Monday, September 24, 2012

Job/Volunteer Opportunities

Photographers (2 to 4 Openings) Filled
Lutheran Community Services is currently seeking volunteer photographers to cover the various photographic needs of the organization.  We are looking for anyone who is the polished hobbyist to professional photographer and is willing to offer their time and talents on a regular to semi-regular basis.
We need photographers to cover:
Events such as:
-Golf Outing
-Formal dinners
-Annual Breakfast
-Large gatherings inside churches and other similar venues
-Intimate gatherings of smaller groups for lunches, working groups on site/ in pantries, outside on city streets, schools, etc.
Equipment:  Your own equipment not necessary but preferred. You will most likely want to use your own, what we have is limited. Photos are needed in a digital format.
Hours:  Mostly weekdays (9 am-2pm) but some evenings and weekends for special events. ]
Most events will be on the schedule but would love someone to be “on call” for the unexpected.
Will be required to provide a valid drivers license or state ID, sign a media release and confidentiality agreement.
Great staff, great volunteers, lots of fun and lot’s of great photo opportunities here at LCS, so we hope someone out there is ready to love taking pictures here at LCS! (See contact info at bottom of this page.)


Food Drive Coordinators (Unlimited Openings)

Thanksgiving and Christmas are not the only times of the year food drives are needed. People are in need of food year round. But many do not think about this volunteering opportunity during the summer. LCS can provide you with step by step instructions on ideas of how to hold a food drive, or you can get creative and come up with ideas of your own.  Ask your church, schools, employers, boy scouts/girl scouts, community center, book club, family and friends to get involved. 

Food Drives are also an excellent way for high school students to earn their volunteer hours. They learn all about team work, time management, marketing, community and so much more. Every hour they put into planning, meeting and executing their food drive counts as volunteer hours. This has proven to be a very successful volunteer activity for both the students and LCS! 


Interested candidates for any of the above listed positions should contact the LCS Volunteer Coordinator Cher Frampton at 302-654-8886, ext 107 or

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

News You Can Use - October 2012

News You Can Use  Prepared by Steve Tindall
For Your Church Newsletter
From Lutheran Community Services                      October 2012

Editors: This information is prepared for church newsletter editors, secretaries and pastors. Your help in getting the word out is appreciated and will help LCS achieve its mission of “Sharing God’s blessings by helping others in need.” Comments about timing or content are welcome. Contact Steve Tindall ( 302 654 8886.

21st Annual Hunger Walk Run … Preliminary Results

On Saturday September 15, LCS held its 21st Annual Hunger Walk Run 5K. 239 people registered and raised $36,000. The top fundraiser was Jan Hufnal from Grace with $4,395. The top youth fundraiser, also from Grace, was Daniel Luettgen, with $2,285. As a result, Grace raised a total of $9,435 and took home the trophy for the greatest amount raised. The trophy for the largest turnout went to St. Marks (43 people). The church with the largest percentage of its congregation participating was Faith which brought 8.9% of its confirmed members (20 people). For many, the Youth Run Against Hunger, a competitive event for those 18 and under, was the highlight of the morning. Thirty boys and girls ran the 5k course. Boys medals went to Brian Colter (20:54), Nathan Galoway (22:20), and David Lu (23:05). Girls medals went to Madelyn Galbus (who is 8 years old and finished with a time of 25:10!), Emma Griffith (27:34), and Danielle Bye (30:24). Thanks to everyone who participated!

Photos coming soon!!

New LVC Volunteer Starts at LCS

LVC Volunteer Laurie Elseroad posing
with LCS Volunteer Nick DeVoe

Laurie Elseroad began her one year stay with LCS recently as Food and Shelter Assistant. She is already hard at work on distributing food and helping housing clients avoid homelessness. Laurie hails from Baltimore where she was a consistent acolyte in her Episcopalian church. She just graduated from college, getting her BA degree from Guilford, which is near Greensboro, NC with a dual major in environmental studies and political science. Her minor in Spanish is already turning out to be big help since so many LCS clients are Latino and struggle with English.  Laurie has 4 roommates at the King House in Wilmington and is excited about what her year here will bring.

Wilmington Award Goes to LCS Nominee

Program Director Sandy Betley nominated Anne Wisnewski (age 94) for a Wilmington Community Award for her 12 years volunteering at LCS’s produce distribution, in addition to her many years of service at St. Hedwigs. She will be recognized at the award ceremony in Oct. 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Miles of Smiles

Nick Hanging with LCS

Miles of Smiles, that's what I call him -- Nick DeVoe. Why that particular nick name? Well let's just say it fits! He is always smiling and big!

Everyone fell in love with Nick on day one and he established himself as a regular in the St. Stephen's pantry quickly. 

I think it is awesome when we have young people come to us to stay busy when they are between jobs and or school. Keeps them busy, helps with job skills, looks good to future employers and they get to help others in need while they are helping themselves.

On Wednesday August 29th we asked Nick if he wouldn't mind speaking to us about his experience as a volunteer at LCS at our Free Feel Good event being held for our Helping Others Circle. If you would like to know more about our Helping Others Circle and how to get involved, you can contact our Executive Director Jean Warren or our Development Director Steve Tindall for more information.

Since Nick did such a good job, I thought the best thing to do would be just to share his words....

"They saw the potential in me that
I was not recognizing myself in a long time
and inspired me to keep trying."

My name is Nicholas Edgar DeVoe and I am proud to tell people I am a volunteer for the St. Stephen’s Food Pantry. Through my time here working for Lutheran Community Services  I’ve had the opportunity to meet some pretty cool individuals. Not only that but I’ve been able to reinforce and cement my retail skill set and that has given me the confidence to handle any retail job. I’m usually a quiet more reserved person, especially in a work place environment, but I’ve been able to express myself, my thoughts and opinions and grow as a leader here at LCS.

Nick in the pantry with LVC Volunteer Laurie Elseroad

Before I was an LCS volunteer I was sitting on my butt twiddling my thumbs. My mother can testify to that! I was trying to get a job and get back in school but I was having trouble with both.

Earlier this year I started a month long weekly program through the Department of Labor Division of Vocational Rehabilitation where I was hooked up with an organization named “Training for Results.” This wonderful organization was responsible for placing out-of-work individuals like myself into new jobs. They saw the potential in me that I was not recognizing myself in a long time and inspired me to keep trying.

Nick poses with LCS Board President Janice Reissig
They led me to LCS and I found myself in the St. Stephen’s pantry which gave me something to dedicate myself to. Three days a week for the past  month and half I’ve been seeing the impact of my contributions. 

Already, I can see I am doing a lot better! I have a goal to get back into school this spring and I have started to get call backs from the places I have been applying, which is always refreshing. I know now this is a path to success and would benefit anybody who lends a bit of their time.

So to Tonya, Linda, Cher and Aaron, and everybody here that has welcomed me I say “Thank You.” Thank you for this opportunity and thank you for doing God’s Work! LCS for LIFE!!