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Twenty-one SCU alums devoting a year or more to Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Friday, Nov. 21, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 21 -- Twenty-one alumni from Santa Clara University are serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, the largest Catholic lay volunteer program in the country. That's among the highest of any U.S. Jesuit university, according to some recent data.
SCU's volunteers --most of whom graduated last June -- join hundreds of others who have committed to spend a year or more serving people who are homeless, unemployed, refugees, afflicted with AIDS, elderly, street youth, abused women and children, mentally ill, or developmentally disabled.
Volunteers are placed through one of four regional offices of the national JVC, or through the separately operated JVC Northwest. Others are placed in overseas locations such as Belize, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nepal Nicaragua, Peru, and Tanzania through the Jesuit Volunteers International office.
SCU has the second-largest contingent --18--of alumni placed out of the national group of JVC offices. Another three alumni were placed out of JVC Northwest.
Jesuit Volunteer Corps, started in 1956, is based on four core values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. Volunteers commit to serve where the need is greatest, to work with people who are marginalized by society, and to live in apostolic community with other JVs. In all, about 250 JVs each year work in the United States and abroad.
"Given that we also have graduates serving with other agencies such as Peace Corps and Teach for America, I think we may all be grateful that the culture of service and care for those most marginalized which we proclaim here at SCU truly penetrates the minds and hearts of so many of our students," wrote Father Jack Treacy, director of SCU's campus ministry, in a letter to Santa Clara's Jesuit Community.
Here is a list of SCU alumni serving in the JVC:
Those interested in serving in JVC can find more information at http://www.jesuitvolunteers.org/ or through Campus Ministry
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