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.

Immigration

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Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), has been a champion for migrants and refugees since 1939. Begun as the Lutheran response to people displaced by World War II, LIRS has continued to be the Lutheran expression of welcome for migrants and refugees in the United States. With initiative and sound stewardship, LIRS seeks creative and lasting solutions to the needs of uprooted people regardless of their race, ethnicity or religious beliefs. Our mission is rooted in our faith and driven by a vision of just and welcoming communities. 'Witnessing to God's love for all people, we stand with and advocate for migrants and refugees, transforming communities through ministries of service and justice.'

1. Track, research and analyze refugee and immigration legislation and policies. 2. Attend NGO coalition meetings, congressional hearings, and other events and report back to LIRS staff. 3. Research and write public education materials related to advocacy priorities. 4. Draft letters from LIRS or on behalf of a coalition to support an issue impacting migrants or refugees. 5. Educate and mobilize LIRS constituencies about key advocacy issues, upcoming events and opportunities to engage with LIRS through our organizational blog and action alerts. 6. Help organize gatherings of diverse advocates (refugees, migrants, church leaders, etc.) for education and advocacy purposes. 7. Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Washington DC
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
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Refugee Services is a program of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) and an affiliate of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS). Both LSS and LIRS began providing services to refugees after World War II. A formal program to resettle refugees began at LSS in 1975. The goals of Refugee Services are: (1) To assist refugees resettle in Minnesota and become self-sufficient (2) To ensure newly-arrived refugees' basic needs are met (3) To promote the participation of the church and community in refugee resettlement (4) To advocate for refugees on local, national and international levels (5) To assist refugees with the process of family reunification and immigration-related paperwork (6) To provide on-going American friendship to newly-arrived refugees through mentors and volunteers. All of these goals fit into the overall mission of LSS, which is 'Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota expresses the love of Christ for all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds community.'

Coordinate a state-wide program to reunite refugees with family members currently living overseas. Develop a system to ensure that clients are assisted in a timely manner. Provide on-going training to staff and volunteers on the completion of necessary paperwork. Schedule clients and hold weekly walk in hours to provide direct assistance to refugees in the completion of family reunification paperwork. Maintain regular contact with federal officials to check on the status of refugee cases overseas, learn about any policy changes and advocate for refugees involved in the family reunification program.

Minneapolis MN
World Relief, initially known as the World Relief Commission of the National Evangelical Association, was formed to address urgent humanitarian needs in war torn Europe and has since expanded to help vulnerable populations in various parts of the world and in the United States. We practice principles of transformational development to empower local churches in the United States and around the world so they can serve the vulnerable in their communities. World Relief has initiatives in refugee resettlement, anti-trafficking, and immigration legal services (in its offices in the United States), as well as education, health, child development, agriculture, food security, micro-enterprise, and disaster response (overseas). We work holistically with the local church to stand for those who are marginalized and disenfranchised: the sick, the widow, the orphan, and the alien. The Baltimore Immigration Clinic (Clinic), founded in 2004, advises and represents refugees and other immigrants, as well as U.S. citizens, seeking to reunite with foreign-born family members. The Clinic also assists those seeking asylum, permanent residence, employment authorization and citizenship as well victims of crime or domestic violence eligible for immigration relief and individuals in deportation proceedings.

The Immigration Legal Assistant (ILA) will be the face of Christ for the first contact with our office by immigrants and their families seeking immigration assistance. The ILA will make appointments, respond to client inquiries regarding their cases, and make referrals to appropriate agencies for other types of services. The ILA will assist in correspondence with clients regarding notifications from the Department of Homeland Security or the Immigration Court; maintain case entry into the database; do general office work in filing and answering phones; and organize and copy immigration application packets for submission. As knowledge base is gained, duties will include completing immigration applications for attorney review. The ILA may also choose to assist the Clinic, in collaboration with other organizations, in the coordination of ongoing preparations for possible immigration reform throughout the State of Maryland. This would involve outreach to churches and community organizations throughout the state.

Baltimore MD
Founded in 1984, NWIRP's roots were in addressing the legal needs of Central American refugees and others who were able to legalize their status under Amnesty programs.Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice for low-income immigrants by pursuing and defending their legal status. We focus on providing direct legal services, supported by our education and public policy work.

In 1993, NWIRP launched the Domestic Violence Prevention Project in Seattle. The VAWA unit has grown to eight full time staff members, plus volunteers and interns. The VAWA unit currently provides direct services, outreach and education though out the state of WA. The unit currently has over 600 cases and processes the following case types: Self-petitions under Violence Against Women Act, U visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, VAWA applications for adjustment of status, and removal defense for survivors of violence.A significant portion of the LVC volunteer's responsibilities will be to assist the VAWA unit staff in assessing eligibility for U visa applicants by completing intakes with prospective clients and gathering the necessary documents. The LVC volunteer will also assist NWIRP staff in filing U visa applications and adjustment of status packets with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services on behalf of qualified immigrant survivors of domestic violence

Seattle WA
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Background History: ILCM was founded in 1976 as Oficina Legal, a program of Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. Oficina Legal established itself as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1996, after the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act imposed new restrictions on federally-funded legal services programs. By forming a separate 501(c)(3), ILCM could continue to meet the immigration legal needs of all immigrants, regardless of the type of service required, or the client's legal status. The agency was later renamed Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota to reflect the increasing diversity of the refugee and immigrant groups it served, especially those of Asian and African descent. Over the last decade, ILCM has established itself as Minnesota's premier provider of comprehensive immigration legal services to low-income clients of all nationalities. ILCM also employs its expertise to inform state policymakers on how to improve immigration laws and systems, working to ensure that the Minnesota immigration system is based on fairness, dignity, and long-term solutions. Mission and Goals: The mission of ILCM is to enhance opportunities for immigrants and refugees through legal representation for low-income individuals, and through education and advocacy with diverse communities. ILCM's goals in support of its mission are: 1. To remedy legal problems by providing quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees of all nationalities; 2. To prevent legal problems by providing law-related education to immigrants and refugees of all nationalities; and 3. To raise public awareness of immigration issues so as to encourage public policy that is both compassionate and practical, and protects the universal human rights of immigrants and refugees.

The Pro Bono Coordinator would work directly with the Pro Bono Director to carry out the daily functions of ILCM's Pro Bono Program, and assist with efforts to expand the program to meet the ever growing and changing needs of low-income immigrants and refugees across Minnesota. Pro bono case work is an integral part of the functioning of legal centers. The ILCM Pro Bono Program recruits, trains, and oversees volunteer attorneys and legal staff to represent low-income community members with their immigration-related legal needs. Although ILCM employs many full-time attorneys and legal staff, the Pro Bono Program allows volunteer lawyers and other legal professionals from private firms to donate their time and training to cases at ILCM. Over the past 5 years, ILCM's Pro Bono Program has developed significantly in both the number of pro bono legal staff it engages, and in its importance to the organization. The engagement of pro bono legal professionals has allowed ILCM to represent higher numbers of clients year after year ' pro bono work now accounts for approximately 13% of ILCM's overall caseload. The Pro Bono Program currently has several projects, each focusing on a different case type within immigration law. The Pro Bono Program's current projects include: (1) The Naturalization Project (citizenship cases) (2) The Citizenship for Children Project (citizenship for the children of our primary adult citizenship cases) (3) The Crime Victim Relief Project (U Visa cases for victims of domestic violence) (4) The U Visa Adjustment Project (Crime Victim Greencard cases) (5) DREAMer Project (Assisting young people and families who qualify for Deferred Action and work authorization); and (6) The Minnesota Children and Family Immigration Court Project (Court Screenings for Unaccompanied Minors and Central American Refugee Families). The Pro Bono Program is also developing a new project to provide legal services relating to the Executive Actions recently announced by the President, and is in the process of expanding ILCM's pro bono services to greater Minnesota. The Pro Bono Coordinator would play a pivotal role in each of the Pro Bono Programs ongoing projects, focusing on the areas of client screening, case placement, volunteer oversight, and coordination of legal clinics. Additionally, the Pro Bono Coordinator would assist with outreach and implementation for program expansion efforts.

St. Paul MN
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), has been a champion for migrants and refugees since 1939. Begun as the Lutheran response to people displaced by World War II, LIRS has continued to be the Lutheran expression of welcome for migrants and refugees in the United States. With initiative and sound stewardship, LIRS seeks creative and lasting solutions to the needs of uprooted people regardless of their race, ethnicity or religious beliefs. Our mission is rooted in our faith and driven by a vision of just and welcoming communities. 'Witnessing to God's love for all people, we stand with and advocate for migrants and refugees, transforming communities through ministries of service and justice.'

An LVC fellow would be an integral member of our team, working specifically to support individuals impacted by immigration detention. Every day the United States government incarcerates approximately 33,000 men and women in a vast network of over 250 facilities authorized to hold individuals in for civil violations of immigration law. LIRS believes that detention is an inhumane and fiscally irresponsible default response to migration in the U.S, and we strive to create a more just system that treats every individual with the respect they deserve. In response, LIRS advocates for the use of community based alternatives to immigration detention. Community based alternatives provides culturally appropriate case management, ongoing legal assistance, and housing to individuals who demonstrate a need for such services and are eligible to be released from detention. With access to holistic care, including but not limited to health care, educational opportunity, vocational training and employment skill building, spiritual support and social engagement, individuals eligible for community-based alternatives are empowered to integrate into their new surroundings and encouraged to fulfill ongoing legal expectations. The LVCer plays a critical role in this work by supporting national network communications and capacity building. This includes writing the network newsletter, responding to inquiries and directing stakeholders to appropriate resources, creating the development of resources and supporting the development of trainings in both live and webinar format.In collaboration with legal and social service providers in our Community Support and Detained Torture Survivor Networks, LIRS is implementing a community based alternatives model in 7 hub communities nation-wide. The LVC fellow would play an integral role in supporting the growth and development of the networks through creating resources, facilitating webinars, conducting research and providing ongoing technical support. This position includes several opportunities to be exposed to a range of projects with the Access to Justice unit of LIRS, thereby building various skills.

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Baltimore MD
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), has been a champion for migrants and refugees since 1939. Begun as the Lutheran response to people displaced by World War II, LIRS has continued to be the Lutheran expression of welcome for migrants and refugees in the United States. With initiative and sound stewardship, LIRS seeks creative and lasting solutions to the needs of uprooted people regardless of their race, ethnicity or religious beliefs. Our mission is rooted in our faith and driven by a vision of just and welcoming communities. 'Witnessing to God's love for all people, we stand with and advocate for migrants and refugees, transforming communities through ministries of service and justice.'

Project Associate for Outreach contributes to LIRS constituent engagement, education, and communication efforts. Manages inbound constituent communications and referrals for information and volunteer opportunities. Researches and maintains key contact lists and event calendars. Participates in planning for events, educational experiences and materials. Represents LIRS for local and national events. Conducts special projects involving research, story collection, volunteerism, and communications. The volunteer will also increase organization understanding and expertise on how to engage and equip people, particularly people in our core Lutheran constituency, for service and advocacy alongside migrants and refugees.

Baltimore MD
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Refugee Services is a program of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) and an affiliate of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS). Both LSS and LIRS began providing services to refugees after World War II. A formal program to resettle refugees began at LSS in 1975. The goals of Refugee Services are: (1) To assist refugees resettle in Minnesota and become self-sufficient (2) To ensure newly-arrived refugees' basic needs are met (3) To promote the participation of the church and community in refugee resettlement (4) To advocate for refugees on local, national and international levels (5) To assist refugees with the process of family reunification and immigration-related paperwork (6) To provide on-going American friendship to newly-arrived refugees through mentors and volunteers. All of these goals fit into the overall mission of LSS, which is 'Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota expresses the love of Christ for all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds community.'

Provide case management services to newly arrived refugee individuals and families. Works with clients during their initial one to three months in Minnesota to help them access community resources including household furnishings, food, and clothing. Assist in finding safe, affordable housing for refugees. Assist children in enrolling in school and adults in ESL classes. Work with clients to connect them with their employment counselors and other resources needed to become gainfully employed. Coordinate efforts with other team members and will share case and financial documentation and airport pick-ups with all team.

Minneapolis MN