Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest engages women and men in a transforming experience of full-time volunteer service. Jesuit Volunteers serve for a year or more in solidarity with persons living on the margins of society and with vulnerable places in the Pacific Northwest.
Rooted for over fifty years in the Jesuit Catholic tradition emphasizing spiritual openness and depth, Jesuit Volunteers in the Northwest examine and act on the causes of social and environmental injustice to promote peace and structural change. Jesuit Volunteers live in communities that commit to simple living embodying a healing and sustainable presence on the Earth. Volunteers serve people living on the margins of society in 24 communities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, in both rural and urban areas. JVs serving in the Northwest have the unique opportunity to explore the incredible natural beauty and rich cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest!
March 1 is the priority deadline. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit their applications on or before this date.Accepted on a rolling basis after March 1 until all placements are filled or until July 15th, whichever comes first.
Service begins in early August, when all volunteers join together in Oregon for Orientation, a week-long introduction to JVC Northwest.
24 domestic communities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, in both rural and urban areas.
Funding & Benefits
Stipend: Monthly living allowance provided
Fundraising: Not required.
AmeriCorps Education Awards: Every JVC Northwest AmeriCorps member who successfully completes a year of full-time service is eligible to receive an Education Award for $5,645. While the vast majority of Jesuit Volunteers are AmeriCorps members, some JV positions are not eligible for membership due to federal guidelines specific to their service provided at the placement. Some are also not eligible because JVC Northwest’s AmeriCorps funding is limited to 135 of our 150 placements.
Loan Forbearance: Possibly, depending on institution
Housing: Yes, housing is covered
Intentional living community: Yes
Travel and Transportation: Travel from orientation to site is covered, travel to the orientation in Oregon is not.
Health Insurance: Provided.
Mission & Distinctives
Over the years, the experience of volunteers and their reflection on that experience have been distilled into four values: community, simple living, social justice and spirituality. JVs make a commitment to the JVC Northwest program and to their service placements to strive to live these four interconnected values.
A core component of the JVC Northwest year is the opportunity for Jesuit Volunteers to explore and deepen their spiritual/reflective lives. Their journey is part of a life-long process that can be simultaneously comforting and unsettling, joyous and painful. The volunteers are “contemplatives in action,” engaging in the Jesuit Ignatian tradition of discernment and reflection in relation to social and ecological justice. This reflection is an opportunity for the volunteers to integrate the variety of experiences throughout their year of service.
JVC Northwest challenges each Jesuit Volunteer to live a simple and reflective lifestyle, an alternative way to living in a consumer society. Jesuit Volunteers are invited to live in solidarity with those experiencing poverty and oppression and to become mindful of the human and environmental needs surrounding them integrating these experiences with a daily ecological sustainability practice. Often, JVs find living simply opens them up to a more joyful way of life, appreciating small wonders that often go unnoticed in everyday life.
Jesuit Volunteers engage in intentional community. The process of building community offers an opportunity to share experience, spirituality and hope. Individuals come to JVC Northwest with diverse backgrounds and expectations. The challenge for each person is to respect and learn from these differences while building on common values. Community requires time, effort and sacrifice, while giving back many wonderful, unexpected gifts. It provides an opportunity to create deeper relationships.
Social and Ecological Justice
JVC Northwest is committed to working for social and ecological justice and structural change. JVC Northwest encourages the empowerment of people who live on the margins of society through JV placements. Through service and reflection on lived experiences, JVs examine the causes of oppression and look for ways to bring about justice in our world.
Maturity, openness, and flexibility.
JVC Northwest welcomes persons of every ethnicity, origin, ability, sexual orientation, gender expression, and economic status.
Applicants should be 21 or older and have a college degree or applicable work experience.
Jesuit Volunteers are committed to community, social and ecological justice, simple living, and spirituality/reflection.
While most of our placements do not require special skills, there are some placements that do. Several teaching positions require certification; Spanish competence is helpful or required in many placements. Registered nurses and persons interested in legal positions are also needed for a few placements as well.
JVC Northwest is rooted in the Jesuit Catholic tradition and guides our mission and vision. Whether Catholic or of another spiritual tradition, Jesuit Volunteers must be open to sharing their stories and hearing others’ stories as well. Jesuit Volunteers often draw inspiration and direction from the traditions of the Jesuits, whether or not they were already familiar with these traditions, but also seek to explore their spiritual lives in other ways.