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Philanthropy Friday: Lutheran Social Services

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Lutheran Social Services, originally known as Lutheran Inner Mission League, organized in May of 1912 with the mission to serve the hungry, homeless and those who need healing and hope. It was November 24, 1914, just two days before Thanksgiving, when the League was incorporated with a purpose to carry on general charitable and religious work. Ninety-five years, and a few names changes later, Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio serves that same purpose today.

An inter-synodical organization, Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio is currently made up for 140 Lutheran congregations. However, you don’t need to be a member to get involved. Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio works with many churches in all denominations. A congregation looking to get involved can call 614.228.5200 or they can fill out their contact form.

Programs Are Seeing An Increasing Demand

A variety of programs are offered by Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio. Some of their continuum of services include:

  • Food pantries – there are four food pantries in central Ohio plus a mobile food pantry to reach those in need in southern Ohio
  • Affordable housing for low-income seniors – currently there are 19 affordable housing sites for over 900 individuals
  • Emergency shelter – Faith Mission and Faith Housing of Fairfield Counties provide shelter for those in need
  • Disaster response – during all stages of response LSS offers case management services, volunteer coordination, and donations management.
  • Senior living – provides assistance with independent, assisted living and skilled nursing

Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio has seen an increased need for food pantries. In the past fiscal year, their Fairfield County pantry saw a 96% increase in the number of meals served. To see their full list of programs and services visit http://www.lssco.org/services.html

How Can You Help

Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio offers many volunteer opportunities. Some opportunities include: stocking shelves; assisting customers with their food pantry orders; preparing and serving meals at Faith Mission; helping low-income individuals with minor home repairs; and, visiting with residents at their senior living communities. The first step to becoming a volunteer is to fill out the on-line volunteer form.

Donations of money, food and time are hot commodities for Lutheran Social Services. Monetary donations can be made on-line at their website. Donations can also be made via mail or in person at 750 E. Broad Street. Columbus, OH 43205. Lutheran Social Services has a pretty long wish list for a couple of their programs. To see their wish list, and hopefully select an item or two, visit InKindConnection.com.

Christmas in July and Other Events

Throughout July, Faith Mission is holding a Christmas in July drive where Lutheran Social Services are asking for cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, paper products and new underwear.

July 18th is Lutheran Social Services Day with the Columbus Clippers. Tickets are $4.00 per person or $21.00 for a family pack of six. Only tickets purchased in advance will benefit LSS so buy your tickets early. Contact Dianna at [email protected] to buy your tickets. Game starts at 7:05p.

In August, Lutheran Social Services will be holding a school supply drive for low-income children who visit their food pantry.

Go Behind the Scenes

To read a touching behind the scenes story about Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio and to see more photos visit www.ColumbusImpressions.com.

For more information on Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio visit www.lssco.org.

Philanthropy Friday is a feature article by columbus imPRessions that will highlight a Columbus area non-profit organization every other week.

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