Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) is a one-year volunteer service program working for peace with justice in inner-city areas throughout the United States. Volunteers explore their spirituality while working for social justice, living in intentional community, and practicing simplicity and sustainability in all aspects of their lives. While working, volunteers live with four to seven other LVCers in intentional household communities, a group that becomes the volunteer’s support group and works together to foster sustainable living in their inner-city home.
There are two due dates—one in mid-January and one in mid-to-late-March. It is beneficial to apply as soon as possible. Once the application is received, an LVC staff person will contact you for an interview. LVC works with each applicant to find the right volunteer placement organization within the fields of education, public safety, human needs, and the environment. To finalize a placement, the volunteer must choose the organization and the organization must choose the volunteer. National training and volunteer work begins in August, so all house members start together. You need not be Lutheran to apply.
Emily Odland (’10) worked as a an online communications and fundraising assistant for the East Bay Alliance for Sustainable Economy (EBASE) in Oakland, CA during the year following her graduation from Luther. In this position she engaged a dynamic network of supporters in campaigns for worker justice by managing an on-line database, updating the EBASE website, sending email blasts, blogging, and updating a Facebook page with hundreds of fans.