We work with social service agencies in rural, suburban, and urban areas of Yolo and Sacramento Counties to establish placement sites where our LEVN participants volunteer. These positions all provide valuable experience in the non-profit and ministry worlds, and each provides unique training opportunities in areas like:
- grant applications
- case management
- youth and parish ministry
- community development
- social media and marketing
- non-profit administration
- computer technology
We work hard to match our sites and volunteers in terms of skills, interests, personality, and ability.
These organizations are our non-profit partners for the 2017-2018 program year:
- Lutheran Social Services of Northern California provides transitional and supportive housing and supportive services to help individuals and families stabilize their lives, acquire skills, and reach self-sufficiency. Three LEVN Volunteers at LSS will provide training in life skills related to employment, health, leadership, and communication for transition-age youth. Volunteers considering careers in social work and other direct services should be particularly interested in the opportunities this placement will provide.
- The Belfry Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry is hosting another volunteer this year, who will be responsible for increasing the Belfry’s presence at UC Davis, working closely with the Belfry Peer Minister to design and implement new programs — including interfaith activities and a graduate student ministry — and helping to develop new and innovative initiatives with our three partner congregations in Davis.
- Sierra Pacific Synod of the ELCA is a community of nearly 200 congregations in central and northern California and in northern Nevada that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. As their Young Adult Ministry Assistant, one LEVN Volunteer will work with the Assistant to the Bishop in the area of Young Adult Ministry (YAM), holding one-on-one conversations; scheduling events and conversations; being present on social media; assisting the Office of the Bishop and the synod’s YAM Discipline Team in developing and moving YAM forward in our synod.
- Computers 4 Kids seeks to improve the educational outcomes of low-income students by placing computers in the homes of 4th to 12th graders. As the Outreach Coordinator/Office Manager at C4K, the LEVN volunteer will increase program participation by students, build community awareness of services, organize educational seminars, and help create and/or manage events established to further program goals. Volunteers considering careers in nonprofit management should be particularly interested in opportunities this placement will provide.
- Next Move seeks to provide assistance to individuals and families with children toward self-reliance. The LEVN volunteer will work closely with Next Move staff as a Program Resource Assistant for the LifeMatters Project a senior-oriented, intensive client assistance program that provides case management, intervention, resource and referrals services, direct services and ongoing support to at-risk, chronically homeless, disabled seniors (55+) referred through local shelters and community outreach programs.
- Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Sacramento strives to be a cathedral for all people, drawing near to God by drawing near to Jesus, embodied in a welcoming atmosphere and commitment to serve those in need. Trinity’s LEVN Volunteer will work with the congregation’s youth ministry, assisting with Bible studies, confirmation classes, and fellowship and service opportunities.