COVID-19: Updates and Safety Precautions
JVC Northwest continues to monitor reports of COVID-19 global pandemic. We will continue to provide information to our JV/AmeriCorps members weekly as we learn of new updates and information to provide to each of you and how it may impact your service year. Read on for more information about potential impacts to your service and familiarize yourself with the guidance from the Center for Disease Control here . As we continue to receive guidance from health professionals, we will keep you all updated, recognizing our guidance and recommendations may change and shift as more information becomes available. Please reach out to your Program Coordinator (PC) with questions and concerns as they arise.
Dear Jesuit Volunteers and Site Supervisors,

Given the direction many states are moving to declare stay-at-home policies, we are extending our recommendation that all JV/AmeriCorps members refrain from non-essential travel and from serving at their service sites until April 10, 2020. Over the next two weeks, we will revisit that recommendation as we get more information from all five states and CNCS about precautions and timelines of their responses. Please continue to monitor announcements from your local officials about what is being recommended in your locale and keep your Program Coordinator (PC) informed.

We will continue to support you to serve in adapted ways, so please see the Q&A section below for details. Additionally, we want you to know that JVC Northwest staff will be working remotely until April 28, per best practices for offices like ours. During this time, your ability to reach them and get support will remain unchanged. With travel being discouraged, we have canceled the upcoming regional retreats and are currently considering new ways of providing alternative experiences for both the BIPOC and regional gatherings that were scheduled this spring. We will be back in touch soon about the details of those new experiences.

Thanks for your patience as we monitor the situation across the region, work to adhere to public health guidelines, and make recommendations for all of you.

In gratitude,

Greg Carpinello
Executive Director, JVC Northwest
Frequently Asked Questions
We have received many thoughtful questions from JVs and Site Supervisors. We are faced with a reality we did not anticipate for the '19-20 service year and are working to come up with thorough, thoughtful, and creative solutions to some of the questions and concerns voiced, although some solutions may take time. Below are some of the questions we are hearing most often from you all - please continue to voice questions as this novel coronavirus reality continues to evolve over the coming days and weeks.

Q: What are my options for continuing service if I cannot physically go to my service site?
A: Some JV/AmeriCorps members will be able to continue Regular Service from home, or conduct Adapted Service projects for your host site. If you cannot remotely do service for your host site, you can accrue Training hours. Please see the Remote Service Planning Form for more information. We also encourage you to seek Alternative Service projects outside the scope of your original position and benefiting your community in this time of need; contact Ben to discuss your ideas and options for Alternative Service.

Q: What if I am unable to reach 1700 hours by the end of the service term?
A: When disruptions to service related to coronavirus cause you to accrue fewer than 1700 service hours by the end of the service year, you will still receive an education award commensurate with the number of hours you were able to complete.

Q: Is JVC Northwest closing communities/will we be sent home?
A: JVC Northwest is committed to any JV/AmeriCorps member who would like to serve through the service term. You may have heard that some other service programs are asking members to leave or ending their service term. JVC Northwest is ready and willing to assist JVs in completing as much of the service term as is possible and will continue to issue living allowances to members, regardless of service hours accrued, at this time.

Q: What does AmeriCorps say about my service?
A: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has published a frequently asked questions page that is being updated with new information as it arises. You can access this FAQ page here .
All previous communications and additional resources can be found on our dedicated COVID-19 webpage here:
Updates and Guidance by State
CDC Recommendations
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