Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC)

Goal of Program

The Lutheran Volunteer Corps motto is “A year of service, a lifetime of commitment.” Volunteers broaden their knowledge of social justice by being placed in positions at outstanding nonprofit organizations; participating in national, monthly program days learning about social justice topics; and living in community simply and sustainably. Volunteers agree to support and deepen the values around anti-racism/anti-oppression, welcoming of people of color and LGBTQIA+, and exploring diverse religious perspectives. The program offers a learning space necessary for social justice work and leadership and a foundation for living out the values of social justice in the world.

Type of Placement

Food Justice, health care, education, legal assistance, youth and children's programs, domestic violence, environmental, public policy and advocacy, LGBTQ, hunger programs, immigration/refugee services, housing, homeless shelters, general social services, community organizing, etc.

Service Area

DC, Baltimore, Wilmington DE, Twin Cities MN, Omaha NE

Service Length

One year beginning each August; Flex semester of 5 months beginning in August; and virtual-only volunteering; all with an option to renew; 40 hours per week.

Program Size

Approximately 50 volunteers each year.


Volunteers must be 21 years old. Need not be Lutheran. Married couples and committed partners are welcome to apply.

Financial Arrangements

Furnished housing, health insurance, monthly 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; or in their own housing for virtual-only positions.


Anti-oppression training is the foundation of service; broad exposure to various social justice topics occur monthly; and position-specific training provided by placement orgs.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted starting January 15. Earlier applicants have a wider choice of placements.

Start Date

August for year of service and semester; flexibility for virtual-only positions.


Deirdre Bagley


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


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

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