There are many opportunities to serve our city, even during Covid. It is incredibly important for us to lend a helping hand when and where we can.
The Forgotten Louisville
The TFL street outreach team serves the homeless and needy in Louisville on Wednesday nights. RAK Louisville is committed to providing them 175 sack lunches every week. We typically have people sign up for 25 sack lunches at a time. Please sign up below.
Questions about pick up and drop off? Please text 1-859-396-9146.
Need pointers on how to make the meals:
UP Louisville (Uniting Partners for Women and Children)
Their Mission is to provide a healthy, safe environment for homeless women and children that offers opportunities and encouragement for achieving self-sufficiency. By providing shelter and resource options through a partnership of providers, UP for Women and Children is where homeless women are empowered to find hope, help, and refuge.
UP Louisville is Louisville’s first and only Women Only Day Shelter. They are planning on opening their doors in mid July and are in need of volunteers.
Volunteers are at the heart of this organization. Be a mentor, lead a class, teach a craft, donate professional services, greet at the front desk, serve coffee and snacks, assist with laundry, or join folks for a cup of coffee and conversation.
The Burrito Riders of Louisville
Bicycle-based organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of the homeless and those in need. They ride on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.Their meet-up spot is the Kroger on Goss Avenue (near Eastern Parkway) at 8:30am.
There are 2 ways you can serve with this group. You can make breakfast burritos and drop it off with the riders. Or, you can ride with them and distribute.
Breakfast burrito recipe: https://raklouisville.com/making-breakfast-burritos-for-the-burrito-riders/
Best way to connect with them is through Facebook or text 502-409-0703.
The Ronald McDonald House (RMHC)
The Ronald McDonald House (RMHC) is a world wide organization that provides service to families with sick children. There is a local one right here in Louisville, and here’s how you can help. RMHC offers opportunities to serve in their kitchen to bake, make breakfast or lunch, or make bagged lunches. You can also help clean throughout the building.
To help with meals: https://rmhc-kentuckiana.org/adopt-a-meal/
Ideas perfect for student groups: https://rmhc-kentuckiana.org/volunteer/group-student/
Minor's Lane Elementary Outdoor Pantry.
Minor's Lane Elementary Outdoor Pantry: We are needing students to run their own food drives to help stock this outdoor pantry. Non-perishable items only. The school will provide storage and their AP will set it out in the pantry. This is the Sign-Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0549A5A82BA7FE3-minors
Byck Elementary Food Pantry
Byck Elementary houses a neighborhood pantry managed by the FRYSC (family resource center) as a service to the neighborhood. RAK Louisville partners with them to stock the pantry with essentials. We invite you to donate food or even do a food drive to help stock them. They are have a fridge and deep freeze for perishable items.
Currently, snack bags are most in demand by our partners. We deliver these snack bags to the Boys and Girls clubs, Hope Collaborative and various other community centers that serve students.
Here are tips if you want to make some snack bags: https://raklouisville.com/snack-bags-needed/
We would love for you to organize a snack bag drive.https://raklouisville.com/tips-on-organizing-a-neighborhood-snack-bag-drive/
Hygiene kits are also always in high demand from many of our partners. If you are able to make hygiene kits, please message us.
Call for volunteers! WaterStep always needs help sorting and pairing shoes that have been donated to their shoe program. It’s a great activity for teens, families and even colleagues. Please email Tyrei Hanlon firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.