We need your help

Come use your God-given gifts to serve the most vulnerable in our community.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Lexington Rescue Mission! We appreciate your willingness to partner with us as we work towards our mission: to glorify God through a Christ-centered ministry that meets the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of hurting people in the greater Lexington area.

Questions? Please contact Zea Shipman, our Volunteer Coordinator, at (859) 785-0964.

Ways to Volunteer

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Serve a Meal

These volunteers help dish food, serve meals, wash and dry dishes, and clean the dining room. Breakfast volunteers help from 8:45 am - 10:00 am and lunch volunteers help from 11:45 am - 1:00 pm. We serve breakfast and lunch Monday - Saturday.

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Be a Mentor

Mentors guide people recently released from jail or prison and families who are moving out of homelessness. These mentors meet individually with a client once a week to offer support and guidance. Mentors listen to their mentees' struggles, offer them emotional support, and encourage them in their spiritual walk. Meetings may take place in a variety of settings. As a mentor, you will meet a critical role for a person who is learning what it looks like to walk with Christ.

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Clean & Organize

Volunteers help create a welcoming space for our guests at The Outreach Center by cleaning the building and the property. Volunteers also help ensure clothing, hygiene, and supplies get distributed to our guests by keeping our resource room and storage space organized.

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Deliver Furniture

Help make a house a home! We need volunteers to move donated furniture from the mission to the homes of clients who have moved out of homelessness and into housing.

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Drive Residents

Volunteers help our residents get to appointments (medical, job interviews, probation and parole, etc.). These car rides are the perfect opportunity to meet their practical needs and get to know our residents.

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Go Inside

Our Re-Entry Program needs volunteers willing to go inside jails and detention centers to be mentors or instructors in Jobs for Life classes and Genesis Process classes. Our goal is to prepare these men and women for their re-entry back into the community.

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Help Job-Seekers

These volunteers help lead Jobs for Life, a class that teaches men and women the soft skills needed to find, secure, and keep lasting employment. Volunteers serve as both teachers and mentors in the classroom, helping job-seekers prepare to succeed in the workplace. In addition, we need business professionals who will do mock interviews with class participants.

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Pick Up Food

We rely on volunteers to pick up food donations from local restaurants and grocery stores on a weekly basis to help reduce waste and feed our hungry neighbors.

How to Volunteer with Us


Fill Out the Volunteer Application

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer application and sign the additional forms on the application including our volunteer handbook, confidentiality agreement, and background check release form.


Review our Statement of Faith

Please also review our statement of faith. We appreciate your interest in helping the Lexington Rescue Mission accomplish our mission: To glorify God through a Christ-centered ministry that meets the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of hurting people in the greater Lexington area.


We’ll coordinate next steps

Once we receive your application, we will contact you about getting connected to a volunteer area that will be a good fit for you.

Volunteer with a Group

Are you interested in volunteering with a group at Lexington Rescue Mission? Whether your group has adults, youth, or both, LRM has opportunities for groups. Group volunteers help serve meals, sort through donations, serve in our garden, help with small updates, and more!


Building community to end poverty

Circles Lexington inspires and equips individuals and families to permanently move out of poverty and thrive. We create intentional relationships that expand support communities and engage the wider community to reduce or eliminate the systemic barriers that hinder people from rising out of poverty.

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Circle Leaders

Participants are called Circle Leaders because they are the ones who lead themselves out of poverty. They are hardworking and motivated but often overwhelmed by the daily struggle to make ends meet.


Two volunteers are matched to each Circle Leader. These volunteers are called Allies, and everything revolves around the intentional Ally-Leader relationships. Allies commit to complete training, attend weekly Circles meetings, and learn about poverty.

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Resource Teams

Resource Teams are groups of diverse volunteers who contribute vital assistance, fresh ideas and vision to the Circles initiative. The five teams are: community, recruitment, jobs and education, services and big view.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions?

Contact Zea Shipman, our Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, and she will help you get started and let you know of specific opportunities.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Take a Tour

Take a Tour

Tour our new Community Center to hear our vision of serving more hurting people in Lexington.

Give Monthly

Give Monthly

Automate your giving. Join our monthly giving club, the Bread and Life Circle.

Donate Supplies

Donate Supplies

Review our current needs list to make in-kind donations.