NOVEMBER 1, 2019: THE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION IS NOW LIVE!
START HERE: What does it mean to volunteer 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 (see sample full-time positions) at social justice organizations for one year, or for a semester with our new Flex Semester program.
Volunteers serving a year live together in intentional community with other volunteers, practice living simply and sustainability, while exploring spirituality together. Flex Semesters are NEW!, and Volunteers serve where they live in one of LVC's program cities (Twin Cities MN, Washington DC, Baltimore MD, Omaha NE, or Wilmington DE). Volunteers can serve August-December, January-May, or June-August, starting (tentatively) in summer 2020. Flex Semester housing is based on availability.
APPLY NOW! Interviews start in February 2020, positions start in August 2020
Year of Service: August 2020 - July 2021
FLEX Semester: Fall, August 2020 - December 2020
FLEX Semester: Spring, January 2021 - May 2021
FLEX Semester: Summer, June 2020 - August 2020
ONLINE OPEN HOUSE EVENTS: Ask questions before applying! See the event schedule for dates and signup.
View the Sneak Peek: Volunteer Application to see the questions on the application before you go online to complete it. You must complete the application in one sitting, and will not be able to save the application form after completing. Complete and save a copy offline before cutting and pasting into the online form!
View the Sneak Peek: Volunteer Essays to see the questions and write your responses offline, before you go online to complete it. You will not be able to save the application after completing. Complete and save a copy offline before cutting and pasting into the online form!
SIGN UP for a 30-minute Zoom online open house, offered twice a month at 12:00 noon for general Q&A.
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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.
- Fill out the actual 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
An LVC service experience also provides you with valuable work experience to help you get a job after service and/or makes you eligible for many generous graduate school scholarships.
Stay up to speed on student loan news here:
- Equal Justice Works: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/ed-debt
- Student Loan Expert Heather Jarvis: http://askheatherjarvis.com/tools
For budgeting and handling other debt (credit card, home, car, etc.):
- Lutheran Social Service Financial Counseling: http://www.lssmn.org/debt