LVC's NEWS&UPDATES is our community engagement platform initiated in 2021. We're responding to the request for more regular and quick-read updates, and look forward to including your stories and LVC news here.
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Calling for Lead Alumni Mentors
Past and present mentors... Want to serve on the Mentor Resource Group to help lead new mentor training, service-year check-ins, and mentoring priorities? Submit your resume and interest HERE.
Calling on Alumni to Lead Hikes in LVC Cities!
Join LVC's inaugural “Take a Hike for Social Justice” hike-a-thon on the May 20-22, 2022 weekend. Even better, lead a hike to support our Volunteers on their social justice journey.
- Create a pledge page. Create your own page and personalize your e-mail message to invite your family and friends. Donate and invite others to donate on your page.
- Invite your team. Invite friends, families, former LVC housemates, faith communities, etc. to join you. Personalize an e-mail invitation on your pledge page.
- Select your group. A "group" is your LVC city, and each group can have an unlimited number of hikers engaged in individual and team hikes.
- Go the distance. It doesn’t matter how many miles you hike. Choose your distance and go.
- Location. Choose your hike path.
- Can't hike? No worries. You can still create a participant page to support LVC, choose your group (city), and personalize an e-mail message to invite family and friends to donate on your page.
Please sign up by visiting, www.99pledges.com/fund/lutheranvolunteercorps4216/addme.
The hike will be our annual campaign to raise visibility and funds for the program. Not a donor? Become one today by DONATING HERE.
ANNUAL REPORT Journey Through 2021
It has been a while since LVC published an Annual Report. Visit the latest one HERE.
SAVE THE DATE Hike for Social Justice, May 20-22!
To join LVC's inaugural “Take a Hike for Social Justice” hike-a-thon the weekend of May 20-22, 2022, please sign up by visiting LVC's Hike Page on the 99Pledges platform. Questions? Please e-mail program director, Shae Agee.
VOLUNTEERING IN ACTION Cynthia Toledo at N Street Village
N Street Village in Washington, DC has been a community of hope and healing for women experiencing homelessness for decades. LVC Volunteer, Cynthia Toledo, shares her engagement with N Street, and the daily contribution she makes to advance the mission. View her brief video message below for an example of the substantive experiences LVC Volunteers embrace to grow as social justice leaders.
VOLUNTEERING IN ACTION Kayla Attends MN Racial Justice Summit
At the summit, Synod leaders in racial equity and justice initiatives came together to celebrate accomplishments and continue growing relationships so that ever-crucial anti-racism work continues to blossom. Twin Cities Volunteer, Kayla Zophi, shares her experience.
CHURCH SUPPORT Lord of Life, Schaumburg IL
Since 1995, Lord of Life Lutheran Church has donated over $33,000 to sustain LVC's unique program that welcomes Volunteers from diverse faith backgrounds, opening the door to conversations around community and spirituality. Church gifts are sustaining gifts, ensuring LVC's ability to offer a program at no cost to Volunteers; advance LVC's values around inclusive community; and serve as a launchpad for Volunteers discerning seminary (this year there are 11 of 35 Volunteers). As LVC re-grows our Local Support Networks, we're so pleased that Chicago alum Cindy Larsen '83 visits annually with Lord of Life on behalf of LVC to deliver the LVC president's update to the congregation. Cindy helped us celebrate Lord of Life on December 5 with an update on the LVC program and a Certificate of Appreciation honoring the relationship. To Lord of Life we offer our heartfelt blessings. (Photo at left: Rev. Rebekah Costello and church member Tim Gioe)
INSPIRATION Books in Season
LVC's Wilmington Volunteers made a holiday house out of books, wishing you and loved ones a joyous season and New Year!
SEMINARY DISCERNMENT DC Synod-LVC Pilot
LVC is pleased to announce a pilot program for Volunteers discerning seminary during their year of service! The ELCA Metropolitan Washington DC Synod is connecting LVC Volunteers with others on a six-month walk discerning ELCA seminary. Interested Volunteers will convene one hour each month starting in January 2022 with the expectation of gaining clarity by program's end, in June. DC Synod's seminary applicants can also consider LVC's service program as part of their discernment process. This exchange leverages LVC as a springboard for prospective pastors and ministers, supporting the wider church.
FOR ALUMNI Trinity Fellows at Marquette University -- Justice and Faith, Alumni may apply
Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/work program while earning master’s degrees in one of several fields. Financial benefits include a full tuition scholarship and a monthly stipend for books and other living expenses. Current stipend is $1,715 per month, with additional expenses.
ALUMNI COUPLES Are you an LVC alumni couple? Send in your story for a Valentine's season feature, and send your then-and-now pics to Deirdre Bagley.
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