Stonehill Graduates Join JVC Northwest

November 1, 2011

Three Stonehil alumni have recently embarked on a year of full-time volunteer work with Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest, continuing to live out Stonehill's mission of compassion and service beyond their time spent at the College.

Julie Albert ‘11 is currently at Orutsararmuit Native Council in Bethel, Alaska. Erica Carmody ‘11 is serving at St. Paul Mission Grade School in Hays, Montana. Janine DiLorenzo ‘11 is also in Montana at Pretty Eagle Catholic Academy in St. Xavier.

"JVC is one of hundreds of programs available for seniors interested in service, says Associate Director of Career Services Kris Silva. "The College's Catholic mission and commitment to service led to the creation of our own post-graduate service program, International Extension, with locations in India, Honduras and the Dominican Republic."

Silva notes there are 30 graduates from the Class of 2011 who are currently in volunteer service programs, both domestic and international.

A total of 141 Jesuit Volunteers (JVs) - 28 returning for a second year - are serving in 20 locales throughout the five states of the Northwest, living in 23 JV communities.

"Our JVs will be making a big impact for the people and habitats they will be serving this year; they will participate in transforming the communities where they serve and they will forever be transformed," says Jeanne Haster, executive director for JVC Northwest.

This type of volunteer work is an extended version of the service being performed at Stonehill through the Into the Streets program and the HOPE trips every spring. Students are not letting their love of service graduate after their four years at the College, but are instead carrying what they have experienced with them into the wider world.

Ablert, Carmody and DiLorenzo were all involved in service to others while at Stonehill. They are now taking a year to explore the needs of humanity while simultaneously caring for the environment and pursuing their quest for spirituality.

Jesuit Volunteers can be found in a variety of urban and rural locations and are challenged to live simply and work for social and ecological justice in a spiritually supportive environment.

Established in 1956, JVC Northwest is an independent, non-profit organization that recruits, places and supports volunteers living in communities across the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

This year, the JVs work with over 100 partner agencies across the region in many areas, involved in critical service advocating for refugees, nursing in community clinics, teaching in schools on Native American Reservations, assisting in shelters, and organizing community garden projects, and many more important works. Throughout their year of service, JVs focus on four core values-social and ecological justice, simple living, spirituality and community.

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