LVC Applicants get to see the list of 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.
Social Services Specialist – Kids Matter Inc.
The LVC will have two primary roles: 1) assisting with donations and community partnerships; and 2) partnering with staff in assessing the needs of families and helping to meet those needs (can be directly working with families or policy/legal focus).
We have a multidisciplinary team that includes lawyers, social workers and counselors. If an LVC volunteer is considering a career in any of these fields, we will pair them with the appropriate team. The two roles can be filled in a way that supports direct service or research and advocacy/policy work.
We partner with many organizations to meet the needs of abused and neglected children to meet emergency needs and to provide supplemental opportunities for learning and growth that the children otherwise would not have access to (for example, free educational events, helping teens who are aging out of foster care with housing or transition to college or employment).
We expect the LVC to:
- Assess needs of families served for specific types of donations and which of these needs the agency is able to best meet directly, and which are best met through referral or partnerships with existing agencies;
- Continue developing and implementing the donations & partnership model developed by prior LVC and AmeriCorps volunteers.
We will ask the LVC to choose between two options: 1) direct work with families, meeting with them in their homes, assessing needs, matching them with services (with direct supervision by the social work team) (all of our services are free and voluntary and people welcome us to their homes); or 2) policy advocacy (working with attorneys Susan Conwell and Beth Lauck – a pre-law experience if the volunteer wishes as well). Option one involves exposure to social work, personal advocacy and direct work with families. It relies more heavily on interpersonal skills, oral communication, and listening. The second option involves more writing, research and organizational skills. A prior LVC choose the advocacy approach and made significant policy gains on behalf of foster and kinship children in Wisconsin. Another LVC choose the option of direct work with families expanding our use of therapeutic art projects with our families. The first become a lawyer, the second is now a therapist.