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.

Indirect Service

The mission of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) is to eliminate poverty housing in the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. TCHFH is an interfaith Christian housing ministry which helps low-income families purchase and maintain a decent, affordable, and secure home. TCHFH formed in 1985 and completed its first home in late 1986. We have completed over 850 homes to date and plan to complete an additional 60 this year.

The LVC Volunteer will join a fun, engaging, and dynamic advocacy and education program in a position that focuses on engaging Habitat supporters in learning about housing and poverty issues and engaging them as grassroots advocates for public policy. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has worked to provide affordable housing opportunities to the Twin Cities and seven county metro area for 29 years. We continue our efforts to eliminate poverty housing in our community but recognize that the need for affordable housing is much bigger than we can solve by our programs alone. To achieve our mission and multiply our impact, we are engaging supporters in advocacy for public policy to increase the supply of housing at every level of the housing continuum ' emergency shelter, supportive housing, rental, and homeownership. The Volunteer will also spend a portion of their time in our Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) Program. Neighborhood Revitalization was created to address the needs of two neighborhoods (Jordan in North Minneapolis, and Frogtown in St. Paul) that have some of the highest poverty rates in the state, and have experienced years of economic and racial injustices. The Volunteer will help us organize and build relationships in the community so that neighborhood residents are driving the decisions that affect their neighborhoods, and ultimately experience increased overall quality of life.

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St. Paul MN
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The Matt Talbot Center was started 28 years ago by a group of businessmen as a totally private funded ministry dedicated to changing lives through joint spirit and social services. We primarily serve the poor and the homeless of the Greater Seattle area. However, we serve clients of every race and denomination, from all parts of the city and county. There is no religious or denominational participation required;however, it is offered for those who are interested. The MTC is a ministry of presence, for the purpose of healing and restoration of individuals and families in the greater Seattle area. The Center's fundamental purpose is to provide individuals and families with the opportunities to overcome obstacles and disabilities hindering self-sufficiency. The Matt Talbot Center exists to meet the needs in spirit, mind, and body of those that come seeking assistance.

The volunteer will provide to individuals information and referrals, they will be responsible for preparing a continental breakfast and lunch for the clients in the program, they will facilitate between one and three classes per week for those in early recovery, they will provide administrative assistance such as answering phones, coordination of monthly newsletters, plan and facilitate weekly outings, assist with fundraisers and community events.

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Seattle WA
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Girls in the Game was started in 1995 by a group of women who attributed their own personal success to their experience playing sports as girls. After surveying the services and opportunities in Chicago, they discovered that despite the passage of Title IX, girls had few opportunities to participate in athletics. In February 1995, they founded A Sporting Chance Foundation (the original name of Girls in the Game) to level the playing field for all girls. By 2000, A Sporting Chance Foundation was reaching 200 girls a year and growing fast. Girls needed sports and fitness programs, but they also asked for nutrition and health education, and leadership development workshops. In 2003, the girls helped the organization expand the mission and change the name of the organization to Girls in the Game. Girls in the Game is successful in part because of strong collaborations with the Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Schools. In 2003, in recognition of the services Girls in the Game provides to the city, Mayor Daley provided the organization with headquarters in Union Park Fieldhouse. Girls in the Game runs programming at Union Park and many other parks and schools throughout Chicagoland. In 2009, Girls in the Game expanded its offices to a second location at McGuane Park. In 2014, Girls in the Game expanded out of state for the first time to serve girls in Baltimore through a partnership with Under Armour. Overall, Girls in the Game currently serves over 3,500 girls each year at schools and parks throughout Chicago and beyond.

The Specialist would work within our After School program coaching girls and building relationships with 4-5 program sites throughout Chicago. The program follows Girls in the Game's proven and structured curriculum. The program operates at each site once a week, and each session includes fun sports, health and leadership activities. The program covers a wide variety of activities and topics, and emphasizes teamwork and good sportswomanship. The Specialist establishes good relationships with site contacts, recruits girls for the program, leads programming three to four afternoons each week, supports other coaches at their sites, tracks enrollment and attendance, and overall ensures the program's success. Over the summer, the Specialist begins planning for the next school year, and also coaches in Girls in the Game's Summer Camp, which includes four weeks of day camp and four days of overnight camp (sleeping accommodations are cabins).

Chicago IL
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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
The mission of MadGrace is 'Seeking the Beloved Community Through the Liberating Love of Jesus.' We are a small church that has been active in Seattle's Central area for well over 100 years, with ministries ranging from after school tutoring to hosting breakfasts of the black panthers. We currently have a permanent shelter for homeless families in our basement and we are building a tiny home for a formerly homeless on-site supervisor while making the rest of our building available to the community through a project called 'The Madrona Commons.'

Madrona Grace is a small, progressive, diverse church located about three miles from downtown Seattle in a beautiful and walk-able neighborhood called Madrona. We are seeking a young adult to be a part of our pastoral team who can help organize and develop creative, sustainable ministries by drawing on the assets of our extended community.

Seattle WA
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Girls in the Game was started in 1995 by a group of women who attributed their own personal success to their experience playing sports as girls. After surveying the services and opportunities in Chicago, they discovered that despite the passage of Title IX, girls had few opportunities to participate in athletics. In February 1995, they founded A Sporting Chance Foundation (the original name of Girls in the Game) to level the playing field for all girls. By 2000, A Sporting Chance Foundation was reaching 200 girls a year and growing fast. Girls needed sports and fitness programs, but they also asked for nutrition and health education, and leadership development workshops. In 2003, the girls helped the organization expand the mission and change the name of the organization to Girls in the Game. Girls in the Game is successful in part because of strong collaborations with the Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Schools. In 2003, in recognition of the services Girls in the Game provides to the city, Mayor Daley provided the organization with headquarters in Union Park Fieldhouse. Girls in the Game runs programming at Union Park and many other parks and schools throughout Chicagoland. In 2009, Girls in the Game expanded its offices to a second location at McGuane Park. In 2014, Girls in the Game expanded out of state for the first time to serve girls in Baltimore through a partnership with Under Armour. Overall, Girls in the Game currently serves over 3,500 girls each year at schools and parks throughout Chicago and beyond.

The Specialist will work in our Camps and Clinics program with an emphasis on building relationships with new sites, community partners, and program participants. The Camps and Clinics program includes a summer camp, clinics over spring and winter school breaks, and Game Days ' one day clinics for groups of 20-100 girls. All programming follows a set curriculum and each activity incorporates sports and fitness, health and leadership development. The Program Specialist will be responsible for assisting the Camps and Clinics Manager with curriculum development, program planning and logistics, record keeping and program delivery. From September through June, the Specialist will focus on clinics during school breaks, Game Days and planning for Summer Camp. Over the summer, the Specialist will work in the Girls in the Game Summer Camp leading programming and helping to supervise campers. Summer Camp operates daily for five weeks in July and August with four weeks of day camp in Chicago and four days of overnight camp in Indiana (sleeping accommodations are cabins). We understand that our LV may not be able to stay through the end of camp, although that would be ideal. This position reports to the Camps and Clinics Manager.

Chicago IL
The Network for Victim Recovery of the District of Columbia (NVRDC) seeks to empower crime victims in the District of Columbia through a collaborative approach by providing holistic, comprehensive services in three ways: community-based education, therapeutic, and legal support. We want a crime victim to achieve justice and self-determination. Regardless of income, ethnicity, immigration status, sexual orientation, race, or gender identity/expression, the impact of crime on its victims (direct victim(s) or friend/family members of victim) can be devastating ' emotionally, financially, and legally. NVRDC is here to guide people in this difficult journey from victim to survivor. Created in 2012, the founders of NVRDC were motivated by three deep beliefs: 1. Survivors of crime must have a welcoming place to which to go in order to learn of their rights, process their experiences and enjoy a supportive and empowering environment in which to determine how to respond to the crime; 2. The knowledge that many victims of crime may not be able to be served elsewhere because they do not qualify for services since their income is higher than allowed and/or they are 'conflicted out' (lawyer lingo meaning that the person who has inflicted the harm was served by that organization before); and 3. The research that has affirmatively shown that legal services provided with supportive counseling and case management services provides much greater impact on victims, transforming their lives.

NVRDC seeks a case management program assistant to provide hospital based crisis support in an on-call capacity as part of the DC Sexual Assault Crisis Response Program and to work collaboratively to provide case management support to survivors of crime. This individual will take approximately 4 on-call shifts lasting 24 hours each month for survivors of sexual assault seeking a medical forensic examination. This individual will provide case management to survivors of all crime including, providing referrals, attending court or other legal proceedings with a survivor of crime, completing criminal compensation applications, and provide on-going support. This individual will be resourceful, highly organized, a team player, very flexible, a critical and analytical thinker, self-reflective and self-aware, and open to growth and learning. The case management program assistant will be committed to working with people from diverse cultural, linguistic, economic, educational and vocational backgrounds to demonstrate NVRDC's dedication to social justice and access to justice for all victims of crime in DC.

Washington DC
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
Shalom High School was founded in 1973 with the specific purpose of educating young people returning from correctional institutions. Over the years, the school's mission evolved to educate any student who found academic achievement difficult in traditional high schools. Today, these student are called 'at-risk'. After successful completion of Shalom's academic program, students receive high school diplomas.

The mission of Shalom High School is to allow at-risk students an opportunity to earn high school diplomas and to prepare students to be productive, successful adults, good citizens and to become responsible mature members of their communities. The Lutheran volunteer serves as a co-teacher, a mentor/advisor to our students and will also coordinate various student student activities. Good basic academic skills and the ability to work with at-risk, urban students and a diverse staff

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Milwaukee WI

Susan G. Komen® Southeast Wisconsin is the top local source for funding programs that provide breast health services, breast cancer education and outreach in its seven-county service area. The organization empowers the residents in Southeast Wisconsin with information about the importance of early detection and breast health. It donates 75% of net funds raised to vital local breast health services and dedicates the remaining 25% to national research to find the cures.

Since 1999, Komen Southeast Wisconsin has raised more than $11.3 million, with $9.3 million of that funding local programs right here in Southeast Wisconsin and $3.3 million to help fund national research grants. Komen Southeast Wisconsin is part of the big picture to eradicate breast cancer, but it's also focused on the local needs of its neighbors. The organization is dedicated to educating Milwaukee-area residents about breast cancer through Kohl’s Conversations for the Cure, along with funding life-saving screening and treatment programs for our neighbors currently battling this disease.

The Communications & Marketing Intern will assist in all pre-planning, logistics, participant services and administrative duties necessary for both the annual Spring Fundraising Event in the spring (March), Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) and Race for the Cure® (September) - The largest race in the Greater Milwaukee area gathering nearly 19,000 participants and raising $1+ million as well as other mission- and event-specific digital, print and broadcast communications

The Communications & Marketing Intern will work in a team atmosphere and have the opportunity to learn about a wide range of areas in a non-profit organization and major event planning and communications. Occasional weekend or evening availability depending upon event schedules.

Milwaukee WI
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First organized as a non-profit Lutheran medical mission organization in 1987 with the mission of 'continuing the holistic ministry of Jesus Christ by partnering with Lutheran efforts globally to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the communities served' Founded by returned medical missionaries, we today directly support the health care programs of Lutheran hospitals and health care programs in thirty countries world-wide.

The Lutheran Volunteer serving as Communications Assistant at Global Health Ministries will advance the vision of GHM by helping us build our social media presence and expanding the reach of our communications. The successful Volunteer will help us contemporize the delivery of our messages. This position reports to the Director for Mission Development, who is responsible for fundraising, marketing and communications, and congregational relationships, nurturing existing relationships and encouraging engagement from individuals and organizations not yet familiar with our ministry.

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Minneapolis MN
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The Ministry of Caring is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization established in 1977 in the State of Delaware to minister to the poor. The Ministry of Caring is committed to serving the ongoing needs of the poor and homeless with dignity and respect, not only by providing the basic necessities of life, but also by helping to restore a sense of self-worth and hope for the future.

The Lutheran Volunteer will work closely with the Communications Director on in-house graphic design and production of material, including newsletters, brochures, and publications related to special events. With support from the Communications Director, the LVC placement will develop content, research, interview and write/edit communications materials to support the Ministry of Caring's mission. In addition, in order to work directly with those served by the Ministry, the LVC placement will also work one day a week as a classroom assistant in one of the Ministry's child care centers.

Wilmington DE
Luther Place Memorial Church's Vision-In 2017, Luther Place will be a community that looks and feels like God's kingdom in its beautiful expansiveness, where all are called into relationship with Jesus Christ and one another. In this place we will use our gifts to act in the world and build the beloved community.-Worship attracts and gathers a range of people with various services and styles, engaging the community in a depth of traditional practices and creative endeavors.-Spiritual Growth is how we are formed as disciples of Jesus Christ, embracing scripture and all opportunities to engage the divine, and nurturing us to contemplate, study, and question our faith.-Justice is a public witness to our faith; we will continue our history of openness to what arrives, standing in solidarity and acting with people who are struggling, in our community, country, and world.-Hospitality is how we- each of us- extend God's kingdom to a dynamic and diverse city, growing our community and engaging all of God's children, from the powerless to the powerful.-Community Care is how we sustain a vibrant community, our intentional practice of supporting and nurturing one another in all stages of life, in celebration and sorrow.In January 2001, Luther Place Memorial Lutheran Church, with the support of N Street Village, created the Steinbruck Center for Urban Studies to teach people about the root causes of homelessness and urban poverty. Luther Place (www.lutherplace.org) is a medium sized, but active congregation in the heart of Washington DC, with a long commitment to social justice. N Street Village (www.nstreetvillage.org), which began over 40 years ago with support from Luther Place and other congregations in the area, provides a continuum of care for homeless and formerly homeless women, including a day program, a night shelter, group homes, transitional housing, and affordable rental housing. The Steinbruck Center as a ministry of Luther Place church also creates experiential learning opportunities for the congregation during church services and other gatherings and facilitates the church's social action work and organizing opportunities.

The Communications Associate effectively fosters communication about Luther Place and Steinbruck Center ministries to the congregation and wider community by managing websites, social media, Sunday & weekday bulletin production and overall marketing and visibility of the church. The Communications Associate is supervised by the Organizer of Community Life & Justice with regard to website and social media platforms and by the Parish Administer with regard to bulletin production materials. The Communications Associate is required to submit bi-weekly reports to his/her supervisors, discuss those reports his/her supervisors, and attend staff meetings and retreats. The Associate is a Lutheran Volunteer Corp position scheduled Sunday through Thursday, 9am-5pm with occasional additional days for special events. The Communications Associate will be evaluated at least twice each year. The evaluation will be based on an assessment submitted by the Organizer of Community Life & Justice and Parish Administrator. The evaluation will weigh the Communications Associate's performance in the following job responsibilities based on the percentage provided below.

Washington DC
NAMI Nebraska is a state chapter with the NAMI national organization dedicated to providing education and support for persons (children and adults) experiencing a mental illness. A champion for recovery, NAMI-Nebraska is a statewide not for profit grassroots organization that provides high quality education and support services through its affiliates to those whose lives are touched by mental illness. NAMI NE collaborates with other organizations, governmental bodies, and advocates to improve services and the quality of life for people with a mental illness and their families.

NAMI Nebraska is the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a grassroots advocacy organization that works for people living with mental illness, their family members and other loved ones. NAMI works to promote recovery through support, education, and advocacy. The LVC position at NAMI Nebraska focuses on community resources. People from across the state call the office looking for assistance finding mental health support in their communities. One of the primary responsibilities of the volunteer is to talk with people who are dealing with a crisis and help connect them with support services. A major part of the job is learning about available resources and making sure all the information is current. The volunteer is also responsible for all social media outreach, putting together a quarterly newsletter, assisting with the NAMI Walk (primary fundraiser), general office administration, and other forms of community outreach such as attending events and NAMI education programs. NAMI Nebraska is a small office and there is a lot of room to be involved in different focuses of the organization. Depending on the volunteers interests and abilities, it is possible to get involved with political advocacy on a state government level,program development, survey research projects about mental health needs/services in Omaha, among others. It should be emphasized that this position is best suited to an independent, self-starter.

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Omaha NE
We strive to empower adults with developmental disabilities to be contributing members of society. We reverence the uniqueness of each individual and promote self-sufficiency, community integration, and quality of life through vocational and recreational programs and services.

Provides support within the Day Program. Assists Day Program Manager with planning activities and provides instructional support for Day Program members.

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Baltimore MD