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.

Gender Equality

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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: (1) Support congregations in their call to be faithful, welcoming, and generous, sharing the mind of Christ; (2) Assist members, congregations, synods, and institutions and agencies of this church to grow in evangelical outreach; (3) Step forward as a public church that witnesses boldly to God's love for all that God has created; (4)Deepen and extend our global, ecumenical, and interfaith relationships for the sake of God's mission; and (5) 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.

A Volunteer will be primarily responsible to represent and support the work of the Justice for Women Program and the Theological Discernment Team in the Office of the Presiding Bishop through communication and organization. The Volunteer will work with external and internal partners to plan, coordinate, and support meetings and events, including the Women and Justice Social Statement Task Force and Lutheran scholars, church leaders, and activists. The Volunteer will collaborate with colleagues to support justice for women in church and society through social media, the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and ELCA-related organizations and institutions. The Volunteer will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing research in feminist, womanist, Latina and mujerista theologies, gender studies, and Lutheran theology and to program resources on gender-based violence. Other work includes project management (as possible opportunities are identified during the year), files, and archival preservation for the Theological Discernment Team.

Chicago IL

9to5 Wisconsin, founded in 1982, is one of four local chapters of 9to5, National Association of Working Women.  9to5 is a multiracial, grassroots organization that strengthens low-wage women’s ability to achieve economic justice through advocacy and organizing on issues of economic security, equal opportunity and work/family.

The Community Organizer will focus on member recruitment, training and engagement in the Milwaukee area, and coordinate issue campaigns, including our current Ban the Box effort and assistance with a statewide Family and Medical Leave Insurance legislative bill.

Milwaukee WI
As an organization grounded in the Latino community, it is El Centro de la Raza's mission to build unity across all racial and economic sectors, to organize, empower and defend its most vulnerable and marginalized populations, and to bring justice, dignity, equality and freedom to all the peoples of the world. Vision: El Centro de la Raza (ECDLR) envisions a world free of oppression based on poverty, racism, sexism, sexual orientation and discrimination of any kind that limits equal access to the resources that ensure a healthy and productive life for all peoples and future generations in peace, love and harmony.Through our 44 comprehensive programs and services, we empower the Latino community as fully participating members of society by providing strong programs for children, youth, families, and elders. ECDLR was founded four decades ago in 1972, when a group of diverse community members led a peaceful and innovative three-month occupation of a local abandoned school building. Today, as a voice and a hub for the Latino community, we advocate on behalf of our people and work to achieve social justice. In 2014, we will break ground on an equitable, transit-oriented development on its south lot. Named for our founder and civil rights leader, Plaza Roberto Maestas will include affordable transit-oriented housing, retail and micro-business space, new classrooms for our Child Development Center, community events space and a public, Latino-style plaza. This project will expand our services, and make the Beacon Hill neighborhood a destination for all residents of King County and the State of Washington. The majority of our 79-member staff possesses native and acquired proficiency in both Spanish and English, and practices the customs and traditions of the Latino community. In 2013, ECDLR served 13,975 individuals and 7,979 households, and from July 2013 to June 2014, 99 percent of participants met their outcomes in programs funded by United Way.

The Donations & Communications Coordinator manages the donations program and communicates with the greater El Centro de la Raza community through the organization's bi-monthly eNewsletter and email list serve of over 6,000 subscribers. These subscriber rely on the eNewsletter and email blasts as their main source of news, information, events, and opportunities at El Centro de la Raza and surrounding communities. Responsibilities include coordinating with staff members to gather information and photos, writing articles and success stories, and announcements to keep our community well informed on what El Centro de la Raza is doing to combat social injustices. As a non-profit organization, El Centro de la Raza relies on donations and fundraisers to sustain our many programs, human services, and cultural events. Managing the donations program means receiving/processing all forms of donations to El Centro de la Raza, thanking and communicating with donors in various ways, coordinating fundraising projects and events with the development team, and any related tasks. This includes helping to plan and carry out cultural events, procuring donations, and assisting with the annual fundraising auction in various capacities. Spanish is helpful but not required.

Seattle WA