Local Missions

Current Mission Opportunities

Lancaster County Food Hub

Rooted in Faith & Compassion, Lancaster County Food Hub provides services that honor the dignity of all by striving to meet basic human needs.

Milagro House

Milagro House provides education, housing, and counseling for women and their children experiencing homelessness.

The Power Packs Project

The Power Packs Project started from a mom volunteer who saw hunger in the eyes of children, Power Packs recognizes the vital role that nutrition plays in education

Habitat for Humanity 

Arch Street Center

Mom’s House of Lancaster

First Reform Meals – Volunteer Opportunity

First Reformed Church – Downtown Lancaster. From the moment you see the lines of hungry people lined up outside, you will know that you are about to make a profound difference in he lives of these people. No training needed. Just bring your warm smile and heart to set up, serve, and cleanup afterwards. Volunteers are needed from 5pm to 6:30pm They are also asked to bring two gallons of iced tea and a bag of fresh, easy to chew fruit.

The Transitional Living Center

The Transitional Living Center helps individuals, couples, and families experiencing homelessness to achieve their housing stability and self-sufficiency goals.

For more information on getting involved in community outreach with Highland, contact the church office at 717-569-2651.

Highland Afghan Resettlement Initiative

10/17/21 Update: We have spent the last few months concentrating our efforts on the collection of funds, clothing, housewares, and furniture. Thanks to everyone efforts our storerooms are overflowing and we need to focus on a new phase of the Afghan Resettlement. As a result, we are stopping the acceptance of additional clothing items, housewares and furniture until distribution of our current inventory to arriving Afghans permits HARI to accept additional items. Of course, we will honor all scheduled pickups.

Given that the Afghans will begin arriving in the next few weeks, our focus is now shifting to supporting the arriving Afghan individuals and families. The following Subcommittee refinements will permit HARI to work effectively with CWS personnel:

Transportation Assistant: This is the most urgent need for newly arriving refugees. Use your car to provide necessary transportation to medical appointments, the Social Security Office, school enrollment office and job-related training during regular business hours. Scheduled commitments needed; most appointments are during business hours.

Housing Set-up Assistant: Assemble household item kits to help individual/families start their new life here.  Help CWS personnel with the move and setup of furniture.  Varied hours, as needed. 

Furniture Mover/Handyman:  Looking for energetic volunteers who can assist CWS with the movement of furniture out of storage and into apartments or other housing.  When basic setup and repairs are required, we need the help of handy individuals who can quickly solve household problems before we welcome a new individual/family into their first American home. Varied hours, as needed. 

Welcome Kit Team: Join us as we box kitchen items, cleaning supplies, job supplies, employment kits or hygiene items as part of “Welcome Kits” for newly arriving Afghans.  No CWS clearances are required.  One -time commitment. 

Healthcare Advocate:  Working closely with CWS staff you will accompany refugees to medical appointments, advocate with healthcare providers to ensure that medical needs are addressed, assist to fill prescriptions, review forms and medical materials and coach families toward healthy living practices. Varied hours, availability during regular business hours and requiring 5 hours per week.

In-Home ESL Tutor: Work one-on one with a refugee to help them build their English language skills.  The ideal volunteer will exude patience, have a schedule that permits consistency and a willingness to befriend an individual or a family in need of language instruction. 

Thank you for considering joining our Welcome Team!  If you’re interested in helping in one of these ways, please sign-up at the HARI table in the Narthex or contact Lynn Dawson. Take Note: CWS requires volunteers to submit application and clearance forms that are available at the HARI table or by contacting Lynn Dawson who will mail them to you.


For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. – Matthew 25:35

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