Volunteer

Catholic Charities truly appreciates the support from our community. Without the help of committed volunteers, we could never carry on our work of Providing Help and Creating Hope for those in need.

There are many ways to be involved. From administrative work – to mentoring – to sorting donated items – we can match your interests and talents.

 

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities by Department

Location: 2911 South Fourth Street Louisville, Ky 40208

Front Desk Receptionists– Front Desk Receptionist is needed to answer the telephone for four hour shifts weekdays: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Requirements
Volunteer Application
Criminal Background Check
Complete a brief interview to explain functions of the position and a training session.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program – Friendly Visitor or Certified Volunteer Ombudsman

The focus of the friendly visitor is to enhance residents’ quality of life by giving residents attention and assurance that they are still members of the larger community.  A friendly visitor volunteer provides simple companionship or social activity to residents.  Friendly visitors are not responsible for investigating or attempting to resolve complaints.  However, the volunteer will refer them to the ombudsman’s office for further review.

The role of the Certified Volunteer Ombudsman is to connect with residents and their loved ones to advocate on the behalf of the resident to improve their overall care.  The ombudsman is instrumental in working to educate residents, families, friends, or potential consumers about their rights and responsibilities in a long-term care facility.

Requirements:
Volunteer application
Criminal Background Check
Complete Appropriate Ombudsman Volunteer Training

English as Second Language (ESL) – Child Care Rooms
Assistance in the child care room can consist of working on various art projects, rocking babies, as well as playing games and other creative activities. ** ESL school follows the JCPS schedule, so if JCPS closes, the ESL school also closes.

Requirements
Volunteer application
Criminal Background Check (if over 18)
Child Care volunteer must complete Safe Environment Training

ESL School Adult Tutor/Teacher’s Aide:
Work as a Teacher’s aide with adult refugee clients to help them learn and improve their English through reading, writing and conversational skills. Times are Monday – Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at 2234 West Market Street.   ** ESL school follows the JCPS schedule, so if JCPS closes, the ESL school also closes.

Requirements
Volunteer application
Criminal Background Check (if over 18)
Child Care volunteer must complete Safe Environment Training

Sewing Class Volunteer:
Volunteers are needed to help sort fabrics or help the teacher with instructions. Times are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m**ESL school follows the JCPS schedule, so if JCPS closes, the ESL school also closes.**

Requirements:
Volunteer application
Criminal Background Check (if over 18)
Child Care volunteer must complete Safe Environment Training

Mentor Program:

General Mentor– Volunteers are asked to give a six-month commitment to mentoring a refugee individual and/or family. The volunteer will help refugees enhance their English as a Second Language skills as well as act as a friend to the newcomer(s) by exposing them to a variety of community resources (ex. Libraries, parks, etc.) in Metro Louisville. Some suggested activities with the Mentor Program include helping refugees shop frugally at grocery stores, consignment shops, going to yard sales, as well as showing them how to use cleaning products and properly store and prepare food.

Healthcare Mentor– Refugee Healthcare Volunteers assist medically vulnerable clients in accessing appropriate healthcare and navigating the U.S. healthcare system. Volunteers can transport clients to medical appointments and assist clients in understanding procedures for making medical appointments. Volunteer can assist with providing health education in order to strengthen clients’ understandings of medical conditions, treatment instructions, client service plan, and follow-up care. Refugee Healthcare Volunteers can help clients in understanding the public transportation system, specifically as it relates to follow-up appointments with primary care and other ongoing medical providers. Volunteers can also provide training to clients regarding pharmacy services and understanding how to access prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Requirements
Volunteer Application
Criminal Background Check (if over 18)
An orientation session
Time commitment of two hours per week
Feel comfortable interacting with people who speak limited English.

Donation Room Volunteer:Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours can be in shifts. Lunchroom available.
Volunteers of all ages are needed to help with stocking shelves or going through recently delivered in-kind donations in the MRS donation room located at Catholic Charities St. Anthony campus at 2220 W. Market Street (502) 636-9263.
Assistance is needed in hanging up various clothing items on the racks and placing items on shelves for clients to pick out when they visit the Donation Room. There is limited interaction with refugee clients.

Requirements
Volunteer Application
Criminal Background Check (if over 18)
Complete a brief orientation session.
Available during the week (Monday – Friday) between 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Schedule volunteer time one week in advance.
Groups six or larger must schedule four weeks in advance

Volunteer Receptionist
Volunteers are needed to assist staff receptionist at the MRS offices at 2220 W. Market Street. Hours are 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. with an hour closed for lunch between 12 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. Volunteer shifts would be from 8:30 – 12:30 or 12:30 – 4:30. Commitment of one shift one day a week (or more) is desired.

Requirements
Volunteer application
Criminal Background Check
Complete a brief interview to explain functions of the position
Commitment to help one shift one day a week (or more)

“Welcome Basket” Outreach Project: Volunteers (especially groups / organizations) are always needed to put together special “Welcome Baskets” for new arriving refugee families.  Assistance is needed to fill large, plastic laundry baskets with important household items (such as laundry detergent, toilet paper, dish cloths and towels, etc.) and toiletries (such as deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, soaps, combs, brushes, etc.).  Once completed, volunteers will be able to meet the refugee family at their home, or at Catholic Charities and give them this important “welcoming” gift.

Requirements
Volunteer Application
Criminal Background Check (if over 18)
Completion of a brief orientation session
Available during the week (Monday Friday) between 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Must have reliable transportation as well as feel comfortable interacting with people who speak limited English

Babysitting– Mother-Infant Care is in need of babysitters on Tuesdays and Thursday from 10-12 at 2911 South 4th Street
Requirements
Volunteer application
Background check (if over 18 years old)
Safe Environment Training Required
Interview with Program Director

Volunteer Drivers
Drivers are needed to provide transportation to client’s doctor appointments within Jefferson County. Flexibility in schedule. Patience, good communication and listening skills.

Requirements:
Volunteer Application
Criminal Background Check
Valid Kentucky driver’s license and properly licensed and insured car available
Volunteers covered by VIS supplemental insurance

Home-bound Visitor– Visit 5 – 6 home-bound people one day every other week. Start in the morning after stopping at Sister Visitor Center to collect fresh produce and other items to deliver when visiting.

Requirements:
Volunteer application
Criminal Background Check (if over 18)
Interview with Sr. Michele Intravia, OSU
Commitment of helping one day every other week
Reliable transportation required

Food Pantry & Clothing Room Volunteer– Help stock food pantry shelves and fill food orders. Bag bread and bakery items as needed or help sort donated clothing by putting clothing in proper baskets and racks.

Requirements:
Volunteer application
Criminal Background Check (if over 18)
Interview with Sr. Michele Intravia, OSU

 

To begin the Volunteer process, please note the following:

Attend a Volunteer Orientation held the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at 2911 S. 4th RSVP to Janet Millen jmillen@archlou.org

 Volunteer Application & Background Check:  All adult volunteers need to submit a volunteer application and complete a background check.  Click here for the forms.
Click here to complete your volunteer application online.

Safe Environment Training (SET):  Volunteers working with children or refugee families are required to attend Safe Environment Training (SET) hosted by the Archdiocese of Louisville. Click here for a training schedule.

Volunteer Scheduling:  Individual volunteers and small groups (5 or less people) need to schedule at least one week in advance.  Volunteer groups of six (6) or more people need to schedule at least four weeks in advance.

For more information about volunteering with Catholic Charities, please contact:

Janet Millen Parish & Community Engagement Volunteer Coordinator
502-637-9786 x 204
jmillen@archlou.org