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December 2015

Santa Clara University graduates join JVC and JVC Northwest

Recent Graduates Dedicate a Year of Service as Jesuit Volunteers

BALTIMORE, Md. and PORTLAND, Ore.  – Dec. 7, 2015 --Fifteen Santa Clara University alumni have recently embarked on a year or more of full-time service with two Jesuit Volunteer organizations, Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and JVC Northwest:

As volunteers with these two Jesuit Volunteer organizations, these graduates serve people who live on the margins of society, and have committed to living simply and working for social change in a reflective and spiritually supportive community with other Jesuit Volunteers (JVs).
 
The Santa Clara alumni volunteering with JVC (and their service placements) are: 
 
• Cameron Coulter- Cristo Rey Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
• Patrick McDonell- Public Justice Center, Baltimore, MD
• Adam Whalen- Back on My Feet Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
• Melanie Lara- Akoyikoyi School, Chuuk, Micronesia
• Alivia Elovich- My Friend's Place, Los Angeles, CA
• Daniel Hunt- Nativity Jesuit Middle School, Milwaukee, WI
• Hannah Maryanski- South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program, Mobile, AL
• Parker Atkinson- Women Against Abuse, Philadelphia, PA
• Christine Cate- San Diego Youth Services, San Diego, CA
• Charlotte Coe- Nativity Prep Academy, San Diego, CA
• Elizabeth Connelly- United Neighborhood Centers of NE PA, Scranton, PA
• Veronica Solorio- Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Tucson, AZ 
 
Volunteers with JVC Northwest: 
 
• Dalan Angelo- St. Labre Indian School, Ashland, MT
• Genevieve Magnan- New Avenues for Youth, Portland, OR
•Madeline Regan- Low Income Housing Institute/Urban Rest Stop, Seattle, WA
 
Santa Clara University graduates are some of the 267 JVC volunteers serving in 37 U.S. cities and 6 countries across the world, and the 148 JVC Northwest JV/AmeriCorps members serving in 24 Northwest communities. 
 
JVs serve hundreds of thousands of people each year, addressing issues such as hunger and homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, end-of-life care, mental health, food justice, as well as serve in Indigenous communities, schools, health clinics, and advocacy organizations across the country and world.
 
“Each year it is inspiring to welcome a new group of women and men, like the graduates of Santa Clara University, who choose serve with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps,” said Tim Shriver, president of JVC.  “Ignited by faith, our volunteers serve in communities which are tackling the world’s greatest challenges: homelessness, hunger, mental illness, crime and poverty. In joining and providing vital service within these communities across the US and abroad, our Jesuit Volunteers are permanently transformed themselves – and are prepared for a lifetime of putting faith into action. “
 
“We welcome young adults from across the country to the Northwest to share their gifts, education, knowledge, and enthusiasm with those experiencing marginalization and poverty,” shares Jeanne Haster, executive director of JVC Northwest. “They are an inspiration and provide hope for our future as they live out our four values of community, simple living, social and ecological justice, and spirituality with other kindred spirits."
 
About JVC Northwest
Established in 1956 in Copper Valley, Alaska, JVC Northwest connects individuals with one or more years of volunteer service focused on the core values of community, spirituality, simple living, and social and ecological justice. Each year, JVs serve over 150,000 people living on the margins in urban, rural, and Indigenous communities, as well as fragile ecosystems throughout the Pacific Northwest. When the various JVC regions joined as one organization in 2009, JVC Northwest discerned to remain independent and locally based to best serve local and regional communities in the Northwest. JVC Northwest is a National Direct AmeriCorps program with 135 JV AmeriCorps members. For more information, visit www.jvcnorthwest.org
 
About Jesuit Volunteer Corps
For almost five decades the Jesuit Volunteer Corps has engaged brave young believers in vital service within poor communities, fostering the growth of leaders committed to faith in action. The global nonprofit and their network of over 10,000 Former Jesuit Volunteers support approximately 300 Jesuit Volunteers each year as they work for justice in 37 U.S. cities and 6 countries abroad. For more information please visit jesuitvolunteers.org.

Media Contacts
Christie Costello | Recruitment and Marketing Manager, JVC Northwest | 503-335-8202 | ccostello@jvcnorthwest.org
Colleen Kennedy | Director of Advancement, JVC |  410-244-1733 |  ckennedy@jesuitvolunteers.org
Deborah Lohse  | SCU Media Relations | 408-554-5121 | dlohse@scu.edu 
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