The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered your year in a myriad of ways: remote service. Virtual retreats. Coffee houses via Zoom!
For some of you, the pandemic has brought additional challenges, such as the inability to serve and/or participate in community safely. In anticipation of these impacts, AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service have waived their requirements that JV/AmeriCorps members to complete their service term (10, 11, or 12 month terms) and to serve 1700 hours to receive a full Segal Education award. JVC Northwest has not changed its requirements; however, we will consider JV communities’ requests to amend their program end to an earlier date in alignment with AmeriCorps and acknowledgment of the significant challenges some JVs face. We recognize that communities and individuals are faced with an unpredictable period of discernment: continue service through the end of the service term or explore an amended timeline for that service term.
For those JVs and JV communities discerning this issue, this is an invitation to center the four values in that process, as well as your commitments to your service site, your intentional community, and the community in which you have spent the last nine months. It’s also a guide to leaving well, if that is what you or your community opt to do.
We recognize this decision is not one that comes easy and will require safe and brave spaces in your communities to have these valuable conversations. We are here to help, but we trust your community as been working to build these spaces since August. Below you will find the tools and forms you need to enter into this discernment process.