Volunteer With Us
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Light House! Our 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 generous support of individuals and organizations from the community who give of their time and talent.
All volunteers are required to attend an orientation and to complete an application prior to volunteering. This gives us an opportunity to educate future volunteers about our mission, volunteer opportunities, and guidelines.
Volunteer orientations are held three times per month on the:
1st Saturday: 9:00 - 10:00 am
2nd Friday: 9:00 -10:00 am
3rd Thursday: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Before signing up for an orientation, please keep in mind the following:
- You must be 18 years or older to volunteer as an individual. Volunteers ages 11- 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
- We are not accepting court referred volunteers at this time.
- If you are volunteering with a group, only the group leader is required to attend an orientation but we encourage others may also attend.
- For the safety of our shelter staff, clients, and our volunteers, many of our volunteer positions will also require a background check.
Click here to sign up for a volunteer orientation.
*Making bagged lunches or holding a food/donation drive are volunteer opportunities that do not require attending an orientation or filling out a volunteer applications. See our volunteer opportunities list below for more details.
Thank You For Your Support!
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 (No Orientation Required)
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 email@example.com or call 410-349-5056.
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.
*Groups 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.
*Groups provide 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.
Individuals or small groups of 4-5 organize, sort and restock our food pantry and pack grocery bags with food from the pantry for distribution to members in our community in need of food each week. Pantry help can be done for 1-3 hours anytime between 12:00pm – 3:00pm Monday - Thursday, or 9:00pm – 3:00pm on Fridays.
Through our Homeless Prevention Program, our pantry provides almost 100 bags of non-perishable groceries each week 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 in the Needs section of our website.
Our Career Closet is a incredible resource for our residents, as well as individuals referred to us from other agencies, to be able to obtain appropriate work clothes for an interview or current job.
Clothing Drive Volunteer: Receive and sort clothing donations on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00am - 12:00pm. We also need volunteers the first Monday of the month to continue to sort and organize the closet from 10 am- 12pm.
Career Closet Week Day Volunteers: Sort, organize, and hang clothes in the career closet, as well as assist our clients with interview or job appropriate clothing. These volunteer positions are 2-3 days a week from 10am-12pm.
We are in need of volunteers to help with the pick-up and delivery of our in-kind donations and transportation of items to our partner organizations. This is on an as needed basis. We also need on-call drivers to transfer clients to various appointments throughout the week.
Organize and Sort In-Kind Donations
We receive many in-kind donations from our generous supportive community. We are in need of volunteers to organize and sort the donations and place them in appropriate storage. This includes identifying items which could be better utilized by another non-profit and making a call to assess their needs. Must be able to lift 25 pounds. This is very flexible and on an as needed basis.
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.).
We greatly appreciate all those who volunteer. We would not be able to provide these much needed services without our volunteers!
Contact Our Volunteer Office
Kris McNally, Director of Volunteers
Jenny Dell'Oro, Assistant Coordinator of Volunteers