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Class of 2016 Loyola alumni join Jesuit Volunteer Corps and JVC Northwest

| By Nick Alexopulos
Loyola University Maryland 2016 Jesuit Volunteer Corps volunteers
Natalya Pulaski (left) and Julia White, new JVC volunteers from the Class of 2016.

Eight alumni from Loyola University Maryland’s Class of 2016 have committed to a year of full-time service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and JVC Northwest to support the efforts of organizations dedicated to improving the lives of the poor and marginalized in cities across the United States.

“While most of Loyola’s alumni incorporate community service and civic participation into their lives, we are especially proud of our graduates who dedicate a year or more to living out the spirit of men and women for and with others,” said Erin O’Keefe, ’03, director of Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ) and York Road Initiative.

Loyola’s volunteers are:

  • Jen Hout, My Friend’s Place, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Stephanie Maniglia, Mobile Area Interfaith Conference, Inc., Mobile, Ala.
  • Megan McKinstry, St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen, Scranton, Pa.
  • Natalya Pulaski, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh/Raleigh Regional Office, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Julia White, The Green Chair Project, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Megan Byrne, Mid Valley Elementary School, Hood River, Ore. (JVC Northwest)
  • Lexie Lanfrank, Catholic Charities of Spokane, Spokane, Wash. (JVC Northwest)
  • Megan Ryan, Raphael House of Portland, Portland, Ore. (JVC Northwest)

All eight participated in service activities through CCSJ while they were students. These 2016 Loyola graduates join the 148 JVC Northwest JV/AmeriCorps members serving in 25 Northwest communities and 283 volunteers from JVC serving in 50 communities all over the world. Through JVC, volunteers serve hundreds of thousands of people each year, addressing significant social issues including hunger and homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, end-of-life care, mental health, and food justice. Each volunteer lives and serves within a reflective community alongside other JVC volunteers.

“On behalf of our entire community, I am excited to welcome another amazing cohort of courageous young women and men, including alumnae from Loyola University Maryland,” said Tim Shriver, president of JVC. “Jesuit Volunteers generously share their gifts, enthusiasm, and skills to meet the most urgent needs in local communities and generate positive change.” 

JVC is based in Baltimore, Md., with communities across the country and the world that partner with more than 250 organizations to provide vital service with and for the poor and marginalized. JVC offers volunteers an experience, rooted in faith and sustained by community, that opens their minds and hearts to live always conscious of the poor and committed to the Church’s mission of promoting justice in the service of faith.

More information about JVC is available at jesuitvolunteers.org. More information about JVC Northwest is available at jvcnorthwest.org.

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