Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) places enthusiastic, talented emerging leaders at a wide variety of non-profit organizations across the country for a year or semester of service.
LVC currently accepts applications from organizations located in Baltimore, MD; Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN; Omaha, NE; Washington, DC; and Wilmington, DE. Placements may also offer virtual-only positions for 5-month terms starting in August and January, or for 3-months starting in June (virtual terms are renewable).
LVC partners with Placements in fields such as housing and homelessness, health care, community development, environmental concerns, children and youth, LGBTQ issues, immigration, women’s rights, and more — and we’re open to a wide variety of social-impact employers. Review our placement position directory for further information about positions filled the past few years. Current and new placement supervisors should review the Participant’s Handbook to get a good general summary of the program.
Placement Application Process: Placements interview applicants March through July, and can offer year-long positions in-person or FLEX virtual-only positions starting in August, January or June.
To apply for LVC, you must submit an online application and may participate in a site visit by LVC staff if your organization is new. Contact your regional Program Manager with questions about becoming an LVC placement and review a more detailed Placement Application & Matching timeline.
Acceptance into the LVC program does not guarantee a volunteer match. You will have the opportunity to interview and rank up to three prospective volunteers. LVC staff will use these rankings to match organizations and volunteers. If no match is found for your organization, the matching process will repeat. While LVC tries to match all Placements, we can not guarantee applicant acceptance.
[NOTE: If you already completed a Placement Application in December 2019 or after, you don’t need to complete another one. Simply submit a new position description this year, and let us know if your CEO, contacts, or budget have changed.]
APPLICATION TIPS: Create your application offline first so you’ll have a copy, then cut and paste into the form. Once you submit, you can not make changes or log back in. Be ready to complete the application in one sitting; do not start one, abandon, then try to start a new one. Clear your computer’s cookies/history if you started an application more than once. Contact LVC before starting the application if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. 202-387-3222.
Filling out an application for LVC is an invitation to introduce your organization as a Placement partner; and present the position available in a way that helps Volunteers understand how service at your organization is the right opportunity.
ALL organizations will complete the Placement Application, and the Position Description (two separate online documents), and should prepare for submitting online by Sneak Peeking both applications below:
ONLINE OPEN HOUSE EVENTS: Ask questions before you apply at one of our open house events!
View the Sneak Peek: Placement Application to see the questions on the application before you go online to complete it. You must complete the application in one sitting, and will not be able to save the application form after completing. Complete and save a copy offline before cutting and pasting into the online form! [Note: If you completed the application in 2019 or after, you only need to submit a new position description this year.]
View the Sneak Peek: Placement Position to write about the position before you go online to complete the application. You will not be able to save the application after completing. Complete and save a copy offline before cutting and pasting into the online form!
POST THE FLYER BELOW AT YOUR WORKPLACE TO ENCOURAGE THE CONSTITUENTS YOU SERVE TO APPLY, and share with your friends, family, and community! Volunteers must be over 21, and can be young adults, gap year, on sabbatical, in-between jobs, retired, or other status to apply.
Our mission is focused on advancing the impact of social justice organizations. Our nonprofit partners are committed to mentoring volunteers, welcoming volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels, and are financially stable. Placements agree to uphold LVC values and agree to do so when signing a contract.
Placement organizations are 501(3)c non-profits, have an office or other workplace easily accessed by public transit, and are within commuting distance from the LVC volunteer house.
Please visit our Placement Eligibility page for more information.
Placement organizations pay a service fee that covers the cost of the LVC program to search, secure, match, manage, and close the Volunteer for one year, or one semester. The fee covers expenses including but not limited to orientation week, stipend for personal expenses, housing and utilities, food, training and retreats, staff supervision, house mentors, and travel to the assigned city. Placement organizations are generally required to contribute to health insurance and local transportation. (Check with the LVC Program Manager for current fees.)
Placements are charged a one-time placement fee, after the match has been accepted. The placement fee is calculated on a sliding scale based on the organization’s budget reflected in the most current 990 for salaries and benefits, and generally ranges from $10,000-$23,000 depending on budget and city. For a detailed cost estimate, you may request a financial worksheet.
Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact your regional Program Manager.