We are Habitat
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is known for its continuous efforts to pave the way for leading a brighter future for families in need. Since 1976, Habitat has built, rehabbed or repaired more than one million homes in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than one million people. In addition to our direct service work, Habitat advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow.
The Office of Government Relations and Advocacy (GRA) leads Habitat's efforts to advocate for systems, policies and attitudes that advance adequate, affordable housing around the world. Based in Washington, DC, the GRA team builds the organization's advocacy capacity by providing the global Habitat network with strategic direction and support to effect change and allow Habitat to serve more families. Additionally, the GRA team maintains relationships with m embers of Congress, government agencies, nonprofits, international organizations, and other policymakers in Washington, D.C. and around the world to inform, advocate, educate, and provide linkages to the field. The GRA team also works directly with the more than 1,100 Habitat for Humanity affiliates and 26 affiliate support organizations in the U.S., supporting their efforts to influence public policy related to home affordability at the municipal and state level.
The Cost of Home campaign, launched in June 2019, is a coordinated response to increase access to decent, affordable housing in communities large and small across the country. The fiveyear campaign will develop, align and harmonize advocacy activities and resources within Habitat’s network of affiliates and affiliate support organizations to change policies and systems in ways that improve housing affordability, stability and access at the national, state and local levels.
What will you build?
As the U.S. Policy and Advocacy Fellow, you will volunteer on a wide array of projects related to Habitat's U.S. policy and advocacy tied to the Cost of Home campaign. In this position, the Fellow will work with the state and local team to support the administration and review of Cost of Home network challenge grants, including supporting the analysis of reporting from FY 2021 and FY 2022 Challenge Grantees, as well as the FY 2023 Request for Proposals. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to support Habitat affiliates across the nation in identifying and understanding policy priorities for their advocacy agendas, track and research housing policy at the state and local level, and support the federal government relations team on specific federal priorities as needed. The Fellow will play an important role in the planning implementation of Habitat's annual policy conference, Habitat on the Hill.
About Lutheran Volunteer Corps
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The Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) places adults over 21 (“volunteers”) in full-time service positions at social-justice organizations for one or two years; or for semesters of 3-5 months. Volunteers are encouraged to explore LVC’s core principles: living simply and sustainably in intentional community while serving the cause of peace with justice. LVC provides a foundational learning experience around on racism, oppression, and privilege and how these intersect with social justice; and the role of spirituality in inspiring and sustaining leadership. LVC offers all Volunteers placement with a social justice nonprofit, health insurance, reimbursement for work-related travel, modest stipend, and access to the social justice learning series. Year-Volunteers live together in furnished group housing; while Flex Semester Volunteers are matched in the LVC cities where they live, meet weekly with their local Volunteer peer group, with housing based on availability. Successful applicants will be comfortable and eager to engage diverse constituents to advance LVC’s inclusive aspirations. LVC has a small staff and serves approximately 50 service volunteers annually.
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.
>Flexible volunteering for one year or 3-5 month semesters
>Furnished housing for year-Volunteers, housing option for Flex Semester
>Modest monthly stipend
>Health insurance, if needed
>Work-related travel reimbursement
>Social justice learning series with experts, researchers, and practitioners
>Post-Service Graduate School Scholarships: http://lutheranvolunteercorps.org/alumni-opps
>Student Loans can be put on income-driven repayment, deferment or forbearance: http://lutheranvolunteercorps.org/student-loans-lvc/
>At least 21 years old
>H.S. diploma or GED; B.A. preferred for some service positions
>Not required to be a U.S. citizen; permanent residents, F-1 students and DACA recipients welcome to apply. We do not sponsor international applicants.
>LVC Volunteers come from a wide variety of faith backgrounds, and do not need to be Lutheran
>Married and committed partners are welcome to apply
Welcome to All: LVC is on a Journey to an Inclusive Community, forming and strengthening alliances among people of many cultures and communities, and welcomes People of Color. 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.
LVC's positions change annually, and often include: Addiction/Recovery, Education, Environment, Food Justice, Gender Equality, Health Care, HIV/AIDS, Housing, Immigration, International Solidarity, Legal Aid, LGBTQ Equality, Refugee Services, Senior Services, Supporting people with Disabilities, Workers’ Rights, Youth Engagement
Apply: While there are no deadlines, positions become available starting January 15 of each year, and interviews start as early as March. Positions listed are offered by our nonprofit Placement partners. Interviews continue until all positions are filled. Apply online now: http://www.lutheranvolunteercorps.org/volunteer. Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Health coverage, Housing, Stipend
All Volunteers are expected to cover the cost of their own travel to the program at the beginning, and back home at the end. All housing is furnished, so Volunteers need to bring with them personal items and bedding.
LVC also provides internet and 2 weeks paid vacation. There are also learning opportunities through our monthly program days. Volunteers are also supported by community and spirituality mentors.
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check
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