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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 three of our current greatest needs. 


Lawyers and volunteers with and without legal experience are needed immediately. For our August clinics, we need 200 volunteers.

Thousands of Afghan Allies must apply for asylum within the next two 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. 

If you can’t volunteer now, we always have a need for pro bono legal service support

Greater Washington D.C. Area

Our unaccompanied refugee minor (URM) foster care program is seeking foster parents who live in Maryland towns/cities bordering the District of Columbia. The transitional foster care program is also looking for Spanish-speaking foster parents and communities in and around Fairfax, VA


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 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.