Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Affiliation:Lutheran - ELCA, Reconciling in Christ
Goal of Program:The Lutheran Volunteer Corps motto is “A year of service, a lifetime of commitment.” LVC is committed to producing the next generation of social justice leaders by matching them in positions at outstanding nonprofit organizations.
Type of Placement:Food Justice, health care, education, legal assistance, youth and children's programs, domestic violence, environmental, public policy and advocacy, hunger programs, immigration/refugee services, housing, homeless shelters, general social services and community organizing.
Service Area:Washington, DC; Wilmington, DE; Baltimore, MD; Milwaukee, WI; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Omaha, NE; Seattle, WA; Tacoma, WA; The Bay Area, CA.
Service Length:One year beginning each August, with an option to renew; 40 hours per week.
Requirements:Volunteers must be 21 years old. No upper age limit. No dependent children. Need not be Lutheran. Married couples and committed partners are welcome to apply. LVC is a Reconciling in Christ organization and on it's own Journey to an Inclusive Community, welcomes those from all faith practices, sexual orientations, gender identities and races. Each year 20-25% of LVC Volunteers identify as being from the LGBTQ community and the same amount as people of color.
Financial Arrangement:Housing, health insurance, personal stipend, travel costs. Two weeks vacation. Student loans can usually be deferred or placed in forbearance.
Living Arrangements:Volunteers live in intentional communities of four to seven people.
Program Size:Approximately 95 volunteers each year.
Training:Five-day National Orientation, local orientation, retreats during the year, and job training provided by placement agencies. As an LVC Volunteer, you will engage in a year of service in your particular social justice passion and receive training in social justice skills including consensus-building and conflict resolution, engaging people across difference; spiritual/faith discernment; and learning to garner and utilize resources effectively to achieve social justice goals.
Application Deadline:Applications are processed in rounds and are usually due in January and April. See our website for specific dates. Earlier applicants have a wider choice of placements.