Volunteer with a LSS Program

It is through the kindness of our volunteers that LSS is able to offer services and programs that impact lives. We are looking for partners who share the same compassion and desire to create a better world by serving people in need.

Your service is essential to achieving our mission. We need you! Click on the issue you are most passionate about below and join us.

Already an LSS volunteer? Click here to sign up for available volunteer shifts in VolunteerHub

Coronavirus Update:

Dear Lutheran Social Services Volunteers,

In order to adhere to our Governor’s and health officials’ guidelines and recommendations to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have had to make difficult changes to our volunteer programs over the past few months.  Although many of our volunteer opportunities have been temporarily suspended or reduced, we are excited to begin slowly and safely welcoming volunteers back to our program sites!  If you are able to volunteer, please click here to view and sign up for available volunteer shifts.  We will continue to expand these opportunities as we are able to do so safely.

Safety guidelines have been implemented at all of our volunteer sites including social distancing, wearing masks, checking temperatures and disinfecting high touch areas regularly.  Volunteers must bring and wear masks during volunteer shifts.  We continue to ask that you refrain from volunteering at our sites if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with anyone recently diagnosed with COVID-19, or have concerns about being part of a high risk population.

We appreciate your dedication to LSS!  If you are unable to volunteer at this time we hope that you will continue to support our programs in other ways:

  • Make financial donations to LSS to support the increased need for services.  Please click here to donate.
  • Purchase our most-needed items from our Amazon Wishlists to support clients across programs.  Please click here to access our wishlists.
  • Donate meals and needed items directly to program sites. ***Open drop off hours at our shelter donation center (located at 217 N. Grant) have been suspended to divert staff to critical services.

We will continue to update our supporters throughout this crisis, and we thank you for keeping LSS in your hearts and prayers.

I’m Passionate About…..

More than 10,000 people in Franklin County experienced homelessness each year

LSS provides shelter to those experiencing homelessness through our LSS Faith Mission programs in Franklin and Fairfield counties.

Volunteers serve meals, connect clients with resources, provide medical care and assist in the donation center.

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More than 1.9 million people in Ohio don’t know where their next meal will come from.

LSS supports individuals and families experiencing hunger through the LSS Food Pantries in Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Athens, Lawrence, Gallia, Morgan, Ashland, Marion, Union, Noble and Guernsey counties.

Volunteers are needed to help distribute food and other needed items at LSS locations in Franklin County, Delaware and Lancaster, and at mobile locations throughout central and southern Ohio. Volunteers also help customers placing food orders or checking in at our distribution locations and assist with inventory processing in our warehouse.

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LSS also provides and serves daily meals to the community through the LSS Faith Mission Community Kitchen in Columbus.

Volunteers assist our cooks in providing, preparing and serving 600 meals per day, 365 days per year.

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LSS also provides daily meals to residents at LSS Faith Mission in Fairfield County.

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1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

LSS supports victims by providing shelter and other services at LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence in Franklin County.

Volunteers support our clients and their families by providing and serving meals in the kitchen, sorting donations in the donation center, and assisting in the shelter advocate and childcare areas.

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About 2.5 million Ohioans are age 60 or older.

LSS supports the housing and health care needs of seniors through LSS Affordable Housing communities throughout central Ohio as well as skilled nursing, memory care, and assisted and independent living communities in Columbus and Ashland.

In accordance with state COVID-19 guidelines, we have suspended volunteerism at our senior living facilities.  We look forward to welcoming volunteers back to our facilities when we are able to do so safely.  Thank you! 

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We welcome groups to come together and serve at several of our LSS Network of Hope locations.

LSS Faith Mission – Faith Mission has provided shelter and services to those experiencing homelessness in the Columbus area for over 50 years. Founded by volunteers, Faith Mission continues to provide services in our community through volunteer support.

LSS Food Pantries – The LSS Food Pantries provide food and needed items those experiencing food insecurity.

LSS CHOICES – CHOICES is the only domestic violence safe haven shelter in Franklin County offering 120 beds, a 24-hour crisis and information hotline, counseling services and more.

Customized group opportunities – Available at many of our program locations.  We’ll work with you to tailor a project to meet your group’s preferences as well as our clients’ needs.

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We asked some of our volunteers “Why do you volunteer with LSS?”

Here’s what they said …

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