This is one of the many great positions available through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC):
Lutheran Volunteer Corps Service-Year
Spend a year serving at a social justice non-profit, while exploring living in community, living simply & sustainably, and exploring spirituality. We are seeking people who wish to bridge social justice in practice with social justice theory; build leadership and employable skills in social justice; and explore the LVC values of living in community, simply and sustainably, to build communication across differences.
The Lutheran Volunteer Corps is a community of faith uniting people to work for peace with justice. We pursue our mission by placing adults 21+ (“volunteers”) in full-time service positions at social-justice organizations for one or two years. All LVC Volunteers are encouraged to live into LVC’s core spiritual practices of living simply and sustainably in intentional community while serving the cause of peace with justice. LVC places Volunteers in nonprofits (placements) across the United States in Baltimore, MD; Minneapolis, MN; St. Paul, MN; Omaha, NE; Washington, DC; and Wilmington, DE.
LVC Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. LVC Volunteers come from a wide variety of faith backgrounds, and do not need to be Lutheran. As a Reconciling in Christ organization, LVC welcomes and encourages the participation of people of all gender identities and sexual orientations in all aspects of LVC.
>Full-time service position at social justice non-profit organization
>Furnished housing with internet for year-Volunteers
>Modest monthly stipend
>Health insurance, if needed
>Work-related travel reimbursement
>Community and Spirituality Mentors
>Social justice learning series (monthly program days) with experts, researchers, and practitioners
Volunteer Coordinator with Hospice House:
The volunteer coordinator will oversee a vibrant volunteer program that has been in operation since Hospice House opened in 1998. COVID-19 has altered some of these tasks, as we move forward, the volunteer program will gradually ramp up to full speed again with the oversight of the volunteer coordinator. Overall, the coordinator will recruit, educate, support, oversee, care for, schedule and appreciate the Hospice House volunteers. Hospice House volunteers typically assist with resident care, support residents through friendly visits, offer comfort or security to fearful residents and /or family and friends, extend hospitality to all, answer phones and assist with other office tasks, bake cookies, plan parties, etc. The volunteer coordinator will maintain records (education, background check, inservice components, hours of service, database, etc.) and will continue to create volunteer newsletters (either monthly, when volunteer program is fully functioning, or weekly while program is on “pause” due to COVID. The volunteer coordinator will also facilitate activities for residents and families in conjunction with current volunteers and affiliated community organizations such as Best Friends Pet Therapy, Master Gardeners, Omaha Quilters’ Guild, Merry Makers, Healing Touch Practitioners, Omaha Chamber Musicians Guild, etc.
Duties and Responsibilities
1)Carry forward an already established and robust volunteer program–recruit new volunteers, assist with volunteer education, background checks, orientation and support; Maintain volunteer contact via phone calls, zoom chats, etc,
2) Schedule volunteers (although this is primarily done by volunteers themselves) and arrange volunteer coverage for specific situation and specific resident needs or events (gardens, monthly community meals, holiday events and parties, etc.);
3) Collect data and prepare reports of volunteer contributions (hours of service, etc.) as well as supervise, support and extend hospitality to volunteers;
4) Create monthly or weekly volunteer newsletter,
5) Organize volunteer appreciation event;
6) Assist in planning inservice education;
7) Coordinate and co-facilitate volunteer book club;
8) Assist with Hospice House tours as availability allows and support operational aspects of Hospice House along with all Hospice House co-workers.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Desire to work with people at the end of life (or at least a curiosity about working with folks at the end of life); integrity; self-motivation, but coupled with interest in teamwork; computer skills (word publishing software, excel, possibly wordpress, etc.), commitment to offering hospitality; openness to diversity; sense of humor; leadership skills to support a team of dedicated volunteers; general awareness of and support for Hospice and Palliative philosophies of care; ability to maintain confidentiality.