The following is from a joint press release from Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest (JVC Northwest).
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest (JVC Northwest) are pleased to announce four graduates of Spring Hill College are serving as Jesuit Volunteers during the 2017-18 program year.
Whether serving through JVC or JVC Northwest, these passionate young leaders address society’s most challenging social issues -- from hunger and homelessness to mental health and domestic violence -- while living among fellow volunteers committed to the values of simple living, community, spirituality and social justice.
This year, JVC Northwest welcomes two Spring Hill College graduates to address pressing needs in the Northwest by providing values-centered service to persons living on the margins of society and to fragile ecosystems: Lydia Wilson and Jessica Richmeyer.
“Jesuit Volunteers offer their talents, passions and skills to form strong relationships with thousands of individuals and communities in the Northwest,” shared JVC Northwest Executive Director, Jeanne Haster. “In the process, they are transformed by their experience. A year of working in solidarity with those on the margins and living out our four values changes their perception of the world. They leave their year of service committed to seeing true social and ecological justice become a reality.”
In addition, JVC welcomes two Spring Hill College graduates to provide vital service to the poor and marginalized across 48 communities in seven countries, working to build a more just and hopeful world: Kathleen Harmon and Maddie LaForge.
“Jesuit Volunteers represent the best of our young leaders committed to faith in action,” said JVC President Tim Shriver. “Their passion and dedication benefits hundreds of agencies at the front lines of social justice, expanding the reach of vital service within poor and marginalized communities across the globe.”
Upon finishing their service commitment, these volunteers will join a network of over 15,000 alumni of both programs who have become leaders for social change, including in the fields of medicine, law, social service, politics and local government.