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.

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Thurgood Marshall Academy grew out of the experience of law students and professors in the DC Street Law clinical program at Georgetown University Law Center who, while teaching at a neighborhood high school, witnessed how limited opportunities stunted the academic and social development of students. They also saw an opportunity to use legal principles as teaching tools to educate and empower the bright and energetic students they encountered.The founders collaborated with education experts and community members to create a school that would provide committed students with the academic and youth development resources they need to succeed and become active citizens. Thurgood Marshall Academy opened in 2001 with 80 9th-graders and added a grade each year until we served grades 9'12. Some of our key achievements include the 100% college acceptance rate of our eight graduating classes; the highest test scores of any non-selective high school in the city; the establishment of a benchmark assessment system that allows teachers to use data to drive instruction; the expansion of our professional development program; and the renovation of a landmark facility in Historic Anacostia into our permanent home. The mission of Thurgood Marshall Academy is to prepare students to succeed in college and to actively engage in our democratic society. As a law-themed school, Thurgood Marshall Academy's goal is to help students develop their own voices by teaching them the skills lawyers have the ability to solve complex problems, think critically, and advocate persuasively for themselves and their communities.In order to accomplish our mission, we function as both a school and a youth development organization by integrating a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum with in-school and after-school support programming such as academic tutoring, personalized mentoring, and one-on-one college guidance.

The Academics Associate's main responsibilities fall within the College Counseling department. The Academics Associate will join a three-person college counseling team whose mission it is to continue the 100% college acceptance rate of Thurgood Marshall Academy graduates. The team also works with students to secure college financing; the Class of 2014 earned over $5 million in grants and scholarships. The Academics Associate will also be responsible for substitute teaching, when needed, as well as providing support to the Academics team.

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Washington DC
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Briya Public Charter School, incorporated in July 12, 2005 in the District of Columbia, has its roots in and is the continuation of one of the original 76 Even Start Family Literacy demonstration projects in 1989 funded nationwide by the U.S. Department of Education. As a collaborative program, Briya PCS operates in partnership with DC Public Schools, DC Head Start, and Mary's Center for Maternal & Child Care. Our mission is to serve families most in need, enhancing parent education and family development by providing quality educational opportunities and strengthening parenting skills in a multi-generational setting. Our goal is to increase family literacy through education for parents and their children from 0 to 10 years old. The program's objectives are to assist parents in being full partners in their child's education while increasing literacy levels, specifically English proficiency, of at-risk children and their parents through English as a Second Language, early childhood development activities, computer classes, and parenting and Parent and Child Together (PACT) classes, all in a multi-generational setting.

Briya works with volunteers to modify the duties in order to meet the skills and interests of the volunteers as long as the duties meet the needs of the program. 1. Teach computer literacy class in Advanced ESL classes. Classes are generally project-based but include Typing, Basic Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet. Computer classes are 4 times a week for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. 2. In collaboration with other computer teachers, plan and develop daily lesson plans appropriate to the needs and interests of the students in the program. (The curriculum focuses on working with families to identify their strengths and providing strategies to reach their goals.) 3. In collaboration with other teachers, plan and teach basic mathematics to students preparing for assessment and to enter the NEDP (high school diploma) program. Classes meet for 1.5 hours two mornings per week. 4. In collaboration with other teachers and staff, provide information and referrals for families regarding social, health, legal and educational resources and opportunities available in the area. Provide the link between the education department and other services at Mary's Center. Provide follow-up on internal referrals.5. Organize, with the center staff, the planning and implementation of special events (e.g. Pumpkin Farm Field Trip, Thanksgiving Show, and Recognition Ceremonies). 6. Assist with the collection of data to track learner outcomes for the school's Accountability Plan. 7. Attend and participate in all staff meetings, trainings, and retreats.

Washington DC
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The Academy of Hope began in January 1985 when four students and two volunteer teachers, Marja Hilfiker and Gayle Boss, came together to study for the General Educational Development Exam (GED) in a small room of an apartment building. Marja and Gayle envisioned the school as a community of students and teachers: Academy of Hope will be a school in which the main subject for everyone, teachers and students alike, is not reading, writing, or math, but hope. Hope comes only when we care and are cared for. In this Academy, all of us are teachers because all of us can care for one another. All of us are students since all of us need to be cared for.Our mission is to provide high quality adult basic education in a manner that changes lives and improves our community.

Teaching and Program Assistants at Academy of Hope Adult PCS sites are responsible for working with teachers to promote a supportive, empowering learning community for our adult learners and for delivering quality content area instruction. Teaching and Program Assistants provide administrative and technical support to the Programs team, including Program Manager, Registrar and Data Support Specialist.

Washington DC
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The Urban Ecology Center is a neighborhood-based, not-for-profit, community center. Our mission is to educate and inspire people to understand and value nature as motivation for positive change, neighborhood by neighborhood. Our environmental community centers: (1) Provide outdoor science education for urban youth (1) Protect and use public natural areas, making them safe, accessible and vibrant' Preserve and enhance these natural areas and their surrounding waters (2) Promote community by offering resources that support learning volunteerism, stewardship, recreation, and camaraderie (3) Practice and model environmentally responsible behaviors The Urban Ecology Center has community centers in two urban parks: Riverside Park and Washington Park. Riverside Park, the Center's first outdoor classroom, was abandoned in the 1960s and 70s when the level of pollution in the river became a deterrent for visitors, which led to an increase in crime. The park and neighborhood were revitalized through the Urban Ecology Center's grassroots beginning, which started in the early 90s. The park's neglect resulted in a naturalization process that created a rich learning laboratory. Due to the success of the Urban Ecology Center's programs in Riverside Park, a second branch opened in Washington Park in 2007, another park with significant crime. The Center will be opening a third site in the Menomonee Valley the fall of 2012. Today thousands of city school children from neighborhood schools learn about their natural environment in the park thanks to the work of the Urban Ecology Center. The Center's goal is to connect the urban neighborhood to their immediate environment.

The primary responsibilities of this position is to provide ecological educational programs for community members of all ages, including the Center's Young Scientist Club, Birthday parties, and home school, family and community programs. Welcoming visitors to the Center and serving as an ambassador of the Center's mission are central to the position. In addition, this position supervises and mentors high school students, helping them develop their professionalism and skills. This position is responsible for animal care for the Center's reptiles, amphibians, and fish, including developing a vision and plan for enhancing the animal programs at the branch. This position assists with room set-up for rentals, meetings, and programs, and secures the building each night. The Community Program Educator position requires working afternoons, weekends, and evenings.

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Milwaukee WI
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Trinity Lutheran Congregation is a member of the ELCA and has been in the Minneapolis Cedar-Riverside neighborhood since 1868. It is currently the only viable Christian congregation in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of over 9000 residents. Trinity is committed to being a Christian presence in the C-R neighborhood and a Christian witness to the larger world. Trinity is a presence and an active participant in the neighborhood, through various collaborative initiatives and participation in neighborhood meetings and activities. Trinity's mission is reflected in our mission statement: Nurturing wholeness ' and holiness ' in Cedar-Riverside. We believe that God is big enough for all, only with different names and faces. Therefore, in this neighborhood of primarily East-African Muslims Trinity does not feel a need to convert anyone to Christianity. Our mission is to accompany our brothers and sisters of Cedar-Riverside, help them become who God intends them to be, and break down the barriers of faith, race, language, culture, tribe, and nation.

The Volunteer will be responsible for running Trinity's Safe Place: Homework Help program. Homework Help is a free drop-in program for ages K-12 which offers students help with the homework they bring in each day.The responsibilities include: recruiting tutors; recruiting students; training tutors; scheduling tutors; tracking tutor hours; and other administrative duties. Tutors generally come from Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota, both of which are within a couple of blocks of Trinity. Contacts with appropriate departments at each school already exist and Trinity is well-respected at both institutions. Students know about our program through word-of-mouth and flyers that are distributed throughout the neighborhood.

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Minneapolis MN
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STA (Sojourner Truth Academy) was founded by parents, teachers and community members concerned about the academic success of children in the North Minneapolis neighborhood. STA has been serving students and families since 1999. Sojourner Truth Academy's mission is to prepare children for the future by building confidence and a strong sense of self-worth through small classrooms and an open, safe, family-like environment. STA supports families by embracing change when necessary for the good of the children and serving as a bridge to the community. Staff at STA is dedicated to and held accountable for providing a learning experience that is culturally relevant, challenging and fun.

The Kindergarten Educational Assistant position encompasses direct and indirect educational support services for our youngest scholars. The volunteer will work directly with students and teachers throughout each school day. Team-teaching with another teacher, instructing small reading groups, and supporting scholars one-on-one are all a part of this position. Duties also include supporting scholars at recess, in the hallways, in the lunchroom, and in getting onto the bus. The volunteer will enjoy the flexibility to propose activities that they would like to facilitate and have creative input in projects they help support. Any other special talents or abilities the volunteer has can be incorporated into their time here with us. They will grow professionally through on-site staff development throughout the year as well. If the volunteer has a teaching license (s)he may have the opportunity to instruct classes with the support of the main classroom teacher.

Minneapolis MN
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Our Saviour's Community Services was created in 2004 to provide oversight of 2 programs begun more than 30 years ago by Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. We are now an independently incorporated non-profit with 501(3)(C) status granted by the IRS. Our work consists of the English Learning Center program, and Our Saviour's Housing program. Our mission is Increasing Skills, Improving Lives.

The PM Program Assistant plays a vital role in the success of adult learners at the English Learning Center (ELC). Their focus is student support. S/he is charged with both meeting the daily needs of students, while also trying to improve their experience at the school. This position is the first stop for new students inquiring about school, and for current students with a question or concern. This staff member is the coordinator of PM new student registrations. In collaboration with other staff, this person carries out student testing, provides students with feedback, analyzes individual students' results, communicates class-wide weaknesses to teachers, and works to help boost student achievement. The PM Program Assistant also plays a key role in annual student surveys, new student orientations, substitute teaching classes, and a variety of other program and office supports. Special projects round out the Volunteer's year, the focus of which varies depending on the current needs of the school and the interests of the Volunteer.

Minneapolis MN
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Free Spirit Media cultivates diverse youth voices to transform media and society.

This is a program position that will work closely with the North Lawndale College Prep Free Spirit Media teaching team. As Program Assistant, this position will support FSM's Lead Instructor(s) at NLCP Collins in the classroom. From August to June, the Corp member will work as a classroom assistant in an in-school context. Duties and responsibilities include: (1) Support video production classes for 10-12th grade students at North Lawndale College Prep High School's Collins Campus (2) Support Lead Teacher(s) in the documentation of all curriculum unit enhancements (including lesson plans, exemplars, handouts', and all other supporting documents). (3) Help facilitate during class sessions. The position will begin the year with fewer opportunities for large group facilitation, but as the year progresses, and comfort, experience, and skill level increase, opportunities for large group facilitation will become more regular. Early facilitation opportunities may include leading team building activities, journaling and reflection, and peer critique. The Corp member will also facilitate small groups early and throughout the year. Later in the year, having seen FSM's curriculum modeled and after becoming more comfortable with the technology, terminology, and production process there may be opportunities to facilitate content lessons from the curriculum (4) Support grading (class work, notebooks, homework, group projects) (5) Assist, manage, and facilitate small group work and group production teams during class, as well as students editing their projects after school (6) Copy handouts, prepare classroom displays, and organize student work (digital and paper work) (7) Manage student assessment and performance process (as created by program leadership) and support the maintenance and collection of student paperwork and forms (8) Support and inform students of career or higher education paths post FSM participation (9) Create a positive youth development environment / classroom space (maintain clean office space) (10) Develop an understanding of the pre-production, production and post- production process as they are related to video production (11) Participate in care and management of video equipment and computers (12) Attend and support organization-wide events such as showcases and fundraisers as needed (evening hrs) (13) Additional activities will depend partially on the skills and interests of the Corp member and primarily on organizational need (i.e. attend FSM, NLCP and Art Department meetings which would include travel to Collins or Powerhouse campuses)

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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