If you live in one of LVC’s volunteer cities, join your Local Support Network (LSN), a group of alumni, community members, members of support congregations, Volunteers’ parents, and others who come together to help make the Volunteer year-of-service an impactful one.
Don’t worry about having to do it all — you can pick the support you provide based on your time, talent, and treasure.
What do Local Support Networks (LSNs) do?
- Local Welcome — provide orientation to the local area; pack-the-pantry with startup groceries; arrange a welcome potluck; be present when Volunteers arrive; provide transportation to/from the airport
- LVC House Preparation — house cleaning for move-in or move-out; scouting out new housing or offering your property for rent; co-leading inspection walk-throughs
- Placement Scouts — identify and/or connect LVC with new social justice nonprofits
- Volunteer Recruitment — identify sources for recruiting prospective volunteers; serving as LVC ambassador to campus, club, or youth-serving organizations; be an Admissions interviewer of applicants
- Social Engagement — coordinate local events like holiday parties or commissioning ceremonies
- Resources and Donations — connect LVC and Volunteers to local resources; provide or secure donated furnishings for houses
- Fundraising — serve as fundraising captain; host fundraisers at your home or in your network; donate professional services or office space; donate an individual, estate, or real estate gift
- Year-Long Relationships — be a host family for an LVC house or individual Volunteer; serve as community or spiritual mentor for an LVC house; be “on call” for Volunteer house real estate-related emergencies
- Leadership — Co-lead the Local Support Network; provide training on anti-racism/intercultural competence/conflict resolution; act as property manager; serve as liaison to National Support Networks; host local lunches for LVC national office visits
How Can I Join?
Ask the members of your church community how you can help support LVC’s local Volunteers during their year of service; and support LVC as a national organization.
The vision and dedication of a single congregation, Luther Place Memorial Church, led to the establishment of LVC. Today, congregations across the country continue to be vibrant and vital members of the LVC community.
LVC can send our newsletter and informational brochures, or arrange for an LVC alumnus or Volunteer to visit your congregation to share information on the program. We have bulletin inserts and other materials on our marketing page that you may download, print and use.
Support Congregations are local partners within LVC cities, and support is flexible based on local gifts and needs. In addition to Local Support Network needs listed above, congregations can assist by:
- Hosting local commissioning services
- Assisting with relocating houses within the city
- Providing pastoral counseling and worship support to Volunteers and staff
- Providing LVC volunteers a relationship with a worshiping congregation
- Helping represent LVC in their cities and synods
- Serving as placement agencies
- Providing housing for LVC Volunteers
- Providing LVC office space
To discuss how you can support LVC Volunteers, please contact the regional Program Manager for your city.
LVC is an independent service year program, and invites your individual financial support to maintain the unique experience for emerging leader Volunteers.