December 7, 2015Five recent University of Portland graduates have signed on for one-year service positions with Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and JVC Northwest. They join 267 JVC volunteers serving in 37 U.S. cities and 6 countries across the world, and 148 JVC Northwest JV/AmeriCorps members serving in 24 Northwest communities.
Volunteers with JVC are Philip Ellefson ’15, who will serve with the International Institute of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, Wisc.; and Corey Hubbard ’14, who joins Catholic Charities in Houston, Texas. JVC Northwest volunteers are Samantha Johnson ’15, American Red Cross of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska; Rumika Suzuki ’15, St. Labre Indian School, Ashland, Mont.; and Margaret Hannon, ’15, Northwest Justice Project, Yakima, Wash.
Volunteers with both organizations are charged with serving people who live on the margins of society, and have committed to living simply and working for social change in a reflective and spiritually supportive community with other Jesuit volunteers. They address issues such as hunger, homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, end-of-life care, mental health, and food justice, and serve in indigenous communities, schools, health clinics, and advocacy organizations across the country and around the world. JVC Northwest focuses on serving local and regional communities in the Northwest, and is a National Direct AmeriCorps program.