Centering Those Served: Reflections from the Oregon AmeriCorps Kick-Off

  On October 8th, AmeriCorps members from across the state of Oregon gathered in Portland to kick off the service year. JVC Northwest’s AmeriCorps members were able to network with others, learn more about racial equity from Resolutions Northwest, and unpack how to center those they are serving in their specific performance measures. The morning…

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…