Seven recent Creighton University graduates will dedicate the next year to serving as Jesuit Volunteers with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest. The seven graduates join a total of 138 Jesuit Volunteers serving 21 areas in five states.
- Anna Green of St. Louis, Mo., serving at Diocese of Yakima Housing Services in Yakima, Wash., working with housing projects for Hispanic farm workers.
- Stephanie Haas, Davenport, Iowa, serving at James John Elementary, SUN School in Portland, Ore., assisting in direction of an after school program.
- Kathleen Hart, St. Louis, Mo., serving at Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services in Wenatchee, Wash., a low-income legal clinic serving primarily immigrants in the area.
- Casey Jergenson, Omaha, Neb., serving at Catholic Community Services in Gray's Harbor, Wash., coordinating a tutoring program for elementary school students.
- Anna Osborn, Omaha, Neb., serving at Bienestar in Hillsboro, Ore., an agency that provides affordable housing for immigrants and migrant farm workers.
- Daniel Taylor, Richmond, Texas, serving at CGCC Student Services in Hood River, Ore., serving first-generation college students in an effort to make college degrees more accessible to lower income communities.
- Kayla Zobel, Ida Grove, Iowa, serving at Okanogan Behavioral Healthcare in Omak, Wash., serving mental and chemically dependent individuals who find themselves without housing.
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps volunteers can be found in a variety of urban and rural locations. They are challenged to live simply and work for social and ecological justice in a spiritually supportive environment.
This year the JVC northwestern volunteers will work with over 107 partner agencies. They will work in areas involving social services, advocating for domestic violence survivors, nursing in community clinics, teaching and tutoring in schools with Native American children, assisting in shelters, working for food justice issues, and many other important works. Throughout their year of service, the volunteers will focus on four core values: social and ecological justice, simple living, spirituality, and community The Jesuit Value Corps Northwest was established in 1956 in Copper Valley, Alaska.
JVC Northwest is an independent, nonprofit organization that recruits, places, and supports volunteers living in communities across the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
About seven to eight percent of Creighton’s graduating seniors go in to post-graduate volunteer work each year. JVC, Peace Corps and Teach for America are the most common organizations. A list of Creighton post-graduate volunteers can be found at http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/2012/05/post-graduate-volunteers-2012/.