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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have particular questions about available positions.
The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition Communication and Outreach Associate will assist staff primarily with the Bikeways for Everyone program, and occasionally will assist with other projects. 'Bikeways for Everyone' is a campaign for 30 miles of new protected bikeways in Minneapolis by 2020. The campaign is volunteer driven and staff supported, meaning there are lots of opportunities for volunteers to develop leadership skills and guide the direction of projects. A Communication and Outreach Associate will assist the Community Organizer in seeking out and creating new outreach opportunities, do outreach at events, and come up with fun and exciting ways to communicate the Bikeways for Everyone message to the public. Some responsibilities would include blogging about events, sharing information through social media, working with outreach volunteers, and reaching out to organizations for the purpose of forming partnerships. There are three full-time staff, with one staff person supervising the Communication and Outreach Associate. The office is small, but we have a a wide and diverse base of volunteers we work with to make far-reaching changes to Minneapolis bike infrastructure. You do not need to drive a car in order to hold this position!
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.
The L'Arche Farm & Gardens Assistant works in a team of 4-5 people directly supporting 8 individuals with intellectual disabilities in the daily seasonal needs of our Farm work program. This position will be directly involved with all aspects of our farm, from planting to harvest, partnering with crew members and volunteers.
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.
The outreach coordinator will work with MNIPL and our partners to do outreach in MN congregations to help people of faith make the connection between economic justice, and the root causes of oppression and climate change. The coordinator will work with core teams at key congregations to raise awareness about the connections between climate change and justice including the root causes of hunger and poverty. They will plan events that will engage communities in on the ground activities such as researching and planning a community solar gardens in north Minneapolis; or working to bring the stories of climate impacts back from work in developing countries. The outreach coordinator will work with our campaign coordinator and the program director to help connect interested volunteers to meaningful movement activities.
If you're interested in learning organizing skills to raise awareness about Hanford -- the most contaminated site in the Western Hemisphere -- and how to organize the public to force cleanup of radioactive and toxic wastes, please join us! Heart of America Northwest is The Public's Voice for Hanford Cleanup! We are a 16,000 member citizens group providing research and leading organizing, legal, and lobbying efforts locally and nationally for cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. We are protecting the Northwest and Columbia River from the threat to resume using Hanford as a national radioactive hazardous waste dump; working to have leaking High-Level Nuclear Waste Tanks emptied; and working for a safe and clean energy future to reduce global warming without creating more nuclear waste. Educate and encourage citizens and students to become engaged in the fight to cleanup Hanford and to stop use of Hanford as a national radioactive waste dump. The position offers valuable skills in event planning, community organizing, communicating to public and student audiences (including social media, blogging, making presentations), drafting documents, and administrative skills (e.g., data base). The main responsibility will be learning and planning how to organize outreach and education of public (including students of course) for major public hearings, and to generate public comments from those who can't attend a hearing in person. Assist in planning and presenting at workshops to enable our members and students to offer comments at the hearings. Develop social media messages and updates to generate interest and comments. Learn how to write and publish our newspaper style Citizens' Guides. Learn public involvement skills, including how to follow-up with development of survey and evaluation on how public and attendees believe agencies solicited and responded to public concerns. Our LVC staff / volunteers also have opportunities to make presentations at public meetings and workshops, do surveys, interact with state and federal agency staffs.
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.
Faith in Place works with religious congregations, inspiring them to be more environmentally intentional through our programs. We do this through outreach and also by responding to requests and suggestions that come in. Our Faith in Place Lutheran Volunteer interacts a lot with Faith in Place's diverse partner congregations. One of the major activities is helping to set-up and manage the Winter Farmers' Markets that we sponsor. These are in all parts of the Chicago region and support local vendors who need buyers during the off season. They are also intended to help fill a void in some of the food scarce areas in our urban communities. This LVC position helps schedule and arrange logistics for the markets, working with other local volunteers and Faith in Place staff.Similarly, getting ready for the Illinois Environmental Council Lobby day in the spring, this LVC position helps set up the Faithful Citizen Workshops which precede lobby day, and recruit and organize the wide variety people who will ride buses down to Springfield. This is an exciting time, when we are addressing policy issues explicitly and connecting them to our faith values. The Faith in Place LVC staff person works on many other programs as needed. These include energy efficiency and education, urban agriculture, nature outings, and internal needs. There is both office work and field work involved.