You Can Make a Difference: Volunteer

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.

Thank you for offering your time and talents to The Light House!

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. If you have not already done so, please Click Here to submit an application online. Both the young volunteer(s) and the accompanying adult must submit applications.

If you find an opportunity that interests you, please contact us to schedule an individual orientation.Contact Kris McNally, Director of Volunteer Services, 443-569-4208

Front Desk – Volunteers are needed to monitor the front desk, answer phones, greet residents and visitors and assist with other small administrative tasks.

GED - Computer Skills and Resume Writing Assistance – Work with residents either one-on-one or in groups to help with preparing for GED Testing, Resume Writing or Basic Computer Skill

Career Closet - volunteers are needed to assist our clients and clients from other agencies in finding appropriate clothing for jobs and job interviews.

Mentorship Program - 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

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. 

Sponsoring a Food Drive – Through our Homeless Prevention Program, our pantry is used to provide over 250 local families in need with groceries once a month, in an effort to help them to remain in their homes.  Bottled water and the other items that are needed to keep our pantry stocked are listed on our website at

Breakfast Program -Groups are needed to provide, 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 clients 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.

Bagged Lunches - Please pack what you would like to eat if it were your only meal of the day. You can deliver the lunches the night before or the day you are scheduled by 9:30 am. Please do not staple the lunch bags and place the sandwiches (and anything else that requires refrigeration) in a separate bag or box. 50 bagged lunches needed per day, but ANY amount that you can offer will be greatly appreciated.
Suggested items for Bagged Lunches: Sandwiches
  • Please make half the sandwiches on white bread and the rest on pumpernickel,rye, whole-wheat OR pita OR rolls.
  • We are grateful for any donations, but would prefer that you make only 25% of your sandwiches Peanut Butter and Jelly (due to those who may suffer from peanut allergies)
  • Bologna
  • Chicken/egg/tuna salad
  • Ham, pastrami, roast beef, salami or turkey

A Healthy Snack Item:

  • Apple sauce cups
  • Carrot/ celery sticks
  • Fruit cups/fruit roll
  • Graham crackers Nuts / raisins / trail mix
  • Olives / pickles
  • Pudding cups
  • String cheese
  • Yogurt
A Drink:
Juice or water (We would suggest water bottles still in the case. It’s less expensive than juice and a healthy option. Please do not place in each bag.)

Fresh or Fruit Cup

Dinner Program
Plan menus with an emphasis on healthful nutritious foods
Include a heart-healthy or light-fare entré alternative
Include fresh vegetables and fruit
Use whole-wheat breads and pastas whenever possible
Use fruit juices, iced tea, milk or water instead of Sodas

Due to health issues, please consider the following instead of dessert
Cheeses / nuts
Fresh fruits / fruit cocktail
Jell-O / pudding
Sherbet / sorbet
Granola with dried fruit

  • Dinner volunteers provide the meal ingredients, prepare the meal and store leftovers after dinner is served.
  • We ask that you give us advance notice of the menu that you plan to serve. It is also requested that you arrive no later than 5:00 pm on the day you are scheduled to serve.

We greatly appreciate all those who volunteer. We would not be able to provide these much needed services without our  volunteers!


The Light House

10 Hudson Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

M-F 9 a.m. - 5.p.m

after 5 p.m. & on weekends