Lighthouse Youth and Family Services

401 East Mcmillan Street Cincinnati, OH 45206
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Our mission The mission of Lighthouse Youth & Family Services is to empower young people and families to succeed through a continuum of care that promotes healing and growth.
COVID-19 Impact
GCF grants Lighthouse $50,000 in emergency funding

GCF grants Lighthouse $50,000 in emergency funding

Lighthouse continuing services to youth uninterrupted

Lighthouse continuing services to youth uninterrupted

COVID-19 Impact Data
Volunteer hours lost 223.0
Financial loss $1,650,360

Lighthouse Youth and Family Services

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Ways to help

Community Garden

The garden at the Lighthouse Community School in Madisonville always needs a helping hand.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Donation Drives

Help Lighthouse collect new items for children, youth and families in need such as: school supplies, cleaning supplies, linens, kitchen items, baby items, bottled water, hygiene supplies and blankets.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (10+)
  • Event support
  • None
  • Weekends

Street Outreach

You will accompany staff as they talk to youth on the streets; distributing food, hygiene supplies, and harm reduction supplies. Your primary responsibility will be to support staff on outreach.
  • Occasional
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Cook a Meal for a Shelter

Volunteers provide meals to youth at the Lighthouse Sheakley Center for Youth, the homeless shelter, and at the Mecum House. Meals can be made at home and dropped off or cooked in our kitchen.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, Adults
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings
Items we need now

Items needed to help the homeless

During this time of uncertainty, we’re doing everything we can to protect the health and safety of the young people and families we serve and our employees. Supporters like you have been asking: how can I help? The best way to stand by our youth and families is by making a gift to support our crisis response - you can make a secure gift now by clicking here. We are in need of the following products: Food/meals/snacks for shelter clients Personal protective equipment (e.g. masks, latex gloves) Sanitizing products and thermometers Disposable protective coverall safety suits Medical-grade N95 masks Latex gloves You can also purchase items from our Amazon Wish List and have them delivered to Lighthouse. We will get the items to youth and families in need quickly.   Thank you so much!
  • In-Kind Donations
  • Wishlist – Amazon, etc
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Ways to help youth thrive

Direct Service Volunteer (Short Term)

Direct Service short-term volunteers bring energy, expertise and enthusiasm to what they do and enhance Lighthouse services on many levels, just with a shorter time commitment! You work directly with our kids by assisting staff with activities, meals, and homework. You play games with the clients, and act as social supports by hanging out and chatting with the kids. You could also go on outreach and pass out resources to those youth living on the street. If you would like to teach our clients a special skill such as job interview prep, a craft, or something else, we absolutely welcome that as well. At Lighthouse Youth Servies, we take the volunteer’s interest and the youths’ interests and find the best fit.  
  • Education, Emotional, Enrichment (Arts), Social Skills
  • Middle School, High School, College
  • Same Small Group
  • Facing Illness, Foster Care, Homeless, Juvenile System, LGBTQ+
  • Nonprofit
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • 1 Semester
  • 1 Hour/Week
  • Anytime
  • Moderate

Direct Service Volunteer Long Term

Direct Service volunteers bring energy, expertise and enthusiasm to what they do and enhance Lighthouse services on many levels. You work directly with our kids by assisting staff with activities, meals, and homework. You play games with the clients, and act as social supports by hanging out and chatting with the kids. You could also go on outreach and pass out resources to those youth living on the street. If you would like to teach our clients a special skill such as job interview prep, a craft, or something else, we absolutely welcome that as well. At Lighthouse Youth Servies, we take the volunteer’s interest and the youths’ interests and find the best fit.
  • Education, Emotional, Enrichment (Arts), Social Skills
  • Middle School, High School, College
  • Same Small Group, Same Large (5+) Group
  • Foster Care, Homeless, Juvenile System, LGBTQ+, Mental Health
  • Nonprofit
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • 1 Full Year
  • 1 Hour/Week
  • Anytime
  • Moderate
How you help You’ll help give a child a safe place to sleep, a homeless young adult the opportunity to become self-sufficient, and a teenage offender a second chance.
About us Operating since 1969, Lighthouse is nationally recognized as an innovator in services for families in crisis, for homeless youth and young adults, and for youth learning to become self-sufficient. The agency provides early childhood services; behavioral health and psychiatric services; home-based services to families; services to youth engaged with the juvenile justice system; community residential treatment facilities; foster care and adoption; independent living services; and opportunities through education.
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