Community Garden Partner: Community Garden Partners will assist refugee, immigrant and low-income gardeners at their plots by being at regularly scheduled workdays during the season. Commitment can range from once a week to once a month during part or all of the growing season (March-November).
Garden Construction Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to help build garden signs, message boards, compost bins, water catchment systems, tool sheds and more. If you would like to share your construction skills, we would love to work with you to complete these projects and make it easier for gardeners to grow food for their families and our community.
Garden Volunteer Groups: Volunteer groups are needed to help with big workdays in the spring, summer and fall. Work may include weeding, mulching paths, turning compost, mowing, weed eating, planting, maintaining common areas, picking up trash, and assisting with community events (signing people in, serving food, taking pictures). Workdays last from two to four hours.
Table of Plenty: Volunteers are needed once a month to help prepare and serve the community meal at 2220 W. Market St. Shifts to work are available the Tuesday before and the last Wednesday of each month.
Culinary Kitchen: Volunteers are needed to prepare food for catering events and lunch service Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.
Mother Infant-Care Program: We are looking for volunteers who can spend two hours helping staff members babysit infants to 6-year-olds on Tuesday or Thursday mornings 10:00 a.m. to noon. Flexibility, ability to lift up to 35 lbs., a big sense of humor, awareness of other cultures, and a love for little ones are necessary.
Legal/Administrative Assistant: Under staff supervision, draft and send file-closure letters to clients, prepare files for closing (scan contents, transfer electronic copies to server, place paper files in file retrieval area). Enter information into internet-based legal case management database. Copy and prepare application packets for mailing. Minimum 10 hours, two days a week. Volunteer will not work directly with clients.
Friendly Visitor: These volunteers provide simple companionship or social activity to residents to enhance their overall quality of life. Friendly visitors are not responsible for investigating or attempting to resolve complaints. However, the volunteer will refer any concerns to the ombudsman’s office.
Certified Volunteer Ombudsman: The CVO will connect with residents and their loved ones to advocate on behalf of residents to improve 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.
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.
Donation Room: Volunteers are needed to organize the clothing closet and food pantry Monday – Friday during one of two shifts: 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:00 – 4 p.m.