Placement Positions

Placement Positions Directory

Each year, Lutheran Volunteer Corps matches 100-115 full time Volunteers with social justice non-profit organizations across the U.S.

This directory provides an overview of placement positions for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 program years. This list does not reflect the exact positions available for a given program year. About 80% of LVC partner placement organizations re-apply each year and we also have new positions each year that may not yet be on this list.

LVC Applicants see 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 if you have particular questions about available positions.

Advocacy/Public Policy

The mission of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) is to eliminate poverty housing in the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. TCHFH is an interfaith Christian housing ministry which helps low-income families purchase and maintain a decent, affordable, and secure home. TCHFH formed in 1985 and completed its first home in late 1986. We have completed over 850 homes to date and plan to complete an additional 60 this year.

The LVC Volunteer will join a fun, engaging, and dynamic advocacy and education program in a position that focuses on engaging Habitat supporters in learning about housing and poverty issues and engaging them as grassroots advocates for public policy. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has worked to provide affordable housing opportunities to the Twin Cities and seven county metro area for 29 years. We continue our efforts to eliminate poverty housing in our community but recognize that the need for affordable housing is much bigger than we can solve by our programs alone. To achieve our mission and multiply our impact, we are engaging supporters in advocacy for public policy to increase the supply of housing at every level of the housing continuum ' emergency shelter, supportive housing, rental, and homeownership. The Volunteer will also spend a portion of their time in our Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) Program. Neighborhood Revitalization was created to address the needs of two neighborhoods (Jordan in North Minneapolis, and Frogtown in St. Paul) that have some of the highest poverty rates in the state, and have experienced years of economic and racial injustices. The Volunteer will help us organize and build relationships in the community so that neighborhood residents are driving the decisions that affect their neighborhoods, and ultimately experience increased overall quality of life.

St. Paul MN
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Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), has been a champion for migrants and refugees since 1939. Begun as the Lutheran response to people displaced by World War II, LIRS has continued to be the Lutheran expression of welcome for migrants and refugees in the United States. With initiative and sound stewardship, LIRS seeks creative and lasting solutions to the needs of uprooted people regardless of their race, ethnicity or religious beliefs. Our mission is rooted in our faith and driven by a vision of just and welcoming communities. 'Witnessing to God's love for all people, we stand with and advocate for migrants and refugees, transforming communities through ministries of service and justice.'

1. Track, research and analyze refugee and immigration legislation and policies. 2. Attend NGO coalition meetings, congressional hearings, and other events and report back to LIRS staff. 3. Research and write public education materials related to advocacy priorities. 4. Draft letters from LIRS or on behalf of a coalition to support an issue impacting migrants or refugees. 5. Educate and mobilize LIRS constituencies about key advocacy issues, upcoming events and opportunities to engage with LIRS through our organizational blog and action alerts. 6. Help organize gatherings of diverse advocates (refugees, migrants, church leaders, etc.) for education and advocacy purposes. 7. Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Washington DC
The mission of MadGrace is 'Seeking the Beloved Community Through the Liberating Love of Jesus.' We are a small church that has been active in Seattle's Central area for well over 100 years, with ministries ranging from after school tutoring to hosting breakfasts of the black panthers. We currently have a permanent shelter for homeless families in our basement and we are building a tiny home for a formerly homeless on-site supervisor while making the rest of our building available to the community through a project called 'The Madrona Commons.'

Madrona Grace is a small, progressive, diverse church located about three miles from downtown Seattle in a beautiful and walk-able neighborhood called Madrona. We are seeking a young adult to be a part of our pastoral team who can help organize and develop creative, sustainable ministries by drawing on the assets of our extended community.

Seattle WA
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UNITE HERE Local 2850 is a small local union committed to building low-wage workers' leadership to fight for living wages and rights on the job. We organize workers in fast food, hotels, college cafeterias, and other hospitality jobs. Like other UNITE HERE Locals, we are leading the labor movement in developing the voices and power of low-wage, immigrant workers.

The Community Organizer will be responsible for mobilizing community allies - congregations, student groups, community organizations, etc. - to stand with low-wage workers who are fighting for their rights. Recent projects included organizing fast food workers at the Oakland Airport - and building a coalition with groups representing WalMart and restaurant workers to strengthen the national movement for justice for low-wage workers. We also mobilized workers, students and faculty to fight for a living wage for Cal State East Bay cafeteria workers. We're working with immigrant hotel housekeepers to win safe and healthy workloads. And we're teaming with food justice groups to plan 'union gardens' in our members' homes - and make sure that food workers don't have to live with hunger. Our campaigns change over time, and current one may no longer be active by the time the volunteer starts (in which case, he or she can plan the victory party!). All our campaigns are focused on building strong community support for low-wage workers. One tactic we often use is the community boycott, inspired by Cesar Chavez' grape boycott. If there is an active boycott at the time the volunteer joins us, he or she would be responsible for education the community about why it's important not to patronize businesses that abuse their workers.

Oakland CA
The Network for Victim Recovery of the District of Columbia (NVRDC) seeks to empower crime victims in the District of Columbia through a collaborative approach by providing holistic, comprehensive services in three ways: community-based education, therapeutic, and legal support. We want a crime victim to achieve justice and self-determination. Regardless of income, ethnicity, immigration status, sexual orientation, race, or gender identity/expression, the impact of crime on its victims (direct victim(s) or friend/family members of victim) can be devastating ' emotionally, financially, and legally. NVRDC is here to guide people in this difficult journey from victim to survivor. Created in 2012, the founders of NVRDC were motivated by three deep beliefs: 1. Survivors of crime must have a welcoming place to which to go in order to learn of their rights, process their experiences and enjoy a supportive and empowering environment in which to determine how to respond to the crime; 2. The knowledge that many victims of crime may not be able to be served elsewhere because they do not qualify for services since their income is higher than allowed and/or they are 'conflicted out' (lawyer lingo meaning that the person who has inflicted the harm was served by that organization before); and 3. The research that has affirmatively shown that legal services provided with supportive counseling and case management services provides much greater impact on victims, transforming their lives.

NVRDC seeks a case management program assistant to provide hospital based crisis support in an on-call capacity as part of the DC Sexual Assault Crisis Response Program and to work collaboratively to provide case management support to survivors of crime. This individual will take approximately 4 on-call shifts lasting 24 hours each month for survivors of sexual assault seeking a medical forensic examination. This individual will provide case management to survivors of all crime including, providing referrals, attending court or other legal proceedings with a survivor of crime, completing criminal compensation applications, and provide on-going support. This individual will be resourceful, highly organized, a team player, very flexible, a critical and analytical thinker, self-reflective and self-aware, and open to growth and learning. The case management program assistant will be committed to working with people from diverse cultural, linguistic, economic, educational and vocational backgrounds to demonstrate NVRDC's dedication to social justice and access to justice for all victims of crime in DC.

Washington DC
The St. Leo Food Connection, a program of the Tacoma's Jesuit St. Leo Parish Community, has been fighting hunger in Pierce County since 1982. Our goal is to providing high quality nutritious food to individuals and families who are at-risk of hunger.

Co-coordinates (with a Jesuit Volunteer) our Children's Feeding Programs, which include our Summer Meals, After-School Snack Break Bag and Backpack Programs , all of which provide free food to children at-risk of hunger. Supervises large cadre of volunteers and networks with our community partners for the respective programs.

Tacoma WA
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Health Care for the Homeless works to prevent and end homelessness for vulnerable individuals and families by promoting access to comprehensive health care, affordable housing, and sustainable incomes through direct service, advocacy and community engagement.

The Client Access Associate I provides best-in-class customer service to clients, staff and visitors through administrative support. This role accurately and efficiently manages confidential information in multiple databases and systems to support clients through every stage of their visit at Health Care for the Homeless (HCH). This position reports directly to a manager within the Clinical Administration department.

Baltimore MD
Shalom High School was founded in 1973 with the specific purpose of educating young people returning from correctional institutions. Over the years, the school's mission evolved to educate any student who found academic achievement difficult in traditional high schools. Today, these student are called 'at-risk'. After successful completion of Shalom's academic program, students receive high school diplomas.

The mission of Shalom High School is to allow at-risk students an opportunity to earn high school diplomas and to prepare students to be productive, successful adults, good citizens and to become responsible mature members of their communities. The Lutheran volunteer serves as a co-teacher, a mentor/advisor to our students and will also coordinate various student student activities. Good basic academic skills and the ability to work with at-risk, urban students and a diverse staff

Milwaukee WI

Susan G. Komen® Southeast Wisconsin is the top local source for funding programs that provide breast health services, breast cancer education and outreach in its seven-county service area. The organization empowers the residents in Southeast Wisconsin with information about the importance of early detection and breast health. It donates 75% of net funds raised to vital local breast health services and dedicates the remaining 25% to national research to find the cures.

Since 1999, Komen Southeast Wisconsin has raised more than $11.3 million, with $9.3 million of that funding local programs right here in Southeast Wisconsin and $3.3 million to help fund national research grants. Komen Southeast Wisconsin is part of the big picture to eradicate breast cancer, but it's also focused on the local needs of its neighbors. The organization is dedicated to educating Milwaukee-area residents about breast cancer through Kohl’s Conversations for the Cure, along with funding life-saving screening and treatment programs for our neighbors currently battling this disease.

The Communications & Marketing Intern will assist in all pre-planning, logistics, participant services and administrative duties necessary for both the annual Spring Fundraising Event in the spring (March), Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) and Race for the Cure® (September) - The largest race in the Greater Milwaukee area gathering nearly 19,000 participants and raising $1+ million as well as other mission- and event-specific digital, print and broadcast communications

The Communications & Marketing Intern will work in a team atmosphere and have the opportunity to learn about a wide range of areas in a non-profit organization and major event planning and communications. Occasional weekend or evening availability depending upon event schedules.

Milwaukee WI

9to5 Wisconsin, founded in 1982, is one of four local chapters of 9to5, National Association of Working Women.  9to5 is a multiracial, grassroots organization that strengthens low-wage women’s ability to achieve economic justice through advocacy and organizing on issues of economic security, equal opportunity and work/family.

The Community Organizer will focus on member recruitment, training and engagement in the Milwaukee area, and coordinate issue campaigns, including our current Ban the Box effort and assistance with a statewide Family and Medical Leave Insurance legislative bill.

Milwaukee WI
NAMI Nebraska is a state chapter with the NAMI national organization dedicated to providing education and support for persons (children and adults) experiencing a mental illness. A champion for recovery, NAMI-Nebraska is a statewide not for profit grassroots organization that provides high quality education and support services through its affiliates to those whose lives are touched by mental illness. NAMI NE collaborates with other organizations, governmental bodies, and advocates to improve services and the quality of life for people with a mental illness and their families.

NAMI Nebraska is the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a grassroots advocacy organization that works for people living with mental illness, their family members and other loved ones. NAMI works to promote recovery through support, education, and advocacy. The LVC position at NAMI Nebraska focuses on community resources. People from across the state call the office looking for assistance finding mental health support in their communities. One of the primary responsibilities of the volunteer is to talk with people who are dealing with a crisis and help connect them with support services. A major part of the job is learning about available resources and making sure all the information is current. The volunteer is also responsible for all social media outreach, putting together a quarterly newsletter, assisting with the NAMI Walk (primary fundraiser), general office administration, and other forms of community outreach such as attending events and NAMI education programs. NAMI Nebraska is a small office and there is a lot of room to be involved in different focuses of the organization. Depending on the volunteers interests and abilities, it is possible to get involved with political advocacy on a state government level,program development, survey research projects about mental health needs/services in Omaha, among others. It should be emphasized that this position is best suited to an independent, self-starter.

Omaha NE
Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) convenes, guides, and supports a diversity of partners working to improve conditions of home and community. Building on decades of experience, we strengthen development capacity and promote policies that expand opportunity, especially for people at the lowest income levels. Mission: To promote homes for all Minnesotans and assist Minnesota communities in the creation and preservation of housing affordable to low- and moderate-income people. History: MHP began in 1987, as an informal coalition organizing community groups and nonprofit developers to play an active role in affordable housing. The catalyst for this effort was the governor of Minnesota's decision to establish a commission to help guide the state's role in housing for the decade of the 1990s. The initial work of MHP focused on informing housing groups of policy and program developments occurring at the state and federal levels. MHP was also a catalyst for increased state funding targeted to addressing the housing needs of low-income people. In addition, MHP helped create the state's first programs to build the capacity of nonprofit housing providers. In 1989 MHP incorporated as a member-based, nonprofit organization. In 1994 MHP became a major provider of technical assistance and financial support to increase the capacity of housing development groups. MHP's demonstrated capacity to deliver housing programs led to its recruitment serving as a funding intermediary for several government agency programs: Minnesota Department of Human Services Crisis Housing Fund; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development. MHP delivers project-based and organizational technical assistance (TA), including multiple national TA contracts for HUD's Office of Community Planning and Development, Neighborhood Stabilization Program (foreclosure remediation and neighborhood revitalization), and Rural Capacity Building Program. Over the years, MHP has also developed an effective lobbying arm and advocacy network. MHP has earned the respect of affordable housing supporters throughout Minnesota and at the national level, as well as government and legislative leaders. Today MHP continues to support housing for all Minnesotans through capacity building, advocacy, and small loans and grants for housing organizations.

The Development and Policy Associate is a key member of both the Development and the Policy teams at MHP. On the Policy team, responsibilities include coordinating campaigns for state and/or federal affordable housing policy; drafting communications to constituents, partners, and policy makers; organizing stakeholders in coalitions; and supporting lobbying efforts at the state and/or federal levels. On the Development team, responsibilities will focus on coordinating the MHP Investors Council, a group of companies/organizations concerned with affordable housing in Minnesota and committed to supporting the work of MHP. Tasks may include managing a fundraising database, drafting correspondence, and supporting the planning and implementation of a regular event series that convenes affordable housing industry leaders to engage in discussions about critical housing policy and practice issues. The Associate will also support grantwriting, social media, policy communications, and fundraising communications efforts.

Minneapolis MN
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to furthering the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development. Founded in 1979, DREDF continues to be managed and directed by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities. Our work promotes the full integration of people with disabilities into the mainstream of society.DREDF played a leadership role in the efforts to pass the Civil Rights Restoration Act, the Fair Housing Amendments Act, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). At the request of members of Congress, we testified, prepared legal memoranda and provided technical assistance on the potential ramifications of the ADA during the hearings. We are acknowledged as experts on the legislative intent of the ADA and recognized by the disability community as the leader of the successful strategy to pass this historic law. DREDF also worked to preserve the rights and safeguards of children with disabilities during the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). DREDF has had a dramatic influence on the legal rights of the 54 million Americans with disabilities.

The Disability Rights Internship is structured to provide interns with a working knowledge of disability rights issues in education, transportation, employment, housing, and physical access. The Intern will work with the Children and Family Advocacy, ADA Technical Assistance, and Public Policy Programs and will leave with legal, practical advocacy skills and knowledge of political and grassroots organizing.

Berkeley CA
As an organization grounded in the Latino community, it is El Centro de la Raza's mission to build unity across all racial and economic sectors, to organize, empower and defend its most vulnerable and marginalized populations, and to bring justice, dignity, equality and freedom to all the peoples of the world. Vision: El Centro de la Raza (ECDLR) envisions a world free of oppression based on poverty, racism, sexism, sexual orientation and discrimination of any kind that limits equal access to the resources that ensure a healthy and productive life for all peoples and future generations in peace, love and harmony.Through our 44 comprehensive programs and services, we empower the Latino community as fully participating members of society by providing strong programs for children, youth, families, and elders. ECDLR was founded four decades ago in 1972, when a group of diverse community members led a peaceful and innovative three-month occupation of a local abandoned school building. Today, as a voice and a hub for the Latino community, we advocate on behalf of our people and work to achieve social justice. In 2014, we will break ground on an equitable, transit-oriented development on its south lot. Named for our founder and civil rights leader, Plaza Roberto Maestas will include affordable transit-oriented housing, retail and micro-business space, new classrooms for our Child Development Center, community events space and a public, Latino-style plaza. This project will expand our services, and make the Beacon Hill neighborhood a destination for all residents of King County and the State of Washington. The majority of our 79-member staff possesses native and acquired proficiency in both Spanish and English, and practices the customs and traditions of the Latino community. In 2013, ECDLR served 13,975 individuals and 7,979 households, and from July 2013 to June 2014, 99 percent of participants met their outcomes in programs funded by United Way.

The Donations & Communications Coordinator manages the donations program and communicates with the greater El Centro de la Raza community through the organization's bi-monthly eNewsletter and email list serve of over 6,000 subscribers. These subscriber rely on the eNewsletter and email blasts as their main source of news, information, events, and opportunities at El Centro de la Raza and surrounding communities. Responsibilities include coordinating with staff members to gather information and photos, writing articles and success stories, and announcements to keep our community well informed on what El Centro de la Raza is doing to combat social injustices. As a non-profit organization, El Centro de la Raza relies on donations and fundraisers to sustain our many programs, human services, and cultural events. Managing the donations program means receiving/processing all forms of donations to El Centro de la Raza, thanking and communicating with donors in various ways, coordinating fundraising projects and events with the development team, and any related tasks. This includes helping to plan and carry out cultural events, procuring donations, and assisting with the annual fundraising auction in various capacities. Spanish is helpful but not required.

Seattle WA
Susan G. Komen Nebraska raises funds to support the Komen Promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

This year Susan G. Komen Nebraska granted more than $500,000 in funds for breast health education, breast cancer screening and treatment support throughout the state of Nebraska (91 out of 93 counties) to nonprofit agencies. This position will help administer the grants, including interacting with grantees, community support organizations, and the general public to further Komen Nebraska's mission to end breast cancer. Under the direction of the Mission Advancement Officer, this position will monitor grantee programs, maintain accurate grant records, coordinate site visits, and work with the Board of Directors Grant committee. This individual also will be asked to represent Komen Nebraska and oversee distribution of education materials to the general public, grantees and health care facilities. This position does require some travel, so job candidate should have his/her own vehicle.

Omaha NE