St. Norbert College alum Nick Hren joins the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

From Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, October 12, 2010
by Leah Nusse, lnusse@jvcnorthwest.org, (503) 335-8202

St. Norbert College alum, Nick Hren, has recently embarked on a year of full-time volunteer service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest at the Community House Mental Health Agency, Seattle, Washington.

JVC Northwest welcomed 142 Jesuit Volunteers to the program this year, 15% more than last year, and more than double that of just five years ago. Twenty-three JVs are serving for a second year. JVC Northwest is expanding this year in two communities--Aberdeen in Grays Harbor County, Wash. and Hillsboro, Ore.

"We're excited these committed women and men are offering a year of their lives in service and working for the transformation of our world. With the growing number of volunteers, our partner agencies will thus be able to increase their outreach and enhance the services they provide to meet the growing need," says Jeanne Haster, executive director for JVC Northwest.

Established in 1956, JVC Northwest is an independent, non-profit organization that recruits, places and supports volunteers living in communities in 18 locations across the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Jesuit Volunteers serving elsewhere are part of Jesuit Volunteer Corps, which consists of five JVC organizations that merged in 2009. Volunteers live in urban and rural locations in communities of four to eight volunteers. This year, the JVs work with over 90 partner agencies across the region in many areas, including, but not limited to: advocating for refugees, nursing in community clinics, teaching in schools on Native American Reservations, assisting in shelters, and organizing community garden projects. Throughout their year of service, JVs focus on four core values--social justice, simple living, spirituality and community.

For more information, visit www.jvcnorthwest.org http://www.jvcnorthwest.org, or http://jvcnorthwest.wordpress.com/.