Western Kentucky University

ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships

Volunteer Opportunities in Education


American Red Cross

Contact Number: 270-781-7377

Needs volunteers for: Youth Team Leader: Adults are needed to help coordinate and supervise activities and service projects. Adult leaders act as positive role models for youth and encourage leadership and personal development.HIV/AIDS Mentoring: Young people are needed to serve as role models and speak to groups of students using Red Cross HIV/AIDS awareness materials. Health and Safety Instructor: Volunteers are needed to teach community classes in CPR, First Aid, water safety, and other safety presentations. Babysitting Course Instructor: Volunteers become certified to teach American Red Cross Babysitting courses to teenagers. Lifeguard Instructor: Volunteers needed to teach American Red Cross lifesaving course. Water Safety Instructor: Volunteers are needed to teach American Red Cross swimming and water safety courses. Publicity aide: Volunteers are needed for computer data entry. Pinch-Hitter Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to help with unanticipated or irregular tasks as they arrive.

If you are interested in volunteering with the South Central Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross, call (270) 781-7377.


BG-WC Community Education

Contact Number: 842-4281

The following short-term volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year:

Distribution of fall enrichment fliers to designated locations

Work at Special Events in the Community Education activity booth: for example: Stand for Children Day (June), Back to School Bash (August) Spell-bration(February)

Help Houchens Center Board for special events

Occasional mailings (on call)

Volunteer receptions (March)

For more information, contact Joshua Smith at jsmith@commed.us or 270-8424281.



Contact Number:  843-9779

BRIMS, the Barren River Imaginative Museum of Science, is currently moving locations and once settled will need help putting together the Museum and eventually running activities at the museum.  Their new location is 1 Dixie hwy, Park City, KY. 

For more information, and to volunteer, please contact (270) 843-9779 or the director at 270-784-5705. brimsbg.org 



Contact Number: 782-1263

HOTEL INC is looking for individuals to partner to develop clients financially in a one on one setting as a budget counselor. If you have the skills to teach someone how to balance a checkbook and set up a budget, please call the offices to schedule counseling sessions. Help is also needed in teaching others how to garden and cook.

 For more information, contact (270) 782-1263.


Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky

Contact Number: 782-0280

Currently seeking volunteers to deliver in class programs. Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K to 12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through hands-on programs. Our programs help prepare young people for the real work by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.

JA provides training and on-going support for volunteers and we equip volunteers with all the materials needed for their class. Teaching guides are easy to follow and the programs are fun and engaging. Elementary programs only require volunteers to visit the classroom 5 times, Middle school requires 6 visits and high school requires 7 visits. For more information on JA programs, please visit, http://www.ja.org/programs/programs.shtml. We will match up the best grade, location or time period for your schedule. To get involved, please contact Laura Goodman at 270-782-0280 or laurasimpson1@bellsouth.net. Classes begin late August to early September for the fall and January to Early February for the spring

Anyone can teach! “Let their success be your inspiration.”

THoswe who want to teach must be willing to teach at least a 5 session minimum. 

You can also visit our website for more information at www.jaforkids.com


Kentucky Museum
Contact Number: 745-2592
Ask for Timothy Mullin
Recruiting volunteers as docents to provide museum tours for visitors. A love of history is helpful, but not required...good people skills are more important. Volunteers will be trained in guiding techniques and provided with exhibit scripts.
This volunteer position may work any time during the museum's regular hours; 9-4 M-Sat. and 1-4 Sunday. Perhaps a morning or afternoon shift, perhaps one day a week, we can work with your availability!
When group tours are scheduled we will contact our volunteer guides to see who would be available to provide assistance to the group on a case by case basis.
The Kentucky Museum needs you!

*Special Events*
Assist at one of our many special events throughout the year such as Founder's Day, US Bank Art Show, or Christmas in Kentucky. Duties are as diverse as registering participants, taking photographs, or guiding Big Red around the museum! Special events are always festive and fun.


L&N Depot - Docent and Gift Shop Volunteers

Contact: 270-745-7317, 270-843-3216

L&N Depot Museum and Railpark, 401 Kentucky St, is in need of volunteers who would be willing to act as Docent/Tour Guides through our rail cars. This is a great opportunity to be a part of local history, preservation and education. We need committed 3 hour time slots. October-April hours are Tuesday - Saturday, (10-1; 1-4), and Sunday (1-3). May-September hours are Monday-Saturday (10-1; 1-4) and Sunday (1-3). Training will be provided.

We also need Volunteers to work in the Gift Shop, October-April hours are Tuesday - Saturday (11 -1 or 1-3), and Sunday (2-4). May-September hours are Monday-Saturday (10-4), and Sunday (1-4). Cashier training is provided.

Also, short term volunteer opportunities that may interest students that have required community service hours are available. Those activities can be more physical such as picking up trash around the parking lot.

If you are interested in railroads, history, education and/or retail, this exciting opportunity is just for you! Please contact: Sharon Tabor 270-745-7317 stabor@historicrailpark.com or Ken Hines 270-843-3216 or K.HINES@INSIGHTBB.COM.


St. Joseph Church Volunteer Opportunity

Contact: 842-2525

434 Church Street. We need volunteers to help with our Literacy Lab. In the lab we will be teaching Spanish grammar to Spanish speakers. We meet on Sundays from 11-12 noon. All students speak English so being bilingual is not necessary but appreciated.

Any amount of time you have is welcome!

For more information please call 842-2525.


St. Joseph School 

Contact: Sandy McAllister at sandymac616@gmail.com 

St. Joseph School is in need of tutors for elementary school students from 3-4:30 every Thursday during the school year. Help with multiple topics is needed. Please visit www.stjospehschoolbg.org for more information on the school. 


Warren East Middle School

Contact: 843-3118

Welcomes volunteers for tutoring at-risk students during the school day. Tutoring is only during the school year. Volunteers will work one-on-one with students who need more individual attention with their classroom studies. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.

Call Brenda Lawrence at 843-3118 or email Brenda.lawrence@warren.kyschools.us to inquire about volunteering as a tutor.


Warren Regional Juvenile Detention Center

Contact: 746-7155

Volunteers are needed to share art and educational skills with residents in a structured setting. The students are an at-risk population that has missed many of the elementary experiences that are considered to be fundamental for development. Instruction in activities such as painting, sketching, singing, playing an instrument, weaving, etc., would be greatly appreciated. The center could also use retired teachers for one-on-one tutoring or for small class presentations in their area of expertise (i.e., Physics, Geometry, etc).

For more information, contact 270-746-7155.


Western Kentucky University Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity

Contact: 745-7032

The Chapter is always looking for volunteers to help with education, fundraising and build days. If interested, please call them at 270-745-7032. You may look up Chapter meetings and Work Days on their website at www.wku.edu/habitat or email them at habitat@wku.edu.

 Last Modified 7/22/13