LDR volunteers perform tree clean-up in Chester County on April 5, 2014
LDR volunteers perform tree clean-up in Chester County on April 5, 2014

April is National Volunteer Month and Liberty Lutheran recognizes the many volunteers who help us support thousands of individuals and families throughout our communities.

On April 5, volunteers with our Lutheran Disaster Response-Eastern PA (LDR-EPA) program lent a helping hand to homeowners in Chester County hit hard by last winter’s snow and ice storms. Volunteers hailing from St Andrews Audubon, St Matthews Chester Springs, Christ Pipersville and Gloria Dei Huntingdon Valley worked tirelessly through the day to clean-up storm debris and repair homes and properties.

Also on April 5, Friedens Lutheran Church in Oley hosted a thank-you event for 40 volunteers who have devoted their time and energy through Lutheran Congregational Services. Among those honored – LDR volunteers who worked in Northeast PA, helping victims of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 rebuild their lives and properties, and other locations across the country, also Camp Noah volunteers who participated in camps in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey helping child survivors of disaster.

A resident at The Village at Penn State shares his love of stamp collecting with a child at a State College nursery school.
A resident at The Village at Penn State shares his love of stamp collecting with a child at a State College nursery school.

Seniors living at The Village at Penn State are sharing their time and talents with the children attending a Penn State University pre-school. At Paul’s Run and Artman, residents’ family members have joined the ranks, along with individuals living in the community, to lend a hand during special activities and events. Other volunteers hail from congregations and the surrounding communities and make a difference in the lives of families and children served by Lutheran Children and Family Service. Sponsoring congregations and community volunteers also provide the much-needed help for newly arriving refugees, while others work together in our Lutheran Congregational Services’ Warehouse Ministry by distributing much-needed goods to people in need.

Throughout our history, Liberty has also been blessed by the financial support from our generous donors and by the dedication and knowledge given selflessly by the many members of our Board of Directors and Committees.

“Volunteerism is one way Liberty continues to embody a culture of service. Liberty engages volunteers from single day events to ongoing long-term opportunities for service. Volunteers bring their own gifts of charisma, strategic thinking, exuberance and passion. Relationships are developed, understanding increases, and the community network is strengthened,” says Julia Menzo, Disaster Response (Southeast Pennsylvania) and Volunteer Coordinator.

Here at Liberty, we find that the more we embrace and support volunteerism, the better we are able to provide valuable services to our clients and the whole community. Liberty is grateful for all of our volunteers – people who selflessly take action, solve problems and strengthen communities!

Click here for more information on volunteer opportunities within the Liberty Lutheran Family of Services.

About Liberty Lutheran

Incorporated in 2001 and headquartered in Ambler, Pa., Liberty Lutheran, with locations across Pennsylvania and combined service history of 300 years, faithfully provides vital resources to more than 61,000 individuals and families facing life-changing situations. These individualized services include independent and personal care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, hospice care, in-home supports, wellness services, children and family services, integration services for immigrants and political refugees and disaster response. Liberty Lutheran’s team of dedicated employees serves individuals and families through their family of services in Pennsylvania, including Artman, Paul’s Run Retirement Community, Liberty at Home, Lutheran Children and Family Service, Lutheran Congregational Services, The Hearth at Drexel (formerly Mary J. Drexel,) and The Village at Penn State. www.libertylutheran.org