There are many ways that churches, civic groups, businesses and individuals can support the children and families of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia. You can volunteer your time or share your expertise. Please call the office nearest you for details and more information.
Invite us to speak at your organization to find out how you can become involved in restoring life’s rich promise to vulnerable Virginians. You can also put a link on your web page to us.
Essential Pieces is a fully volunteer effort by Lutheran Family Services with programs in Winchester, Richmond and Hampton. Essential Pieces is a weekly educational group for parents of children with autism and professionals serving the autism community with the goal of improving the information and assistance available to parents and professionals affected by autism, and to work through common issues that are frequently overlooked. The program, which offers weekly parent groups and social groups for affected children and their siblings, needs volunteers to help with the children’s social group, professionals to speak at the sessions, and to help with fund-raising. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1 (800) 359-3834.
There are many commemorative months that help build awareness about the needs of the individuals we serve. Some of them are Developmental Disabilities Awareness month in March, Autism Awareness Month in April, Foster Care Awareness Month in May and Adoption Awareness Month is in November. Activities held during these months help bring attention to the needs of children, families and adults. The Hampton and Richmond locations of LFSVA work with area churches to celebrate autism awareness month each April with a pinwheel project. For more information call 1 (800) 359-3834.
Enrichment opportunities can lead to a lifelong interest. Our Day Support Centers need learning and art materials; our schools need educational software and other learning aids. You can see our wish list here.
Share your expertise with young people who are getting ready to leave foster care to live on their own. A career day presentation to our independent living skills groups is a great way to introduce young people aging out of foster care to potential career pathways. There are also many opportunities for you to help adults with disabilities who seek vocational training and job opportunities. Read about a program that helps struggling teens find their vocational gifts.
Ideas would include food baskets for families, and gift cards, movie passes, locking diary, picture frames, photo albums and similar gifts for young people.
To let us know what you are doing or to have your questions answered, please contact:
Phone: (757) 722-4707, ext. 1302