Community Engagement

Addressing the needs and interests of our diverse communities locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.


Catholic Enrichment Center

Contact: Kim Mapp


3146 West Broadway

Louisville, KY  40211

Throughout the year there is a need for volunteers to assist with Dare to Care Food Pantry, clothing closet, computer lab, back to school fair, community health fair and other special projects.

Minimum time commitment: At least 2 hours a week; 4-8 hours a week for seasonal opportunities.

*Volunteers are required to attend a safe environment class.

Friend for Life Cancer Support Network

Contact: Nicole Guffey Wiseman


4003 Kresge Way, Suite 100

Louisville, KY  40207

Friend for Life Cancer Support Network Peer Navigators help persons recently diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones navigate the path through diagnosis, treatment and recovery by pairing them with a trained supervisor of a similar experience so they can face cancer with someone who's been there.

Peer Navigator Responsibilities:

  • Contact a new match within 24 hours, if only to set up a time when you both are able to talk at length
  • Keep in touch with your matches on a regular basis, at least throughout the course of treatment.  Most support is provided over the phone, email, texting, Skype, and meeting in person are also acceptable ways to keep in touch.
Ideal Peer Navigator is a cancer survivor or care giver, self-motivated and responsible, an attentive listener who is considerate and respectful of others.  Navigators function largely on their own, with minimal direct supervision.  Prospective volunteers are required to complete a professionally directed training program before undertaking their role.  
Other opportunities include office assistance, representing FFL at health fairs and other events, speaking with medical and/or nursing students about the 'real patient' perspective, and helping with fund raising and other special functions.

Gilda's Club Louisville

Contact:Jessica Carner


633 Baxter Avenue

Louisville, KY  40204

Volunteers are needed to provide nourishment to cancer support group participants by serving as a meal host.  Meal hosts prepare a meal for members and their guests at Gilda's Club Louisville.  Your group selects the date and the menu then utilizes our kitchen facilities to prepare the meal.  This opportunity provides a great team building opportunity as well as a way to connect to our mission and to those in need in our community.  Follow this link to review detailed information and to sign up

Meal host volunteers stand most of the time.  Elementary level food preparation/cooking skills necessary.  Time frame is approximately 5:00 - 7:15 PM. Must provide own transportation.  Can accommodate groups of 6 - 10 individuals.

Hosparus Health

Contact: Sylvia Johnson


3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive

Louisville, KY 40205

Hosparus Health is looking for compassionate community members to volunteer with patients and families in their neighborhood.  Ways to support patients and families include:

  • Companionship for patients who are separated from their loved ones
  • Respite for caregivers
  • Veteran recognition
  • Yard work, household cleaning or errands
  • Hair care (Must be a licensed professional)
  • Massage therapy (Must be a licensed professional)
  • Making quilts or knitted/crocheted blankets
If you are interested in volunteering with a patient in your community, please submit a volunteer application at
Volunteers typically give 2-3 hours/week.  Must have own transportation to assigned location.  Orientation provided.  Must have negative TB test and flu shot is required during flu season.

Kids Cancer Alliance

Contact: Hannah Hardesty


607 W Main Street, Suite 200

Louisville, KY  40202

Volunteering at our summer camps for children with cancer and their siblings is a week long commitment, including a full day of training.  The minimum age to be a camp volunteer is 18, with some camp weeks requiring volunteers to be 21 years old.  To be considered for a volunteer position at Indian Summer Camps, candidates must complete an application, provide references and pass a background check.  Deadline to apply is April 3.

Indian Summer Oncology Camp

Younger Oncology - June 9-15 / Older Oncology July 7-13

Indian Summer Sibling Camp

Younger Sibling June 23-29 / Older Sibling July 21-27

Kindred Hospice

Contact: Jacqueline Shickert


391 Quartermaster Court

Jeffersonville, IN  47130

Kindred Hospice volunteer opportunities are located in Southern Indiana and provide support to patients and families who are entering the final stages of life.

Volunteers are needed to provide:
  • Companionship for patients
  • Care Giver Relief (2 hours) for patient's family
  • Clerical/Office support
  • Scanning and filing

Must have proof of auto insurance and responsible for any auto accident.  Must complete Kindred Hospice Volunteer training which will include 2 TB tests.  Patient Support volunteers can be flexible with time, but all visits should be made before 6:00 PM.

Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana

Contact: Cliff Whalin


315 Townepark Circle, Suite 100

Louisville, KY  40243

Looking for volunteer "ambassadors" to help promote PSCKY programs/services in West Louisville, working through our strategic partners in that area.  Volunteers are also needed to help with one or more special events each year - our Denim & Diamonds fundraising event in June and our Living Well Parkinson's Symposium in late October; other opportunities are available for smaller events.  Volunteers are also needed to help around the office throughout the year.

Minimum time commitment: 3-5 hours a week, early June thru late October to help with special events

Premier Hospice

Contact: Anna Martin


400 Missouri Avenue, Suite 101

Jeffersonville, IN  47130

You don't need an advanced degree or specialized skill-set to help care for someone during the last days of their life.  All you need is a compassionate heart - all training is provided through our free volunteer training program.  Volunteers make a difference by:

  • Providing companionship and friendship
  • Offering emotional and spiritual support
  • Assisting the Premier Hospice staff with administrative tasks
  • Reading, listening to stories, playing games, and much more!
Download a volunteer application from the website to get started..  A volunteer making visits with a patient/family would visit at a time that is best for the patient/family and volunteer.  A volunteer wanting to assist in office would be M-F 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM.  Volunteer is required to have reliable transportation; personal vehicle or public transportation.

Supplies Over Seas

Contact: Courteney Smith


1500 Arlington Avenue

Louisville, KY  40206

Supplies Over Seas (SOS) is a medical surplus recovery organization that gets about 28,000 pounds of medical supplies donated from local hospitals and individuals.  These life-saving supplies that are donated would end up in a landfill if not for volunteers who take the time to help SOS sort through these supplies. Once sorted, the medical supplies go to partners all over the world helping communities in need of healthcare.

Time commitment: 3 hour slots during the hours of 9:00 AM -Noon or 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Tasks typically require standing for 3 hours, but can accommodate needs with prior knowledge.  Training is provided.  Can accommodate groups of 5-15 individuals.

Community Engagement

University of Louisville

2323 S. Brook St.

Louisville, KY 40208

(502) 852-6026

Office Hours

M-F 8:30am to 5:00pm

No holiday hours

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