Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Volunteer Job Opportunities/Openings - November 2012

Zion Pantry looking for additional volunteer staff...
Photo by: Jeff Batt

Our pantry coordinator Eleanor Otten at Zion Lutheran Church is retiring and three new positions are being developed to replace one person. This group of an office clerk, food manager and pantry coordinator will hopefully make the job easier for all and a great way to make new friends while building a new team to help fight hunger here in Delaware. We want to thank Eleanor for her man years of service and for running nothing but a first class pantry with some of the best volunteers. We are going to miss you Eleanor, THANK YOU!

LCS Office Clerk – Zion Food Pantry (Placement needed by December)

The Office Clerk will be responsible for processing referrals for recipients who are in need of pantry services. Referrals are generated by outside agencies & arrive via phone & fax machine.  Tasks require attention to detail, legible handwriting, good communication skills, and an ability to interact with both agencies and recipients on the phone. Gather and collect monthly referral & donation forms to enable tabulation of statistics and reports by LCS Program Director and work directly with the pantry coordinator.  Schedule: 9am – 12pm, Tue, Wed and Thur. Zion Lutheran Church, 2101 Lancaster Ave, Wilmington, DE 19805  *See contact information below.

LCS Food Manager – Zion Food Pantry (Placement needed by December)

The Food Manager will be responsible for placing weekly pantry orders with the Food Bank of Delaware.  Assist with picking up the food at the Food Bank, bringing it back to Zion church, restocking the pantry, and packing bags. Periodic need for additional food runs to nearby discount food stores in between weekly Food Bank orders.  Must be physically able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds. Access to own vehicle with large cargo capacity a must.  Tuesdays, 8am till needed, some additional time as needed. Some computer skills needed. Zion Lutheran Church, 2101 Lancaster Ave, Wilmington, DE 19805
*See contact information below.

LCS Pantry Coordinator – Zion Food Pantry (Placement needed by December)

The Pantry Coordinator will be responsible for scheduling volunteers needed to provide adequate coverage required for pantry to run smoothly.  Address concerns and questions raised by customers of pantry.  Oversee all operations and report back to the Program Director of LCS regarding programmatic concerns and to the Volunteer Coordinator of LCS about volunteer needs. Pantry Coordinator will be the point person of contact for all volunteers working at that location and for LCS. Must have good communication and customer service skills. Schedule: 9am – 12pm, Tue, Wed and Thur. Zion Lutheran Church, 2101 Lancaster Ave, Wilmington, DE 19805
*See contact information below.


LCS Pantry Worker – Hope Pantry (Placement needed ASAP)
The LCS Pantry at Hope Lutheran Church in New Castle, De is looking for a volunteer to work every other Wednesday. Individuals would be responsible for stocking, bagging, taking referrals for recipients to receive food, and handing out food to recipients. Training provided and you can choose which alternating Wednesdays you wish to work. FREQUENCY: 2 times a month.
230 Christiana Rd (Rt 273) New Castle, DE 19720 

To apply for any of the volunteer job opportunities listed above, contact Cher Frampton, Volunteer Coordinator for LCS at 302-654-8886, ext 107 or 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Open on Wednesday

We hope everyone got through Hurricane Sandy, Tropical Storm Sandy, Ill Tempered Storm Sandy (she certainly changed her mind and mood a lot) over the past few days with as little damage as possible. To all who did not, especially those who live on the affected coastal areas, our thoughts and prayers go out to them.

We will be opening up our doors to resume operations tomorrow on Wednesday, October 31st. We are not sure what to anticipate as far as our regular deliveries go, because we will not be able to contact places like the Food Bank of Delaware until we get arrive in the morning to find out what shape the FBD is in.
We look forward to seeing folks and hope everyone can make it in. If you are scheduled this week and cannot make it, due to "Sandy," we understand! But please give us a call, so we know not to expect you and can try to find a substitute for you this week. Try contacting your Program Manager first, since they are the ones who schedule you, but if you cannot get through to them, please contact me, the Volunteer Coordinator, Cher Frampton at (302) 654-8886, ext 107 or

Thank you so much for your patience and we look forward to seeing everyone again!

The LCS Staff

Monday, October 29, 2012

LCS Storm Closing Information (Hurricane Sandy)

Dear Friends,
We are closed today (Monday, October 29th) and we will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30th as we ride out Hurricane Sandy. At this point we cannot make any predictions on what will happen on Wednesday, but we are hopeful we can return to providing services. Hurricane Sandy is going to be the one who dictates when and what will happen.

Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers and that we will return as soon as it is possible. Please check this blog for any updates, as we will post them as they become available (providing there is power to do so.)

For updates and to track the storm, visit:

Stay safe, stay dry, stay home and please follow any instructions our officials give. If they tell you to evacuate, please do so. Take this storm seriously! 

God Bless,
The Staff of LCS

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

News You Can Use - November 2012

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

LCS & Westminster Presbyterian Partner to Help Clients

Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC), which is located across the street from the Lutheran Community Services (LCS) headquarters on Rodney Street, has been an amazing supporter, especially for the LCS FAITH Center and the St. Stephen’s pantry. “New Life Furnishing” is a new WPC program that aids low income families and individuals by providing much needed furniture and household items. A few months ago, LCS started having some conversations about how some of our clients fit their concept. As a result, clients of LCS have received a wonderful boost toward independence with items from “New Life Furnishing,” including: twin and queen sized beds, bedding, dressers, lamps, cribs, chairs, dishes, toys and a lot more. We are grateful that out neighbor has set up such a fine program, and even more grateful that so many of our clients have benefitted from it. LCS and WPC are working together to offer a hand up to those who need it.

*We are currently looking for a few "good men" to help as movers to load trucks when recipients arrive to pick up furniture. If you are interested and available Mon-Fri 1-4pm. Give us a call. (302) 654-8886, ext 107. We will work on the days that meet your availability. Frequency: 1 to 2 times a month. - Cher

Governor Honors Three LCS Volunteers

The 2012 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award Winners include three hard-working LCS Volunteers. First, Don Schaeffer, a tireless LCS pantry volunteer, was nominated by LCS, and is being honored for serving in a host of community volunteer capacities for the last 30 years. Next, is Nancy Goyda, a past LCS board member and current office volunteer, who is being honored for the work she is doing through Family Promise, a relatively new organization serving homeless families. Marge Altergott, another LCS pantry volunteer, is being honored for her work with the Delaware Center for Horticulture on a program for low-income kids called “The Secret Garden.”

*Look for more on the Governor's Awards and one of the recipients on this blog later this month! - Cher

Friday, October 5, 2012

Thank You! Another Great Hunger Walk Run

Seems like a simple enough venture. Folks gather to walk or run in the name of a charity. Just show up at a park and GO! In a perfect world that would be great, but it takes a lot of work to put together a 5k Walk Run. And it takes a lot of people willing to make it happen too!

Staff, volunteers and sponsors need to gather their wits, skills, muscles and funds together in one place with one united cause. And on a beautiful morning on September 15, 2012 for the 21st time, the good people of Lutheran Community Services did just that!

Tables, signs, name tags, coffee, bagels, t-shirts, registration forms, smiling faces and excited participants lined up for registration and to listen to some music while nibbling on the goodies and other refreshments brought in. An organized chaos of love and goodwill, all in the name to fight hunger in Delaware.

Before you knew it Master of Ceremonies and Development Director Steve Tindall "directed" everyone to the start line to get things going. Wilmington Police officers on their motorcycles at the front ready, runners first in line at the start line, followed by walkers in the rear. Steve gives a practice start on the horn. Then Phil Keller gives the official countdown 1...2...3.....GO!

 Within 20 minutes participants were crossing the finish line! We are always very proud of our youth who come out to participate and the Youth Run Against Hunger is always a highlight for those 18 and under. 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 at the age of eight finished with a time of 25:10!), Emma Griffith (27:34), and Danielle Bye (30:24).

Winners in the fundraising categories are as follows: Jan Hufnal from Grace Lutheran Church 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 for a total of 43 in attendance. The church with the largest percentage of its congregation participating was Faith which brought 8.9% of it's confirmed members (20 people.)

To all of the others walkers and runners, who showed up with either sponsorships or food that day, we are ever so grateful for your participation and hard work.

We would like to thank the walk committee for all of their years of commitment to this event. All of the volunteers who came out so early in the morning to help set up and run the event. And to all of the staff who came out to help run everything so smoothly.

And of course we could not have this event without our sponsors. Thank you to our Major Sponsors: Lange Construction, WSFS, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Shone Lumber, Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home, PNC Bank, NEIL, Pinkey, Harris & Weidinger LLC, CITI Bank.

Thank you to our other Supporters and Contributers; AdHelp,, Brandywine Pediatrics, Caffe Gelato, Catherine Rooney’s Restaurant, D&B Properties, Eeffocs, Giant Food, Grand Opera House, InstaSigns Plus, Jean and Rob Krapf, Longwood Gardens, Manhatten Bagels (Concord Pike) McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, Mercantile Press, Pump & Corrosion, Rommel Harley-Davidson, Sir Speedy (Wilmington) Starbucks (Marsh & Silverside) Theater N, The 42 Group, Two Stones Pub, Vital Signs & Grapics.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! We could not do it without all of you!

Together this year we raised about $37,000!