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.
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 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. Click here to sign up to organize and distribute 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. Click here to sign up to provide and serve a hot breakfast.
*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. Please click here to sign up to provide and serve a dinner meal.
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. Please click here to sign up to be a pantry volunteer.
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.
The following Volunteer Opportunities involve ongoing interaction with our residents, clients and individuals in the community who are experiencing issues surrounding poverty and homelessness. These volunteer positions require an orientation and a volunteer application. If you are interested in one of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Kris McNally, Director of Volunteer Services, at email@example.com.
Residents and individuals referred to us from other agencies shop in our career closet by making an appointment to try on work or job interview clothing. A variety of positions are open for volunteers.
Clothing Drive Volunteer: Receive and sort clothing donations on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Click here to sign up.
Career Closet Week Day Volunteers: Sort, organize, and hang clothes in the career closet, and assist our clients find appropriate jobs and interview clothing. Click here to sign up.
We are in need of volunteers with pick-up trucks to help transport items to our partner organizations or discards to the county landfill. Please contact Kris McNally, Director of Volunteer Services, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-349-5056 if you would like to be placed on our list of volunteers willing to make deliveries on an as needed basis. Please email your times and dates of availability. Clean driving record is required.
In-kind Donations Intake
We receive many in-kind donations from the community throughout the week. We are in need of persons to organize and sort the donations that come in and place them in appropriate storage. This includes identifying items which could be better utilized by another non-profit and make a call to assess their needs. Must be able to lift 25 pounds. Contact Kris McNally, Director of Volunteer Services, email@example.com if you enjoy organizing! 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: Kris McNally, Director of Volunteer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-569-4211.