Lighthouse Youth & Family Services

401 East Mcmillan Street Cincinnati, OH 45206
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Our mission Empower young people and families to succeed through a continuum of care that promotes healing and growth.
COVID-19 Impact
Lighthouse continuing services to youth uninterrupted

Lighthouse continuing services to youth uninterrupted

Your Impact

Your Impact

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

Lighthouse Youth & Family Services

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Ways to help

Light Up with Art! Event

To sign-up, us Sign-Up Genius here!! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d4fa5a72fa5fa7-lighthouse5 We are in need of volunteers to come help with our Light Up with Art! event. More than 40 artists will display and sell a diverse collection of creations during this 3-day event, including oils, fiber arts, photography, glass, watercolors, sculptures, and jewelry. There will also be live… See full description
  • 16-18, Adults (18+), 55+, Child with Adult
  • One-time
  • Anytime
  • On-site
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Families, Corporate Teams
  • In-person
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Donation Drives

Collect new items for the children, youth, and families in need Lighthouse serves. Items needed include new, full-size personal hygiene products, feminine hygiene products, diapers and wipes, non-perishable food, bottled water, kitchen items, cleaning supplies, socks, hats, and gloves. These items are only a few of the things needed and go a long way to help.
  • Occasional
  • Children, Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, 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

Provide a meal for the young people living in a Lighthouse shelter. Meals can be made at home and dropped off or you can have food delivered.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Families
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings
Items we need now

Items needed to help young people in need

Donations of new, full-size hygiene products are always welcome. Products needed include African American shampoo (such as Cantu, Shea, and Carol's Daughter), body wash, shampoo, conditioner, combs, brushes, deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, and feminine hygiene products. Other items always needed include socks, underwear, washrags, bottled water, and snack foods such as granola bars, fruit snacks, and nuts. 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 With your support, Lighthouse is always there when and where youth and families need help most, whether in their communities, homes, schools, or a Lighthouse location. Join us in building a community where every young person has the opportunity to thrive!
About us Since 1969, Lighthouse Youth & Family Services has worked to help young people achieve their full potential by focusing on their individual strengths, offering unconditional support, and delivering the best services. Lighthouse provides a runaway shelter, a shelter for homeless young adults, youth housing, mental and behavioral health services, foster care and adoption, and much more.
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