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Our communities are gifted with strength, imagination and compassion. Our world is struggling with poverty, environmental degradation and oppressive ideologies like racism and sexism.

Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) unites full-time stipended Volunteers with financial supporters, non-profit organizations and ministries to work for peace with justice across the nation. In addition to working for justice, LVC Volunteers live together in intentional household communities of 4-7 people to encourage simple, sustainable living.

Working alongside those in their placements, LVC Volunteers actively respond to the gifts and needs of their community members. Partnering with their placements, LVC Volunteers provide direct service, community organizing, indirect service, advocacy and public policy.

Founded in 1979 by Luther Place Memorial Church, LVC is now an independent non-profit organization governed by a national board of directors. LVC is recognized as a social ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and is a member of both Lutheran Services in America and Catholic Network for Volunteer Service.

LVC is on a Journey to an Inclusive Community, forming and strengthening alliances among people of many cultures and communities, and intentionally dismantling racism in our organization, the church and society. As a Reconciling in Christ organization, LVC welcomes and encourages the full participation of people of all sexual orientations,  gender identities, and gender expressions.

LVC encourages Volunteers, placements, supporters and staff members to have spiritual practices of building intentional community, working for peace with justice, and living simply and sustainably. LVC works with all people and does not discriminate on the basis of religious affiliation when hiring staff members, approving placements or selecting LVC Volunteers.

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