Where to Volunteer in Louisville

11 organizations that need help throughout the year

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Looking to build friendships and get involved with the Louisville community? Try volunteering. Donating your time, ideas, and resources will improve your own life and the lives of others. If you are interested, there are plenty of Louisville organizations in need of community support. Have fun and possibly gain a new skill while strengthening our city. If you are unsure where to start, try one of the organizations below.

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Louisville Cityscapes And City Views
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In an effort to keep our city beautiful, Brightside encourages communities to keep our streets clean and our public lands healthy. Join the events on the Brightside schedule, or organize your own neighborhood clean up.

With two weeks notice, Brightside will contribute to your effort by donating bags, gloves, and trash pick up for your neighborhood clean up.

Also, if you have extra plants or are interested in making a financial contribution, Brightside appreciates the support. Call Brightside at 502-574-2613 for more information.

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Coalition for the Homeless

Does your town have a population of homeless people in need?

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The Louisville Coalition for the Homeless advocates for people who are homeless. The organization also works to prevent and eliminate homelessness. Donations and volunteer hours are welcomed.

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Dare to Care

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Food donations and volunteers are always needed when fighting hunger and rising issues of food insecurity. Dare to Care utilizes volunteers for a variety of jobs, including sorting food (during weekday mornings, from 9 a.m.to noon), shuttling bread and other bakery donations from local grocery stores to sorting facilities, as well as answering phone calls and assisting with administrative tasks such as filing and data entry.

Contact the organization with questions or fill out the Food Drive Form at the Dare to Care website www.daretocare.org to arrange a food drive with your community group, local school, or church. Call Dare to Care at 502-966-3821 for more information.

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Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

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As a Girl Scout volunteer, you belong to a national organization. Nearly one million adults across the country share an important commitment: preparing girls to lead successful lives. 

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Jefferson Memorial Forest

Bee Lick Creek, Jefferson Memorial Forest, near Louisville, Kentucky

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One of many of opportunities to volunteer for Metro Parks, helping out at the Jefferson Memorial Forest means assisting on trail maintenance, supporting nature education programs, and pitching in on scheduled clean-up days.

Trail project days welcome everyone aged 8 and up to help out. The forest also has an active relationship with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to sustain garden projects as well as construct benches, bridges, and signs. Call Jefferson Memorial Forest at 502-380-1753 for more information.

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Louisville Metro Animal Services

Metro Animal Services

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After filling out paperwork and attending an orientation, volunteers of Louisville Metro Animal Services provide administrative support, help with the cat and dog care, clean kennels, wash laundry, and donate their time to special events. Call Louisville Metro Animal Services at 502-473-7387 for more information.

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Louisville Zoo

Rhinos at the Louisville Zoo

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The Louisville Zoo welcomes volunteers in many areas, including animal care, administration, education, membership, and special events.

There is a youth program created, especially for young volunteers from 13 to 18 years old. Recruitment for the youth program begins in January and participants must be 13 before June to be eligible for the summer team. Call the Louisville Zoo at 502-238-5350 for more information

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Children's Home Society offers a range of child welfare services

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Kentucky's oldest child welfare agency, Maryhurst has been assisting and caring for abused and neglected children since 1843. Each day, close to 200 kids and teens benefit from the treatment programs, foster care programs, and initiatives for at-risk youth provided by Maryhurst.

If you are interested in volunteering, there are opportunities to launch donation drives or assist at the activity center. Call Maryhurst at 502-245-1576 for more information.

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Metro United Way

Volunteer teacher helping a class of preschool kids drawing


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The United Way is recruiting one million volunteers to help tutor, mentor, and advocate for children. Want to join their effort to give youth an education and a chance to rise to their highest potential?

In addition, United Way has rotating needs for administrative help and landscaping assistance. Call United Way at 502-583-2821 for more information.

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St. Mary's Center

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Saint Mary's serves over 150 adults and teens with intellectual disabilities from the Louisville Metro area. Volunteers assist with daily operations and instruct classes such as square dancing and yoga.

Contact Saint Mary's to take a tour and discuss where and when volunteers are needed. Call 502-244-0082.

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Wayside Christian Mission

Wayside Christian Mission serving food

 Wayside Christian Mission

Volunteers are needed to support various branches of this organization. Support is needed for the family shelter, the child development center, general office work, warehouse, food collection, clothing collection as well as both the men’s and women’s shelters. Call Wayside Christian Mission at 502-299-2692 for more information.

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