Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest

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 those 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, community organizing, education, environmental restoration and advocacy, abuse intervention & prevention, food justice and hunger, health, nursing, homelessness/housing services, legal services, 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 22 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.

Program Size

There are approximately 120-145 volunteers each year.


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Financial Arrangements

Room and board, a monthly stipend, and medical insurance are covered. JV AmeriCorps members also receive an almost $6,000 education award.

Living Arrangements

Jesuit Volunteers live in intentional community with three to seven other Jesuit Volunteers.


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 is in mid-Feb., with applications accepted afterwards until all positions are


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PO Box 22125
Portland, OR 97222
Phone: 503 335-8202


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