Volunteer Opportunities


Community Connections and Volunteer Opportunties 

Questions about these opportunities can be directed to Dr. Ruth Brown

Follow us on Facebook @UKHISPANIC for announcements about community events.

(last updated Spring 2018)

On-Campus Connections

  • La mesa de Español: Weekly free tutoring and conversation practice in Spanish with graduate students from the department of Hispanic Studies. Tuesdays from 5-6pm in The 90, room 217.
  • Charlas en Español: Monday night conversation practice in Spanish. 4:30-6:30. 1st/3rd Mondays at Coffea, 2nd/4th Mondays at Nice N Pan.
  • Tarea Tuesdays: Latino Student Study Tables at the MLK Center (313 Blazer Dining). Weekly at 5:30
  • Latino Student Union: Monthly meetings and other events are listed on the LSU website
  • Black and Latino Male Initiative: First Thursdays at 5:30pm in the King Center (313 Blazer Dining). BLMI provides an opportunity for Black and Latino male students at the University of Kentucky to connect with other students, faculty and staff. Their goal is to collectively devise strategies for persisting and pursuing excellence at the University of Kentucky and beyond. Food Provided.
  • Majestic Unity (MU): Third Mondays at 5:30pm in the King Center (313 Blazer Dining). Majestic Unity provides support, encouragement and empowerment to women of color while enhancing leadership skills, social and cultural development throughout their college career. Food Provided
  • UK Latino Student Community Specialist: Ruth Gonzalez: ruth.gonzalez@uky.edu


Volunteer Opportunities in Lexington

  • Village Branch Lexington Public Library tutoring program: After-school tutoring program for grades K-12. Focus is basic homework help: mostly reading and math.  Volunteers are asked to commit at least 2 hours per week. 4-7pm Monday-Thursday.  Complete the volunteer application here.
  • 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
  • Common Good: This faith-based community after-school program welcomes volunteer mentors who can commit to volunteering one day a week for the school semester. The program meets from 2:30-6:30 Monday-Thursday. More information here: http://www.commongoodlex.org/after-school
  • UK Touch Physical Therapy Clinic: Often looking for on-class interpreters. Students must have language skills to interpret based on a vocabulary list that will be provided. Contact: Lynn Lynn English (Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Education, UK PT), (859) 218-0595, lynn.english@uky.edu
  • ESL and Spanish classes at the Lexingotn Public Libraries – are held at the Central library and other branches around town. http://www.lexpublib.org/events


Advocacy and Community Development

  • Lexington Community Radio Now: This volunteer-run radio station offers Spanish-language programming on El Pulso 97.5 FM. They are always looking for DJs or folks who want to produce special reports/podcasts to air. The station is located at the STEAM Academy at 123 East Sixth Street. Contact Victor Palomino: victor@lexingtoncommunityradio.org
  • 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: Adovcacy group that support undocumented and immigrant youth. Find them on Facebook page and their website here.
  • Partners for Youth: Sponsored by LFUCG City Government, PYF works to promote positive youth development and to prevent juvenile delinquency through collaboration and capacity building. Their Community Programs Coordinator MIzari Suárez works in particular with youth councils throughout Lexington: msuarez@lexingtonky.gov
  • BCTC Latinx Outreach Program: Offers various programs targeted at helping Latinx students obtain a college education. Follow the Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp page on Facebook for event announcements or contact Erin Howard to ask about volunteer opportunities: erin.howard@kctcs.edu


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