Volunteer Opportunities


Community Connections and Volunteer Opportunties 

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

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(last updated Spring 2020)

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 Whitehall Classroom Building room 219
  • Charlas en Español: Conversation practice (ideal for intermediate speakers and above) in Spanish. Wednesdays from 11:30-1:30 in Patterson Office Tower room 1145.
  • 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


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.
  • Nathaniel Mission's Cardinal Valley After School program: This program, run by the Nathaniel Mission, provides mentoring, enrichment activities, and homework help for students at Cardinal Valley Elementary School. The program runs daily from 2:15-5:15 on Monday-Thursday. Contact: Casey Coyle ccoyle@nathanielmission.com
  • Maxwell Elementary Spanish Immersion Elementary: Work with individuals and small groups of Spanish language immersion students to support teachers in math and science classrooms. Ms. McDonald will match you up with a teacher and/or groups of students according to your availability.  Volunteers usually work in 2 hours blocks on Monday through Friday, either 8:45-10:45 or 12-2.  Contact/supervisor: Brooke McDonald: brooke.macdonald@fayette.kyschools.us
  • 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
  • ESL and Spanish classes at the Lexington Public Libraries – are held at the Central library and other branches around town. http://www.lexpublib.org/events


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