Volunteer Opportunities

Questions about these opportunities can be directed to Dr. Ruth Brown. Follow us on Facebook @UKHISPANIC for announcements about community events.

Volunteer Opportunities in the Community

(last updated Spring 2018


Education and Tutoring

Migrant Education Program: Tutor elementary students in math and reading. You will be working independently with the same student for the entire semester and may have some contact with the student’s parents. Tutoring will be conducted at the student’s school following dismissal (2:35 or 3:15, depending on the school). You will work with the family and the Migrant Education Program to set up a regular schedule. Tutoring will be held in English, but you will likely use some conversational Spanish with the students and their families. Background check (free) required. Contact Richard Sánchez: richard.sanchez@fayette.kyschools.us

Village Branch Lexington Public Library: After-school tutoring program for grades K-12. Focus is basic homework help: mostly reading and math. Most tutoring will be in English, but you will likely use quite a bit of conversational Spanish while there.  4-8pm Monday-Friday. Volunteers are asked to commit at least 2 hours per week. Background check (free) and short orientation required. The background check takes about 2 weeks to complete, so please start the process right away. To begin, complete the volunteer application here 

Northside Branch Library Tutoring Program: Modeled on the success of the Village Branch tutoring program, the Lexington Public Library has opened a similar program at the North Lexington Library. 4-8pm Monday-Friday. Complete the volunteer application here.

21st Century Program at James Lane Allen Elementary: This program offers small group and individual support, math and reading help, other homework assistance, cooking programs, and parent ELL classes. They welcome students for regular tutoring sessions right after school, but are also looking for students who can run activities, classes, etc on specific interests and skills. 2:30 to 6PM Monday through Friday Contact: Trista Keene, trista.keene@fayette.kyschools.us

Lexington Public Library –

·       Village Branch off Versailles Road - this library hosts lots of activities in Spanish. Activities are listed on their website: http://www.lexpublib.org/locations/village-branch

·       ESL and Spanish classes – are held at the Central library and other branches around town. http://www.lexpublib.org/events



Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council: Locally, there is a shortage of bilingual volunteers. This means that many Spanish speaking girls and families are not afforded the same scout experience as English speaking families. Anyone with 1-2 hours per week to spare can become a Girl Scout Volunteer. Students do not need to be a parent of a Girl Scout to volunteer! Girls always need guides and mentors to help them develop into successful adults. Contact www.gskentucky.org or Megan Martin mmartin@gswrc.org

Kentucky Dream Coalition: Advocacy group that works for political rights of  undocumented, DACA-mented, and immigrant youth. Facebook page and website

Dunbar Latino Outreach Leaders: This is an awesome group of students!! This student club at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High Schools provides networking, cultural activities, and college prep information to Latino and refugee students. Meetings are on Wednesday afternoons 4-5pm. Contact Sharessa Bentley-Crovo: sharessa.crovo@fayette.kyschools.us

Lexington Community Radio Now: This volunteer-run radio station offers Spanish-language programming on El Pulso 97.5 FM. They are looking for Spanish-speaking DJs and are particularly interested in producing Public Service Announcements in Spanish to let listeners know about resources in the city that they can use. Contact Tatiana Ariztabal tatiana@lexingtoncommunityradio.org


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