Making resolutions for the New Year has become a mainstay of American culture. As new calendars are unwrapped, many men and women aim to lose weight, save money or be more organized. Others resolve to improve the world around them by serving others in their community and supporting nonprofit organizations that help others.
Volunteering, a common goal for the New Year, benefits both the nonprofit and the individual. While dedicated volunteers are critical to a nonprofit’s work, getting involved with a charity can also have many personal advantages. Volunteering is an ideal way to try out a new career, learn a new professional skill, meet likeminded people and improve self-esteem (helping others always makes you feel better about yourself!).
Are you looking for ways to get involved and give back in 2017? Lutheran Services of Georgia has multiple opportunities throughout the year.
Attend LSG's Refugee Services Lutheran MLK Day of Service on January 16
Register to participate in the Lutheran MLK Day of Service to be held on Monday, January 16, 2017 from 9 am to 1 pm. Youth and adults will gather at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church (5135 Memorial Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083) to learn how to stand for welcome with refugees and immigrants and to work on service projects.
Service projects include packing donated rice for refugees and writing letters of hope to immigrants currently being held in Georgia's detention facilities.
In addition, attendees can participate in Training for Immigration Advocacy by Jessica Jones, the Acting Director for Advocacy for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service in Washington, D.C. The training will equip participants to take a stand with refugees and immigrants as we learn to advocate together for just and fair laws and policies.
Click here to register here for the Lutheran MLK Day of Service.
Walk or Run in the 2017 Hunger Walk/Run for LSG
A simple yet tangible way to assist LSG is to register for and attend the 2017 Hunger Walk/Run.
Held on March 5th, the Hunger Walk/Run is a community event and fundraiser organized by the Atlanta Community Food Bank. As a beneficiary of the event, Lutheran Services of Georgia receives a portion of funds raised to provide nutritional support to many of the populations we serve. LSG also gives a portion of the funds it receives to participating congregations and other agencies to help fund hunger relief programs of their own.
This family friendly event will be held downtown at 755 Hank Aaron Drive. It features live music, activities and tasty eats from some of the city's best food trucks in addition to the 5k Walk and Run.
Ongoing Service Opportunities For Individuals
Interest in volunteering with one of our program areas? In our refugee services department, we need volunteers to help in our Refugee Clothing Closet, to assist with driving refugees to appointments, to help with cultural orientation and more. Click here for a list of opportunities in our Refugee Services program. In addition, we have volunteer openings to assist in our Family Intervention Services program, click here to learn more.
Do you love organizing parties and planning events? Volunteer to help with one of our special events! We need volunteers to help with golf tournaments in Atlanta and Savannah, our annual Heroes of Hope Gala in September and other events. Or host your own small, intimate fundraising event in your own home. Click here for more information about how you can help spread awareness of LSG’s work and mission through a wine tasting, dinner party, brunch or other event.
Engage Your Church or Community
Individual support of our work is a blessing, but when our supporters engage their church, school, or other community organization, the power of that support increases exponentially. Coming together to support LSG is a meaningful way to strengthen your community by uniting your friends, neighbors and/or congregants to achieve a common goal.
Projects ideas include holding a donation drive for a refugee family or hosting a baby shower for a new foster family. Click here for a list of other group project ideas.
Whatever your talent, skill or desired area of service, Lutheran Services of Georgia has a way for you to get involved. Explore our website to learn more about LSG and how you can help.