Volunteer

Volunteer experiences are available at most of our LSS Network of Hope programs.

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.

I’m Passionate About…..

More than 10,700 people in Franklin County experienced homelessness in 2016

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 kitchen garden and 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 and Mobile Distributions in Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Ashland, Athens, Lawrence, Gallia, Morgan, Ashland, Marion, Union, Noble and Guernsey counties.

Volunteers check guests in at the storefront pantries in Columbus, Delaware, Lancaster and Caldwell, assist guests as they shop using the choice model and also help in receiving, sorting and shelving donations and deliveries. Volunteers are also needed for mobile and produce distributions.

PLEASE NOTE: The greatest need for volunteers is at our Westside Columbus and Delaware County pantry locations.

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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 assist in the donation room, with special events and by providing a meal.

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LSS supports families affected by disasters through the LSS Disaster Services program statewide.

Trained volunteers assist with response and recovery efforts during and after disasters.

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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.

Volunteers can provide one-on-one interaction with residents or plan and assist with group activities.

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LSS supports individuals and families in connecting to local resources through the Ohio Benefit Bank throughout central Ohio.

Trained volunteers use software to connect clients with public benefits and tax credits for low- and moderate-income families, increasing the available cash on hand and strengthening the ability for people to move toward self-sufficiency and stability.

LSS also supports LSS Faith Mission residents through the Resource Center in Franklin County.

Volunteers assist clients with job search, resume writing and interviewing skills.

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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 – LSS Food Pantries provide over 2 million meals annually to those experiencing food insecurity.  Volunteers assist in receiving and sorting food donations and deliveries, stocking market shelves, greeting clients and assisting clients as they shop using our choice model to select healthy foods that their families will enjoy.  Groups of up to 12 volunteers (age 10 and older) can assist at our pantry locations.  On-the-spot training is provided.

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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