Placement Organizations Frequently Asked Questions
Who serves as an LVC Volunteer?
LVC recruits people from across the United States who are self-motivated, mature and committed to doing a year of service. All volunteers are required to be 21 years of age at the start of the program year and many are recent college graduates. There is no upper age limit; older volunteers and/or married couples are welcome to apply.
How does LVC place Volunteers?
Volunteers are screened by the LVC through an online written application, references, and a phone interview. After applicants receive initial acceptance into LVC, they choose three organizations to interview with. After completing these interviews, both volunteers and placement organizations are asked to give feedback to LVC. Using this input, LVC staff makes the best possible matches that are mutually agreeable to both the applicant and the placement organization. The matching process begins in January and runs through May. All volunteers begin work in mid August.
Will LVC come to my city?
LVC was created as a program that focuses on placing volunteers in the inner city areas of the United States. Currently, LVC accepts applications from organizations located in Baltimore, Berkeley, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Oakland, Omaha, San Francisco, St. Paul, Seattle, Tacoma, Washington, DC, and Wilmington, DE.
We’re not currently accepting inquiries for expansion to new cities.
Does LVC only place Volunteers at faith-based organizations? Are all Volunteers Lutheran?
While LVC does place people at faith-based organizations and churches, volunteers work in a variety of settings including shelters, youth programs, environmental organizations, medical and legal clinics, alternative high schools and education programs, housing agencies, food banks, and advocacy groups. Through LVC, these organizations receive talented and committed full-time staff—workers they could not otherwise afford.
Volunteers are not required to be Lutheran. LVC is open to people of all spiritualities and perspectives. About one-third of volunteers come from Lutheran backgrounds. Some may not identify with a particular faith or denomination. LVC asks volunteers to be open to exploring and experiencing their spirituality with others.
What do Volunteers do after the program ends?
For many, the LVC experience is the beginning of a life-long commitment to working for justice and peace. Some Volunteers continue on as salaried employees at their placements while others seek positions in other social service agencies. Others go on to graduate school to pursue careers of service (social work, education, law, medicine, seminary). There is also the opportunity for a second year of volunteer service. In general, Volunteers gain valuable work (and life) experience that is well respected and helpful in whatever they choose to do next.
Where does LVC get funding?
The LVC operating budget comes from many sources. Approximately 33% of LVC’s total budget comes from placement fees paid by placement organizations. Additionally, individual donors give 32% of the budget, congregations give 16%, and ELCA divisions give 9%. The remaining 10% comes from miscellaneous sources.
Does LVC welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender applicants?
LVC does not discriminate due to ethnicity, race, creed, age, culture, disability, economic class, gender identity, or sexual orientation. As a Reconciling in Christ organization, LVC strives to be actively welcoming and supportive of volunteers who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and asks that our placements join us in this effort.