Mercy & Outreach
There are many great organizations in downtown Lexington that serve the needs of the people who live there, and we encourage our church to partner with these organizations:
Mission: The Lighthouse Ministries is a non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to reaching the homeless and low and moderate income population of Lexington and the Fayette County area, by providing free meals and supplies for our neighbors in need.
Opportunity: They need help sorting donations, cleaning the building, or serving lunch (starts at noon everyday) on a weekly basis.
Contact: Allison Barnett at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission: Extend hope, support and God’s unconditional love to sexually exploited women through a first-touch approach providing respite, relationship and referrals to community resources.
Opportunity: Every person who volunteers in any capacity must go through training. If we get enough people (they need men as well as women), then they will do a training for us. Please contact Megan Nesbit to put your name on the list for training.
Contact: Jenna Wilmhoff at email@example.com
Lexington Rescue Mission
Mission: We exist to serve and glorify God through Christ-centered ministry that meets the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of hurting people in the greater Lexington area.
Opportunity: LRM has a program that helps move homeless individuals and families into housing by providing housing counseling, first month’s rent, supportive services, and three months of follow-up case management. As part of this program,they refer two clients per week to Southland’s furniture bank (Helping Thru Him) to help furnish their apartments. Every Saturday, they need help moving furniture for these clients, and we as a church are taking 9 Saturdays. Volunteers take the client to Southland when it opens at 8.30am and they are done moving furniture into their new living situation by noon. This is a really great opportunity to be of practical help to these families and, at the same time, start building relationships with them. Each team will need a pickup truck. If you have a truck or you want to help move person, please contact Matt Ladwig.
Contact: Matt Ladwig - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission: Amachi Central Kentucky, an initiative of the Lexington Leadership Foundation, is a one-on-one mentoring program for children and teens impacted by incarceration and substance abuse. Mentoring one of our "children of promise" is an amazing way to impact the Kingdom here in Lexington, and you can help!
Opportunity: Mentors spend an hour per week for at least one year with their mentees doing a variety of positive activities (eating together, watching movies, going to the park, helping with homework, etc), and make a HUGE impact in the lives of their young friends. We currently have over 70 young people waiting for an adult to mentor them.
Mission: The mission of The Nest is to provide a safe place for education, counseling, and support to children and families in crisis. We are different than most nonprofits by the way we focus on FOUR separate programs that work together using a holistic approach for the whole family. These programs are a free childcare service for families in crisis, providing necessities for children in crisis like diapers, domestic violence counseling and advocacy, and parent education and support.
a.) Storytime Heroes is an opportunity for members of the community to come in and spend a few minutes with the kids in the free childcare facility and share their favorite children's book (or we can provide one for them). They are looking for people to serve monthly to build a rapport with the children.
b.) The Crisis Care Program can use volunteers on a weekly basis to sort donations and/or do pickups from stores that donate to the Nest.
Contact: Jenny Newman at email@example.com
Mission: Common Good Community Development Corporation is a faith-based, non-profit that focuses on programming for children, youth and families living in under-resourced neighborhoods North Lexington. Common Good exists to advance holistic community development in North Lexington through leadership, education, recreation, and spiritual formation.
Opportunity: The Common Good After-School Program serves students in grades K-5 from 2:30-6:00 pm, Monday-Thursday throughout the school year. Grades 6-12 goes from 4:00-6:00pm. The program is in need of 60 mentors to commit to volunteering one day a week for the Fall semester. There are several components to the program: homework help, enrichment activities, recreation, free time and a meal is shared. Each class/group is led by a staff person and the mentor serves as an assistant to the staff person. Mentors can request an age range they most want to serve with. The after-school program starts on September 5.
Contact: Brenda Vanegas at Brenda@commongoodlex.org
One of the greatest means of transforming a community is raising up a generation of leaders who have been given the best opportunities to be educated, informed, supported, and prepared. As such, The Nathaniel Mission has placed a strong emphasis on vital programs and supportive services for the children and youth in the Cardinal Valley neighborhood. Opportunities include everything from educational support after school and during summer months to mentoring and leadership development programs. Spanish speakers are especially needed. Contact Casey Coyle at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.