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We are excited that you are considering a year of intentional community, social justice, and simple and sustainable living with Lutheran Volunteer Corps!


About Volunteering

Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) is a faith-based, full-time service and leadership program operating in 8 cities across the United States. Our mission is to unite people to work for peace with justice. We do this by placing Volunteers in full-time positions at social justice organizations for one year. LVC is for people who want to explore their spirituality while working for social justice, living iService Programs logon intentional community with other volunteers, and practicing sustainability in all aspects of their lives.

There are many service programs out there and it's important to take time to figure out which is the right one for you. The Catholic Volunteer Network is a helpful resource to compare programs and LVC is proud to be named as a Service Program that Changes the World. You may also find links to all five ELCA-connected service year programs on the ELCA Young Adult Ministry webpage.

How do I apply?
  1. Fill out an online application. Applications are due January 15th for our Round One deadline, or April 1st for Round Two. Those who apply early will have a greater selection; view sample application.
  2. Visit our Application Timeline page for details about the next steps in the application process. Potential volunteers will conduct a phone interview with LVC staff, as well as interviews with potential placements.

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How long is the LVC commitment? When does it start?
LVC requires a one-year commitment. All volunteers gather in early-August for national orientation before heading to their LVC cities for local orientation. Volunteers are committed to LVC and their placements until late July of the following year.
Who can be a Volunteer?
LVC welcomes applications from persons who are 21 or older and who are self-motivated, mature, and stable. People from all skill backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Volunteers should want to grow in the areas of spirituality, justice, community, and simplicity/sustainability.

LVC is open to persons from all spiritual traditions. LVC does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, creed, age, culture, disability, economic class, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

Where do Volunteers serve?
LVC volunteers serve full time at nonprofits committed to social justice. Volunteers serve in a variety of roles: advocacy, community organizing, outreach, research, direct service, development, and administrative support. To browse our list of current placement positions, visit our Placement Positions directory.
Where do Volunteers live?
Volunteers are placed in 13 major cities across the United States; read more about LVC Cities. All volunteers live in community with 4-7 other volunteers; furnished housing is provided by LVC.
Do Volunteers get paid?
Yes!  Volunteers receive a monthly stipend to cover housing, food, travel and basic personal needs.  Volunteers participate in retreats during the year and receive a minimum of two weeks' vacation. Additionally, Volunteers are reimbursed for travel to their LVC city and for travel at the close of the year assuming they successfully complete the year with LVC.
What about student loans during my LVC year?

There are several options to affordably pay your student loans during a year of service. For details, read our blog post about loans during your year of service AND this doc on Student Loans and LVC.

In that doc, we particularly lift up income-driven repayment plans & the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLFP) for those with federal direct student loan debt. There are also deferment or forbearance options, in addition to standard repayment plans. If you have private loans, you’ll need to talk with your lender about repayment options. If you have a co-signer on any loan, it’s also important to discuss any loan repayment plans with them.

A year of service with LVC also provides you with valuable work experience to help you get a job after your year of service and/or makes you eligible for many generous graduate school scholarships.

Stay up to speed on student loan news here:

For budgeting and handling other debt (credit card, home, car, etc.)

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Have another question about being a Volunteer? Visit our Volunteer FAQ page! And, learn more about LVC's values and history. Still have a question? Submit your question online or call Elizabeth Bier, Recruitment & Outreach Manager, at 612-787-8844.

We are excited to hear from you and to accompany you on this journey!

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