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.

Law/Legal Assistance

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
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The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by Boalt Hall (University of California Berkeley) law students to provide high-quality legal services to low-income clients and educational opportunities for law students and community volunteers. As UC Berkeley Law School's community-based legal services clinic, EBCLC is currently the largest provider of legal services for low-income residents of the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area. EBCLC promotes justice and builds a more healthy, secure, productive, and hopeful community by providing (1) legal services and policy advocacy that responds to the needs of low-income communities, and (2) law training that prepares future attorneys to be skilled and principled advocates committed to finding innovative solutions to the causes and conditions of poverty.

The East Bay Community Law Center seeks a bright, enthusiastic LV to provide client services with one or more of its legal practice areas. The LV will be trained in the subject matter of their assigned practice(s) and will work closely with practice attorneys and paralegals to provide client intake, information & referral, and direct services at EBCLC's main office or satellite office and at off-site clinics. LVs may help with community outreach, help train and support volunteers and law students, and will assist with some services-related administrative tasks. LVs will work with EBCLC's general client population, which consists primarily of low-income individuals and families, including homeless and undocumented clients. In many instances, the LV will be the primary contact with the client (under the supervision of an EBCLC attorney or paralegal). Depending on the services provided, LVs may interact with clients only once or multiple times to resolve client's needs and issues.

Berkeley CA
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
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The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) is a project of the Justice and Diversity Center (JDC) of the Bar Association of San Francisco.  HAP serves individuals and families who are homeless, or at serious risk of homelessness.  We provide legal services, and supportive social services, using a comprehensive and holistic approach designed to truly make a difference in clients' lives. VLSP was organized in 1979 to help fill the critical gap in legal and social services for the poor resulting from inadequate federal funding.  The concept was simple:  the private sector could be trained and mobilized to provide legal and related services in a variety of areas essential to the lives of disenfranchised people.  The concept worked.  Now over 30,000 poor and low-income clients who would otherwise go without assistance are provided services each year.  These services are provided by nearly 4000 attorney and non-attorney volunteers who come from all sectors and walks of life.  The volunteers are recruited, trained and supervised by VLSP staff.The Homeless Advocacy Project was formed in 1988, to address the special needs of homeless and at-risk individuals and families. HAP utilizes both volunteers and staff to provide direct services to our clients, and utilizes both legal and social service volunteers and professionals.  We have a long and successful history of providing comprehensive legal and social services to clients, and our program has been a model for other homeless legal services projects throughout the country.

Assist the Director of Social Services in developing services for and delivering services to clients who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. These responsibilities include the following: interviewing, making assessments, and advocating on behalf of clients for services for which they are eligible for and/or have been unfairly denied or delayed in receiving; making referrals to appropriate community resources, including homeless shelters, emergency housing, subsidized housing, public benefits, job training, employment, health care providers, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment, and related programs; attending and participating in staff meetings and community meetings and developing linkages with other service providers as well; collaborating with HAP attorneys, legal interns and/or legal staff.

 

San Francisco CA
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Founded in 1983, The Advocates works locally, nationally, and internationally to promote and protect universal human rights and fundamental freedoms. The mission of The Advocates is to promote civil society and reinforce the rule of law. The Advocates takes an integrated, comprehensive approach to preventing human rights abuses through documentation of human rights violations, advocacy on behalf of individual victims, education on human rights issues, and training and technical assistance to prevent human rights violations. The Advocates involves volunteers in research, education, and advocacy, to build broad constituencies in the United States and select global communities.

The Volunteer will work with asylum seeking clients to screen their cases for placement with volunteer attorneys, gather and track data related to our clients, supervise interns conducting phone intake and also writing summaries of asylum cases. The Volunteer will also assist staff attorneys that support volunteer attorneys locally and nationally. The Volunteer must be able to communicate with non-English speakers and people of varied cultural backgrounds. The Volunteer also must be professional, have strong written and oral communication skills, and be organized.

Minneapolis MN
AGENCY MISSION: Our mission is transforming lives impacted by domestic violence. In support of this mission, our goal is to greatly reduce domestic violence in the city of Milwaukee by offering support and services to all who are affected--victims, perpetrators and children who witness it. AGENCY HISTORY: The Sojourner Family Peace Center is the largest Domestic Abuse service provider in the state of Wisconsin and provides services to the entire Milwaukee County area. We are a private, non-profit organization whose wide array of confidential services are provided to both victims and perpetrators of family violence, as well as their children. Nearly all services are provided free-of-charge, with the exception of those that are court ordered for offenders of domestic abuse. We serve women, men and children of all races, all ethnicities, all ages, all sexual orientations and all spiritual backgrounds. Services are available in English, Spanish, Russian and Hmong; interpreters are provided for any clients speaking languages other than those already provided and/or for those needing additional translation services. The services of our agency have been provided to our community for more than thirty years.

This position will work within the Milwaukee County Restraining Order Clinic and District Attorney's office to provide services, support and assistance to domestic violence victims from diverse backgrounds. The Systems Based Advocate will work to help clients understand and navigate the civil and criminal court systems processes, explore their options and rights when utilizing these systems, develop safety plans and access needed community resources. This position must maintain collaborative relationships with, but not limited to Prosecutors, Law Enforcement, Court Commissioners, Judges, Victim Witness specialists and other advocacy staff ~~ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. (1) Collaborate with all Sojourner Family Peace Center staff to assist clients and ensure all safety planning, community resource and legal assistance needs are met, among others. Make client referrals to agency and community resources as needed. (2) Provide legal advocacy to victims of domestic abuse, harassment, individuals at risk and child abuse seeking temporary restraining orders and injunctions. (3) Facilitate interaction between victims and the Assistant District Attorneys. Relate specific needs and concerns of victims to District Attorney staff and other criminal justice staff with the victims' permission whenever it is necessary. (4) Accompany clients to legal proceedings as requested or necessary; become knowledgeable about basic proceedings in criminal, civil and family law in order to assist and support clients understanding and navigation of these systems. (5) Provide services including follow-up telephone calls, information and referral to other services, preparation for the final injunction hearing, and accompanying victims to court. Document all contacts (6) Assist clients in developing a personal safety plan (7) Work with internal programs and external partners such as the police, district attorney's office and school systems among others, to maximize the effectiveness of restraining orders and injunctions for clients (8) Assess clients for emergency legal needs and refer them to the staff paralegal and attorneys at Legal Action Wisconsin or other legal resources (9) Remain informed about legislation, issues and concerns in court systems (10) Collect, maintain and report client data, computerized and hard copy files (11) Maintain client files, including outcome information. Record and report when community resources aren't available to clients (12) Assist with gathering and compiling advocacy statistics and assist with reports to funding sources (13) Work and support other System Based Advocacy programs as needed (14) Respond to calls for support, information, referrals, and/or counsel (15) Attend internal staff meetings and team meetings (16) Practice agency policies and safety in the workplace (17) Create and implement personal and professional development plan (18) Maintain professional image at all times and be respectful of other staff, volunteers and clients.(19) Other duties as assigned by the program supervisor

Milwaukee WI