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Each year, Lutheran Volunteer Corps matches over 70 full time Volunteers with social justice non-profit organizations across the U.S. The directory below provides a list of placement positions for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 program years.  About 80% of LVC partner organizations re-apply each year to be included as Placements; and in addition, we have new positions that are not yet on the list.

LVC Applicants get to see the list of available positions as part of the application and matching process, including more in depth position descriptions. To have the widest choice of positions, apply by our Round 1 January 15th deadline. There are significantly fewer positions available for the Round 2 April 1st deadline.

Please contact recruitment@lutheranvolunteercorps.org if you have questions about available positions.

Social Services Specialist – Kids Matter Inc.

Position: Social Services Specialist – Kids Matter Inc.
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Organization Description: Kids Matter Inc. was founded by foster and kinship families, social workers and others who saw gaps in services for abused and neglected children and the families who take them in to help them heal. Kids Matter exists to open doors of promise and opportunity for foster and kinship children and their caregivers, and all children impacted by crime. We help children heal and thrive. We do this by putting the needs of children first, building collaborative child-centered systems of support, and holding accountable those who fail to act in the best interests of these children. We also advocate for systemic improvements in child services. We build many community partnerships, and our child-centered work has been recognized by agencies as diverse as the WI Department of Corrections to the Attorney General's office, from the Public Defender's office to the District Attorney's office. Our programs, youth, volunteers and staff have received numerous statewide awards.
Position Description:

The LVC will have two primary roles: 1) assisting with donations and community partnerships; and 2) partnering with staff in assessing the needs of families and helping to meet those needs (can be directly working with families or policy/legal focus).

We have a multidisciplinary team that includes lawyers, social workers and counselors. If an LVC volunteer is considering a career in any of these fields, we will pair them with the appropriate team. The two roles can be filled in a way that supports direct service or research and advocacy/policy work.

We partner with many organizations to meet the needs of abused and neglected children to meet emergency needs and to provide supplemental opportunities for learning and growth that the children otherwise would not have access to (for example, free educational events, helping teens who are aging out of foster care with housing or transition to college or employment).

We expect the LVC to:
- Assess needs of families served for specific types of donations and which of these needs the agency is able to best meet directly, and which are best met through referral or partnerships with existing agencies;
- Continue developing and implementing the donations & partnership model developed by prior LVC and AmeriCorps volunteers.

We will ask the LVC to choose between two options: 1) direct work with families, meeting with them in their homes, assessing needs, matching them with services (with direct supervision by the social work team) (all of our services are free and voluntary and people welcome us to their homes); or 2) policy advocacy (working with attorneys Susan Conwell and Beth Lauck – a pre-law experience if the volunteer wishes as well). Option one involves exposure to social work, personal advocacy and direct work with families. It relies more heavily on interpersonal skills, oral communication, and listening. The second option involves more writing, research and organizational skills. A prior LVC choose the advocacy approach and made significant policy gains on behalf of foster and kinship children in Wisconsin. Another LVC choose the option of direct work with families expanding our use of therapeutic art projects with our families. The first become a lawyer, the second is now a therapist.

LVC City: Milwaukee WI