Organize games for foster kids. Coordinate camp activities. Welcome refugees to America. Help families affected by natural disasters.
Become an LSS/NCA Volunteer
LSS/NCA offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals looking to donate their time and talents. Some volunteers prefer to work directly with families, while others enjoy being more behind the scenes. Some people excel in large group settings, while others prefer connecting one-on-one with an individual, such as providing tutoring or mentorship. Whatever your preference, LSS/NCA will find the right volunteer placement for you.
Vern: The Volunteer Mascot
Visit Vern the Volunteer Mascot Welcome Page. Contact Kati Miller-Holland at (202) 723-3000, ext. 200 or HollandK@lssnca.org if you have an event that Vern should be a part of! We'll post updates on Vern's interactions with youthful volunteers for LSS/NCA. Add a link to Vern's page on your MySpace or Facebook page.
Memorable Volunteer Moments
Throughout the years, volunteers have provided tremendous support to our organization. There is hardly any event or activity organized at the agency that is not assisted by our friends in the community. The compassion, creativity and confidence volunteers bring to LSS/NCA is immeasurable. The following are examples of some of our more memorable volunteer projects:
Disaster Volunteers Continue Rebuilding in New Orleans
Dear Kati, We just wanted to thank you for all the help you gave us, not only the T-Shirts, Spiritual Manual, mock exercises (with noodles & gum drops), first aid kit, water bottles, etc., but especially your time, your insights and your guidance. We used all of these gifts during our time in New Orleans, and are very grateful for everything you did to prepare us for our "Adventure". We had a wonderful experience in NOLA, and came back with a greater appreciation for just what the people of St. Bernards Parish suffered and how much they appreciated our coming to help them. We also came away with a desire to encourage others to experience what we did, by accepting the challenge to participate in future mission trips. It was hard work, but the benefits we received far outweighed the work efforts, and we are all planning to continue this work. Thanks again Kati from all of us at Community Lutheran Church
Martin Luther King Day of Service 2009
"Thank you for the opportunity to involve our children in this service project. It was fantastic!" Volunteers seen here with Vern, the volunteer mascot. The morning before Inauguration about 200 volunteers created One+Plus Disaster Response.
Frederick Brownie Troop Serves and Learns
"Our Scout troop wanted to collect winter coats for a worthy cause and were connected with Lutheran Social Services. They gave a wonderful presentation to our girls, helping them understand who would be receiving the donations and why--what a great experience for all of us!"
Camp Kids Haven 2008
Volunteer counselor: "I was able to give back to these special kids. They're in my heart forever."
Wittenburg University (OH) Takes a Road Trip to LSS/NCA
"Our collegiate student group put other people's donations into action by actually furnishing an apartment for a refugee family from Bhutan. They spent time with the refugee family, moved in furniture, stocked the kitchen full of supplies, and even had a lesson in learning how to fold fitted sheets. After the service, our groups met up to learn more about the refugees, how Lutheran Social Services helps them, and how our students can stay involved."
University of Florida joins LSS/NCA for Alternative Spring Break
These fabulous volunteers from the University of Florida helped us reorganize our storage bins as part of their alternative spring break. It is because of them that we will be able to serve our clients more effectively and efficiently.
Tour of DC!
Thank you to our community volunteers who helped organize a trip to DC for our refugee clients who are new to America. We started off with a picnic in the park and then were off to the White House! After that we walked around the National Mall, visited Lincoln, and visited the monument of one of America's most famous refugees - Einstein.
TRICK OR TREAT!
Thank you to St. Lukes Lutheran Church of Silver Spring and to Redeemer Lutheran for helping some of our youngest clients learn about and celebrate their first Halloween. It was a TREAT!