Beyond our live-in workers through our Dorothy Day Fellowship, we rely heavily on outside volunteers, supporters and partners. Volunteers are back ground checked and trained. To inquire please contact our volunteer coordinator, Mary Ellen, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are not currently using volunteers, due to Covid 19, but hope to resume volunteers and meals in the summer of 2021. When we do these positions will be available:
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!
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!
More about volunteers:
- We often draw volunteers from our neighborhood partners. Neighborhood partners are a regular, stable presence in the house, providing additional care of the property as well as a positive presence in the lives of guests. Current partners include Bellarmine Chapel, members and churches of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, and Vineyard Central Church, and Christ the Savior Holy Spirit Orthodox Church.
- Lydia’s House draws on the professional and case management services of a number of outside agencies, complementing our pastoral care with the particular resources of local agencies who are skilled at working with women in crisis. Unfortunately we cannot use volunteer case managers.
- We ask Community volunteers come in a spirit of mutuality and solidarity, and possess a desire to share their skills and resources.
Volunteers make a weekly commitment to us and ideally commit to continue weekly for at least one year. Stability and consistency are vital in our hospitality ministry.