Nine Creighton Alumni Serving as Jesuit Volunteers
Nine Creighton University alumni are working with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), dedicating themselves to a year or more of simple living and working for social justice in a spiritually supportive community as they walk with people living in poverty or on the margins of society. They join the more than 293 volunteers serving throughout the United States and in seven other countries around the world. The number of volunteers has risen by 10 percent in the United States.
The 2008 and 2009 graduates and their assignments include:
- Laura Brannen, Montana Family Support Network, Billings, Mont.;
- Katelyn Cherney, East Bay Community Law Center, Oakland, Calif.;
- Mary Grasela, St. Martin De Porres High School, Cleveland, Ohio;
- John Leer, Bethel Community Services, Bethel, Alaska;
- Meghan Meehan, Native American Health Center, Oakland, Calif.;
- Polly Pillen, Youth Enhancement Services, Belize City, Belize;
- Seamus Regan, Colegio Miguel Pro, Tacna, Peru;
- Brianna Rochford, Western Montana Mental Health Center, Missoula, Mont.;
- Grace Rudersdorf, Catholic Family & Child Service, Yakima, Wash.
“We know that Jesuit volunteers allow local organizations to provide more services to the most vulnerable members of our society, so to be able to provide additional volunteers this year is exciting and important,” said Kevin O’Brien, president of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and a 1981 Creighton graduate. “And to know that the experience these volunteers have will transform their lives and way of looking at the world means that the impact will be felt for years to come. It continues to be inspiring to me and to all those who work with Jesuit volunteers.”