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.

Food Justice

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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.

Milwaukee WI
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.

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

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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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.

Chicago IL

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