Oak Park, Illinois
"The thing that has impressed me most about working with JVs is their overall commitment to contribute to the well being of members of our society. I am encouraged about our future generation when I hear about how these young people work together in their household to create a positive living environment for themselves. I am also encouraged when I hear about the efforts they make to give back to the neighborhood where they live as well as to improving the lives of the people they touch at work. This commitment is evident daily from our own JV where we can see the compassion and caring that is truly coming from a place of deeply held personal values and the desire to serve."
"Our JV has enabled us to provide fresh produce to over 1,400 families each month. Without her efforts, only a fraction of the families we serve would receive produce. She has also helped us expand our base of referral agencies, thereby linking clients with important resources beyond food. In addition, our Pantry has benefited from our JV's willingness to help out in unexpected ways. She has enabled us to more fully train volunteers. Finally, her positive attitude has enlivened the office."
Los Angeles, California
"As a former JV, it's rewarding to witness a multitude of gift contributions to our under-served, needy community while observing transformations within our Jesuit Volunteers."
"As a Jesuit parish, the presence and work of a Jesuit Volunteer come with a quality that is hard to find. Their dedication to social justice, with a servant-heart and creative, objective perspectives, taps into their own ingenuity and dignity that spills over to the community who embrace their issues in concert with the JVs. We are grateful for the mutual development and growth."
"The entire legal services community in Philadelphia has benefited immensely from the JV program, including two agencies that share Homeless Advocacy Project 's office space. Our staff interacts with Jesuit Volunteers on a daily basis. JVs appear to have a natural empathy for the human suffering that most of HAPs clients experience on a day-to-day basis. They are patient with our clients and are enthusiastic, eager participants in HAP's office, as well as surrounding Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project and Philadelphia VIP offices. While our office is still relatively new to the JV program, we have benefited enormously from the project. Over 75 homeless men and women to date have received SSI benefits as a direct result of a JV being placed at HAP."
"The volunteers add new energy and a fresh perspective to the work we do at the Native American Health Center. Their commitment to providing services and working as a team benefits both the volunteers and the staff at NAHC. Each JV we have supported has offered different skills but all have an abundance of energy in approaching their work. The volunteers gain a different perspective in pursuing the work that they plan in the future."
"Native American Health Center has hosted volunteers for 20 years and each new year brings young, energetic people who are pursuing a different way to contribute to health care services. The learning both professionally and personally for the staff to see such hard working, dedicated young individuals gives our agency a sense of the future. We all grow in the volunteer experience."
"9to5's experience with JVs over the past years has been extremely positive. The volunteers bring enthusiasm, open minds, new perspectives and a willingness to engage with and learn from our members. Our leaders are always intrigued by the volunteers, who obviously have opportunities to do other things with their lives than volunteer with low-wage women, but have made this choice to be of service to the community. We also have the opportunity to see, over the course of a year, how each volunteer develops her own thinking and opinions about social change, social justice, and community organizing. We also learn from their views and experience. Our entire staff supports JVC and the individuals who come to 9to5 as volunteers."