Ways to Help Our Kids

Volunteer Opportunities

Chapel

Fellowship: Attend worship and model building positive relationships with others.

Wednesday Night Service: Help with a game, music, crafts or other parts of the Wednesday night “youth group style” chapel service.

Sunday Service: Assist the Chaplain with parts of the worship experience such as greeting, reading scripture, taking prayer requests…

Quilt Coordinator: Help keep an up-to-date inventory of quilts that have been donated and coordinate distribution to new residents.

Encouragement Writer: Send encouragement cards for the Chaplain to distribute.

Events:

  • Host a Teen VBS Wednesday evening during June or July
  • Host the annual Easter Egg scavenger hunt on campus
  • Host a Sunday afternoon fellowship
  • Host a Sunday afternoon workshop (share your hobby or skills)


Facilities

Repairs and Maintenance: Help our buildings look great and function effectively. This includes jobs like painting and repairing a variety of things.

Building and Art Can you create beautiful and/or useful things through art, woodworking or other skills? We would love to discuss ways you can use these unique skills to inspire and/or support our youth.

Landscaping Help us have a welcoming and serene campus setting for our youth and other guests. Do you like to mow, plant, trim, rake or do other types of yardwork? You can put that experience to work for our mission.


Development, Administration, Fundraising and Public Relations

Photographer: Help take professional looking pictures at events, for publications we create and other needs.

Video Production: Help us shoot and/or edit professional looking videos to tell stories and say thank you.

Social Media: Do you enjoy Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter? You can help us communicate inspiring stories and news about KyUMH.

Proofreading: Help us review and edit brochures, mailings and other communications we send so that they represent KyUMH and our work in a good light.

Phone Calls: Help make phone calls to inform donors about KyUMH and/or thank them for support.

Appreciation: Join our appreciation team that shows our supporters how grateful we are. This could include creative appreciation like handwritten notes, handmade cards, recognition via social media or other ideas.

Mail Processing: Process postage, sort, and distribute mail.

Filing and Copy Making: Help time-crunched staff make copies and file documents.

Organizing Donated Goods: We receive donations of clothes and other items for our youth. Help organize our "Teen Shop" and display donated items in a way that honors the gift and appeals to the youth that receive it.

Front Desk Hospitality: Be on the front lines of making a good impression to those who call us and visit campus.

Scrapbooker: Help us make special cards for those we serve and those who help to support us.


Independent Living Program (18-21 year olds)

Cleaning and Repair: We LOVE volunteers who like getting their hands dirty. Help create and maintain a facility that glorifies God and that residents love!

Appointment Coordination: Assist in making appointments and coordinating other services for residents.

Recreational Activities: Host fun activities for residents.

Mentoring: Be a loving and wise presence in the life of young people as they become adults.

Skills Training: Know how to do something? Share the knowledge!

Life Skills Seminars: Many of our residents need basic life skills to become successful adults. Possibilities include vehicle maintenance, how to plan and cook meals, how to budget, how to care for your health, successful study habits, how to have healthy relationships and more. Let us know your area of experience and we can help design the seminar.

College Prep: Help arrange college tours for residents and mentor them as they go through the application process.

Transportation: Do you have a good driving record and enjoy helping others? You can help our young people with needed transportation to important appointments and other commitments. We also need volunteers who can teach our young adults to drive.

Tutors: Do you have some expertise in a subject area? Many of our residents would like help with classes they struggle in.

Nurse: A nurse would be very helpful to provide advice and mentoring for residents around health issues, especially advising those that are parents with babies.

House Grandparents: These are older adults who devote time weekly to being a loving presence around the cottage with the youth we serve. House Grandparents help our youth heal by showing them the unconditional love of God and modeling how to have healthy, positive relationships.

Residential Treatment (12-18 year olds)

Cleaning and Repair: We LOVE volunteers who like getting their hands dirty. Help create and maintain a facility that glorifies God and that residents love!

Recreational Activities: Host fun activities for residents.

Mentoring: Be a loving and wise presence in the life of young people as they become adults.

Skills Training: Know how to do something? Share the knowledge!

Life Skills Seminars: Many of our residents need basic life skills to become successful adults. Possibilities include vehicle maintenance, how to plan and cook meals, how to budget, how to care for your health, successful study habits, how to have healthy relationships and more. Let us know your area of experience and we can help design the seminar.

College Prep: Help arrange college tours for residents and mentor them as they go through the application process.

Transportation: Do you have a good driving record and enjoy helping others? You can help our young people with needed transportation to important appointments and other commitments.

Tutors: Do you have some expertise in a subject area? Many of our residents would like help with classes they struggle in.

Food Serving: Help create a warm, loving environment for youth during meal times.

House Grandparents: These are older adults who devote time weekly to being a loving presence around the cottage with the youth we serve. House Grandparents help our youth heal by showing them the unconditional love of God and modeling how to have healthy, positive relationships.

Recreation Coordinator: Help set up physical activities during the week/weekend and promote exercise and healthy eating with our young people.


Prayer and Encouragement

Writing Notes and Letters: This can be done for participants in some of our programs, including children and/or parents. You can write these on campus or from home.

Prayer Team: Change lives through prayer power. We need prayer warriors consistently lifting up our children and staff. We regularly update you on prayer requests.


Next Step Substance Abuse Recovery

Donation Coordinator: Help organize items donated to us and coordinate delivery to clients.


Forward Focus and Restore Hope

Filing and Copy Making: Help time-crunched staff make copies and file documents.

Mentoring and Family Assistance: Local churches, groups or individuals can partnering with families in need:

  • Letter writing
  • Food baskets,utility, moving help
  • Helping families find community relationships

At-Home Volunteer

Quilter: Make quilts as a special gift for a child at the Methodist Homes.

Writing Notes and Letters This can be done for participants in some of our programs, including children and/or parents. You can write these on campus or from home.

Prayer Team: Change lives through prayer power. We need prayer warriors consistently lifting up our children and staff. We regularly update you on prayer requests.

Phone Calls: Help make phone calls to inform donors about KyUMH and/or thank them for support.

Scrapbooker: Help us make special cards for those we serve and those who help to support us.


Volunteer Ministry

Volunteer Advisor: Help people discover ways to use their passion and abilities to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families.

Orientation/Training Specialist: Do you have experience in teaching and training others? Join our team helping to prepare people to serve in our unique ministry setting.



With so many ways to make a difference, this list can be both exciting and overwhelming. Don’t worry! The next step is simple: just contact us volunteer@kyumh.org or 859-873-4881. From there, a volunteer advisor will guide you to an opportunity that is fulfilling and impactful.

Steps to Volunteer

Short Term Event and Project Volunteers

1) Contact KyUMH about interest in volunteering. This can be done via call, email or form on kyumh.org volunteer webpage. You can let us know if you are interested in volunteering as an individual/group with a short-term project/event or a long-term volunteer role.

2) You will be given a volunteer advisor who is friendly, helpful and ready to help you discover a volunteer need we have that aligns with the time and talents of you and/or your group.

3) A KyUMH leader will work with you to give you an orientation to the work you will do and any preparation/logistics that can be done beforehand to make the event/project a success.

4) You use your time and talents to make a difference! A KyUMH leader will be on hand to support you and help in any way needed so that you have a great experience and make an impact.

5) The week following the event/project, your volunteer advisor will check-in with you to see how your volunteer experience was and what suggestions you have for the future


Long Term Volunteers

1) Contact KyUMH about interest in volunteering. This can be done via call, email or form on kyumh.org volunteer webpage. You can let us know if you are interested in volunteering as an individual/group with a short term project/event or a long term volunteer role.

2) You will be given a volunteer advisor who is friendly, helpful and ready to help you discover a fulfilling and enjoyable volunteer fit for you.

3) Your volunteer advisor will assist you in reviewing the diverse volunteer opportunities with KyUMH and will help you choose one to try.

4) You will be given a helpful orientation of the who, what, when, where, why and how of the volunteer role you have chosen. In some cases, this will include filling out background check paperwork.

5) Try out that volunteer role for 4 weeks as a “test drive.” If it is not a good fit, no problem! There are many other ways to serve and make a difference.

6) After 4-6 weeks, your volunteer advisor will check-in with you to see how the volunteer role is going for you. If you are finding it to be a good fit, great! If not, your volunteer advisor will help you find a better fit.

Painting kids bedrooms

For more information on volunteering:

On Versailles Campus contact:
Keith Willis
Volunteer Coordinator
(859) 285-3032

Mary Kendall Campus:
Roy Hicks
(270) 683-6481