Become a Volunteer

Apply Now

START HERE:  What does it mean to volunteer for a year of service with LVC?

We're excited that you're interested!  Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) is a full-time service and leadership program operating in many cities across the United States.  Volunteers are placed in full-time positions at social justice organizations for one year, while living iService Programs logon intentional community with other volunteers, and practicing sustainability and exploring spirituality together.

There are many service programs out there, so take time to figure out which one is right 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 of social justice placements.  View a sample application to see what you can expect.
  2. Visit our Application Timeline page for the next steps in the application process. Potential volunteers will participate in a phone interview with LVC staff, as well as interviews with potential placements.

Apply Now

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 must commit to LVC and their placements until late July of the following year.

Who can be a Volunteer?
Applicants must be 21 or older and self-motivated, mature, and stable. People from all skill backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Volunteers must be interested in social justice work; want to grow and engage with their housemates in intentional community, living simply/sustainability, exploring spirituality, and social justice; and want to expand their anti-racism/oppression and intercultural/global citizen skillset by participating in leadership learning experiences throughout the year.

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 get the opportunity to 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 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!  Like most service-year programs, Volunteers are provided a monthly stipend to cover 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 at the start of the service year, and for travel at the close of the year assuming the year is completed in full.

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 and 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 your co-signer.

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.):

Learn More

Have another question about being a Volunteer? Visit our Volunteer FAQ page! And, learn more about LVC's values and history.  Submit your questions online or call LVC to speak with a program director or manager.

I’m interested in LVC

I’m ready to apply!

Something is wrong.
Instagram token error.
Load More