Core Volunteers

For information on our Associate Volunteer Program click here.

Beyond our Associate Volunteers, we rely heavily on outside volunteers and supporters – you!  Our needs are as many and varied as your gifts and talents. We need folks to make regular commitments to house duty, meal prep, gardening and landscaping, and guest support. We ask that volunteers (excepting those that bring meals) be able to make a weekly commitment to us, at least one hour per week for at least six months. Regular volunteers add stability to the lives of our guests! Various volunteer positions available are listed below.

Meal Angels  

Lydia’s House is intent on providing healthy, well-balanced meals to everyone who lives in the house. This includes 10-15 adults and children as well as you and your family if you choose to eat with us.  As a meal angel you would be responsible for providing dinner, either delivering the meal already prepared or cooking in the Lydia’s House kitchen. Lydia’s House will typically have some food available including rice, pasta, meats, and produce. If you would like to use the food here instead of purchasing your own feel free to call and see what’s here! Dinner cooking opportunities are available Sunday through Thursday, and once you schedule your date an email will be sent to you with details, any allergies present in the house, and sample recipes. If you are interested, please contact to see which days are available.

House Duty

Lydia’s House on a typical afternoon can be a hive of activity: kids playing in the yard, meals being prepared, donations arriving, volunteers working in the garden, and so forth. Regular activities for a volunteer on house duty include answering the door and phone, sorting donations and the mail, light housework, and simply being present.  For four hours (10-2 or 2-6) each day you can help us by tending to these many, many goings-on! If you are interested in doing house duty and willing to make a weekly or monthly commitment, please contact to set up a time for orientation.

If you have other gifts or talents you would like to share with our community, please contact or fill out the form below. Once we receive your sign-up form, we will contact you with next steps!

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Telephone Number (required)

Which duty/duties would you like to sign up for? (Check all that apply).

Transportation/AccompanimentMeal AngelsHouse DutyChildcareSpecial Events CoordinatorsGardening and YardworkContinuing Education InstructorTutor

Which days of the week are you available? (Check all that apply).


If you are signing up to be a Continuing Education Instructor, or a Tutor, what skill, subject, or discipline would you like to teach?

Anything else you would like us to know?

If you would like to respond to our most immediate needs, please donate to our general operations campaign.

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Photo courtesy of Mandy McLaughlin