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BC Alumni Join JVC and JVC Northwest

recent graduates dedicate a year of service as jesuit volunteers

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.  (October 2014)A number of recent Boston College alumni have entered full-time service with two Jesuit volunteer organizations, Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and JVC Northwest.

As volunteers with the two organizations, the 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.

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The Boston College graduates are among the 314 JVC volunteers serving in 60 communities across the world, and the 147 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.

BC alumni volunteers with JVC include:

·         Samantha Allen, OPCC/ Daybreak, Los Angeles, CA
·         Lauren Anderson, LEARN Campbell Campus, Chicago, IL
·         Brittany Bachant, Pohnpei Catholic School, Chuuk, Micronesia
·         Michael Camus, Back on My Feet Chicago, Chicago, IL
·         Tatiana Cortes, St. Martin de Porres School, Belize City, Belize
·         Mariajose Cruz, Family Self Sufficiency, Los Angeles, CA
·         Taylor Dean, Urban Ministries of Wake County, Inc, Raleigh, NC
·         Alexina DelVecchio, Catholic Migration Services, Brooklyn, NY
·         Vanessa Garza, Catholic Charities Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
·         Samuel Joseph, Orleans Public Defenders, New Orleans, LA
·         Michael Kadow, Legal Services Alabama, Mobile, AL
·         Anna Localio, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Tucson, AZ
·         Allison McQueen, San Diego Youth Services, San Diego, CA
·         Sean O'Hara, Catholic Charities Maine, Portland, ME
·         Kathryn Oskar, St Joseph Center CA, Los Angeles, CA
·         Nikole Ottolia, Casa Samaritanas, Managua, Nicaragua
·         Daniel Piening, Cathedral Basilica of St Joseph, San Jose, CA
·         Catherine Ring, Seton Home, San Antonio, TX
·         Nicole Sandonato, Shalom House, St. Louis, MO
·         Kelly Tyman, General Assistance Advocacy Project, San Francisco, CA
·         Danny Zawodny, Proyecto Generando Vida, Managua, Nicaragua

Volunteers with JVC Northwest:

·         Shannon Cogan, Sisters Of The Road Café, Portland, OR
·         Ciara James, Western Montana Mental Health Center, Stepping Stones, Missoula, MT
·         Elizabeth Kearney, Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV), Sitka, AK
·         Paul Lavadera, Columbia Valley Community Health, Wenatchee, WA
·         William Melville, Paschal Sherman Indian School (PSIS), Omak, WA
·         Alexandra O'Hearn, Heritage Living Center, Ashland, MT
·         Benjamin Wilson, Covenant House Alaska, Youth Engagement Center, Anchorage, AK
·         Sarah Wolfe, Women's and Children's Alliance, Boise, ID

"Our Jesuit Volunteers are important change-makers in the lives of those who experience marginalization and suffering, as well as in the communities and ecosystems where they serve," said Jeanne Haster, Executive Director of JVC Northwest.  "We support JVs through retreats, community visits, and mentorship engaging them in the Ignatian practice of action-reflection leading to deep change in their own lives and future directions."

“Each year passionate women and men, like the graduates of Boston College, provide vital services through their work as Jesuit Volunteers and I am continually inspired by their commitment to serve,” says Mary Claire Ryan, President of JVC. “Through JVC’s integration of spirituality, community, simple living and social justice, Jesuit Volunteers have a transformative experience preparing them for a lifetime of putting faith into action.”

 --Office of News & Public Affairs