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SCU Alumni Devoting a Year to Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 17, 2012 – Fifteen recent graduates of Santa Clara University are working across the country and the world in year-long stints with Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest.
As volunteers with the two Jesuit volunteer organizations, the graduates work with people who live on the margins of society, and have committed to living simply and working for social and ecological justice in a spiritually supportive community with other Jesuit volunteers.
Volunteers from JVC and JVC Northwest work at schools, health clinics, legal clinics, parishes, and nonprofit organizations to provide essential services, saving the entities millions of dollars annually in salary expenses. They advocate for domestic violence survivors, help with nursing in community clinics, teach and tutor in schools with Native American children, assist in shelters, and engage in many more important works.
"We are proud and grateful that our graduates have taken to heart and continue to live out the spirit we strive to foster at SCU in a prophetic way,” said Jack Treacy, S.J., director of SCU Campus Ministry. “They are indeed offering their gifts and living in solidarity with those most in need in our own communities.”
The Santa Clara alumni, and where they will be spending the next year, are:
Bernice Aguas – Mobile Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program; Mobile, AL
There are 323 volunteers from the Jesuit Volunteer Corps living in 38 cities in the United States and six other countries across the globe.
“Each year it is inspiring to welcome a new group of women and men, like the graduates of Santa Clara, who want to serve with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps,” said Kathleen Haser, acting president of JVC. “JVC is a transformative experience that prepares young men and women for a lifetime of putting faith into action. “
The JVC Northwest volunteers join 138 others in 21 locales around five states.
“JVs come to the Pacific Northwest with great enthusiasm, skills, and compassion to make a difference in the communities where they live and serve,” said Jeanne Haster, executive director for JVC Northwest. “In this exciting and challenging year of service, JVs are invited to participate in making the world a better place and to be open to the transformation in their own lives.”
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