Lifetouch Volunteerism

Lifetouch employees represent the Lifetouch
heart in their own communities.

Joining hands to support children and families, Lifetouch employees embrace...

...special needs children

...homeless families

...victims of natural disaster


...military serving overseas

...many others.

Tribute to the Troops

Center City, Minn.

"When you showed up at our house, we were blown away," said the mother of a fallen soldier, after a procession of 300 motorcyclists arrived to pay their respects. The cyclists were part of an annual ride culminating in a benefit concert arranged by "Tribute to the Troops," a volunteer organization providing an avenue for Americans to acknowledge the sacrifice of military families. Jill Schaefer and Bill Stephan, senior designers at Lifetouch Church Directories and Portraits and Lifetouch National School Studios, volunteered their talents to design the event's promotional materials. Lifetouch Media Productions also produced a television documentary. "With Lifetouch's help, we raised more than $50,000 for families of soldiers who have lost their lives," said Gregg Schmitt, the organization's executive director.

Camp Kindle

 Fremont, Neb.

A shout rang out, “The books are here!” and 100 kids came running. It was the last day at Camp Kindle and as the campers signed each other’s books, there were bear hugs, belly laughs, and happy tears.  The memory book was a gift of the Lifetouch production facility in Kansas City, Mo. and helps kids remember a week of fun and friendships — a special time indeed for these children diagnosed with HIV. More than 40 employees helped create the book. When the pictures arrived from camp midweek, the team published the book in two days so copies could be delivered in person. "The project does as much for our spirits as the children's spirits," said Marlene Klare, production scheduler and originator of the project. 

Pictures With Santa

Kansas City, Mo. 

A visit with Santa should be a right of childhood. Phil Tubbs, Lifetouch Portrait Studios territory manager, is a personal friend of Santa's and invited him to the annual St. Vincent's Christmas party, where 300 children from an inner city after-school program had their picture taken with  Santa. "The kids went a little crazy," Phil said. "For most of them, this was a first. We brought colored paper, glitter, stars, and stickers so the kids could make frames for their pictures and give them as gifts to their moms and dads. We also brought a big candy cane for each child. Just to hear their laughter and see the excitement on their faces filled us all with the holiday spirit."

Lifetouch Memory Mission®

Through philanthropy and volunteerism, we help rebuild lives, while preserving memories along the way with complimentary photography.

  • In times of disaster, Lifetouch National School Studios has provided free portrait services to replace destroyed or damaged portraits of school children.
  • Lifetouch employees visited war-torn Kosovo to help rebuild communities and provide photo IDs for refugees.
  • Volunteers helped build a children’s center in Jamaica and repair homes in Appalachia and near Jellico, Tennessee.
  • Lifetouch past and present employees funded and built a school along with a school lunch program in a Haitian village.
  • Lifetouch volunteers worked on-site to assist families in New Orleans affected by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Response to floods in the Dakotas, fires in California and tornadoes in the Midwest included cleanup as well as portrait restoration and new portrait sessions.

Lifetouch Employees Give Back

40,000 volunteer hours per year
$1 million in fundraising and contributions
$5 million in donated products/services

A Better Chance Foundation
Eden Prairie, Minn.

Access Services of Northern Illinois
Loves Park, Ill.

Adopt a Family for Christmas
Riverside, Calif.

Alberni Principals and Vice-Principals Association
Port Alberni, British Columbia

American Cancer Society Relay for Life®
Chico, Calif., Fostoria, Ohio, Chesapeake, Va.

American Red Cross
Chesapeake, Va., Oklahoma City, Okla.

American Red Cross Project Fall Book Sale
Minneapolis, Minn.

Bureau of Concern Christmas Family Project
Fostoria, Ohio

Bowlin' 4 Kids
Loves Park, Ill.

Central Christian Church Food Pantry
Kettering, Ohio

Children's Home Society of Florida
Orlando, Fla.

Emergency Food Shelf Network
Eden Prairie, Minn.

Feed My Starving Children
Minneapolis, Minn.

Friendship Haven Home Inc.
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Hearts & Hammers – Twin Cities, Inc.
Minneapolis, Minn.

H.E.R. Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, Inc.
Chesapeake, Va.

Hugs and Hope for Sick Children
Houston, Tex.

Jordan School District Special Education Dances
West Jordan, Utah

Junior Achievement®
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Kentucky Association of Elementary School Principals
Edgewood, Ky.

Living Hope Mission, Inc.
Naples, Fla., Haiti

March of Dimes®
Reno, Nev.

Memorial Blood Centers
Eden Prairie, Minn.

Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minn.

New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards
Manchester, N.H.

Parksville/Qualicum Vice-Principals and Principals Association
Parksville, British Columbia

Peace House Foundation 100 Holes for Hope
Eden Prairie, Minn.

St. Vincent's Operation Breakthrough Christmas Party
Kansas City, Mo.

Sympathy Portrait Packages
Lifetouch Production Plants

Take 25 Children's Safety Program

The Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family
Rockford, Ill.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree
Reno, Nev.

Toys for Tots™
Houston, Tex., Eden Prairie, Minn.

And Many Others