Helen Ross Pitts and Karen Beal
Portland, OR
Karen Beal and Helen Ross Pitts champion the value of older adults through the Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (JV EnCorps) program, offered in six Oregon and Washington State locations. They have been partners in leading the organization through a period of growth, fine-tuning, and engaging volunteer leadership. They're active supporters of the Encore Network. "Contemplation in Action" is at the program's heart. Participants serve environmental or social justice nonprofits, using their skills in 5+ hours/week of volunteer work. Their service is enhanced with spiritual reflection, community gatherings and an emphasis on simple living.