Community Engagement

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

Social Services

Active Heroes

Contact: Jennifer Schneider


8701 Old Bardstown Road, Suite B

Louisville, KY  40291

Military Family Retreat Center - (Shepherdsville, KY) Active Heroes owns a 144 acre retreat center and is in need of volunteer help.  Military families are able to use the retreat free of charge and stay in one of our cabins 5 days/nights free of charge as well.  Current volunteer opportunities are very hands on and include mowing grass, clearing out brush, building or staining benches/picnic tables/gazebos, fixing structures and many more hands on activities.  Individuals to large groups can volunteer, we just ask everyone to dress properly for outdoor work.  While the volunteer opportunity requires hard work, you are helping to create a place of healing and peace for our military families.

Military Family Community Center - (Louisville, KY) Opportunities at our community center are plenty.  We are looking for dedicated volunteers to do tasks such as greeting visitors, giving them tours of the facility, assisting with programs and helping to answer questions via phone/email.  We need volunteers during our monthly volunteer days (weekend opportunities) to help with tasks to prepare for programs, prepare for outreach services, write letters and help with other tasks that are crucial for day to day operation of the facility.  We are flexible with volunteers and will do our best to schedule the volunteer to be in the facility when it meets their schedule.  For instance, we have some volunteers who volunteer one time per month for our military family kid's night.  We are limited to 1-8 volunteers at a time.

Outreach Volunteers - (Louisville and surrounding areas)  We are in need of friendly and energetic volunteers who are willing to learn the "in's and out's" of Active Heroes and help with outreach opportunities.  This may include going to seminars, festivals and events in the local area.  Some may be events Active Heroes coordinates, or they may be coordinated by other entities and Active Heroes has the opportunity to have a presence there.  Outreach volunteers will connect with the crowd, teach people about Active Heroes and all of the great services we have for military families.  Outreach volunteers can volunteer for one event, or we can notify volunteers of all opportunities if they are interested.

*Some opportunities may require brief training to learn about the organization.  Limitations: Opportunities at Retreat Center are manual labor, with supervision.  There are other opportunities that do not have limitations.  Must provide own transportation.

Americana Community Center

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator


4801 Southside Drive

Louisville, KY  40214

Fiberworks Program Child Care (Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM) This program provides refugee and immigrant women a place to practice sewing and fiber arts skills, as well as practice and improve their English.  Approximately one volunteer is needed each day the Fiberworks program is happening to watch 2-3 young children at a time while the women attend the class and work on their projects.

Kids Cafe Volunteer (Monday - Thursday, 3:30 - 5:30 PM & 6:30 - 7:30 PM) The Dare to Care (Kids Cafe) program provides students with a free warm meal during the week.  Students K-12 typically eat between 4:00 - 5:00 PM and a second group comes to eat 6:30 - 7:30 PM.  Volunteers are needed to help with cafeteria/kitchen clean-up and to supervise students while they are eating in the cafeteria.

Graphic Design Intern (Work time is flexible) The graphic design intern will work mostly off-site to help with Americana marketing and publications, such as the quarterly e-newsletter, general program brochures and other projects as identified by the Programs Director.  The individual must be self-motivated, creative, have strong design and layout skills, and have access to a computer with necessary programs (Quark, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.)  Web design experience is a plus.

Tax Preparer (During tax season) Prepare individual federal and state tax returns, help individuals understand their tax returns, answer important tax questions, and provide quality service to participants.

Greeter (During tax season) Welcome and interview participants, make sure they have a good experience, help coordinate schedules.

*Background check is required

California Square Apartments

Contact: LaQueshia Curry


1600 Garland Avenue

Louisville, KY  40210

California Square Apartments is a senior/disabled living complex for low income individuals.  Creative and energetic volunteers are needed to assist the Service Coordinator with workshops and activities to help sustain a safe living environment for the residents to keep them educated and active.  Examples of events are: Game night, bingo, and arts & crafts.  Volunteers help ensure the activities run smoothly.  Activities are held monthly with most activities taking place between 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, but hours can be adjusted accordingly.  Time commitment is 1 day a week for 2 hours.

Center for Accessible Living

Contact: Beverly Alford


305 West Broadway

Louisville, KY  40202

First Impressions Suit Program (helping people in need with interview and work clothing):

Volunteer helps in receiving and sorting donations, setting appointments, assisting with fittings and keeping inventory.  Hours are Mondays from 1 PM to 4 PM and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to Noon, but we are flexible.  Contact: Larry Hosey

Web site Maintenance

Responsible for generally maintaining website, update information contained on the website, and ensuring that the site is easy to navigate and that it addresses the needs of the client and its customers.  Ensure customers using a variety of browsers or operating systems such as Windows or Macintosh should be able to access the site equally well.  Must know technical standards in areas such as HTML (hypertext markup language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and other language that affect the workings of the website.  Previous knowledge of web accessibility (W3C) for people with disabilities is preferred, but available to learn.  Hours are flexible, work from home available.  Contact: Keith Hosey

Center for Women and Families

Contact: Sarah Mills, Volunteer Coordinator


927 S. Second Street

Louisville, KY  40201

Hospital Volunteer Advocate

Available on an on-call basis to victims of intimate partner abuse and sexual violence at area hospital emergency rooms and The Center's Sexual Assault Clinic.

Legal Justice Volunteer Advocate

Support individuals by accompanying clients to family court hearings regarding protective orders, providing support, and connecting them with resources.

Children's Volunteer Advocate
Participate in small group activities to build self-esteem, tutor, and provide one-on-one time.

Community Outreach Volunteer Advocate
Educate community audiences about The Center's mission through information sharing opportunities that dispel myths and increase knowledge.

**Above opportunities require volunteers complete a 30 hour training program that is offered 4 times per year during January, April, June and September. Background check required.


Contact: Patty Beldon


215 W Breckinridge Street

Louisville, KY  40203

ElderServe is a local non-profit dedicated to providing senior services to adults 60+ in Jefferson County.  Volunteer opportunities focused on combating social isolation, as well as improving the health and wellness of older adults in the community.  The main goal is to help seniors maintain their independence and well-being.  

Active Choices: Volunteers assist and support older adults on their journey to developing a healthier lifestyle.  Volunteers connect with participant through regular follow-up calls, every 2-4 weeks, to offer encouragement and support as they are working on an exercise plan.  Calls can be made from work/home.

Friendly Visitor: Senior participants are matched with volunteers to provide friendship and emotional support.  Volunteers are matched with participants based on similar interests and location preference.  Visits are made at least twice a month.  Popular activities include playing games, arts and crafts, going to lunch, or simply sharing stories.

TelCare: Telephone reassurance program that provides a reliable means of contact for older adults.  At its core, TeleCare is a program that promotes social engagement and personal connection.  Volunteers help to call participants throughout the week.  Calls can be made from  work/home and the hours are flexible.

*Brief training and background check are required.

The Frazier International History Museum

Contact: Margaret Seifert, Manager of Volunteers & Special Events


829 West Main Street

Louisville, KY  40202

7 volunteer positions available year round, Monday - Saturday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday, 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  Each position has its own job description.  Also have year round internships available for students.

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

Contact: Jane Natalie Bennett


2115 Lexington Road

Louisville, KY

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is looking for positive role models to become Troop Leaders who can mentor, teach responsibility, explore, share your talents and make a difference in a girls' life.  Mission Statement: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.  We need volunteers to step up to become Troop Leaders.  Please contact us if you would like to learn more about Girl Scouts and becoming a leader.


  • Minimum time commitment is one meeting a month.  Troop leaders can decide when troops meet but two meetings/outings a month is ideal.
  • All training is provided
  • Background check is required ($12.50/good for 3 years)

Interim Healthcare Hospice

Contact: Katherine Rouse

2760 Jefferson Centre Way Ste 4

Jeffersonville, IN  47130

Volunteers are needed to offer kindness and compassion to those living with end stage illness.  Our network volunteers are an integral aspect to the hospice care theam and invaluable support for the recipient and family.  A hospice volunteer can share their unique talents and time with patients and families.  Volunteering comes in a variety of ways.  Possible direct patient duties would be: patient companionship, respite for patient caregiver, holding a hand, playing games, errands, and being a part of the hospice team plan of care meeting.  Some administrative (non-patient) duties would be clerical/office work, community relations (job fairs, fundraising, health fairs), and special projects (baking, sewing, crafts, etc.)

Volunteers need to be comfortable dealing with end of life.  They will participate in volunteer education in-service to learn the skills needed.

Kentucky Historical Society

Contact: Lois Smith

502.564.1792 x 4424

100 W. Broadway Street

Frankfort, KY  40601

If you love Kentucky history, sharing your knowledge, working with people, exploring and preserving stories of the past or being part of an organization that makes a difference, the Kentucky Historical Society has a volunteer opportunity for you.

Our volunteers:

  • Welcome and guide guests
  • Work with children's programs
  • Assist school groups
  • Help curators care for artifacts
  • Digitize documents and photos
  • Assist in our research library
  • Provide office support
  • Assist with special events
  • And so much more
Get involved and register to volunteer. *Background check required to volunteer.

Volunteers are also needed or our annual Half Marathon on Saturday, September 29.  Volunteers are needed to help with hydration stations, course marshals, bike marshals, cheering spots, registration and handing out bibs, packets and goodie bags.  200 runners are registered and come from all over and some are practicing for the Boston Marathon.  Runners start at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, run around the Capitol through the Cemetery where Daniel Boone is buried and then to Buffalo Trace Distillery and back.  Register to volunteer for the Half Marathon.

Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Contact: Elana Levy

502.479.9180 extension 51

969-B Cherokee Road

Louisville, KY  40205


Through this program, volunteers work to help improve the English skills of elderly clients as they prepare to take the citizenship test.  The program also provides opportunities for socialization and assistance accessing mainstream social services available in the Louisville community.  The program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am - 12pm.


Volunteers meet with an ESL student during class time from 9:30am - 12:30pm one day a week.  Volunteers are paired individually or in small groups with adult students to practice basic reading, writing and job skills.


The Family Center is dedicated to providing ESL classes for mothers who do not go to work, but rather care for their children.  Volunteers assist the Family Center lead teacher in caring for clients' children during morning classes.  Volunteers also work with ESL classes, aiding the teacher in lessons on English and Civics.  The Family Center meets every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am- 12:15pm at Highland Baptist Church, on the corner of Cherokee Road and Grinstead ( about a block from the KRM office).


Volunteers are paired with refuge families, assisting in literacy attainment and homework, establishing good study skills, and supporting parental involvement in education.  Volunteers commit to one hour per week for a semester or more.

Louisville Asset Building Coalition

Contact: Christopher Murphree


701 W. Ormsby Avenue, Suite 201

Louisville, KY  40203

Do you enjoy working with people, learning new skills, and giving back to other members of our community? Help make a difference in Jefferson County by being a part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program that connects eligible, low-income families and individuals to free tax preparation services and earned tax credits. The Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) has volunteer positions available that provide a wide variety of opportunities and the application of a variety of skills and talents. Whether you are interested in a career in accounting, non-profit management, or are looking for community service opportunities, volunteering with LABC is a great way to develop your professional experience while helping others. No experience necessary – you will receive the training you need while serving a vital role in our community. With your help, families can better access the pathway to improved financial stability and bring dollars back into our local economy.

To serve as a volunteer tax preparer, basic computer skills are required.  Volunteers must complete training program and become a certified IRS Volunteer Tax Preparer.  LABC offers both in-person and online trainings which volunteers can complete at their own pace.  Volunteer opportunities are available morning, noon, and night.  Typically sites operate from 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM or 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  Volunteers are responsible for transportation to and from volunteer service sites.

Norton Audubon Hospital - Music Library & Music Therapy Department

Contact: Cheyenne Mize, MT-BC

1 Audubon Plaza Drive

Louisville, KY  40217


The Lerman Memorial Music Library and Music Therapy Department provides services to various patient areas of Norton Audubon Hospital.  The Music Library volunteer would help to prepare, distribute, collect, and process music library materials, help to host volunteer musicians throughout the hospital, and load, collect, and process iPods for surgery patients.  Knowledge of iTunes program is helpful, but not required.  Time commitment is 2-3 hours, one day a week.

Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Contact: Sarah Wolff

1299 Trevilian Way

Louisville, KY  40213


Your help is needed to restore, enhance, and preserve all the historic Frederick Law Olmsted Parks.  No matter how many hours or days you volunteer, your help will strengthen and revitalize our community.  Opportunities range from working in the parks, to the office, or at neighborhood festivals.

Individuals, families and groups can join us as we root out invasive plants, rebuild trails, restore native plants and renew park structures in our Frederick Law Olmstead Parks!  We provide the gloves, tools, refreshments, and guidance; you just need to dress for the weather and working outdoors.

Interest in landscape design, plants, nature, biology, community history and/or outdoor recreation a plus.

Internships and park adoptions also available for dedicated individuals and groups.

*Note: There are limitations that may provide challenges for those with disabilities as a majority of opportunities in the parks are on uneven terrain in landscaped or woodland areas.

ReStore, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville

Contact: Christine Hooper, ReStore Volunteer Coordinator

1620 Bank Street

Louisville, KY  40203



  • Greet arriving customers; explain the layout of the ReStore, types of inventory on hand, pricing, policies, & store returns
  • Escort customers to specific items when appropriate & explain the different purchase options
  • Answer & process phone calls as needed
  • Support all staff & managers with pricing of inventory items
  • Other tasks as needed


  • Greet donors, answer questions & provide assistance, as needed in the donation area
  • Clean & price incoming materials, following established pricing procedures & criteria
  • Organize & setup materials for sale in an orderly & appealing manner, using warehouse material handling equipment as needed
  • Straighten & clean displays, restocking out of place items
  • Load & unload vehicles (if physically able), receiving or delivering materials to/from ReStore
  • Maintain orderly & clean work area
  • Other tasks as needed


  • Assist in maintaining general office files & filing necessary paperwork
  • Provide support for agency meetings and events.  Activities can include securing a venue, distribution of meeting materials, purchasing food, managing guest/RSVP list, etc.
  • Assist in answering & processing emails/phone calls as needed
  • Provides support in developing materials & reports for ReStore events
  • Provides support in coordination & production of the agency's internal and external materials
  • Other tasks as needed or requested

3 locations throughout town for your convenience (South Floyd Street, Hikes Point, Portland)

Note: Can accommodate groups, need to be planned in advance.  Typical time commitment: 3-4 hour shifts, once a week.  Closed toe shoes are required, and orientation and on-site training will be provided as needed.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana

Contact: Laura Ruble

550 S. First Street

Louisville, KY  40202


Shift volunteer: Shift volunteers are absolutely vital to the existence of the Ronald McDonald House.  These volunteers help with a variety of tasks around the House such as answering phones, assisting families, baking snacks, sorting donations, light cleaning, etc.  This volunteer position is very much like taking care of your own home and family.  Shift volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one 3-hour shift per month.  Shifts are available from 9am - 12pm, 12pm-3pm, 3pm-6pm, and 6pm-9pm daily.  Volunteers must be 18 years or older to volunteer for this opportunity without an adult.  Must complete a volunteer application and authorization for a background check.

Groups: One time service can consist of an individual or be a group of as many as 10.  These volunteers typically help with baking snacks or treats and light cleaning around the House such as running the vacuum, unloading dishwashers, straightening the kitchens, etc.  This opportunity is excellent for students in need of community service hours for school, church groups and clubs and organizations.  Individuals must be 16 years or older to volunteer for this opportunity without an adult.

Adopt-a-meal: Our goal is to provide our families with at least one home cooked meal per day.  Groups of 10 people or less can sign-up to prepare a dinner any night of the week at 6pm or to prepare a brunch at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays.  Having provided meals is an incredible aid to our families.  It is one less t hing to worry about after a long day at the hospital and it also provides a substantial financial relief.  For the health and well-being of our families, ALL food must be prepared in our kitchen or in a commercial kitchen.  Any store bought itesm should be in unopened containers and all produce should be brought in whole.

Speed Art Museum

Contact: Kelly Yeh-Behrend

2035 South Third Street

Louisville, KY  40208


Do you love the arts?  The Speed Art Museum welcomes volunteers in the following areas/specialties:

  • Volunteer photographer
  • Museum Store (with visual merchandising skills)
  • Marketing distributions
  • Art Sparks (Education majors welcome!)
  • Speed Cinema
  • Guest Relations

Interested in volunteering your time for Kentucky's largest Art Museum?  Apply today. 

UofL Free Store

Contact: Austin Putty

Unitas Hall, Basement

UofL Free Store offers a space for the on-going free exchange of clean, durable items like clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, and more.  The store is run by volunteers as a trans-friendly LGBT Safe Space and is open to all UofL students & staff set hours each week during the regular academic year.  Volunteers are needed to staff the store.  The more volunteers, the more hours the store can be open to serve the community and help keep useful stuff out of the landfill and into the hands of those in need!

No special training or knowledge required.  When are you able to volunteer?

Volunteers of America/Woodgreen Apartments

Contact:C. Maria Carter

3751 Woodgreen Court

Louisville, KY  40215


A volunteer is needed at Woodgreen Apartments located in South Louisville to provide Bingo calling and prizes to award winners.  This service is needed for the population in order to engage in enjoyable activities at their residence.  Donation of time can be one time or ongoing as needed; usually once a month for an hour.  Specific time-frame is between the hours of 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  The Bingo Game is already on site.  Need a caller for approximately 3-4 rounds of the game, for about 6-8 participants.

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    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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