Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers of America offers many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve. Choose from one of the individual volunteer opportunities below or suggest your own project. If you have additional questions contact Tabitha Hodges, Community Engagement Manager, at or (502) 636-4650.

Study Buddy
: The Study Buddy program provides personal tutoring for children living at our Family Emergency Shelter in Louisville. This assistance helps kids stay on track at school and reinforces good study habits when they exit to their own housing.  
  • Commitment Level: High, one hour per week
  • Location: Louisville

Life Skills Educator: Whether you enjoy working with kids or adults, this opportunity is great if you enjoy teaching. Ranging from cooking to couponing to fitness and beyond, your expert skills will most certainly benefit our clients.
  • Commitment Level: Low, a one-time commitment customized to your life skill
  • Location: Louisville and Lexington

Helping Hands (maintenance assistance): If you can build, fix, repair, and restore, this is a perfect opportunity for you. Your hands-on help provides the support our maintenance staff needs to maintain our facilities.
  • Commitment Level: Low, one-time project; High, one time per week
  • Location: Louisville; Lexington; Nashville; Memphis; and New Albany, IN

If you like to cook and serve, then this is a great opportunity for you. Spend some time at one of our facilities to help serve a meal to the clients.  
  • Commitment Level: Low, one-time project; High, one time per week
  • Location: Louisville

Front Line (clerical assistance): Do like to meet new people and greet visitors all while keeping organized and helping complete tasks?  If this sparks your interest, then perhaps the Front Line is a great spot for you to utilize your talents. We can always utilize extra clerical assistance.
  • Commitment Level: High, 3-4 hours once a week
  • Location: Louisville; Lexington; Nashville; Memphis; and New Albany, IN

Student Interns:
If you are a student studying social work or are just interested in helping others, Volunteers of America offers a robust program that will prepare and expose you to the day-to-day operations of a large human service organization.
  • Commitment Level: Varies
  • Location: Louisville; Lexington; Nashville; Memphis; and New Albany, IN

HIV Outreach:
This unique opportunity allows volunteers to be on the front line in the fight against HIV. The opportunity involves an initial training session followed by various HIV outreach initiatives around the Louisville area, including implementing tests, community organizing, and increasing awareness.
  • Commitment Level: High, initial training, consistent outreach opportunities
  • Location: Louisville

Why I volunteer

Every other Wednesday, I wake up bright and early to cook and serve a hot breakfast at the Family Emergency Shelter in Louisville. I’m joined regularly by friends, fellow members of my church, and business associates. We’ve done theme breakfasts for Independence Day and the first day of school, but we always prepare the full fixings of a home-cooked breakfast. By making it fun, we get a lot of smiles from the families as they move through the line and when we visit their tables to chat for a moment.

I’ll admit, some mornings I’d rather not go out before the sun rises. Then I think about how fortunate I am to have a bed of my own in a comfortable home. The residents of the shelter don’t have that luxury at the moment. And they would have had a simple, cold breakfast if not for our small but mighty group. My fellow volunteers and I are convinced that we get more out of this experience than we give!

- David Watson, Volunteer