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

Community Development

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.

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St. Paul MN

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
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Trinity Lutheran Church has been in North Omaha nearly 100 years. Began as a Swedish Lutheran congregation, we have evolved over that time into a multi-cultural congregation base. We have two faith communities in our facility which are, over the course of the next decade or so, becoming one Church. Trinity Lutheran - historically white but now diversifying along with the neighborhood, and Nile Lutheran Chapel - a Nuer speaking congregation of immigrants from South Sudan. Over the last three years, under new pastoral leadership, Trinity has been doing some self study and is - over the next five years, planning more aggressive work in the community as a servant Mission Outpost of the ELCA.

To coordinate and prosper our various community mission outreach opportunities. That means: 1) Keep congregation informed of the various ways in which members can serve our community through the congregation. (see other form) 2) encourage and schedule volunteers for these various opportunities. This is a very important part of the task 3) keep contact with the various partners we have in these mission opportunities - the schools and the ministries - so that we have clear expectations and outcomes are positive. 4) Work with our South Sudanese congregation in their aculturalization process. Help them (especially their students) make their way here in the States. 5) There are other tasks associated with this position that have to do with the day-to-day workings of the congregation. Errands to run, periodic publications to make occur. These more mundane tasks will be accomplished in concert with and at the direction of the parish secretary.

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Omaha NE
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DCPNI began operations in the Kenilworth Parkside Community in NE Washington DC fully in 2012. Our mission is to increase the number of children in our community who complete their education from cradle to career. We also are focused on supporting the development of activities that increase success in various areas that need to be enhanced in our community. We are planning to support this work through a focus on the following areas: health and safety, economic opportunity, community building and organizing, leadership development and support for parents and children.

This position will exist to support efforts to address issues of community health, food access and community development as they relate to factors that lead to increased access to healthy food options, safe and healthy spaces and help community members become involved in the success of their own neighborhoods. This individual will work extensively on issues related to food access and security, community safety, leadership development and leadership modeling. This position will have as one of its primary goals to work with staff and external partners to establish sound strategies to increase food security in this community This staff member will also serve as a key connector and liaison between the DCPNI team and the Kenilworth-Parkside community to help ensure that residents' goals, concerns, and needs are understood and help to facilitate DCPNI's decisions regarding program development and service delivery particularly as they related to food access and security and healthy and safety. S/he will work to ensure residents and other community stakeholders understand DCPNI's mission, focus in the community, and role by performing the following duties. This staff person will also support the development of leadership development in the community and will offer support to help community resident's identity, and develop goals and strategies that address effectively those goals and strategies.

Washington DC
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The Mission of Cross Lutheran Church is to Share the Good News of God’s love in Jesus Christ, to Serve our Community and to Advocate for Justice.  The congregation is 145 years old and is located in Milwaukee's central city.

Food Justice Community Gardner & Organizer - Under the direction of the Senior Pastor/Bread of Healing Staff, We’re looking for a dynamic organizer to help build a powerful millenial movement for food justice including community organizing, urban agriculture/gardening and practices and strategies for healthy and environmentally conscious sustainable living.

Milwaukee WI

The Food Justice Organizer coordinates the efforts of All Peoples Church in addressing food insecurity. This includes staffing the Isaiah 55 food pantry, supporting meal ministries of the congregation and implementing our youth gardening program.

The youth garden program (Kids Working To Succeed of KWTS) is a year-round discipleship and job training program for students ages 8-18. It includes working in the greenhouse, the grow room, the orchard and the community garden. Experience with gardening is helpful but training is available. Experience working with youth is required.

The Food Justice Organizer will also work to link the efforts of the congregation with other gardens, groups, churches and agencies in our neighborhoods and throughout the city.

The mission of All Peoples Church is: Let the glory of the Lord rise among All Peoples.

We fulfill this mission through our core values:

Kids Come First - all decisions consider in the impact on youth and families.
We make disciples - through worship and small group expressions we encourage individuals to grow in faith.
We serve soul food - Jesus made table fellowship a sign of the kingdom and our work around food justice address both the physical and spiritual needs of our community.
We partner for justice - our community is aligned with community groups and other congregations to strengthen our work for justice.
We provide sacred space - this is expressed in our care for the building, the community garden, orchard, and greenhouse and our commitment to the city.
All Peoples means all - we embrace the full diversity of our community in race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability.

Milwaukee WI
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Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF), a community development financial institution (CDFI) established in January 1991, provides low-cost, flexible financing to community development organizations engaged in affordable housing, economic development and social service initiatives for the revitalization of low and moderate-income neighborhoods throughout metropolitan Chicago. As a not-for-profit revolving loan fund, CCLF provides financing for development projects promising high social impact that for-profit, regulated financial institutions generally do not provide. In particular, CCLF specializes in serving the needs of small to mid-sized community organizations, especially in its 'focus communities' (Englewood, North Lawndale and Woodlawn) by providing 'high-touch' lending, reasonably priced, flexible loan products and free (or low-cost) technical assistance.

The Program Assistant (PA) provides critical and substantive support to CCLF's lending, marketing, portfolio management and technical assistance programs, enjoying a wide range of duties and responsibilities. The position supports the work of the Director of Lending and the Senior Loan/Program Officer(s), and it includes direct and indirect contact with and service to our applicants, borrowers, and clients.

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Chicago IL
Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF), a community development financial institution (CDFI) established in January 1991, provides low-cost, flexible financing to community development organizations engaged in affordable housing, economic development and social service initiatives for the revitalization of low and moderate-income neighborhoods throughout metropolitan Chicago. As a not-for-profit revolving loan fund, CCLF provides financing for development projects promising high social impact that for-profit, regulated financial institutions generally do not provide. In particular, CCLF specializes in serving the needs of small to mid-sized community organizations, especially in its 'focus communities' (Englewood, North Lawndale and Woodlawn) by providing 'high-touch' lending, reasonably priced, flexible loan products and free (or low-cost) technical assistance.

The candidate in this role is responsible for assisting with the planning, development and implementation of all of the organization's marketing strategies, marketing communications, and public relations activities, both external and internal. Specifically works to promote the agency's activities and share successful borrower stories using social media.

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Chicago IL
Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has been providing relief and development around the globe for 70 years. Empowered by God's unconditional love in Jesus Christ, we envision a world in which each person, every community, and all generations live in justice dignity and peace. Affirming God's love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end injustice, poverty, and human suffering.

This position sustains, strengthens and deepens LWR relationships with constituents, including Fair Trade and Quilt & Kit Ministry participants. The individual will communicate with U.S. Lutherans and other supporters about global citizenship and responsible consumerism, in-kind and financial giving, as well as conceptualizing and developing educational outreach materials. Beyond these responsibilities, this position has enough flexibility to accommodate the Volunteer's interests: writing, interviewing, technical abilities, etc. The Program Assistant for Constituent Engagement works closely with the Quilt & Kit Ministry Manager, the Congregational Resource Specialist, and the Director for Constituent Engagement.

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Baltimore MD
Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has been providing relief and development around the globe for 70 years. Empowered by God's unconditional love in Jesus Christ, we envision a world in which each person, every community, and all generations live in justice dignity and peace. Affirming God's love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end injustice, poverty, and human suffering.

The Program Assistant for Marketing and Creative Services is an integral part of the Marketing and Creative Services unit at LWR. The position supports the unit's efforts to provide leadership in communication strategy and key message development for engaging LWR's target U.S. audiences and to create high-quality, effective, engaging and audience-centric communication tools that build LWR's relationship with its audiences. Core responsibilities include: Draft and edit content for LWR communications including the print newsletter, electronic newsletter and blog. Support LWR's social media strategy by monitoring Facebook and Twitter, and drafting and posting content. (1) Assist with project management for marketing and creative projects reaching key LWR audiences. (2) Track media coverage of LWR and maintain database of media hits. (3) Assist with keeping website content up to date. (4) Aid in monitoring LWR's brand identity across media. (5) Research new opportunities for LWR to engage with its current constituency and engage new constituents. (6) Manage LWR's policy for ordering promotional products and LWR-branded gear for employees and regional offices. (7) Coordinate and manage technology for unit presentations.

Baltimore MD

The Real Food Promoter is a Lutheran Volunteer Corps intern who is responsible for the efficient and effective "real food"* promotion of Tricklebee Café.

Responsibilities include: coordinating and co-hosting monthly real food educational gatherings in conjunction with local nutritionists, chefs, gardeners, artists, musicians, and other community partners; initiating and joining in Milwaukee food justice advocacy work, including regular participation in monthly Milwaukee Food Council gatherings; networking with local urban gardeners, farmers, and farmers’ markets to broaden Tricklebee Café’s web of food suppliers; working alongside the Tricklebee Café gardener(s) during the growing season; volunteering in the cafe as needed; representing Tricklebee Café at community meetings hosted by local BIDs, the Alderman, etc.; and working alongside the Executive Director to draft marketing and outreach materials.

Tricklebee Café exists as a hub of joy, sustainable/healthy/affordable eating, and spiritual nourishment in its urban Milwaukee neighborhood just north of Washington Park.

While operating as a competitive restaurant, Tricklebee Café is about serving healthy/organic/mostly-plant-based/local food, helping neighbors without jobs become food servers and cooks, and offering a spiritually nourishing chapel-like space allowing for daily sacred encounters with God and neighbor, including opportunities for adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication, and agape meals--ancient Christian gatherings.

Tricklebee Café is under the 501(c)3 of the Moravian Church in America, a protestant denomination comprised of folks who strive to live by these words: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love.” As part of the One World Everybody Eats (OWEE) network, Tricklebee Café customers may volunteer in exchange for a meal. Customers may also “pay it forward,” allowing those with less financial means to have their meal cost supplemented by the generosity of others. Located at 45th St. and North Avenue in uptown Milwaukee, WI, Tricklebee Café’s appealing product, both in terms of its mission and its fare, certainly gives it an added advantage over its competitors in the Milwaukee area.

Milwaukee WI
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Redeemer Center for Life was formed in 1999 with a survey of the neighborhood, led by Redeemer Lutheran Congregation, assessing the needs of Harrison residents.  Identified was an increased need for programming and services for children and families to combat the poverty with affordable housing, after-school activities for children and increased employment.  In 1999, Redeemer Center for Life, Inc. became a non-profit with the specific mission to be a beacon of hope to residents of the Harrison Neighborhood.

The organization’s strategic plan is to be responsive to the community by addressing specific neighborhood needs of housing, out of school activities, and employment.  OUR GOALS are to:• Create a place of safety and belonging, •Promote health and equity in neighborhood supporting opportunities for employment and training. •Provide opportunities for residents to experience the fulfillment of their potential.

The Redeemer Church Worker position will work to secure a role on the staff team based on the gifts the volunteer brings, administration, music, writing, barista.  Utilize those sills to demonstrate partnership between church and nonprofit.  Also serve in church community in the practices of worship, administration and ministry.  This position is a time for the volunteer to work at the intersection of faith and social work and discern interest in seminary, social work, research and other options.

Minneapolis MN
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Redeemer Center for Life was formed in 1999 with a survey of the neighborhood, led by Redeemer Lutheran Congregation, assessing the needs of Harrison residents.  Identified was an increased need for programming and services for children and families to combat the poverty with affordable housing, after-school activities for children and increased employment.  In 1999, Redeemer Center for Life, Inc. became a non-profit with the specific mission to be a beacon of hope to residents of the Harrison Neighborhood.

The organization’s strategic plan is to be responsive to the community by addressing specific neighborhood needs of housing, out of school activities, and employment.  OUR GOALS are to:• Create a place of safety and belonging, •Promote health and equity in neighborhood supporting opportunities for employment and training. •Provide opportunities for residents to experience the fulfillment of their potential.

The Venture North Bike and Coffee Center Outreach LVC Volunteer will:

1. Become versed in retail operation of coffee bar and bike shop.
2. Participate in the management of Venture North.
3. Assist with development and coordination of youth development at coffee and bike shop.
4. Support Earn-A-Bike Program at Venture North Bike and Coffee Center.
5. Provide support for Redeemer After-School Program (RAP).
6. Commit to learning, quality improvement, and collaboration with area strategies to promote innovation, racial equity, and opportunity among children and youth in North Minneapolis.
7. Attend weekly staff meeting and monthly all-staff meetings.

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Minneapolis MN