On Thursday, June 16, 2016, David Cornish with Lutheran Family Services presented a volunteer orientation to 53 attendees in the Highlands Ranch LDS Stake Center. Mr. Cornish educated us on the plight of refugees worldwide and the needs of refugees in the Denver Metro area. He explained service opportunities such as donating Welcome Baskets, Baby Baskets, and other household items. He explained the LFS Cultural Mentoring and Exchange program.
What you can do:
Visit the LFS website to learn more: http://www.lfsrm.org/refugee-asylee including where to deliver donations.
Donate Baby Baskets and/or Welcome Baskets. The requirements for each basket are very specific. Please follow the guidelines HERE.
Donate household items. See HERE.
Help in the LFS office.
Sign-up to be a Cultural Mentor. The Lutheran Family Services Cultural Mentoring Program is a wonderful way to give person-to-person assistance to refugees in our area. This requires a 4 hours/month commitment for 6 months. You are also required to attend a volunteer orientation meeting (see additional meeting schedule here). If you are interested in volunteering and you attended the June 16th orientation meeting in the HR Stake Center, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting the Cultural Mentoring and Exchange guide. This will give you all the information you need to register and begin volunteering. Please note: It is very important that you only request the guide and register to be a Cultural Mentor if you have attended an orientation and you are able to commit to 4 hours/month for 6 months. Once you register, LFS incurs costs for a background check and many people will depend on you to fulfill your commitment.
“It is our hope that you will prayerfully determine what you can do according to your own time and circumstances to serve the refugees living in your neighborhoods and communities. . . This is an opportunity to serve one on one, in families, and by organizations to offer friendship, mentoring, and other Christlike service and is one of many ways sisters can serve.” Linda K. Burton, General Relief Society President.
Other resources: I Was a Stranger, LDS Church website
Thank you for considering this service opportunity.
Relief Society Presidency
Young Women Presidency
Highlands Ranch Stake