? Want to help educate and prevent intimate partner violence and sexual assault? JVC Northwest has 3-5 positions open serving with DV/SA agencies in Alaska and Montana. From ensuring survivors and families have a safe and supportive shelter to providing intervention education for perpetrators of violence, there are a variety of ways you can support survivors and help prevent violence as a Jesuit Volunteer/AmeriCorps member. The program year runs August 6, 2018-July 31, 2019. We’re accepting applications now through July 23- apply today!

As part of the service year, JV/AmeriCorps members live in community with 3-7 other volunteers and explore the values of spirituality/reflection, community, simple living, and social and ecological justice. Benefits include housing, room and board, medical insurance, $5,815 AmeriCorps Ed Award, support throughout the year, three retreats, personal and professional development, and connection to a vast network of former JVs and AmeriCorps alum.

Read positions descriptions at http://jvcnorthwest.org/what-we-do/volunteer-opportunities/ and learn about how to apply at https://jvcnorthwest.org/get-involved/becoming-a-jesuit-volunteer/.

Tutor and Academic Support positions with Indigenous Youth- AmeriCorps positions

Interested in supporting Indigenous youth succeed in school? Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest has 5-10 positions open tutoring and offering academic support to primary and secondary school students on the Northern Cheyenne, Fort Belknap, and Crow Indian Reservations in Montana and the Colville Reservation in Washington. Throughout the year, JV teachers have the chance to be mentored by experienced teachers who’ve also served as JVs.
As part of the service year, Jesuit Volunteer AmeriCorps members live in community with 3-7 other volunteers and explore the values of spirituality/reflection, community, simple living, and social and ecological justice. Benefits include housing, room and board, medical insurance, $5,815 AmeriCorps Ed Award, support throughout the year, three retreats, personal and professional development, and connection to a vast network of former JVs and AmeriCorps alum. Program year runs August 6-July 31, 2019. We’re accepting applications now through July 15- apply today! Schools are hoping for you!

Read positions descriptions at http://jvcnorthwest.org/what-we-do/volunteer-opportunities/ and learn about how to apply at https://jvcnorthwest.org/get-involved/becoming-a-jesuit-volunteer/.

Support survivors, help prevent domestic violence in AK - AmeriCorps positions

Interested in supporting adults and children who’ve survived domestic violence? Want to help educate and prevent intimate partner violence and sexual assault? JVC Northwest has 3-5 positions open serving with DV/SA agencies in Alaska, where women are disproportionately affected by intimate partner violence. From ensuring survivors and families have a safe and supportive shelter to providing intervention education for perpetrators of violence, there are a variety of ways you can support survivors and help prevent violence as a Jesuit Volunteer/AmeriCorps member. The program year runs August 6-July 31, 2019. We’re accepting applications now through July 15- apply today!

As part of the service year, JV/AmeriCorps members live in community with 3-7 other volunteers and explore the values of spirituality/reflection, community, simple living, and social and ecological justice. Benefits include housing, room and board, medical insurance, $5,815 AmeriCorps Ed Award, support throughout the year, three retreats, personal and professional development, and connection to a vast network of former JVs and AmeriCorps alum.

Read positions descriptions at http://jvcnorthwest.org/what-we-do/volunteer-opportunities/ and learn about how to apply at https://jvcnorthwest.org/get-involved/becoming-a-jesuit-volunteer/.

Connect Latinx communities with healthcare and legal aid in WA and OR – AmeriCorps positions

JVC Northwest is seeking Spanish speakers for service positions supporting Latinx communities in Oregon and Washington. From connecting migrant works with healthcare, empowering communities to know their legal rights, advocating for immigrants/refugees in their legal proceedings, or providing companionship for adults who are aging or disabled, there are many ways applicants who are proficient or fluent in Spanish can address pressing community needs! The program year runs August 6-July 31, 2019. We’re accepting applications now through July 15- apply today!

As part of the service year, JV/AmeriCorps members live in community with 3-7 other volunteers and explore the values of spirituality/reflection, community, simple living, and social and ecological justice. Benefits include housing, room and board, medical insurance, $5,815 AmeriCorps Ed Award, support throughout the year, three retreats, personal and professional development, and connection to a vast network of former JVs and AmeriCorps alum.

Read positions descriptions at http://jvcnorthwest.org/what-we-do/volunteer-opportunities/ and learn about how to apply at https://jvcnorthwest.org/get-involved/becoming-a-jesuit-volunteer/.

Teach or Tutor Indigenous Youth in MT and WA - AmeriCorps positions

Interested in supporting Indigenous youth succeed in school? Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest has 5-10 positions open in a variety of educational settings: teaching 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade, or tutoring/ offering academic support to students on the Northern Cheyenne, Fort Belknap, and Crow Indian Reservations in Montana and the Colville Reservation in Washington. Throughout the year, JV teachers have the chance to be mentored by experienced teachers who’ve also served as JVs.
As part of the service year, Jesuit Volunteer AmeriCorps members live in community with 3-7 other volunteers and explore the values of spirituality/reflection, community, simple living, and social and ecological justice. Benefits include housing, room and board, medical insurance, $5,815 AmeriCorps Ed Award, support throughout the year, three retreats, personal and professional development, and connection to a vast network of former JVs and AmeriCorps alum. Program year runs August 6-July 31, 2019. We’re accepting applications now through July 15- apply today! Schools are hoping for you!

Read positions descriptions at http://jvcnorthwest.org/what-we-do/volunteer-opportunities/ and learn about how to apply at https://jvcnorthwest.org/get-involved/becoming-a-jesuit-volunteer/.
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