3/14/2013 10:52:00 AM Volunteers 50 and older sought
Catholic Sentinel photo by Ed Langlois
Mike Marciano tutors Cuong Nguyen at De La Salle North Catholic High School.
Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest is currently accepting applications to participate in the 2013-'14 service year of Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps, a program to engage women and men aged 50 and older in volunteer service and spiritual growth.
JV EnCorps members serve people who are poor or marginalized. They also work on matters spiritual with peers. The program recruits and supports volunteers for 10 month terms.
Volunteers commit to a personal discipline of prayer and reflection and to the four core values of Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest: community, simple living, social and ecological justice and spirituality.
This year, 20 volunteers are serving in 28 agencies in the Portland area. The ministry includes assisting in food pantries and hospitality centers, mentoring and tutoring immigrant children, teaching English as a second language and serving people who have experienced domestic violence.
Other volunteers assist people recently released from prison, aid women working in prostitution, tend people in hospice care, provide health and wellness care for people with no insurance. Others promote fair wages and just treatment and rally support for ecological protection.
Volunteers say they value community links with peers and balancing community service with spirituality.