"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." Anne Frank
So what can you do?
There are scores of opportunities in need of volunteers. Some of our volunteers enjoy working in the kitchen. Each day, we serve over 2,000 meals to our homeless neighbors.
Since we occupy two large buildings, there are maintenance projects for those with remodeling and carpentry skills.
And if you can stuff envelopes, clean hallways, launder clothing, prepare food, or read books to kids, we have a need for you!
We need volunteers to assist with Samaritan Patrol. Our Samaritan Patrol volunteers take food, clothing, and other provisions to those living on the streets. In times of extreme weather, our volunteers are literally saving lives.
We need willing volunteers to assist in the kitchen and dining areas. With new residents coming into our Wayside Rescue Station, there is a greater need for volunteers assisting in foodservice. We stand at the front against hunger in Louisville. Please stand with us.
We can always use volunteers to help in groundskeeping at our properties. If you love to work outdoors with landscaping, etc., please consider volunteering with us.
Check out these awesome volunteer opportunities...
Field Trip Coordinator - If your church or organization has one or more passenger vans, you can arrange fun and educational trips to the zoo or local museums for the benefit of our children. This is a great project for a Sunday school class--your group can provide tickets and transportation and we'll supply a group of smiling children for you to bless!
Party Coordinator - if you have a flair for fun, become a party coordinator. Volunteers host ice cream socials, organize birthday parties or schedule impromptu parties complete with cake, ice cream, face-painting, and balloons for any occasion.
Kids Craft Volunteer Leader --bring colored paper, glue, glitter, or any kind of craft supplies and host a craft party for our boys and girls! This is a great evening or cold-weather activity--and everyone will have a good time--even the volunteers!
Food Server - with as many as 600 women, men, and children in our care, there is always a need for friendly, courteous food servers to staff our dining areas.
Sack Lunch Assistant - help put together sack lunches for men and women who are working in the community and are unable to eat at the Mission. We also provide sack meals for our mobile feeding van for breakfast, lunch, and supper. This involves making sandwiches and placing chips and snacks in each sack lunch.
We prepare between fifty and one hundred of these each day. Sack lunches are also used by our Good Samaritan Patrol volunteers who go out during cold weather and help people who have not made it into a shelter or who will not come in out of the cold.
Cook Helper - if you like to cook or work in the kitchen, you can help our cooks in the preparation of the 2,000 meals that we serve each day to the needy in our community. If you're not a chef or a seasoned cook, then we have a place for you--we need willing volunteers for peeling potatoes, washing vegetables, making salads, preparing desserts, cutting and buttering bread, etc.
Movie Night Coordinator - each Saturday night we show movies to the children, parents, and single men and women who stay in our facilities. Volunteers typically bring in their favorite movie, popcorn, snacks, and cold drinks.
Life Skills Volunteer Teacher - Do you have a special talent or skill that could help our homeless women and men find gainful employment while living as self-supporting, productive citizens? Bankers, salespeople, business owners, contractors, educators, retailers, managers--just about anyone from the business community can become an effective life skills teacher! Teach a single session or multiple classes--it is all up to you!
Deep Cleaning Volunteer - a great group volunteer activity for your church, civic club, or business. You are assigned an area of the mission that needs a deep cleaning. Come prepared to work hard. Some groups adopt a room or the kitchen and come monthly to volunteer and help keep the mission clean and sanitary for our guests.
Landscape Volunteer - another great group volunteer activity. Volunteers are assigned an outside area of the mission or the hotel and work on detailing the landscaping needs.
Hospitality Teacher Volunteer - if you have a background in foodservice, travel, hotel management, or any facet of the hospitality industry, we have teaching slots available! Your instruction and guidance will assist our women and men in finding gainful employment. Teach a single class or multiple classes--it is up to you!
Offsite Volunteer - call and e-mail friends, church members, co-workers and ask them to contribute or collect financial pledges for the Mission. In addition to funds, we can also use canned goods, toilet paper, laundry detergent, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, diapers, paper, and cloth towels, used clothing, automobiles, trucks, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetables. Nearly anything you use at home can be used by the Mission. Organizing a collection of goods is a tangible way to help hundreds of homeless we serve every day.
Unique Volunteer Ideas - plant a garden and grow vegetables for the Mission or dedicate a portion of your garden to the mission. Bring fresh cut flowers to the Mission--these will brighten up the lives of the people living here. Develop a giving relationship with your favorite restaurant by picking up leftover food and bringing it to the mission.
Volunteer Vocalists and Musicians - put your musical talents to good use. We need pianists to play our beautiful grand piano during lunch and dinner at the hotel; we also need vocalists and musicians during our Monday evening worship service.
Samaritan Patrol Volunteer - we need drivers using our vehicles who will visit areas where homeless people congregate during times of adverse weather conditions. Drivers who have committed to this ministry on a weekly or monthly basis will bring people to the shelter or deliver food, blankets, and hot coffee to those who wish to remain on the streets.
Volunteer Office Assistant – help with accounting, front desk operations, direct mail appeals, stuffing envelopes, volunteer coordination, and supervision. If you are organized and efficient, we have volunteer opportunities waiting for you!
Group Project - there is strength in numbers and large groups are particularly suited for major projects. We have many projects on our "wish list" which are ideal for large groups.
In truth, there are more opportunities than we are able to list! A good way of getting started is simply by attending a volunteer orientation. By working face to face, we can find opportunities that will prove meaningful and enjoyable.
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 502-345-9030 for more information and to get started!