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.


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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
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
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The Chicago Jobs Council (CJC) is a coalition of community-based organizations, advocacy groups, businesses and individuals that work together to ensure access to employment and career advancement opportunities for people living in poverty. Since it was established 33 years ago, CJC's membership has grown to include over 100 organizations and individuals who work together to influence the development and reform of public policies and programs designed to move people out of poverty, into the workforce and into better jobs. CJC's expertise lies in its ability to bring the voices and experiences of service providers and people living in poverty to bear on workforce development and related policies and programs. Over many years, CJC has been at the forefront of influencing how workforce, public benefits and education systems intersect to prepare disadvantaged populations to enter and be successful in employment.

The Policy Assistant would support CJC's policy advocacy work focused on improving the public workforce development systems, policies, funding and programs to better serve the unemployed, the marginally employed, low-wage workers, and individuals who face barriers to employment. The Policy Assistant would have the opportunity to work on specific projects with CJC's policy team that advance our priority goals: (1) Public resources are directed to strategies that provide the most disadvantaged job seekers with training, education and supportive services. (2) Workforce development and related systems are developed, aligned and coordinated to maximize efficiency and best serve the needs of disadvantaged job seekers. (3) Labor market barriers to quality employment are reduced. Examples of project activities include:(1) Compiling, synthesizing and distilling information to create advocacy materials and inform project next steps (2) Conducting stakeholder (i.e. workforce development and other human services providers; advocacy partners) engagement activities such as meetings, site visits, focus groups, interviews and surveys (3) Participating in meetings with key city and state-level administrative entities related to a particular area of policy work (4) Working with colleagues to develop agendas for and facilitate meetings/events with stakeholders (5) Providing technical assistance to service providers and other practitioners including responding to information requests and helping practitioners connect with each other (6) Developing expertise on a particular workforce development policy, program model and/or population served (7) Assisting in the development of grant proposals and reports

Chicago IL
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington is a community partnership bringing together homeless people and others in need in Greater Washington, with support and volunteers from over 40 Episcopal and other churches, in a joint effort to improve the lives of everybody involved. We believe that we are all on a journey and all have things to learn from one another. We pursue goals by: (1) Promoting awareness of community needs (2) Fostering partnerships at all levels (3) Breaking down barriers imposed by poverty (4) Developing participants (5) abilities to help themselves to better lives

Performs basic casework functions including intakes, assessments, documentation, follow-up, review, plan development, research and problem solving with other caseworkers. Participates in and facilitates case consultation. Work is accomplished by utilizing the Next Step self-sufficiency methodology, coaching, advising and motivating program participants to set Next Steps.

Washington DC
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El Puente High School was founded in 1997. Our mission is to provide a small, safe, and nurturing environment in which students focus on becoming contributing members of society. We believe that a solid and well-rounded academic education is the essential cornerstone in building a successful future for each of our students.

The volunteer will be responsible for providing academic support for students in need of extra assistance. This may include one-on-one tutoring or small group instruction. Volunteer will additionally work with classroom teachers as a classroom assistant. Tasks may include: tutoring students in various academic courses, assisting new students with classwork, editing portfolio projects, managing school library, and administering the senior internship program. Other roles would include monitoring the breakfast and lunch program and assisting with extra curricular activities.

Milwaukee WI

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.

Minneapolis MN