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Recent Loyola alumni join Jesuit Volunteer Corps

| By Nick Alexopulos
Kevin Breen Kelley Dolan Loyola University Maryland
Kevin Breen, '14, and Kelley Dolan, '14, are volunteering with JVC Northwest.

Thirteen graduates from Loyola University Maryland’s Class of 2014 and one graduate from the class of 2012 are the latest Loyola alumni to join the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), committing themselves to serving marginalized people and engaging in a simple living while working for social change.

These alumni are part of the nearly 500 JVC and JVC Northwest volunteers serving in more than 80 communities at home and abroad. They work on multiple fronts to address hunger and homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, end-of-life care, mental health, and food justice, and they are stationed in indigenous communities, schools, health clinics, and advocacy organizations. Domestic JVC volunteers serve for one year, and international JVC volunteers serve for two years.

The recent graduates joining JVC and JVC Northwest are:

  • Joseph Connor Ames, ’14, working with St Joseph's Center in Scranton, Pa.
  • Hillary Buzaid, ’14, working with Taller de Jose in Chicago, Ill.
  • Becca Carney, ’14, working at St. Peter Claver High School in Dodoma, Tanzania
  • Kevin Cevasco, ’14, working with the Eviction Defense Collaborative in San Francisco, Calif.
  • Matthew DiFerdinando, ’14, working with RYASAP, Juvenile Review Board /Restorative Justice Program in Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Casey Murphy, ’14, working with the Providence Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Lauren O'Brien, ’14, working at St. Elizabeth’s High School in Oakland, Calif.
  • Kerry Rogers, ’14, working at San Diego Youth Services in San Diego, Calif. 
  • Mary Katherine Velcamp, ’14, working with Notre Dame Middle School/Primary School in Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Jason Wolfe, ’14, working with the Saramen Chuuk Academy in Chuuk, Micronesia
  • Tammy Quintano, ’14, working with Women's Empowerment in Sacramento, Calif.
  • Colleen Quigley, ’12, working with Colegio San Francisco Xavier - Fe y Alegria in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua

Volunteers with JVC Northwest:

  • Kevin Breen, ’14, working with Catholic Charities Housing Services, Resident Services Program, Yakima, Wash.
  • Kelley Dolan, ’14, is working with Abused Women's Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) in Anchorage, Alaska

As Loyola students, these individuals were heavily involved in numerous social justice initiatives, including Spring Break Outreach, Project Mexico, Encounter El Salvador, other programming organized by the Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ), and more. The alumni also served in leadership roles as CCSJ student staff.

“I am thrilled that these young men and women were inspired to continue pursuing a life—and a career—for others. They are a testament to the positive impact of the many meaningful service-learning opportunities Loyola offers its undergraduate students,” said Sr. Catherine Gugerty, SSND, director of CCSJ.

JVC operates in 38 U.S. cities and six countries, powering more than 250 grassroots organizations that rely on JVC volunteers for essential services. JVC supports its volunteers through retreats, community visits, and mentorship programs, offering an experience that encourages commitment to promoting justice in the service of faith.

For more information about JVC, visit www.jesuitvolunteers.org.

For more information about JVC Northwest, visit www.jvcnorthwest.org.

Marketing and communications intern Elizabeth Nachbar, '15, co-wrote this news story.

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