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 email@example.com if you have particular questions about available positions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.