Orientation: Building a Foundation for Your Service Year

Sidney Axtell (Hood River ’17-19) has committed to serving another year as a JV AmeriCorps member in Hood River, Oregon. Below she reflects on lessons learned her first year serving at Mid Valley Elementary School and how the essential skills taught at JVC Northwest’s Orientation enabled her to serve well, even if it didn’t seem like…

Where a Kid Can Be a Kid: Creating Safe Spaces for Homeless Youth in Oregon

Monica Keenan is a second year Jesuit Volunteer AmeriCorps member who has served in the Aloha, Oregon community this year. Part of her role included assisting homeless youth at a shelter in Portland. Losing one’s housing is stressful for anyone, but especially for a child. Recognizing this, Monica created spaces for their students to process…

Pumped for Produce: Stories of Connecting Families with Fresh Food

Over the past year, Melissa Mardo has been serving as a JV AmeriCorps member in Spokane with Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington. Focusing on food access, her tales of cooking, teaching, and interacting with youth weren’t quite what she had initially envisioned when she began her service. At Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington (Spokane), my JV AmeriCorps…

Developing Compassion and Dismantling Stereotypes

In our latest AmeriCorps blog, JV AmeriCorps member Elizabeth Quinones (Gresham, OR ’17-18) shares how developing compassion and dismantling stereotypes are key parts of her service assisting clients experiencing homelessness and providing high school and college students experiential learning opportunities at JOIN. Read more about Elizabeth’s experience below. As I unlocked the door to JOIN’s…

Preserving Life Lessons and Memories of Loved Ones

In our latest AmeriCorps blog, JV AmeriCorps member Sheryl Cherian (Aloha, OR ’17-18) shares her experience interviewing hospice patients to capture the memories and lessons of their lives through her capacity building project called On Living. Read more about Sheryl’s experience below. Six months ago, I moved from my hometown of Chicago, IL to the…

AmeriCorps Week: Addressing Food Security at Wallace Medical Concern

Through JV AmeriCorps member Peter Fink’s (’17-18 Gresham, OR) experience serving as Community Health Specialist, he has learned that food insecurity greatly affects his patients’ health and well-being. Wanting to better understand and respond to this issue, Peter focused a recent project on designing and implementing a workflow to more efficiently track and address food…

AmeriCorps Week: Providing Transitional Shelter through Tiny Houses

This AmeriCorps Week, we’re highlighting JV AmeriCorps service throughout the Northwest. In our latest AmeriCorps blog, JV AmeriCorps member Christina Estimé discusses her service providing transitional shelter for those experiencing homelessness as the Tiny House Village and Essential Needs Coordinator at the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) in Seattle, Wash. “I’m with the tiny houses.” That…

MLK Day of Service 2018

On January 15, 2018, people across the country engaged in service to their communities to commemorate the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, our JV AmeriCorps members included! Below are just a few snapshots of our JV AmeriCorps members’ service activities on MLK Day of Service 2018. Alaska – JV AmeriCorps members in…

Small Actions Lead to Meaningful Change

During January, the Corporation for National & Community Service celebrates National Mentoring Month! To honor this month, JV AmeriCorps member Katherine Pier (’17-18 Ashland, MT), who serves as the Substitute Teacher for the St. Labre Indian School, shares a story of two students who initiated a small action in order to positively transform the course of…

World AIDS Day: Living in Solidarity with Our Neighbors

JV AmeriCorps member Emily Breakell (‘17-18 Portland, OR) serves as the Activities and Events Coordinator for the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s HIV Services. To commemorate World AIDS Day, Emily shares a reflection on her experience serving in the HIV Day Center in Portland, OR. “Silence=Death?” the coffee barista asked, questioning the text on my shirt….