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.

Food/Hunger

The St. Leo Food Connection, a program of the Tacoma's Jesuit St. Leo Parish Community, has been fighting hunger in Pierce County since 1982. Our goal is to providing high quality nutritious food to individuals and families who are at-risk of hunger.

Co-coordinates (with a Jesuit Volunteer) our Children's Feeding Programs, which include our Summer Meals, After-School Snack Break Bag and Backpack Programs , all of which provide free food to children at-risk of hunger. Supervises large cadre of volunteers and networks with our community partners for the respective programs.

Tacoma WA
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Lifelong empowers people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and/or other chronic conditions to lead healthier lives. Lifelong was formed in January 2001 through the merger of Chicken Soup Brigade and Northwest AIDS Foundation. This union created a new agency ready to face a new era in the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 2004, Lifelong's food program returned to the name Chicken Soup Brigade, to reflect the changing scope of services the food program now offers. In order to continue to provide home-cooked meals and nutritious groceries to clients with HIV/AIDS and to respond to the moral imperative to serve individuals with other illnesses, the food program's mission expanded to include serving home-bound seniors and people with chronic conditions. By expanding, Lifelong has been able to secure additional funding streams for the food program, as well as sharing the Chicken Soup Brigade kitchen'a valuable community resource'with other people in need. Chicken Soup Brigade views food as medicine and is committed to serving clients in the Puget Sound area with the nutritious food they need to manage their medical conditions.

Chicken Soup Brigade (CSB), the Food Program of Lifelong AIDS Alliance, provides nutrition services to people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses in King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties. CSB provides balanced groceries and medically specific meals for those with difficult to address dietary needs such as no gluten/no dairy, kidney dialysis restrictions, easy digestible foods, and nutritious but tasty soft foods for those with difficulty chewing and swallowing. CSB also offers individual nutritional counseling with our staff registered dietitians. The Client Services Communication Specialist supports our other program staff in maintaining contact with consumers of food and nutrition services, ensuring the accurate, timely, and accessible services are provided to clients. This position helps to identify individuals in need of nutrition support through outreach efforts, to enroll clients through scheduling of intakes and collection of eligibility documentation, and to provide information directly to consumers about services available to them. Chicken soup Brigade is about to launch new programs that empowers consumers to make specific food choices from our menus for every week. This Specialist will play an important role on both communicating with consumers, dietitians, and social service providers about their available diet choices and in troubleshooting all aspects of this exciting new facet of our services. This individual plays a large part in bridging cultural linguistic barriers to serve consumers from a wide diversity of backgrounds. CSB honors diversity and values experience in working with diverse populations and bilingual skills. CSB also believes that food is medicine. Because our consumers are enrolled in specialized diets and services are provided on very specific schedules, an eye for detail and patience are important qualities in a competitive candidate for this position. Knowledge and experience around HIV, heart disease, kidney disease and other chronic conditions are also considered big pluses.

Seattle WA
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Our mission is to eliminate hunger in our community by: providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people, increasing the independence of our clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs, and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and working towards solutions to eliminate them. Lakeview Pantry opened in 1970 with the goal of providing food to people living below the poverty level. Today we not only distribute groceries, but also help clients through our Social Services program to address the issues that often lead to food insecurity, such as unemployment and housing instability.

The East Assistant provides assistance to two key programs: First, the Community Outreach Program cultivates community relationships with the Pantry; we engage groups like schools, Girl Scouts, temples and churches, & corporations. Outreach also manages the in-kind (food and materials) donor network. Secondly, we have a Volunteer Corps of 1,000 active volunteers. Active is defined as having volunteered at least once in the last 12 months; many volunteers are on a regular basis. Both the Outreach and Volunteer programs seek to nurture supporters' relationships. The programs have Coordinators who require the support of the East Assistant.

Chicago IL
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Sharing God's Blessings by Helping Others in Need is Lutheran Community Services' mission. LCS is a Delaware based organization, founded by the coming together of local Lutheran congregations for the purpose of better serving the needs of our community. Members of these churches recognized more than five decades ago that much more could be accomplished by coming together in service than by each congregation doing its own thing. Today an important part of Lutheran Community Services' income still comes from contributions by these local churches, and volunteers from these churches also heavily support the agency. Lutheran Community Services is a member of Lutheran Services in America, the Delaware Housing Coalition, the Food Bank of Delaware, Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the United Way of Delaware.

On a daily basis the Lutheran Volunteer works directly with clients to ensure their needs for emergency food or financial assistance related to housing are met. The person in this position will have the opportunity to meet with people from very diverse backgrounds who all have one thing in common: the need for basic necessities such as food and housing.

Wilmington DE
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JFS has a 120-year record of accomplishment'one that demonstrates responsiveness and willingness to address issues that might otherwise remain hidden, stigmatized and unsolved. JFS' mission is to help vulnerable individuals and families in the Puget Sound region achieve well-being, health and stability. Our programs provide comprehensive social services to the Jewish and general communities of the greater Puget Sound area.

This position is based in the Food Bank and works to ensure clients have access to adequate nutritious food. This position has the primary responsibility for organizing gleaning at a local farmers market, organizing cooking and nutrition classes and assists with general food bank operations.

Seattle 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

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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Lifelong empowers people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and/or other chronic conditions to lead healthier lives. Lifelong was formed in January 2001 through the merger of Chicken Soup Brigade and Northwest AIDS Foundation. This union created a new agency ready to face a new era in the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 2004, Lifelong's food program returned to the name Chicken Soup Brigade, to reflect the changing scope of services the food program now offers. In order to continue to provide home-cooked meals and nutritious groceries to clients with HIV/AIDS and to respond to the moral imperative to serve individuals with other illnesses, the food program's mission expanded to include serving home-bound seniors and people with chronic conditions. By expanding, Lifelong has been able to secure additional funding streams for the food program, as well as sharing the Chicken Soup Brigade kitchen-a valuable community resource-with other people in need. Chicken Soup Brigade views food as medicine and is committed to serving clients in the Puget Sound area with the nutritious food they need to manage their medical conditions.

Chicken Soup Brigade (CSB), the Food Program of Lifelong, provides nutrition services to people living with HIV/AIDS and/or other chronic illnesses in the greater Puget Sound Region. CSB provides balanced groceries and medically specific meals for those with difficult to address dietary needs such as no gluten/no dairy, kidney dialysis restrictions, easily digestible foods, and nutritious soft foods for those with difficulty chewing or swallowing. CSB also offers individual nutritional counseling with our staff registered dietitians. At CSB we believe that food is medicine. The Food Program Assistant is a critical member of the team serving in multiple facets of the organization. This individual will assist the Volunteer Coordinator as the CSB volunteer liaison, helping in the placement, welcome, and training of new volunteers. The position will also work directly with the Assistant Manager of Distribution on coordinating food delivery to homebound by maintaining route sheets, staging grocery and meal bags for delivery, assisting in client communications, and driving agency vehicles to deliver the food. Finally the volunteer will support the work of the warehouse team by assisting in donation acquisition, inventory tracking, and determining bag contents.

Seattle WA
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Together is a Homeless Prevention Organization that Collaborates to End Homelessness. We provide emergency resources and navigation to people living in extreme poverty to create housing stability.

Screen clients for eligibility and schedule appointments for Homeless and Homeless Prevention programs. Light casework, connecting pantry dependent clients to appropriate community services and when appropriate assisting client with application process to these services. Enter client information into database, complete intake paperwork, and assist with food related programs.

Omaha NE
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Bread for the City's origin lies in two volunteer organizations founded in the 1970's: Zacchaeus Free Clinic and Bread for the City. Zacchaeus Free Clinic began in 1974 as a free primary health care facility servicing Washington residents who could not afford health insurance. Bread for the City was created in 1976 by a coalition of downtown churches to feed and clothe the poor, and was housed in property owned by Luther Place Memorial Church. In 1990, the two charities joined together to fund a social services program helping clients of both agencies to apply for public benefits, and in 1991 the partner agencies hired an attorney to represent eligible clients in court that had been denied public benefits. Bread and Zacchaeus merged in 1995 and today the organization operates two service centers in Washington, D.C. providing a comprehensive range of services at no charge to over 32,000 clients over multiple visits every year. The mission of Bread for the City is to provide vulnerable residents of Washington, D.C., with holistic services, including food, clothing, medical care, legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. We recognize that all people share a common humanity and that all are responsible to themselves and to society. Therefore, we promote the mutual collaboration of clients, volunteers, donors, staff and other community partners to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and to rectify the conditions that perpetuate it.

The Northwest Volunteer Coordinator - Food Focused recruits and manages volunteers for a variety of programs at Bread for the City's Northwest Center. He or she also spends approximately 30% of their time with our food department, working with volunteers and client leaders to facilitate collaboration between our food pantries, fruit orchard and rooftop gardens. As such, interest in and knowledge of sustainable agriculture are valuable. The Northwest Volunteer Coordinator must be able to manage multiple projects and priorities, keep track of many details, and be able to communicate effectively with diverse audiences. A passion for service and a sense of humor are also important.

Washington DC
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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was formed in 1987-88 when several predecessor bodies of Lutheran churches came together in one body of Lutherans. Mission Statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered, and sent for the sake of the world. Here are the mission and vision statements of the denomination:Vision Statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:Claimed by God's grace for the sake of the world, we are a new creation through God's living Word by the power of the Holy Spirit;Gathered by God's grace for the sake of the world, we will live among God's faithful people, hear God's Word, and share Christ's supper;Sent by God's grace for the sake of the world, we will proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, serve all people following the example of our Lord Jesus, and strive for justice and peace in all the world.Here are the strategic directions of the ELCA's churchwide organization, which is but one expression of this church. (The other two are synods and congregations.)Strategic Directions for the Churchwide Organization Claimed, gathered, and sent by God's grace for the sake of the world, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in and through its churchwide expression will:' Support congregations in their call to be faithful, welcoming, and generous, sharing the mind of Christ; (1) Assist members, congregations, synods, and institutions and agencies of this church to grow in evangelical outreach; (2) Step forward as a public church that witnesses boldly to God's love for all that God has created; (3) Deepen and extend our global, ecumenical, and interfaith relationships for the sake of God's mission; and (4) Assist this church to bring forth and support faithful, wise, and courageous leaders whose vocations serve God's mission in a pluralistic world. + + + These strategic directions are offered with profound gratitude for the outpouring of gifts the Holy Spirit gives to members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.In the course of implementing each of these strategic directions, the churchwide organization must and will:1. Encourage, welcome, and depend upon the lively and creative exchange of resources and ideas throughout the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; 2. Recognize and encourage the vital contributions and deepening relationship with institutions and agencies of this church and with Lutheran, ecumenical, and interfaith partners; 3. Confront the scandalous realities of racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, age, gender, familial, sexual, physical, personal, and class barriers that often manifest themselves in exclusion, poverty, hunger, and violence; and 4. Pursue ardently the ELCA's commitment to becoming more diverse, multicultural, and multi-generational in an ever-changing and increasingly pluralistic context, with special focus on full inclusion in this church of youth, young adults, and people of color and people whose primary language is other than English.

This Volunteer will be a key member of the ELCA World Hunger team in the ELCA's Mission Advancement unit. ELCA World Hunger was born from and is sustained by a thousand-strong network of passionate volunteer leaders and congregations members throughout the ELCA. We support, nurture and grow the capacity of the church to respond to poverty and hunger through events, resources and other support. As a program assistant with ELCA World Hunger, s/he will provide program support in these areas: (1) Event planning, implementation and follow up, as well as related resources and communication. (2) Ongoing ELCA World Hunger volunteer networking efforts, including content collection and writing for monthly newsletters, online network meeting hosting, event-related support and planning and other projects as assigned. (3) The new 'peer-to-peer' fundraising tool and related program. (4) Program representation as requested through verbal and written communication, including at events and meetings. (4) Other duties as assigned, including some domestic travel.

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Chicago IL
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Catholic Community Services (CCS) was established in 1939 out of the Catholic Welfare Bureau of the Catholic Women's Club. Its casework services to children, unmarried mothers and the homeless had its roots in the 1920s. The purpose of Catholic Community Services at this time is to build better lives, stronger families and healthier communities across Western Washington. We work to improve client access to services, to increase services to those who are consistently underserved, and to enhance the continuum of care by integrating all services available in a community. For more than 72 years, CCS has provided services to thousands of individuals, children, families and the elderly in Tacoma and Pierce County. Through our Pierce County Family Centers, dedicated staff in more than 25 programs offers integrated services with a flexible structure that is responsive to individual needs regardless of race, creed or financial means. As the largest private non-profit social service agency in Washington State, CCS has experience managing a broad range of programs. Catholic Community Services Southwest Region operates four hot meal sites in Pierce, Thurston and Grays Harbor Counties and two programs that provide shelter and transitional housing for homeless individuals and families. A third supportive housing and shelter is under development. Nativity House became a program of Catholic Community Services on July 1, 2010. Nativity House will have been in operation for 34 years on December 24th. Mission Statement: Rooted in Catholic social teaching and the Gospel imperative, CCS and CHS answer the Gospel call to loving and compassionate service with particular concern for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death and the dignity of the human person'Our focus is on those individuals, children, families, and communities struggling with poverty and the effects of intolerance and racism. We actively join with others to work for justice.

Nativity House program specialist: Interact with guests, develop professional trusting relationships. Provide a listening ear for guests struggling with life issues. Assist with the clothing room, long term storage, providing information and referral services, providing toiletries, preparing and serving meals, providing rental assistance, and participating in the end of day clean up. Work with other staff to provide a safe and respectful environment. As part of the staff team, provide behavioral management for disruptive guests.

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Tacoma 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
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Project Hope was started in 1983 in the basement of Hope Lutheran Church here in Omaha by Jim Cross. He saw a need for food and created a way to help people who were struggling to put food on their tables. He started Project Hope which also had a mobile clinic that went around to homeless shelters. In the mid 80s the Hope Mobile broke off from the Pantry and that is how Project Hope was started. Our mission is to provide food and clothing assistance to families in need.

Recruit, organize and lead volunteers in the daily tasks of the pantry.

Omaha NE
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