The first step to getting plugged in as a regular volunteer is to fill out our online volunteer application to let us know your contact information, availability, skills, interests, and preferences (after you click on the Next button, be sure to click Submit). Once you have submitted your application, we will contact you about next steps.
If you are interested in a one-time volunteer experience or setting up a service project for a group, please contact us to discuss how you or your group can get involved at the mission.
Questions? Contact Ansley McElroy, our VISTA Volunteer Coordinator, at (859) 381-9600, ext. 233, and she will help you get started, and let you know of specific opportunities. Here are some of our volunteer needs:
Serve a Meal
These volunteers to help dish food, serve meals, wash and dry dishes, and clean the dining room. Our community meals are at noon Monday through Saturday. Volunteers typically serve one day a week, arriving at 11:45 a.m. and leaving at 1:15 p.m., although shorter shifts are also available for those who need to come late or leave early. During the state of emergency, we are serving all lunches as carry-out meals, but we still need help boxing and distributing meals.
Clean our Facility
We need extra help in the mornings keeping our Outreach Center sanitized for our guests. This is critical to keeping everyone healthy. If you would like to help sanitize our facilities and are available during daytime hours, we would love to get you plugged in.
Our job placement service, Advance Lexington, is still placing workers in businesses around the community even in the midst of the pandemic. We need help making it happen. Whether its making calls, sending letters, or helping clients with online job applications, there is plenty of work to be done. We also need volunteers who would be willing to check-in with our workers on a weekly basis to lend encouragement, support, and guidance.
Help Make a House a Home
These volunteers help deliver furniture on Fridays and Saturdays to clients who were recently housed and need basic furniture to start a life in their new homes.
We have a number of homeless men who come to the Mission in the morning for coffee and pastries and to cool off, and we need male volunteers who can sit and drink coffee with them and get to know them. As a volunteer, you can listen to their stories, encourage them in their struggles, offer prayer, and connect them to services at the Mission that can help them get off the streets.
Be a Mentor
Mentors guide residents living at our transitional living houses, 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.
Due to the public health crisis, the jails and prisons are not open to volunteers. However, we will resume classes once the state of emergency is lifted. Our Breaking Chains ministry needs volunteers willing to go inside jails and detention centers to be mentors or instructors in Jobs for Life classes and Genesis Process classes. This is a unique opportunity to minister to the poor in spirit. Our goal is to prepare these men and women for their re-entry back into the community. We have teams of volunteers who go into Fayette County Detention Center, Jessamine County Detention Center, Woodford County Detention Center, Northpoint Training Center, and Blackburn Correctional Complex to teach these classes to men and women who are incarcerated, and we need more volunteers to be able to expand our outreach.
Pray for Our Residents
We need volunteers to serve on a team that will help with planning and preparations for our 2020 Banquet & Silent Auction, which will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020. This group will help with event planning, sponsor and table host recruitment, and silent auction solicitations. Your efforts will raise money to feed our hungry neighbors, clothe people in need, provide transitional housing, spiritual support, move families out of homelessness and much more!
Be An Ambassador
Get Your Business Involved
1) Hire temporary employees through our Advance Lexington Staffing Service.
2) Allow a Jobs for Life class to tour your business; seeing workplaces in action is an important part of job training.
3) Have employees participate in mock interviews. The real-life experience of an interview is invaluable.
4) Sponsor a fund-raising event to reach prospective new customers, build your brand, and support our ministry.
Lexington Rescue Mission
444 Glen Arvin Avenue, Lexington, KY 40508