Get Involved

Thanks for your interest in getting involved with Migration & Refugee Services, which provides refugees with the support and assistance they need to become self-sufficient in their new homes. See below to learn how you can help.

Donate Time

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer with Migration & Refugee Services. In addition, the program often offers internships, which are listed on Catholic Charities’ employment & internship page.

Kentucky Welcome Sponsorship Program: MRS is always looking for parishes, mosques, synagogues and community groups to sponsor families arriving to Louisville. Sponsors commit to the following:

  • Set up the apartment of an incoming refugee family
  • Purchase groceries for family before arrival (if needed)
  • Welcome the family at the airport
  • Provide transportation to family members
  • Become a mentor to the family for three months

Family Learning Center: Holy Cross High School hosts this class for refugee clients Monday-Thursday 5:30-7:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed at least once a week to:

  • Tutor adult students in English
  • Provide homework assistance to school-aged children
  • Assist with daycare

New Horizons Mentoring Program: This program provides an opportunity for cultural exchange and personal growth for both the mentor and the mentee. As a mentor to a refugee child between the ages of 9-17, you will be trained to be a positive role model and encourage academic achievement. The program is a one-year commitment with once-a-week interactions with the child for two hours. You must be 21 years old.

Daycare Assistant: The baby/toddler room is dedicated to providing daycare for mothers who are participating in our employment-focused ESL classes. Volunteers are responsible for assisting the lead daycare teachers with tasks of the day. Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-12:30.p.m.

ESL Tutor: Volunteers are needed to meet with an ESL learner during class time from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. one day a week Monday-Friday. Volunteers will be paired individually or in small groups with adult students to practice basic reading, writing and job skills.

Donations Organizer: Dedicated volunteers come in biweekly or monthly for a couple of hours to help sort and organize donations used for refugee resettlement. This job is more independent as the volunteers are able to decide how best to organize donations. Monday-Friday during the day and some weekend opportunities.

Family Mentor: Mentors 18+ are paired with a family that typically needs more care and attention due to particular barriers. Volunteers help with English assistance and cultural adjustment. Commitment of two hours a week for three months is required.

Elderly Program: In conjunction with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, the elderly program meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Highland United Methodist Church located at 1140 Cherokee Road. Volunteers are needed to help tutor students one on one in their English and citizenship classes and to help with set-up, tear-down and snack time. Committed weekly volunteers are preferred, but this can be a great group event as well.

Elderly Mentor: Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors to elderly refugees. Volunteers commit to at least two hours a week for three months, helping clients acclimate to their new home through ESL sessions and taking clients to activities around the city. Regular visits to the library, bank, grocery store and park are great ways to teach clients English and how to navigate the city.

Special Events: Volunteers are needed to help plan MRS’s annual events such as World Refugee Day and Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations. Volunteers can work on securing food donations, delivering food, set-up/take-down, and publicity/advertising.

Super Saturdays: Volunteers pick up students from their homes and take them on a college tour. One Saturday a month 9 a.m.-2 p.m. You can choose to just provide transportation to the refugee student as well.

Summer Youth Program: Volunteer assistants will help JCPS ESL teachers in our elementary and middle/high school classroom, take students on field trips, supervise snack and break time, and help set up on Monday mornings and clean up on Friday afternoons. Volunteers must be able to commit to one morning a week for five or six weeks from June-August.

For more information on how to get started, visit Catholic Charities’ volunteer page where you can register for a volunteer orientation and fill out a volunteer application. If you have additional questions, contact our volunteer coordinator at 502-637-9786.

Donate Items

Arrangements can be made for Catholic Charities to pick up large furniture items from your home, or smaller items can be dropped off Monday-Friday by appointment only at our St. Anthony location, 2220 West Market St.  Please call 502-636-9263 to schedule a drop-off time.

Most needed items:

  • Pots and Pans
  • Shower Curtains
  • Twin and Full-Size Sheet Sets
  • School Supplies
  • Hygiene Items

If you are interested in hosting a donation drive at your community group, faith-based community, school or other organization, please contact Shelley Dewig at

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