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How to Help

Greatest Needs

Donating is always the best way to support Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA).

Our “How to Help” tab will guide you to top needs, and below are two of our current greatest needs. 


Thousands of Afghan Allies must apply for asylum within the next three months due to their humanitarian parole (APA) status. LSSNCA has resettled more than 4,500 Afghan nationals and needs support filing paperwork and providing legal assistance.

We're hosting a three-day legal clinic in June for Afghan clients to file for asylum. Lawyers and volunteers (no legal experience required) are needed:

Sign-up for our status adjustment clinic.

If you can't make the dates, fill out the form below to offer services for our rolling needs. 


We're creating pathways to support Ukrainians - whether they are seeking asylum, reunifying through the Lautenberg program, or arriving with humanitarian parole and sponsored directly by neighbors like you. We’re here to provide our experience, network, and services as we all welcome our new neighbors fleeing for safety. However, our support requires private funds on an unprecedented scale as the U.S. government is not using the U.S. resettlement program for Uniting for Ukraine. Your donation will help us provide direct assistance to Ukrainians and support for their sponsors.