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
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 30-35% of LVC Volunteers identify as being from the LGBTQ community and 20% 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 85 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.
Current Urgent Opportunities
The High School Case Manager is a position offered through Lutheran Volunteer Corps; it is based in Omaha, NE, requires a car and is currently available for Fall 2018. P4K Organization Mission: Our mission is mentoring kids for college today, and careers tomorrow. The primary focus of Partnership 4 Kids (P4K) is to provide low-income and at-risk students with consistent, supportive adult role-models to guide them on a pathway of continual academic achievement and preparedness to excel in the 21st century workforce. Omaha’s cycle of generational poverty, lack of hope and engagement, and lagging graduation rates are why Partnership 4 Kids exists. P4K uses curriculum-based mentoring to turn this cycle of poverty and failure into one of achievement and success. Our four program pillars include: goal-setting, mentoring, college access and career exploration. Each pillar is incorporated at every level of programming, strengthening each student’s overall understanding of what their future success can look like and what is necessary to achieve it. Position Description: The High School Case Manager supports P4K's mission and college access goals by coordinating programming and providing support for P4K students in target high schools. READ MORE HERE: https://www.idealist.org/admin/ea04ee869de54df890a5041b75378945/volops/e...? HOW TO APPLY: https://lvc.hiretouch.com/apply
Girls in the Game has two positions available through Lutheran Volunteer Corps; the positions are based in Chicago, IL, require a car and are currently available for Fall 2018. Organization Mission: Girls in the Game provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education, and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of girls. Our year-round continuum of programs includes after school programs for elementary-, middle- and high-school girls, a five-week summer camp, one-day health fests, a year-round leadership development program and parent and caregiver healthy lifestyles trainings. After School Coordinator Position Description: The Coordinator would work within our After School program coaching girls and building relationships with 4-5 program sites throughout Chicago. Citywide Initiatives Coordinator Position Description: The Citywide Initiatives Coordinator will work in our Citywide Initiatives program with an emphasis on building relationships with new sites, community partners, and program participants. The Citywide Initiatives program includes a summer camp, clinics over spring and winter school breaks, and Game Days – one day clinics for groups of 20-100 girls. READ MORE HERE: https://www.idealist.org/admin/ea04ee869de54df890a5041b75378945/volops/5...? HOW TO APPLY: https://lvc.hiretouch.com/apply
Between Friends has a position available through Lutheran Volunteer Corps; the position is based in Chicago, IL and is currently available for Fall 2018. Organization Mission: Between Friends envisions a community without domestic violence where equality, safety, and justice exist for all. Between Friends provides a safe, violence-free, supportive, self-help environment for individuals and families in crisis. Between Friends' counselors empower individuals to make their own decisions and choices, rather than making choices for them. Between Friends helps victims and children to recognize that their experience is shared and that the problem of domestic violence is social and political. To learn about its programs go to www.betweenfriendschicago.org. Prevention and Education Specialist Position Description: The Prevention and Education Specialist is responsible for developing, facilitating and evaluating all facets of the teen dating violence prevention programming in schools and in the community. Evidence-based best practices inform us that mixed gender co-facilitation teams are the most effective strategy for engaging youth with dating violence prevention programming. Men of color are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. READ MORE HERE: https://www.idealist.org/admin/ea04ee869de54df890a5041b75378945/volops/8...? HOW TO APPLY: https://lvc.hiretouch.com/apply
Lutheran Family Services has two positions available through Lutheran Volunteer Corps; the positions are based in Omaha, NE and are currently available for Fall 2018. The positions are Quality and Compliance Coordinator and Program Development Coordinator. Organization Mission: The mission of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska is to express God’s love for all people by providing quality human care services that build and strengthen individual, family and community life. Since 1892, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska has served children and families. What began as orphanages in Fremont and Omaha has become a statewide outpouring of God´s love through dozens of programs, hundreds of staff members and thousands of volunteers. As the needs of individuals, families and communities have changed over the years, so have our programs. Read more about these positions on Idealist here: https://www.idealist.org/en/volunter-opportunity/b73ec12577d64b47875b40b...? HOW TO APPLY: https://lvc.hiretouch.com/apply
The Case Worker and Volunteer Coordinator positions are offered through Lutheran Volunteer Corps; they are based in Washington D.C., requires Spanish/English speakers, and is currently available for Fall 2018. Organization Mission: La Clínica del Pueblo was founded in 1983 in response to the emergent health needs of the Central American immigrant population displaced by civil wars. Today, La Clínica serves Latino men, women and children from all corners of the Greater DC Metro Area with linguistically and culturally appropriate health and education services including: primary care, mental health and substance abuse services, HIV/AIDS care, interpreter services, and health education and outreach. The Case Worker works under the direction of the Patient Services Manager to link medical patients with needed services and benefits, and assists patients with short-term care coordination needs. The Volunteer Coordinator position will help explore and implement new volunteer opportunities that align with La Clinica’s strategic directions and programmatic priorities. Additionally, the Volunteer Coordinator will work closely with the Development team to develop and implement volunteer opportunities, points-of-entry, and events that foster long-term organizational sustainability. HOW TO APPLY: https://lvc.hiretouch.com/apply
The Community Outreach Associate is a position offered through LVC; it is based in Omaha, NE, requires a car and Spanish/English speaking, and is currently available for Fall 2018. Grace Lutheran Church Mission: Grace is a mission congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in the inner city of Omaha. It has been in mission on this location for 129 years. Grace is well connected to the Omaha community. It is a partner with the Community Organizing Group, Omaha Together One Community, Habitat for Humanity, Families in Action, Arts for All and other community efforts. We host a Sudanese Worshipping community and a nested Latino congregation needing meeting space. Position Description: The volunteer will be coordinating our Reading programs at 2 elementary schools. In addition, the volunteer will make connections in the immediate community to help determine what needs might be addressed through cooperative engagement. The volunteer will have the opportunity to seek to determine how programs might be developed to serve Grace's Sudanese Worshipping Community and help the Sudanese adults as needed to complete governmental forms. The volunteer will work with Grace's ESL program for Latino women and families. The volunteer will work with a small non-profit that provides arts classes, assist with programs offered through the church and help continue positive connections with our neighborhood residents. HOW TO APPLY: https://lvc.hiretouch.com/apply
The Assistant/Care Giver is a position offered through Lutheran Volunteer Corps; it is based in Washington D.C. and is currently available for Fall 2018. L'Arche Mission: Identity Statement: We are people with and without intellectual disabilities, sharing life in communities belonging to an International Federation. Mutual relationships and trust in God are at the heart of our journey together. We celebrate the unique value of every person and recognize our need of one another. Our mission is to…Make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships. Foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members, while being faithful to the core values of our founding story. Engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society. Position Description: L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. centers around four communal homes and 16 adults who have intellectual disabilities who are members of an intentional, inter-denominational Christian community (the “core people” of the community). Assistants provide skilled direct care supports to core people, ensure their safety and well-being, and support their integrated participation in all aspects of daily life. Assistants will learn how to serve and how to relate to others in this unique and vibrant environment. HOW TO APPLY: https://lvc.hiretouch.com/apply
The Community Connector is a position offered through Lutheran Volunteer Corps; it is based in Omaha, NE and is currently available for Fall 2018. Trinity Lutheran Church Mission: Trinity is a Mission Outpost of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) serving urban North Omaha, NE. The church is recovering from years of inward focus and is moving out into the community with the news of God's gracious favor for all people. We are seeking to help the community recover itself from some difficult years of transition unemployment, disaffection and violence. Position Description: The Community Connector's main role will be to coordinate and prosper our various community mission outreach opportunities. This includes: >Keeping the congregation informed of the various ways in which members can serve our community through the congregation >Representing the congregation and attending the neighborhood organization meetings whenever possible and invite church members to attend with you >Keeping in contact with the various partners we have in these mission opportunities, the schools and the ministries, so that expectations and outcomes are clear and positive >Performing other tasks as assigned, including associated with tasks pertaining to the day-to-day workings of the congregation: errands, periodic publications, etc. These tasks will be accomplished in concert with and at the direction of the Office Manager. HOW TO APPLY: https://lvc.hiretouch.com/apply