Mayor Doug Richardson met with more than a dozen volunteers from the Lakewood Area Shelter Association (LASA) Outreach program earlier this week to honor them for their service to the community. The Bill Harrison Volunteer of The Year Award was announced in July, however LASA’s volunteers each work a different day of the week and only come together quarterly to meet and discuss updates to program policy. “It was a treat for us to have the Mayor present the award directly to our volunteers,” stated Janne Hutchins Executive Director for LASA.
Richardson cited the hundreds of hours the volunteers donated to LASA and stated that providing basic services makes Lakewood a better place to live.
LASA’s Outreach office works to prevent homelessness by helping local families on the edge with basic necessities such as bus tickets to someone with a new job, funds to keep utilities from being cut off and rental help for those with a three-day-pay or vacate notice. Outreach served over 700 households last year while LASA‚Äôs housing programs served over 50 families this last year. Housing services include providing a single family furnished home with utilities and case management. They also match families with a Santa each Christmas and that matching has already begun.
“We expect it to be a tough winter,” said Hutchins, “giving is down and the need is up.” LASA can always accept cash donations and use volunteers and in-kind goods. Because storage is at a premium call 581-8689 to see what donations are bring accepted and if you happen to be putting your lawn mower away for the season consider donating it to LASA instead.