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.
L'Arche Greater Washington, DC, is an interdenominational Christian community that was founded in 1983 with a mission of providing loving, life-long homes for people with intellectual disabilities. We seek to provide exceptional levels of direct care to the individuals with disabilities and to educate society about the value of all people, especially those with intellectual disabilities. L'Arche GWDC is one community in a federation of over 130 L'Arche communities over 25 countries worldwide.
L'Arche Greater Washington, D.C. centers around four communal homes and 16 adults who have intellectual disabilities who are members of an intentional, inter-denominational Christian community (the 'core people' of the community). Assistants provide skilled direct care supports to core people, ensure their safety and well-being, and support their integrated participation in all aspects of daily life. Assistants will learn how to serve and how to relate to others in this unique and vibrant environment.
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.
The roots of L'Arche International lie in the first L'Arche community, founded in 1964 in Trosly-Breuil, a small village north of Paris. Jean Vanier invited two people with intellectual disabilities ' Philippe Seux and Raphael Simi ' to leave their institution and come and live with him in a small house in Trosly-Breuil, which he named 'L'Arche,' (French for the 'ark').The small community grew fast, soon welcoming new people with an intellectual disability and young people from around the world to share their lives. Unforeseen by Jean, it did not take long for people to decide to create new L'Arche communities in their own countries. This expansion meant that L'Arche needed to open up to a wide variety of cultures, languages, and social backgrounds. Although founded in the Catholic tradition, L'Arche communities rapidly become ecumenical or inter-religious, finding their point of unity in a common set of human values. Open and engaged in the world, they seek to be a sign of hope and solidarity.In 2014, L'Arche, with 146 communities in 35 countries on five continents, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.The Charter that guides all our 146 L'Arche communities states:'Whatever their gifts or their limitations, people are all bound together in a common humanity. Everyone is of unique and sacred value, and everyone has the same dignity and the same rights.'L'Arche, now in its 50th year, is an International Federation of over 145 communities in 30 countries across the world. The mission of L'Arche is: to make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutual relationships; to foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members while being faithful to the core values of our founding story; and to engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society. L'Arche Tahoma Hope began in 1977 when then Jesuit priests David Rothrock and Peter Byrne welcomed Greg Hanon and Fred Kobel, two men with intellectual disabilities, to live with them. There are now 4 homes, a work program and a day supports program as part of L'Arche Tahoma Hope.
The LV helps support persons with intellectual disabilities to participate in an individualized program focused on their personal goals and interests, including activities both at L'Arche Tahoma Hope and in the large local community.
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to furthering the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development. Founded in 1979, DREDF continues to be managed and directed by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities. Our work promotes the full integration of people with disabilities into the mainstream of society.DREDF played a leadership role in the efforts to pass the Civil Rights Restoration Act, the Fair Housing Amendments Act, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). At the request of members of Congress, we testified, prepared legal memoranda and provided technical assistance on the potential ramifications of the ADA during the hearings. We are acknowledged as experts on the legislative intent of the ADA and recognized by the disability community as the leader of the successful strategy to pass this historic law. DREDF also worked to preserve the rights and safeguards of children with disabilities during the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). DREDF has had a dramatic influence on the legal rights of the 54 million Americans with disabilities.
The Disability Rights Internship is structured to provide interns with a working knowledge of disability rights issues in education, transportation, employment, housing, and physical access. The Intern will work with the Children and Family Advocacy, ADA Technical Assistance, and Public Policy Programs and will leave with legal, practical advocacy skills and knowledge of political and grassroots organizing.
Transitional Resources (TR) was founded in 1976 to address the unmet needs of young adults, newly diagnosed with mental illness. At the time, very few resources existed for these individuals and they often fell through the cracks with sometimes disastrous results. Since the agency's inception, Transitional Resources has been committed to serving those who are under-served and disenfranchised. Transitional Resources continues this commitment today and focuses on promoting the well-being of our community's most vulnerable residents, specifically those with the most serious and persistent forms of mental illness or the co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance use. These are individuals who are under-served, economically disadvantaged, and have poor access to care. The vast majority has a long history of homelessness, is currently homeless, or is about to be released from jail, transitional housing, or a psychiatric hospital with no other treatment options or housing available. The agency specializes in serving these individuals and helping them live successfully in the community, rather than in an institution or on the streets. We do this by assisting clients with their basic needs first, such as obtaining safe and affordable housing, and then providing them with the intensive services necessary to help them succeed. With a safe place to call home, recovery can occur and the individuals we serve can begin rebuilding meaningful lives. Our mission statement is 'to help adults living with the most serious forms of mental illness by providing respectful and optimistic recovery-oriented services, affordable housing, and advocacy against discrimination, which works to break the cycle of incarceration, hospitalization, and homelessness.'
The volunteer would become an integral member of the treatment team and would help adults with serious mental illness or a co-occurring substance use disorder learn the skills necessary to live successfully in the community and to begin rebuilding a meaningful life. The volunteer would work with people on a 1:1 basis, as well as in groups. Activities are varied from teaching someone how to cook or manage their money to inspiring recovery and resiliency.