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.

FOOD PANTRIES

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:

Newburg Boys and Girls Club Outdoor Pantry

here is a RAK Louisville outdoor pantry that has been installed in front of the Newburg Boys and Girls Club at 5020 E Indian Trail, Louisville, KY 40218. We would love for students and families in our community to step up and run a food drive to help stock this pantry. You can sign up to run a food drive one month.

Sign up for Newburg

Blue Lick Elementary

This food pantry is located right in the middle of the school campus. We would love for students and families in our community to step up and run a food drive to help stock this pantry. You can sign up to run a food drive.

Sign up for Blue Lick

Byck Elementary Indoor 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 have a fridge and deep freeze for perishable items.

Please email Jasmine Bridges jasmine.bridges@jefferson.kyschools.us if you have further questions.


HOMELESS OUTREACH

The Forgotten Louisville

RAK Louisville works with our oldest partner,  the Forgotten Louisville, to help feed the homeless community. Every Wednesday, they distribute 350  sack different people who are struggling without a home. If you are thinking about signing up, it might seem like an overwhelming task, but it’s simple when you break it down or divide it among your friends.

Sign up for 2022/2023

Questions about pick up and drop off? Please text 1-859-396-9146

Need pointers on how to make the meals: 

https://raklouisville.com/packing-sack-meals-for-the-forgotten-louisville/

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.

https://www.uplouisville.org/volunteer/

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/


STUDENT OUTREACH

Snack Bags

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

Hygiene kits are also always in high demand from many of our partners. If you are able to make hygiene kits, please message us.


GLOBAL COMMUNITIES

WaterStep International

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 info@waterstep.org to schedule.

Mention RAK Louisville when signing up.