Volunteers Make All the Difference
Simply put, the work of LIRS would be impossible without volunteers. Linda Hartke, LIRS president and CEO encourages potential volunteers, “It is not a time to hold back or be skeptical of what you might bring, but to have the confidence that you have been called to love your neighbor, and that you are very well equipped to do that.”
Now that encouragement and real life stories are ready for the big screen in HD video. The videos are not just about getting help, they are about transformation. Former refugees, volunteers, and resettlement staff share how their lives are different because they all work together.
Stars of the videos include affiliates of the LIRS Resettlement network: Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest in Phoenix, Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, and Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan in Milwaukee. Heroes all!
And to learn more about how you can volunteer, fill out our volunteer contact form.
Create a Culture of Welcome.
Help Make a Home
In Phoenix, Arizona, volunteer Tim Gaffney is making the exhausting look simple. Tim took his local church’s call to gather furniture seriously, creating and facilitating a community network for furniture/home decor donation, that has in turn inspired an equally impressive network of relational refugee support.
Be a Mentor
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ryan Webster, a young man conversant in Swahili, saw a flyer and made the call. He is now providing indispensable cultural mentorship for an isolated Burundi woman and her two young children. Yet Ryan will always be the first to remind you that volunteering is a learning experience as often as it is a teaching one.
In the Twin Cities, there is a thriving Bhutanese refugee community. When that community sought support for its elderly with becoming accustomed to life in the United States, Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota enlisted the support of an eclectic group of volunteers and a weekly citizenship class, providing an invaluable service and joyful social life, was born.