March 2, 2022
Weekly Examen from the JVC Northwest Community
Today, Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis has called us to pray and fast for peace in Ukraine. Our hearts are with the people of Ukraine and all who experience the oppression of war.

Lent is traditionally a time for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We invite you to enter into this sacred season by signing up for our Weekly Lenten Examen Series, as we share guided reflections by members of our JVC Northwest community. The first Examen is available today, and we will continue to share a new Examen each Sunday during Lent.

Listen to the first Guided Daily Examen contributed by Fr. John Guyol, SJ, former JV and current member of the JVC Northwest Board of Directors. To receive an email notification when each new Examen is made available, sign up here.
2022-23 Locale Closure
We wish to share with our community that we will not be returning to Billings, Montana for the upcoming service year. Our mission at JVC Northwest is to respond to local community needs by matching qualified JVs to serve with local partner agencies. Unfortunately, we did not have enough partner agencies apply for a JV for the ‘22-23 service year, despite extensive outreach. 

We are so grateful for all who have served in Billings, everyone who has supported JVC Northwest in Billings, and all who continue to give back to the community in countless ways. 

Click here to view and contribute to a collection of photos and memories from Billings JVs throughout the years.
JVC Northwest Opportunities
We're Hiring
Portland Area Program Coordinator
Compensation: $42,000 - $50,000
Location: Portland Region
Status: Full-time
Reports to: Associate Director, JV Program

Program Coordinators support and challenge 25-30 full-time Jesuit Volunteers (JV)/AmeriCorps members living in intentional communities and serving with people who are on the margins of society. Former Jesuit Volunteers or National Service Members preferred.
For position descriptions and instructions on how to apply, click here.
Virtual Event
Climate Change in Alaska: How Communities are Impacted and Responding
Date: Wednesday, March 9
Time: 4pm AKST/5pmPST

Join us for a conversation between JVC Northwest Executive Director Greg Carpinello, American Red Cross of Alaska Disaster Program Manager Britta Tonnessen, and Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC) Environmental Program Coordinator Mary Matthias.

American Red Cross of Alaska and ONC are both JVC Northwest partner agencies serving Alaskan communities impacted by climate change.

Involvement Opportunity
Seeking New Board Members
Do you care deeply about the mission and future of JVC Northwest? We are seeking new board members, and are particularly interested in individuals with finance/accounting expertise.

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please reach out to Executive Director Greg Carpinello at
Call for Submissions
Crossroads for JVC Northwest Magazine
Where has your FJV journey led you? Have you reconnected with or made new FJV friends along the way? Send your life updates and FJV encounters with the subject line "Crossroads" to to be included in the Crossroads section of our annual JVC Northwest Magazine coming this fall!
Karen and Helen Named EnCorps Network Champions
Congratulations to Karen and Helen for being named two of 46 Encore Network Champions for 2021! For the past 10 years, Encore Network has brought together organizations and individuals focused on building more equitable communities and a global culture where older adults are vital contributors.
From Trash to Treasure 
By Sr. Kathy Roberg, FSPA (Spokane, WA JVE Community)
Our plastic bag trashed Earth cries out for help. There had to be a way to begin healing. In 2015 I began a quest – creatively converting those bags into a practical useful item – sleeping mats for the people who sleep out on our streets and parks here in Spokane, Washington. 
    As of Jan. 31, 2022 I have crocheted and distributed 296 gratefully treasured sleeping mats, and hope to get to 300 and more. Each mat contains between 350 – 400 bags, which rounds out to about 103,000 bags I have kept out of Earth’s harm. These mats will become a thing of the past, as bags become banned, but I am grateful to have done a small part in healing our Mother Earth and making nights a bit warmer for folks out in the elements.    
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Retreat (In Person or Virtual)
Novena of Grace
Ignatian Spirituality Center
March 8-16
Seattle, WA
Job Opportunity
Prevention and Education Specialist
(Spanish fluency required)
Hood River County Human Resources Administration Office
Hood River, OR | Apply here
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