START HERE: What does it mean to join LVC?
You can watch LVC alum, Katie (photo at right), give her personal testimony about her LVC experience HERE. (Video length = 6 minutes)
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. LVC Fellowships are full-time positions (see sample full-time positions) at social justice organizations for one year, or for full or half year for virtual positions.
Fellows serving a year live together in intentional community with other fellows, practice living simply and sustainability, while exploring spirituality together. Fellows in virtual positions can serve virtually from home or live in community with other fellows. Most positions are year-long; virtual positions are limited and based on Placement partner availability.
Every year, applicants are encouraged to apply by February 15 for best pick of positions.
ROLLING ADMISSIONS! (apply anytime, by June for an August start)
Applicants start with the brief interest form above, if you're still exploring programs, and have questions about LVC. An LVC team member will contact you after receiving your interest form and schedule a staff interview.
Complete this full FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION if you have already decided to commit to LVC's service year and are ready to jump into the process. An LVC team member will contact you after receiving your application and schedule a staff interview. After the interview, you'll be presented with positions that meet your social justice interests, and begin interviewing to select the Placement for your service year.
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!
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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 LVC APPLICANT INTEREST FORM. 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 fellows will participate in a phone interview with LVC staff, as well as interviews with potential placements.
LVC is open to applicants 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.
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. Information about student loan repayment is always changing, so check federal and private sources related to your loans.
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
Have another question about serving? 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.