Ways to Give

Your contribution is vital to our mission. From memorial gifts to workplace contributions, we offer many ways for you to give financially, to help through volunteering, running a fundraiser or food drive from your home.

One of our goals at Lazarus House is to provide food to anyone who is hungry and comes to our door. Difficulty making ends meet is happening to increasing numbers of people. Driven by hunger and unemployment, they are turning to food pantries for assistance in feeding their families. Hardest hit in this area are single mothers with young children and the elderly living on fixed incomes. Often they cannot afford to buy enough food so they eat smaller portions, skip meals or sometimes run out of food altogether.

Upcoming Food Donation Drives

If you would like to plan a food drive please contact Ken Campbell, Food Coordinator at (978) 332-5013.

Most Needed Food Items for Thanksgiving

  • Canned Vegetables
  • Stuffing
  • Canned Gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Pkg Brownie Mix or Cake Mix with Frosting
  • Frozen Turkey

These items may be dropped off at our Food Pantry M-F from 8:30AM – 4:30PM at 242 Hampshire St., Lawrence or Lazarus House Shelter any day until early evening at 48 Holly St., Lawrence

Most Needed Items for the Food Pantry’s Weekly Distribution

  • Canned Tuna or Chicken
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Pasta –All types
  • White Rice (1lb bag or box)
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Canned Ravioli & Spaghetti
  • Canned Spaghetti sauce
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cereal in a Box
  • Diapers (All Sizes)
  • Please, No Glass Containers!

About Our Food Distribution

St. Martha’s Food Pantry supplies emergency food supplies to as many as 812 families each week. The pantry offers a “one-of-a-kind” shopping experience, allowing choices of food, when possible, which provides more dignity and greater efficiency. The pantry also provides the opportunity to gather as a community in comfortable surroundings as families wait to get their weekly food allotment.

The Good Shepherd Center houses a Community Day Center and a Soup Kitchen for more than 225 people a day. The Center’s professional staff provides advocacy and referrals for housing, employment, legal aid, medical aid, mental health and detoxification services. In the winter months when people can’t get out to the food pantry, the Soup Van travels throughout Lawrence distributing food. How can you help? Consider our Sponsor-a-Meal initiative, volunteer, or make a donation online. Thank you.

Food Donation Drop Off Locations

St. Martha’s Food Pantry
242 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA
Weekdays: 8 a.m. –  4 p.m.

The Good Shepherd Center
412 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 a.m.

Emergency Shelter
48 Holly Street, Lawrence, MA
Weekdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 4 – 8 p.m.
Weekends: 4 – 8 p.m.

We Will Pick Up

To schedule a large food donation call the Lazarus House Ministries, Inc. Food Coordinator at (978) 332-5013 for more information.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Lazarus House.  There are many ways to become involved and our volunteers are truly valued in every way.  We work closely with our volunteers to match interest and skills with the various important tasks. Below are some of our ongoing volunteer opportunities:

SERVING BREAKFAST or LUNCH AT THE SOUP KITCHEN – this opportunity brings volunteers in direct contact with our guests at breakfast and lunch time. Must be over 16 yrs; if under 18 yrs must be accompanied by an adult.  This is primarily an opportunity for corporate, faith based or civic groups. Best for groups of 3-4 people.

BRINGING AND/OR  SERVING BREAKFAST AT THE SHELTER – another opportunity to interact directly with guests. Bring a prepared breakfast, prepare breakfast from ingredients you bring, or prepare breakfast with food from our pantry.  Anyone under 18 yrs must be accompanied by an adult. A wonderful opportunity for families, sport or school groups.

BRINGING AND/OR  SERVING DINNER AT THE SHELTER – another opportunity to interact directly with guests. Bring a prepared meal, prepare a meal from ingredients you bring, or prepare a meal from our pantry. Anyone under 18 yrs must be accompanied by an adult. A wonderful opportunity for families, sport or school groups

INDIVIDUAL SERVICE – individual volunteers serve daily throughout Lazarus House at our thrift stores, soup kitchen, food pantry, shelters, administration office, and as needed across the organization. We match individuals based on their skill set and availability. All are welcome.

A DAY OF SERVICE – coming together as a group to work on a specific project. Yard clean up, painting, sorting food in the food pantry, and participating in special events are a few of the popular group volunteer opportunities.

FOOD, CLOTHING, PAPER GOODS & PERSONAL HYGIENE DRIVES – holding a food, or other type of drive, on our behalf enables all to get involved and contribute. Lazarus House can help determine pressing needs and arrange a welcome and tour upon drop off. Pick ups are sometimes possible.


DECORATING – holiday decorating at various Lazarus House locations.

BAKING – home baked goods are always appreciated, but most certainly around the holidays.

THANKSGIVING – assisting with food sorting and distribution of holiday meals

HOLIDAY GIFTS COLLECTION – coordinate holiday gifts collection for individuals and families living in Lazarus House residences.

PROJECT BETHLEHEM – “Adopt a family” and provide Christmas gift for all family members, and other opportunities to contribute to an extensive outreach that brings smiles to many faces.

GIFT WRAPPING – wrapping gifts to support community Giving Trees.

SPECIAL EVENTS – Volunteering at our annual fundraisers – Drive for Dignity Golf Tournament (July), Hike for Hope (September), Sharing Our Bounty Gala (November).  Sponsor a hole, donate auction items, organize a team to participate and fund raise!

For more information, please contact Marcy Furse at 978-269-5217 or Marcy@LazarusHouse.org

Amazon Smile

Lazarus House participates in the Amazon Smile program. If you are shopping on Amazon, please consider further supporting Lazarus House using this special opportunity. Simply make sure any time you are on Amazon, your URL begins with “smile.amazon.com.” There is no additional cost to you and Amazon makes a donation to Lazarus House with every purchase you make. Thank you!

Project Bethlehem

Bring joy to a family this Christmas! Families in greatest need are referred to Project Bethlehem by the Lawrence Public Schools and selected local agencies.

We anticipate meeting the needs of over 700 families this year and you get to be a Christmas angel, providing much needed items (See Gift Purchasing Guidelines, below) and the priceless gift of your thoughtfulness and caring.

To receive the Christmas wishes of the family you will help, sign up below.  We begin sending family matches at the end of October.

Gift Purchasing Guidelines

To establish parity in the gifts families receive we request that you follow the guidelines below:

  • Adults: Two articles of new clothing per adult; one new household Wish List Item per household.
  • Children: Two articles of new clothing; one wish new toy items up to $30; and a second newtoy per child.
  • Family: One family game per family
  • Teenagers: 18 years and older adults receive two articles of new clothing.
  • We will send you clothing sizes and gift ideas you can choose from.
  • Wrap and tag all gifts. Further instructions will be provided when you receive your match.
  • We provide Holiday Food Boxes for the families so you do not need to purchase any food.

Delivery of Gifts

Please attach a gift inventory list to one bag and drop off the wrapped gifts at Lazarus House on or by the date provided in your Family Match email. Drop off times and location are as follows:

Drop off Hours Starting December 5, 2019.
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday starting Dec. 7 : 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday starting Dec. 8: 10am – 5 pm

Drop off Location
The Good Shepherd Center
412 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA  (next to the Thrift Store)
(978) 269-5284

Sign Up!

Please click here to register to receive a family. If you are able to help more than one family, indicate that also in the space provided.

Note: If meeting the guidelines is something you cannot do financially, please consider providing a gift card, cash donation or participating in the Giving Tree Program. See below. Thank you!

Holiday Giving Tree

Through your generosity, the Holiday Giving Tree provide Christmas presents for low-income families and individuals that need emergency holiday assistance or are involved with Lazarus House and the programs that are provided to serve people in need. For many, it is the first time they are able to give their children a Christmas present. Please do not wrap these gifts, but feel free to include wrapping paper with your gift donation.

Gift purchasing guidelines

In order to best serve our guests, we will provide you with a list of gift ideas to choose from.

Please do not wrap these gifts, but feel free to include wrapping paper with your donation. If you would like to donate to the Giving Tree Program, please note that all items must be new.

The last day for dropping off Giving Tree gifts will be December 12, 2019.

Your donations help us provide toys, clothing, household goods, and more to make the holidays brighter for families served by our programs.


Delivery of Gifts
Drop off dates and times are arranged. A staff member will work with you to schedule a drop-off date that is convenient for you.

Drop off Location
The Good Shepherd Center
412 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA  (next to the Thrift Store)
(978) 269-5219

For any questions, please contact us at givingtree@lazarushouse.org or call (978) 269-5219.

Donate or raise funds for Lazarus House!

Looking to make a one-time gift? Or, perhaps you have an important event coming up and would like to raise funds in honor of your special day? Check out some of the safe and secure websites that process donations for Lazarus House!

Start a Fundraiser
You say it’s your birthday? Great! Dedicate your birthday to the kids at Lazarus House and give them the ultimate gift. Your friends can honor you and make the Merrimack Valley community a better place at the same time! Are you the competitive type? Challenge your pals to walk, run or some great adventure on behalf of Lazarus House.

Getting Married?
Your wedding will change your life. It could also make a special impact on someone who is homeless or living in poverty. Add hope and dignity to your registry by asking guest to donate to Lazarus House in lieu of gifts.
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Donate by Shopping
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.

Volunteer opportunities exist for businesses and corporations. Corporate volunteers often volunteer their time during their workday. Many serve lunch at our Good Shepherd Center Soup Kitchen where warm smiles and caring faces greet each of our guests as they are served a hot nourishing meal daily. Other opportunities include ‘Days of Service’, adopting special projects when extra hands are needed, organizing food and clothing drives, off-site fundraisers, supporting our development staff and volunteering or sponsoring our special events.

Providing everything from financial contributions, to in-kind donations, and volunteer service, corporations play a major role in the services we provide. Please consider making a donation or time for your employees to volunteer to help.

If your company has a matching gifts program, your employee’s gift to help people living in poverty can go twice as far.

Contact our Coordinator of Volunteers if you would like to find out about our corporate volunteer opportunities at (978) 269-5217 or volunteer@lazarushouse.org. For corporate sponsorship information call (978) 269-5222 or events@lazarushouse.org.

Our mission believes that we are here to serve the most vulnerable of God’s people, to be his eyes, ears, hands and heart for people in dire need. Although we are not affiliated with any religious organization, several congregations of various denominations generously support us with their time, talent and treasure.

Volunteers come from all areas of our community and volunteer both on and off-site. For example, many organizations will form small groups to prepare a meal, sponsor a coat or food drive, make sandwiches for bagged lunches or complete service projects that help improve guest care as well as our facilities.

Contact our Coordinator of Volunteers if you would like to find out about our corporate volunteer opportunities at (978) 269-5217 or volunteer@lazarushouse.org. For Hike for Hope information call (978) 269-5222 or events@lazarushouse.org.

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

We can work with you to develop the right plan that balances what you wish to accomplish for yourself, your family and your philanthropic interests. No matter the size of the gift, it will ensure a better future for families and individuals living in poverty in the Merrimack Valley.

When you leave a bequest to Lazarus House, you are guaranteeing that the resources you build during your lifetime will continue to serve others after you are gone. By including Lazarus House in your will you are creating a lasting legacy that funds food, shelter, clothing, advocacy, education, work preparation and the restoration of dignity and self-respect, ensuring a vibrant community life for future generations.

To learn more about making a bequest to Lazarus House as well as other gift planning opportunities please call the Development Office at (978) 269-5212, or email giftplanning@lazarushouse.org

Pass on your passion for mission!

Making a gift that helps others is an incredible way to remember an important person in your life, honor a loved one or celebrate a milestone. Remembering those who have touched your life in a special way takes on a greater meaning when your generosity helps those in need.

Likewise, celebrating events such as anniversaries, graduations, weddings, birthdays, retirements takes on a new meaning when you help to improve the lives of families. Each gift is acknowledged by a letter sent to the honored person or family of the deceased person in whose name the gift is being made. The notification does not include the amount of the gift. However, as a donor, you will receive a separate acknowledgement for your own records.

To make a memorial or tribute gift click below, call (978) 269-5215, or email stewardship@lazarushouse.org