Interested in applying to receive one of our amazing LVC Volunteers? Our Volunteers can’t wait to meet you!
Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) is privileged to place enthusiastic, talented emerging leaders at a wide variety of non-profit organizations across the country for a year of service.
LVC currently accepts applications from organizations located in Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN; Omaha, NE; Washington, DC; and Wilmington, DE.
LVC partners with Placements in fields such as housing and homelessness, health care, community development, environmental concerns, children and youth, LGBTQ issues, immigration, women’s rights, and more — and we’re open to a wide variety of social-impact employers. Review our placement position directory for further information about positions filled the past few years. Current and new placements and placement supervisors, read the 2018-19 Supervisor Handbook, and supervisor/placement checklist.
Our mission is focused on advancing the impact of social justice organizations. Our nonprofit partners are committed to mentoring volunteers, welcoming volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, and are financially stable.
Placement organizations are 501(3)c non-profits, have an office or other workplace easily accessed by public transit, and are within commuting distance from the LVC volunteer house.
Please visit our Placement Eligibility page for more information.
Placement organizations pay a service fee that covers the cost of the LVC program to search, secure, match, manage, and close the Volunteer for one year. The fee covers expenses including but not limited to orientation week, stipend for personal expenses, housing and utilities, food, training and retreats, staff supervision, house mentors, and travel to the assigned city. Placement organizations are generally required to contribute to health insurance and local transportation. (Subject to change: check with the LVC Program Manager for current fees.)
Placements are charged a one-time placement fee, after the match has been accepted. The placement fee is calculated on a sliding scale based on the organization’s budget for salaries and benefits. For a detailed cost estimate, you may request a financial worksheet from your regional Program Manager.
Placement Application Process
To apply for LVC, you must submit an online application by our December 15th deadline, and participate in a site visit by LVC staff. You will be notified of acceptance by early February. Contact your regional Program Manager with questions about becoming an LVC placement and review a more detailed Placement Application & Matching timeline.
Acceptance into the LVC program does not guarantee a volunteer match. During Round One matching, you will have the opportunity to interview and rank up to three prospective volunteers. LVC staff will use these rankings to match organizations and volunteers. If no match is found for your organization in Round One, the matching process will repeat in Round Two.