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Ready to help on Easter Day?

Follow the 3 STEPS below to sign up as a Wayside helper. We've also listed the specific volunteering opportunities for this Easter Day 2024. We hope you'll lend our homeless your time, care, and energy!


Watch this short video: 


Sign up for your available time blocks on SignUpGenius
OR call
(812) 251-6907)



Download this waiver, complete, and bring along with your ID on Easter Day. (PLEASE NOTE: Your ID is required!! This is for our clients' safety.)

REMINDER:  Volunteers MUST bring a photo ID.
(For safety, we cannot let those without IDs volunteer.)

Can't Volunteer?


  • Meats

  • Towels

  • Coats (we really need 2x,3x,4x)

  • Dog Food

  • Desserts

  • Shower Shoes

  • Coffee

  • Toilet Paper

  • Can soda

Drop off all items at Hotel Louisville (120 West Broadway, 40202)

You can still help by providing any of the following much-needed items:

Want to donate?

We welcome any amount you can comfortably afford to give, using one of these three options:

(1) Call us at 502-836-7661

(2) Mail a check to: Wayside Christian Mission, PO Box 7249, Louisville, KY 40257
(3) Donate online over our SECURE SERVER by clicking the button below: 

I am unable to volunteer, but I would like to donate.

I am volunteering and
I would also like to donate.

(Hotel Louisville location)

9 AM to 1 PM

  • Kitchen Help: (Peeling potatoes, deboning turkeys, cutting up fresh fruit, preparing vegetables, preparing dressing, brewing coffee, brewing tea, boxing up meals to go to special areas, sending desserts up to the ballroom)

  • Dining Room Help: (plating desserts, serving the lunch buffet line, setting tables with fresh tablecloths when needed and condiments, wrapping silverware, ironing table cloths, serving beverages, bussing tables, serving desserts)

  • Sanitation Crew: (Washing dishes, washing pots and pans, running dirty dishes from the ballroom to the kitchen, running clean plates, etc., to the ballroom, sweeping / mopping floors, removing trash).

  • Outside Grilling and Feeding the Homeless: (Grilling and providing meals for homeless individuals and families who are not Mission residents. All meals will be offered in the Hotel parking lot.)


1 PM to 3 PM

  • Kitchen Help: (Preparing supper foods, boxing meals to go to special areas, brewing iced tea, prepping rolls, etc.)

  • Dining Room Help: (Set tables up for supper meal, wrapping silverware as needed, plating desserts as needed, ironing tablecloths as needed)

  • Sanitation Crew: (washing dishes, washing pots and pans, sweeping / mopping floors, removing trash, running dirty dishes to the kitchen, running clean dishes, etc., to the ballroom, etc.)

  • Outside Grilling and Feeding the Homeless: (Grilling and providing meals for homeless individuals and families who are not Mission residents. All meals will be offered in the Hotel parking lot.)

DOs and DON'Ts of Volunteering


  • Be friendly and put on a smile when working with our clients

  • Be understanding - many of our clients are going through one of the lowest periods in their lives.

  • Be patient - our clients may not do things the way you are used to; be patient and give them some time.

  • Wash your hands before working in the kitchen; put on gloves and a hairnet.

  • Be supportive - offer kind words of encouragement.

  • Pray - pray for our clients, get their first name, and pray that their lives will get better.

  • Use universal precautions in all activities. Use gloves if possible.

  • Wear conservative clothing

  • Lock up your purse or coat - we suggest you leave it in your car trunk.

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

  • Be aware that some of our clients may have criminal histories.

  • Be aware that about 1/3 of our clients have mental illnesses (some choose not to take medication).

  • Be aware that about 1/2 of our clients have an alcohol or drug dependency.



  • Do not loan or give money to clients

  • Do not give any personal information (other than the first name), including phone numbers or addresses.

  • Never leave minors alone - adult supervision is required at all times.

  • Never be alone - have a partner or staff member with you or stay with your group.

  • Never touch, hug, or flirt with a client.

  • Do not argue with clients; report problems to a staff member.

  • Do not transport a client in your personal car.


Volunteer requirements

  • All volunteers must sign a waiver of liability

  • All volunteers 18 or older must have a photo ID on file

  • Minors must be with their parents or supervisors at all times.

  • Volunteers must go through a volunteer orientation, fill out a volunteer form, allow us to make a copy of their photo ID, and list their mailing address, email address, and cell or home number.

  • People with felony records may not volunteer without special review and approval.

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (812) 251-6907 for more info and to get started!

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