LEVN volunteers live in a cozy two story house across the street from the campus of UC Davis.
Our building is a duplex. The front part of the house is the home of the Campus Ministry (The Belfry), which has a cozy living room with a TV that has basic cable and an Xbox, a full kitchen, the Ranstrom Chapel where we hold worship, and the pastor’s offices. The Belfry is where we hold our LEVN nights, and is available for LEVN’s use on evening and weekends when it is not in use otherwise.
The LEVN house is a 4-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, 3000 square foot house. Laundry, car, and bike parking are included. The house is fully furnished. All communal house supplies (toliet paper, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies) are provided by the program. Volunteers provide their own clothing, bedding, tolietries, and food. 2 meals each week are provided by the program: Monday LEVN Night dinners, and the weekly ‘family dinner’ that the house holds as part of the Rule of Life. Additionally, Volunteers can attend Wednesday Night Worship and Dinner with the students.
Davis is a college town of ca. 63,000, and is known for activism in sustainability and environmental issues. The community thrives on farmer’s markets, co-ops, and riding bicycles.
Davis lies about twenty minutes from the state capitol of Sacramento and its urban life, half an hour from hikes in coast range natural areas, an hour from the Napa/Sonoma wine regions, and two hours from either Lake Tahoe and the Sierras or San Francisco and the California coast. Most are accessible via public transit (yes, even Lake Tahoe), and zip cars are also available for rental.
Check out the Davis Wiki page to get more information about what’s going on in this thriving community!
LEVN Volunteers are encouraged to bring a car. If you don’t have a car, then you will be provided a bus pass. Traveling by bus from Davis to Sacramento takes an hour or more. Volunteers have learned to use this time to read, listen to music, or just relax. Volunteers who are placed at nonprofits in Davis are expected to travel by bike or use the Unitrans buses (the UCD bus system). We always encourage car pooling and using bikes as much as possible to reduce our carbon footprint. Davis is home to the US Bike Hall of Fame, and takes it’s reputation for being bike friendly very seriously! Volunteers are encouraged to bring their bikes, if you can, or we have bikes available for you to use during your LEVN year.