Volunteer With Us
At The Light House, volunteers are the heart of our mission as we strive to end the cycle of homelessness and build a bridge to self-sufficiency. Our work is made possible entirely through the support of individuals and organizations within the community. Volunteers generously offering their time and talents are helping homeless men, women and children in Anne Arundel County find hope for the future. There are many volunteer opportunities at The Light House ranging from individuals or groups making lunches, to working the front desk, weeding the gardens or stocking the pantry. However much time you can donate is greatly appreciated!
Please note that volunteers under the age of 18 are required to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian when volunteering at The Light House.
Contact: Kris McNally, Director of Volunteer Services by emailing email@example.com, or calling 443-569-4221.
Kitchen and Pantry Volunteer Opportunities
We distribute approximately 100 bagged lunches daily to our residents and anyone in the community who is in need of food. We provide a bagged lunch at any time if someone walks through our doors hungry.
Make Bagged Lunches
Click here to sign up to bring in bagged lunches. Click here for instructions on how to prepare and deliver bagged lunches. If you have questions after reading the instructions and going to our online sign up, please contact Kris McNally, Director of Volunteer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-569- 4211.
Organize and Distribute Bagged Lunches
We also need 2 volunteers on weekdays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm to organize and distribute our bagged lunches. Click here to sign up to organize and distribute bagged lunches.
*Groups are needed to provide meal ingredients, prepare, and serve breakfast for our residents.
Breakfast is served at 7:30 am, 365 days a year thanks to our wonderful volunteers. Please plan on 30 adults and children at the meal. Many of our residents at the shelter face health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. For this reason, we ask that you plan menus with an emphasis on healthful nutritious foods. NOTE: Children must be 11 years or older to be in the kitchen, and if under 18 years accompanied by a parent or adult. Click here to sign up to provide and serve a hot breakfast.
*Dinner volunteers provide the meal ingredients, prepare and serve the meal, and store leftovers after dinner is served.
Most of our dinner meals are covered by faithful and dedicated volunteer groups from community churches, organizations and businesses, but we occasionally have a few spots open each month. First time groups must have kitchen orientation. We ask that you give us advance notice of the menu that you plan to serve. Please click here to sign up to provide and serve a dinner meal.
Sponsoring a Food Drive
Through our Homeless Prevention Program, our pantry is used to provide almost 100 bags of groceries each week filled with non-perishable pantry items, to help keep individuals and families in their homes while on a very limited budget. Sponsoring a food drive is a huge help to keeping our pantry fully stocked. The items most in need are listed on the Needs section of our website.
Volunteers with Trucks
We are in need of volunteers with trucks to help to transport items to the county dump. We are really having a hard time meeting this particular volunteer need. No heavy lifting is required of the driver.
If you would like to be placed on our list of volunteers willing to use their trucks to take items to the dump or to pick up large donations, please contact our Kris McNally, Director of Volunteer Services by emailing email@example.com or calling 443-569-4211. You will be contacted on an as needed basis. Clean driving record is required.
Volunteers are needed to monitor the front desk, answer phones, greet residents and visitors and assist with other small administrative tasks.
GED, Basic Reading, or Soft Skills Assistance
Work with residents, B.E.S.T. students, or alumni either one-on-one or in a group to help build reading skills, prepare for GED testing, or teach a workforce development skill (resume writing, interviewing, cover letters, conflict resolution, basic computer, etc.).
Volunteers are needed to assist our clients and clients from other agencies in finding appropriate clothing for jobs and job interviews.
The Light House Job Mentor program provides our B.E.S.T. (Building Employment Success Training) graduates, with positive role models to help them achieve their career objectives as efficiently and productively as possible. The program will also provide them with emotional support, insight on employment expectations and help to create opportunities that will position them for sustainable employment.
We greatly appreciate all those who volunteer. We would not be able to provide these much needed services without our volunteers!
Contact: Kris McNally, Director of Volunteer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-569-4211.