LVC launched new ways to serve last year, adding shorter terms of volunteering. In addition to its legacy program — the in-person Year of Service — Volunteers can serve a FLEX semester in person from August to December, or FLEX semester virtual-only starting in August, January, or June. Our nonprofit Placement partners will now have the option of securing a Volunteer for a long-term position for one year; or shorter term position starting in August in-person, or throughout the year virtual-only. FLEX Semester Volunteers (in person and virtual-only) will still be matched with a social justice partner for full-time volunteer service; receive a stipend andRead More →

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Anti-Oppression Training Reimagined In response to previous LVC Volunteer feedback that anti-racism training was more like an intro-101 class and spoke only to white Volunteers, leaving People of Color out of the conversation, LVC paused training to consider new models for preparing its Volunteers for service and life. After evaluating several national providers, LVC is taking a different approach, one that is more co-creative and helps the organization better learn to live its values — while teaching new Volunteers the same. In August 2021, anti-racism training becomes an anti-oppression “walk” designed not around personal privilege recognition and growth with an equity goal, but with aRead More →

CreateMPLS prepares students in underserved communities for the future of work through technology and learning programs, and is a new Placement with LVC for August 2021. In 2025, Minnesota is expected to have 200,000 tech jobs, yet 40% of students in the state don’t have access to training to meet this demand. CreateMPLS brings STEM especially to young women and students from racial minority backgrounds to build this pipeline of talent. LVC has matched Volunteer Braden Kilpatrick as technology program facilitator, supervised by Rob Warland at CreateMPLS for August 2021. Braden is passionate about working to help solve many social justice issues in society today.Read More →

Baltimore, MD’s Public Justice Center was founded in 1985 to use legal tools to challenge poverty and racial inequity in Maryland and beyond. They actively incorporate racial inequity lens and analysis in arguments to educate around bias, white supremacy, and oppressive systems. In 2021, Public Justice Center joined LVC as a Placement, matching Volunteer Maryam Hassanein as paralegal, health and benefits rights project, with PJC’s supervisor Ashley Black; and Fredson Desravines as paralegal, education stability project with PJC’s supervisor Monisha Cherayil. During Desravine’s years at Providence College, he served in leadership positions such as a Chairperson for the Board of Programmers and a Program CoordinatorRead More →

Every year, alum Jeremy Rehwaldt — who just participated on LVC’s July program day panel on the Volunteer transition out of the year of service — asks his students at Midland University in Fremont, NE, what it takes to lead a contented and meaningful life. Every year he hears the same responses, yet often the way we spend our time and money don’t support those goals.  Why?  They mention strong family, meaningful work, close friendships, relationship with God, and a sense that they are contributing to the world. He considers how we don’t pay good attention to how we spend or what we support, not seeing or respondingRead More →

–Update provided by Wellstone House Through the claustrophobic winter of 2020/2021 those of us in LVC’s Wellstone House have been the proud parents of a windowsill full of vibrant leafy vines, succulents, and flowering amaryllis bulbs. On days when we were stuck working from home and snow blanketed the ground, our small indoor garden provided evidence that the seasons would turn and new life would come again. With Easter now behind us, we’re looking forward to tilling the soil in our backyard plot and transplanting the indoor vegetable seedlings we’ve started. Our namesake, Paul Wellstone said “We all do better when we all do better”. That symbiotic wisdomRead More →