Lighthouse needs YOU!
Volunteers are a vital part of Lighthouse, and there’s a lot you can do.
Give back by investing your time and talent in helping children, youth and families in need. We offer a variety of creative ways you can make a real difference. Daytime, evening and weekend opportunities are available.
Will you help?
Our Street Outreach Team helps runaway and homeless youth find safety and stability by connecting them to basic needs supplies and resources. You will accompany staff as they talk to youth on the streets; distributing food, hygiene supplies, and harm reduction supplies. Your primary responsibility will be to support staff on outreach. Street outreach breaks with tradition by taking services to youth, rather than expecting them to come to the organization.
Work directly with teenagers and young adults
Direct Service volunteers bring energy, expertise and enthusiasm to what they do and enhance Lighthouse services on many levels. There is a variety of opportunities to work directly with youth throughout the year, both short and long term.
Help Lighthouse collect various items for children, youth and families in need such as: school supplies, cleaning supplies, linens, kitchen items, baby items, bottled water, hygiene supplies and blankets. We are always in need of items to help our children and families.
As a mentor, you make a life-changing impact in the life of a child. A quality mentor relationship improves a youth’s self esteem, provides valuable experiences for youth to learn how to build lasting relationships, and shows youth that there is someone who genuinely cares and wants to see them succeed in life.
Life Skills Coaching
Qualified volunteers can serve as a Life Coach to mentor young adults. Topics include basic financial skills, including finding and maintaining stable employment, personal budgeting, banking, and saving; health and wellness practices; cooking; household chores, including cleaning, laundry and repairs; landlord-tenant relations; health and safety; nutrition or propose your own topic.
Cook a Meal for a Shelter
Volunteers provide meals to youth at the Lighthouse Sheakley Center for Youth, the homeless shelter for 18-24 year olds, and at the Youth Crisis Center, which serves 10-17 year olds. You sign up to prepare lunch or dinner for the shelter’s youth on a designated day. Meals can be made at home and dropped off or cooked in our kitchen. Your gift does so much more than provide a nutritious meal. It tells the person receiving the meal that you care and want to help them.
Internship and field placement opportunities are available for students enrolled in an accredited college or university who must meet requirements for a field placement or practicum. Lighthouse requires a commitment of at least 100 hours and successful completion of a volunteer application and background check.
Volunteers also pitch in to help with special events like the Fall Fundraiser, and the opportunities don’t end there.
Volunteer Coordinator Elissa Veite will help you find the volunteer options right for you. You can reach her at (513) 487-7122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.