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Lutheran Volunteer Corps

During the 1970s, Luther Place began to explore how the Lutheran community might initiate a voluntary service program, inspired by the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS), and other service organizations, centered around principles of social justice, community living and simplified lifestyles. Out of this was born the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. LVC volunteers build community, work for peace with justice, and live simply and sustainably. Today, around 90 volunteers serve social justice agencies in 11 cities across the country. In Washington D.C. there are 3 LVC houses in various neighborhoods across the city. Members can support Lutheran Volunteer Corps members in the DC area in a variety of ways, including:

  • Serving as a community mentor for an LVC community
  • Serving as a spirituality mentor
  • Serving on the Local Support Committee, to plan and support community and recreational activities for current volunteers

Many LVC alum and current volunteers engage the Luther Place Community in a variety of ways. Luther Place is a host congregation to the Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Dag Hammarskjöld houses. We value the energy and spirit that LVCers bring to the community and we seek to support them in their journey.

For more information, contact Program Manager – East Region, Kelsey Kauffman, at

  • Hospitality
  • Worship
  • Justice
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Community Care