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Getting Started

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. Once you have submitted your application, we will invite you to attend one of our tours for an orientation. You can also find the dates of our next tours here. Finally, take time to think, pray, and talk to your loved ones about how you would like to serve, and we’ll get in touch to set up your volunteer service.

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, and wash and dry dishes. Our community meals are at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 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. We encourage our volunteers to chat with our lunch guests and get to know them. A meal is often the first service someone will receive at the mission, and we want everyone to feel welcomed when they are here.

Pick Up Food Donations

These volunteers pick up food donations from restaurants or grocery stores and bring them to the Mission. These donations provide critical food for our community meals, our sack meal outreach, and our residents, and you will help that be possible.

Welcome our Guests

These volunteers to welcome guests, pray with guests, and give away clothing and hygiene items to guests during our walk-in hours, which are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. If you enjoy making people feel comfortable, serving as a hospitality volunteer may be a great fit for you. As a hospitality volunteer, you will give people cookies, chat with them, and help them fill out paperwork before they meet with a case manager. If you are a good listener and enjoy praying with hurting people, our walk-in prayer ministry may be a great fit. If you like to meet people’s physical needs and can be gracious but firm, serving in our supply room may be good fit.

Help Job-Seekers

These volunteers serve as instructors and mentors in Jobs for Life, helping job-seekers learn the skills they need to find, secure, and keep lasting employment. Additionally, our staffing service, Advance Lexington, is placing workers in businesses around the community. 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 Saturday mornings to clients who were recently housed and need basic furniture to start a life in their new homes.

Build Friendships

We have a number of homeless men who come to the Mission in the morning for coffee and pastries and to get warm, 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.

Go Inside

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.

Be a Mentor

Mentors work with residents living at our transitional living houses and people recently released from jail or prison. These mentors meet individually with a man once a week to offer support and guidance. Mentors listen to residents’ struggles, offer them emotional support, and encourage them in their spiritual walk. Meetings may take place in a variety of settings – coffee shops, watching a game, at breakfast, fishing, or just going for a ride together. As a mentor, you will meet a critical role for a resident who is learning what it looks like to walk with Christ.

Pray for Our Residents

We need individuals, families, and groups who want to lift up our residents’ needs to the Lord to serve as prayer warriors. Each month, we will send you an e-mail with specific requests for our residents at The Potter’s House so you can pray for them by name. We also ask that you maintain the privacy of our guests by not sharing personal information with others. We also look forward to sharing the good news of how God is working in their lives in response to your prayers.

Special Events

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

Help establish a strong relationship between Lexington Rescue Mission and your church, school, or civic group. As a Mission Ambassador you will receive regular e-mail updates about what is going on at the Mission and how your group can get involved. Your role would be to share that information with the appropriate people at your group and encourage them to get involved in the ministry.


Get Your Business Involved

We want to partner with your business to further our ministry. There are many ways to get 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.

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444 Glen Arvin Avenue, Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 381-9600

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