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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The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition began because there was no place to advocate for safe bike infrastructure in Minneapolis. We began as a grassroots volunteer advocacy group, and as our organization grew, we added staff while remaining volunteer driven and member supported. Our goal is to make Minneapolis a better place for bicycling in all corners of the city, for everyone. We have a track record of success that has helped lead to new bike lanes, new bike parking, the hiring of the first-ever Minneapolis bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, and the hosting of Open Streets Minneapolis events, which are neighborhood events which allow people to experience major thoroughfares as places for pedestrians and bicyclists to enjoy.

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!

Minneapolis MN
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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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The roots of L'Arche International lie in the first L'Arche community, founded in 1964 in Trosly-Breuil, a small village north of Paris. Jean Vanier invited two people with intellectual disabilities ' Philippe Seux and Raphael Simi ' to leave their institution and come and live with him in a small house in Trosly-Breuil, which he named 'L'Arche,' (French for the 'ark').The small community grew fast, soon welcoming new people with an intellectual disability and young people from around the world to share their lives. Unforeseen by Jean, it did not take long for people to decide to create new L'Arche communities in their own countries. This expansion meant that L'Arche needed to open up to a wide variety of cultures, languages, and social backgrounds. Although founded in the Catholic tradition, L'Arche communities rapidly become ecumenical or inter-religious, finding their point of unity in a common set of human values. Open and engaged in the world, they seek to be a sign of hope and solidarity.In 2014, L'Arche, with 146 communities in 35 countries on five continents, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.The Charter that guides all our 146 L'Arche communities states:'Whatever their gifts or their limitations, people are all bound together in a common humanity. Everyone is of unique and sacred value, and everyone has the same dignity and the same rights.'L'Arche, now in its 50th year, is an International Federation of over 145 communities in 30 countries across the world. The mission of L'Arche is: to make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutual relationships; to foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members while being faithful to the core values of our founding story; and to engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society. L'Arche Tahoma Hope began in 1977 when then Jesuit priests David Rothrock and Peter Byrne welcomed Greg Hanon and Fred Kobel, two men with intellectual disabilities, to live with them. There are now 4 homes, a work program and a day supports program as part of L'Arche Tahoma Hope.

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.

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Tacoma WA
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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
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Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light believes that the active care of creation is integral to spiritual life and social justice. Through leadership and guidance to Minnesota's faith communities, we respond to climate change by promoting awareness and action on climate change. We mobilize the faith community to understand that working to combat climate change is integrally connected to social justice. Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light engages Minnesota's diverse faith communities by through supporting and mentoring faith communities, by helping to connect climate change to existing social justice initiatives, and by providing facilitation and education to faith communities. We work to organize faith communities to take individual and group action to reduce carbon footprints as well as to powerfully show up in the growing climate movement.

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.

Minneapolis MN
Heart of America Northwest is the leading citizens' group working to protect the Columbia River and the health of future generations from nuclear waste spreading from America's most contaminated area: the federal Hanford Nuclear Reservation. We are spearheading the campaign to stop use of Hanford as a national radioactive waste dump and to require the cleanup of the growing contamination. We are responsible for most public education and involvement organizing on Hanford, nuclear waste, nuclear power, and related climate change issues across the entire Pacific Northwest.

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.

Seattle WA

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
Faith in Place is a fifteen-year-old nonprofit with a long history of inspiring positive environmental behavior change in partnership with religious congregations. Faith in Place was founded in 1999 (incorporated in 2004) in Chicago, where most our staff and the majority of our outreach continues to happen. We also have offices in Champaign, and Waukegan, IL, where outreach staff interact with diverse congregations in those geographic areas. As a result, Faith in Place has partnered with more than 1,000 congregations of all faiths throughout Illinois - Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Zoroastrian - to educate, connect, and advocate around the teachings of faith for living out practices of better earth care. Faith in Place's mission is to inspire people of diverse faiths to care for the earth through connection, education, and advocacy.

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.

Chicago IL