Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC)

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. Our Volunteers will: explore how their privilege impacts their day to day choices; create a strong connection between personal values and how one lives their lives; and deepen skill of building relationships with people from different backgrounds and cultures. 

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.

Program Size

Approximately 75 volunteers each year.


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 Arrangements

Furnished housing, health insurance, personal & food stipends, 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.


Anti-oppression training is the core of our curriculum, taking place during five-day National Orientation, local orientation, regional retreats; job-specific training provided by placement orgs.

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.


Shae Agee


1226 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, 20005
Phone: 202 387-3222


[email protected]


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