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.

Youth Engagement

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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 primary purpose of Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center (HLNC) is to provide supplemental educational activities for youth in the Hilltop area of the City of Wilmington, so they are able to effectively compete academically and socially for career opportunities and higher education. HLNC will provide a safe and nurturing environment for the educational process to flourish and will work with the parents of HLNC participants and the general community to promote high educational, ethical, moral, and spiritual values.HLNC will continue to welcome the inspirational leadership of the Greater Wilmington Area Lutheran and ecumenical community and to provide a multicultural opportunity for concerned citizens to become coworkers in the mission HLNC.The vision of HLNC is to build a community of positive and productive citizens by supporting all families, students, and local community businesses through educational supports and community resourcing.Current agency goals: to have all direct care providers to have at least 9 credits towards an AA degree or higher, to be consistently fully enrolled, continue to provide community resource information to the parents and community members, and to continue to work in collaboration with other community agencies.

The assistant will work directly with the Youth Service Coordinator who keeps an academic record of each student enrolled in our programs. The position involves going to the local schools and getting acquainted with the administrators, having conferences on the academic progress, bringing the information back to the parents and incorporating into the tutorial sessions. Our goal is to assist each student with their academic needs. The assistant will also be involved in the after-school tutorial program, which runs from Monday through Thursday evening. The same approach and detail to education is emphasized during our summer camp.

Wilmington DE
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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
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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Inspired by the love of Jesus, New Horizons partners with Seattle's street youth on their journey toward a sustainable future. New Horizons began as an outreach to street youth in 1978. Today, we provide a broad range of services designed to address holistically the issues that tie youth to the streets.

Partner with Seattle's street youth as they journey toward a sustainable future. The Direct Service Intern position provides the opportunity to be involved in direct service to homeless and street-involved youth. Additionally, you will have the chance to provide vital administrative support, engage in education and advocacy efforts and liaison with other social service organizations working together to end youth homelessness. Receive supervision and mentoring as you invest in the lives of youth and learn invaluable skills in the process.

Seattle WA

The Food Justice Organizer coordinates the efforts of All Peoples Church in addressing food insecurity. This includes staffing the Isaiah 55 food pantry, supporting meal ministries of the congregation and implementing our youth gardening program.

The youth garden program (Kids Working To Succeed of KWTS) is a year-round discipleship and job training program for students ages 8-18. It includes working in the greenhouse, the grow room, the orchard and the community garden. Experience with gardening is helpful but training is available. Experience working with youth is required.

The Food Justice Organizer will also work to link the efforts of the congregation with other gardens, groups, churches and agencies in our neighborhoods and throughout the city.

The mission of All Peoples Church is: Let the glory of the Lord rise among All Peoples.

We fulfill this mission through our core values:

Kids Come First - all decisions consider in the impact on youth and families.
We make disciples - through worship and small group expressions we encourage individuals to grow in faith.
We serve soul food - Jesus made table fellowship a sign of the kingdom and our work around food justice address both the physical and spiritual needs of our community.
We partner for justice - our community is aligned with community groups and other congregations to strengthen our work for justice.
We provide sacred space - this is expressed in our care for the building, the community garden, orchard, and greenhouse and our commitment to the city.
All Peoples means all - we embrace the full diversity of our community in race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability.

Milwaukee WI
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All Peoples Church began as a new mission start of the ELCA in 1991. It is one of the rare occasions the ELCA has started a church in the central city. In our short history, we have grown to one of the largest predominantly African American congregations in the ELCA. Our mission statement is: 'Let the glory of the LORD rise among All Peoples.' We live out this vision of glory rising through commitments to Spirit-filed worship, radical hospitality and welcome, dedication to youth ministry, and an emerging focus on Health and Wellness ministry. Those that gather at All Peoples ' for worship or programs ' reflect the diversity of our name. Our neighborhood is predominantly African American, though we also reach individuals and families of Latino (mostly Puerto Rican) and European American backgrounds. While 80% of the All Peoples community live at or below the poverty level, we also reach middle class individuals and a variety of educational backgrounds. We have a stated commitment to be open and welcoming to all people including all sexual and gender identities.

The ministry assistant works with all aspects of congregational life. The primary focus of work is centered around our cross-generational ministries and specific youth programs. This includes supporting our year-round work ministry program Kids Working To Succeed (KWTS). KWTS engages youth in garden work in our community garden and greenhouse to fulfill the programs three priorities: to make disciples; instill a strong work ethic; and cultivate Christian stewardship. The ministry assistant will also engage in our high school and young adult ministries, worship leadership and our food justice work including food security for individuals and families living in poverty.

Milwaukee WI
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Founded in 1987, Voices for Children has an over 25 year track record of advocating for the best interests of Nebraska's children by working to build pathways to opportunity for children through research, advocacy and community engagement.

This position changes depending both on the skills and interests of the volunteer and current organizational needs. The volunteer will generally be playing a supporting role on policy, research, and/or communications efforts and will sometimes take a leadership role on a portion of our work. The volunteer will typically be tracking policy issues, doing research, writing memos and other policy documents, and helping with social media and online communications.

Omaha NE
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Opened in 2001 in the heart of Milwaukee's growing Latino community, Casa Romero serves this community through its bilingual youth and family programs. Our mission - 'Motivated by the integration of faith and justice, our programs and retreats offer formation and renewal for youth and adults, strengthen families, and build community in the Ignatian tradition' - impels us to help each client find his/her voice, develop his/her God-given talents, and achieve his/her personal destiny. We feel that diversity makes us stronger in the pursuit of these goals.

The role of the Program Assistant is to support the Youth Program Director and the Urban Plunge Coordinator in their efforts to plan, prepare for and execute scheduled retreats and immersion experiences. Included in this position is overseeing the preparation of program materials, retreat/activity facilitation, training and support youth facilitators and program volunteers, helping maintain contact with partner schools and organizations, and assisting in the execution of the retreats and plunges and other appropriate tasks as designated by the Director.

Milwaukee WI
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Founded in February 1999, Brainfood is a community-based youth development organization that uses food as a tool to build life skills with youth in a fun and creative setting. Through culinary-related activities, we strive to expand cognitive skills, encourage creativity, foster self-reliance and empower youth as resources in their own community. After over twelve years of operation, we are now running programs in three DC facilities (Columbia Heights, Mt. Vernon, Chinatown), with expected additional expansion.Brainfood currently runs three programs during the year'Brainfood Kitchen All Stars, Brainfood Community MVPs and Brainfood Summer Institute. From September to May, Brainfood Kitchen All Stars meets Monday through Thursday afternoons (4 ' 6:30pm) and Brainfood Community MVPs meets Tuesday & Thursday afternoons (4-6:30pm). From June to August, Brainfood Summer Institute meets Monday through Thursday inthe afternoon (1 ' 3:30pm) for six weeks. Participants, recruited from area high schools, attend classes which use experiential learning activities to help students build valuable life skills.At Brainfood, we provide youth with a safe and structured environment where they are encouraged to take healthy risks, challenge themselves, learn new skills, and make healthy choices. Brainfood programs are designed to address the capacities, strengths, and development needs of youth.Brainfood's program outcomes are based on the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets'' Responsibility & Autonomy (Accountability) - A perception that one has some control over daily events and is accountable for one's own actions and for the consequences on others.' Civic and Social Ability - The ability and motivation to work collaboratively with others and for the larger good and to sustain caring friendships and relationships with others.' Productive Member of Society - The ability and motivation to gain functional and organizational skills necessary for employment ' including the steps necessary for reach goals ' and the ability and motivation to learn in school and other settings. To use critical thinking, to be creative, and to use problem-solving and expressive skills.' Mastery and Future - A perception that one is 'making it' and will succeed in the future.

Serve as a frontline youth worker and instruct youth in the kitchen at program site (teach classes 4 days/week). Oversee logistics for classes and program activities (1) Grocery shop for supplies for Brainfood classes (2) Serve as primary Brainfood contact at the program site (3) Build relationships and serve as a positive role model for youth participants. (4) Maintain contact with participants and families - re: enrollment, special events, student updates, etc. (5) Assist with the management of weekly classroom volunteers (recruitment, training, retention) (6) Work with the Program Director and Program Coordinator to initiate ongoing improvements to curriculum, and expand opportunities for Brainfood students (7) Work to implement recruitment strategy for Brainfood after school and summer programs (8) Write and develop curriculum for Brainfood programs. (9) Assist with the management of relationships with feeder schools, families, restaurants, other community resources for program (10) Schedule and manage volunteer instructors and Guest Chefs at the site (11) Assist with the coordination of program-related Special Event planning, including securing space, recruiting volunteers, and obtaining any equipment and supplies needed (12) Assist with Brainfood fundraisers as needed, including recruiting and supervising youth representatives (14) Generate written content for program reports and evaluations (15) Collect and enter data for program evaluations (16) Assist in program development and any focus groups or pilot programs regarding program growth (17) Have fun while building community through food!

Washington DC
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Thurgood Marshall Academy grew out of the experience of law students and professors in the DC Street Law clinical program at Georgetown University Law Center who, while teaching at a neighborhood high school, witnessed how limited opportunities stunted the academic and social development of students. They also saw an opportunity to use legal principles as teaching tools to educate and empower the bright and energetic students they encountered.The founders collaborated with education experts and community members to create a school that would provide committed students with the academic and youth development resources they need to succeed and become active citizens.Thurgood Marshall Academy opened in 2001 with 80 9th-graders and added a grade each year until we served grades 9'12. Some of our key achievements include the 100% college acceptance rate of our eight graduating classes; the highest test scores of any non-selective high school in the city; the establishment of a benchmark assessment system that allows teachers to use data to drive instruction; the expansion of our professional development program; and the renovation of a landmark facility in Historic Anacostia into our permanent home. The mission of Thurgood Marshall Academy is to prepare students to succeed in college and to actively engage in our democratic society. As a law-themed school, Thurgood Marshall Academy's goal is to help students develop their own voices by teaching them the skills lawyers have'the ability to solve complex problems, think critically, and advocate persuasively for themselves and their communities.In order to accomplish our mission, we function as both a school and a youth development organization by integrating a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum with in-school and after-school support programming such as academic tutoring, personalized mentoring, and one-on-one college guidance.

The Program Associate will join the energetic team of program staff and will be responsible for implementing Thurgood Marshall Academy's primary supplemental programs, including tutoring, mentoring, enrichment, community service, and special events. These programs draw on a corps of over 300 volunteers recruited from business, law, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Program Associate will join the energetic team of program staff and will be responsible for implementing Thurgood Marshall Academy's primary supplemental programs, including tutoring, mentoring, enrichment, community service, and special events. These programs draw on a corps of over 300 volunteers recruited from business, law, nonprofit, and government sectors.

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Washington DC
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Redeemer Center for Life was formed in 1999 with a survey of the neighborhood, led by Redeemer Lutheran Congregation, assessing the needs of Harrison residents.  Identified was an increased need for programming and services for children and families to combat the poverty with affordable housing, after-school activities for children and increased employment.  In 1999, Redeemer Center for Life, Inc. became a non-profit with the specific mission to be a beacon of hope to residents of the Harrison Neighborhood.

The organization’s strategic plan is to be responsive to the community by addressing specific neighborhood needs of housing, out of school activities, and employment.  OUR GOALS are to:• Create a place of safety and belonging, •Promote health and equity in neighborhood supporting opportunities for employment and training. •Provide opportunities for residents to experience the fulfillment of their potential.

The Redeemer Church Worker position will work to secure a role on the staff team based on the gifts the volunteer brings, administration, music, writing, barista.  Utilize those sills to demonstrate partnership between church and nonprofit.  Also serve in church community in the practices of worship, administration and ministry.  This position is a time for the volunteer to work at the intersection of faith and social work and discern interest in seminary, social work, research and other options.

Minneapolis MN