Crisis Center Volunteer - Gain experience in social work!
LAUREL ADVOCACY AND REFERRAL SERVICES, INC.
Are you well-organized, detail-oriented, enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, and (most of all) driven to make a difference? We are seeking dedicated long-term volunteers to assist in our Crisis Center on a weekly basis. Over 800 households in Laurel depend on LARS to help them prevent hunger and homelessness. You can be part of a team that is working hard to provide food, financial assistance, and critical resources to our community during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. As a Crisis Center Volunteer, you will wear many hats and gain hands-on experience in many different areas of non-profit administration and social work. A typical shift might include providing resources to people over the phone, directing calls, answering the door, fulfilling grocery lists in the food pantry, accepting food donations, filing documents, sorting mail, and more. Please note that this volunteer opportunity does require a background check (at no cost to you).
About LAUREL ADVOCACY AND REFERRAL SERVICES, INC.
311 LAUREL AVE, LAUREL, MD 20707, US
To enable homeless and low-income people in Laurel who are in crisis to achieve stability and long-term self-sufficiency.
LARS is a non-profit serving homeless and low-income families and individuals in Laurel, MD. LARS was founded in 1987 by congregation leaders who sought a consolidated approach to responding to homelessness in Laurel. Today LARS is staffed by trained social workers and continues to receive support from its founding faith-based partners.
Emergency Services are offered including financial assistance to for housing and utilities; vouchers for eyeglasses, clothing and furniture; referrals for shelter; and a food pantry which can be utilized by clients every 30 days. LARS also helps homeless clients with obtaining ID cards and birth certificates, prescriptions, drug treatment, and mental health needs. LARS hosts a representative from the Prince George’s County DSS who assists clients with submitting applications for federal benefit programs.
Supportive Housing provides subsidized housing and long-term supportive services to 22 chronically homeless and disabled individuals and families who live in local apartments leased by LARS. Referrals for these programs come directly from Prince George's County's coordinated entry system.
Self-Sufficiency Program provides more intensive case management/mentoring to 6 stabilized and motivated households who work closely with a LARS case manager to maintain permanent housing, improve financial habits, gain employment, and remove other barriers to self-sufficiency.