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.
Dear Lutheran Social Services Volunteers,
In order to adhere to our Governor’s and health official’s guidelines and recommendations to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, we will be suspending volunteerism at our Faith Mission and CHOICES shelter sites through April 6. This decision was made in the best interest of those that we serve as well as our volunteers and staff. We appreciate your dedication to LSS Faith Mission and LSS CHOICES and 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.
- Continue to donate your scheduled meals at Faith Mission (please contact Mollie Vrable at 614-598-1209)
- Volunteer at our LSS Food Pantries Champion site (please refrain if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, have traveled to high risk areas, have underlying health conditions, or are part of a high risk population). Click here to view our VolunteerHub page.
- Purchase our most-needed items from our Amazon Wishlist to support clients in and out of shelter. Please click here to access our wishlists. Open hours at our donation center located at 217 N. Grant will be suspended until further notice to divert staff to critical services. To schedule a drop off of most-needed items, please contact Mollie Vrable at 614-598-1209.We will continue to update our supporters throughout this crisis and 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.
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.
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.
LSS also provides daily meals to residents at LSS Faith Mission in Fairfield County.
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.
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.
Volunteers can provide one-on-one interaction with residents or plan and assist with group activities.
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.
We asked some of our volunteers “Why do you volunteer with LSS?”
Here’s what they said …
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