Western Kentucky University

ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships

Volunteer Opportunities with Youth


A Case for Dignity

Contact Number: 843-1760

Looking for bags and luggage to donated to children who have none and are in foster care. When these children move from place to place, they often only have trash bags to put their belongings in. This works toward making the children feel like more than garbage and giving them some dignity.

Drop of any bags or luggage to the ALIVE Center.

Please email this cause at acasefordignity@gmail.com for more information.


The Adoption Resource Program

Contact Number: 781-6714

Looking for volunteers to provide child care and/or activities at our monthly foster and adoptive parent support group meetings.

Volunteers will be responsible for providing childcare and/or facilitating an children's or youth activity, such as games, crafts, etc. for the children who attend our meetings.

These meetings are held the third Thursday of every month, with the exception of June/July and Nov/Dec., from 6-8 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1106 State Street. It is mandatory that volunteers complete a Child Abuse and Neglect Registry check, which costs $10.00 and the record must be on file before we can allow volunteers to work with the children.

Any WKU students whose classes require community service are encouraged to volunteer, especially those who are majoring in any areas that involve children. Please contact C. Denise Lambrianou at (270) 781-6714 x 3 for further information.


American Red Cross

Contact Number: 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.

Babysitting Course Instructor: Volunteers are needed to 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.

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


Barefoot Republic Camp

Contact Number:  615-599-9683

Year-round volunteers needed at the camp property to do various work projects, including:  outdoor work (cut fire wood, clear trails, spray weeds, stain tree houses & amphitheater), small building projects (canoe rack, ropes course, & shed), and deep clean camp buildings.

Seasonal volunteers needed in the summer to assemble care packages in campers in need, write encouraging letters to campers, send bedding and other camp necessities, & donate money for scholarship fund. Volunteers are also needed to serve as counselors, instructors, kitchen help, facilities maintenence, and clerical work.

Contact Candace at candace@barefootrepublic.org or call at 615-599-9683.


Bellewood Home for Children

Bellewood Home for Children in Bowling Green has a need for mentors. To become a mentor, someone must be 21 years of age. Bellewood requires some paperwork. Once the paperwork is complete and background checks have been done, mentors will be trained, matched with a mentor, and the mentoring begins.

Bellewood only asks for one hour of your time a week. There are numerous kinds of activities you can enjoy with your mentee, and most importantly, you will be providing a positive influence to children who do not have very large support systems.

If you would like to find out more about the mentoring program, please contact Janis.Watt@bellewood.org


Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central KY

Contact Number: 781-1180

Volunteers need to commit for extended periods of time. 

School based mentoring programs and community based mentoring programs. Please contact (270) 781-1180, or visit bbbssky.com.

Community-based Program: Volunteers provide Littles with one-on-one time and attention in their community, typically two to four hours per week. Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old, and activities can include any variety of outings in the community.

School-based Program: Volunteers provide Littles with one-on-one time and attention in their school, typically one to two hours per week. BBBS currently serves Dishman-McGinnis, Parker-Bennett-Curry, Briarwood, Cumberland, Lost River, Warren Elementary, Bowling Green Junior High, and Girls Inc. Volunteers must be at least 15-years-old, and all activities must take place on school grounds.


Boys And Girls Club

Contact Number: 270-843-6466

Needs volunteers for the after School/Summer program for children between the ages of 6-18 of the Bowling Green and Warren County region. Volunteers will assist with homework help and assist club staff in the classrooms with different activities. All volunteers must attend a Volunteer Orientation before they can volunteer at the Club. 


Boys and Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson

Contact Number:  270-586-6082

Needs volunteers as daily homework helpers, for preparation of snacks, and for special presentations based on careers.


Bowling Green Independent Schools Even Start Program

Contact Number: 746-2276

Needs volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at the Parker-Bennett-Curry School during the school year. The parents in the program attend Adult Education Classes - English as a Second Language classes and GED preparation classes at Parker-Bennett-Curry while their children (infants to age 12) are in childcare. Volunteers will work with these children on homework assignments, snack time, recreational activities, crafts, reading and other center-structured activities. Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary is located at 165 Webb Drive. If you would like more information, please call Teresa Sneed at 746-2276. Volunteers must be 18 years and older.


Bowling Green Independent Schools Preschool Program

Contact Number: 746-2277

Needs volunteers 8:00am - 11:00am and 12:00 -3:00pm. Monday thru Thursday during the school year. Volunteer duties would be interaction with the children at the various activity centers. These centers include a Literacy Library Center, Housekeeping Center (dress-up play and cooking), Block and Art Center. All volunteers need to have a criminal background check prior to volunteering. This can be done at the Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary located at 165 Webb Drive. If you would like more information, please call 746-2277. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.


Boy Scouts of America-Shawnee Trails Council

Contact Number: 684-9272

Assisting with troop activities; leadership training for those that want to become troop leaders.


Bowling Green Parks and Recreation

Contact Number: 393-3691

A new afterschool program! Volunteers are needed from between the hours of 3pm and 6pm, Monday through Friday. Volunteer duties may include helping in the homework room, supervising the game room or TV room, helping with gymnasium activities or helping out in the kitchen with arts and crafts and other activities. If you would like more information about this opportunity, contact Omar at 393-3691 or omar.rogers@bgky.org. Please note that a background check is needed to volunteer at Parks and Rec.


The Center for Courageous Kids

Contact Number: 618-2900 x230

Our Mission:
To uplift the children of Kentucky, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas who have life-threatening illnesses by creating experiences year round that are memorable, exciting, fun, build self-esteem, are physically safe, and medically sound.

Who We Are:
A world class medical camping facility in the rolling hills of Scottsville, Kentucky that provides a cost-free, safe, and fun camping experience for children with chronic illnesses and life-long disabilities.

Who We Serve:
The Center for Courageous Kids accepts children ages 7-15 that have been diagnosed with life threatening illnesses and disabilities such as cancer, autism, sickle cell anemia, and heart disease. Many children are still under active treatment, while others are in remission. Summer camp allows the camper to experience camp for one week in a medically safe environment, while family weekends allow the camper's entire family the chance to enjoy camp for a weekend.

Our Volunteers:
Our volunteers come from all walks of life –students, teachers, artists, businessmen and women, husbands and wives, some of whom have a child with a serious illness. Each volunteer brings something different and unique to camp. Here at The Center for Courageous Kids we look for enthusiastic, safety-conscious, creative and caring individuals whose first priority is the well-being of our campers. Our volunteers range in age from 16-100 but all share the desire to offer loads of love and encouragement and to assure each camper's experience is not only memorable but valuable. We also encourage groups to volunteer with us. These events offer great opportunities for team building or for service hours.

Volunteer Requirements:
All day-volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Those who volunteer as a counselor during a Family Weekend or summer session must currently be enrolled in college or be 19 years of age or older.

Current Opportunities:

Asthma/Respiratory Camp June 3rd-8th

Dining Hall: Assist staff in meal preparation and clean-up. (up to 3 volunteers per shift)
June 4th-7th: 8am-10am, 11:30am-2pm or 4/5pm-8pm
June 8th: 8am-10am or 11:30am-2pm

Horse Barn: Assist staff with leading horses and/or side-walking next to campers for support. (up to 10 volunteers per shift)
Wednesday, June 4th & Friday, June 6th: 9am-12:30pm
Saturday, June 7th: 2pm-6pm

Hematology/Juvenile Arthritis Camp June 10th-14th

Camper Arrival: Greet campers and families as they arrive to camp. Play games while they wait to be processed in the medical center.
Tuesday, June 10th: 1pm-4pm (up to 5 volunteers)

Dining Hall: Assist staff in meal preparation and clean-up.
Tuesday, June 10th: 4/5pm-8pm
June 11th-13th: 8am-10am, 11:30am-2pm or 4/5pm-8pm
June 14th: 8am-10am or 11:30am-2pm

Horse Barn: Assist staff with leading horses and/or side-walking next to campers for support.
Wednesday, June 11th & Thursday, June 12th: 9am-12:30pm
Friday, June 13th: 2pm-6pm

Muscular Dystrophy Association Camp June 17th-22nd

Camper Arrival: Greet campers and families as they arrive to camp. Play games while they wait to be processed in the medical center.
Tuesday, June 17th: 1pm-4pm

Dining Hall: Assist staff in meal preparation and clean-up.
Tuesday, June 17th: 4/5pm-8pm
June 18th-21st: 8am-10am, 11:30am-2pm or 4/5pm-8pm
June 22nd: 8am-10am or 11:30am-2pm

Horse Barn: Assist staff with leading horses and/or side-walking next to campers for support.
Thursday, June 19th: 9am-12:30pm

Please Contact our Volunteer Recruiter, Anna Kobbeman, for more information.
(270) 618-2900 or Anna@courageouskids.org


CASA Fostering Futures

Contact Number: 782-5353

Looking for volunteers to help young people “aging out” of foster care. Fostering Futures assists those aging out by helping with job searches and transportation needs. Young people in state care who extend their commitment for educational purposes must attend a post secondary school and work 20 hours per week. Many fail due to lack of support. Kentucky is #1 in the nation for school drop outs and growth rate of incarceration. It costs the state $2,300 to send a young person to WKU and $25,000 to send them to jail. Email us at Irene@casaofsck.org.


Irene Parker, CASA of South Central KY, P O Box 867, Bowling Green, KY 42102



Community Action - Foster Grandparents Program

Contact Number: 782-3162

The Foster Grandparent Program engages persons age 60 and over in volunteer service assisting children with special and exceptional needs at various locations within the community the volunteer lives. The program provides a $2.65 per hour stipend, a meal each day of service, an annual physical exam, mileage reimbursement and other insurance benefits to the volunteer that enables the income eligible senior to participate in the program without any cost to them. Volunteers assist children at schools, Head Start classrooms, and non-profit childcares. A thorough Pre-Service orientation program is provided for all volunteers. Contact: Renee Coleman, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 270-782-3162 or e-mail: rcoleman@casoky.org


Dream Factory, Inc.

Contact Number: 793-1022

Agency fulfills dreams for critically and chronically ill children ages 3 to 18. Duties may include home visits, fundraising, delivering “dream” items to the home. Fundraising events include the "Taste of Bowling Green," in April, Fall Festival at Jackson's Orchard in October and a Christmas Party in December. Contact Vicky Weaver 270-793-1022.


Family Enrichment Center, Inc.

Contact Number: 781-6714

Needs volunteers to assist with general clerical duties such as mailings for community events, filing and data entry. Opportunities are also available to assist with child care in the Wee Care Nursery at different times throughout the year. Family Enrichment Center’s mission is to empower families and prevent child abuse by providing education, social support, crisis intervention, and a safe environment for children and their families. Hours are Mon.- Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information contact Denise Lambrianou at 781-6714.



Contact Number: 842-1681

A community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H depends on volunteers to be club leaders, council members, activity leaders, judges and much more. Interested individuals wanting to volunteer must complete an application process and background check. Contact the Warren County Extension Office at 270-842-1681 for more information.


F.O. Moxley Community Center 

Contact Number: (270) 393-3734

F.O. Moxley Community Center is dedicated to helping the community by providing after-school activities for the area youth. They also provide other recreational opportunities for youth and adults. Needs volunteers to help youth with their homework, arts & crafts, games and field trips as well as to assist with monitoring the game room, TV room and gym. Monday through Friday 2:30-6pm for youth in kindergarten to sixth grade. 


Girl Scout troop leaders needed

Contact Number: 270-495-4093

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is actively looking for volunteers. YOU can help build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Bullying is a huge issue and it is affecting kids younger and younger. We need positive leaders and co-leaders to help teach girls that they are the future and they need to be strong leaders to lead the way.

Must be 18 years old and older to become a volunteer. The annual fee to become a volunteer is $12.00. This price includes your membership fee and the cost of back ground check. ALL volunteers will have a background check through Girl Scouts. You don't have to be a parent to be a leader! We encourage Western Kentucky University students to become leaders/co-leaders. Men are also welcomed to become leaders/co-leaders as well.

For more information please contact: Jennifer Johnson 270-495-4093 or jajohnson@gskentuckiana.org


HOPE Mentoring Program

The Training Resource Center (TRC) at WKU is collaborating with Murray State University’s TRC and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to provide HOPE for foster youth in Kentucky. HOPE is: Helping to Organize, Provide for and Empower youth. The goal of the program is simple: to help youth in out-of-home care (foster care) transition successfully into adulthood. You could be a mentor to a youth who lives in your community! We are looking for mentors that are at least 21 years old and can make at least a one year commitment. For more information, please call. Download the HOPE postcard and the Mentoring FAQs.


Housing Authority of Bowling Green

Contact Number: 467-7140

Learning Center needs volunteers to tutor children with reading at one of the three Learning Centers in Bowling Green. Volunteers can choose one day a week between Monday through Thursday to read with a child. Volunteers are expected to meet with their reading buddy once a week at the assigned Learning Center. Volunteers need to be graduated from high school. For more information contact Shannon Montgomery, Program Coordinator at 270-467-7140.


Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky

Contact Number: 782-0280

Dedicated to educating young people to understand business and economics and be workforce ready. This is accomplished through volunteers sharing their life experiences through stimulating hands-on activities. JA staff provides training materials and ongoing support for volunteers. Volunteers usually teach at the school and grade level of their choice. The volunteer's role includes: A once a week commitment for a minimum of five classroom visits and facilitating activities for 30-45 minute class periods. Classes begin late August to early September for the fall and January to Early February for the spring. Call 270-782-0280 for more information, or email megan@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.


 Light of Chance

Light of Chance, Inc. is an organization that relies on volunteerism. Without our great volunteers, we could not as well as will not continue to impact and make differences in communities and the individuals within. It is instrumental and vital to our existence.

Volunteering with Light of Chance is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things you will ever do. You have the opportunity to help shape people's lives. Help give back and be a part of your community's light by volunteering with Light of Chance, Inc. If you or your group would like to get involve with our program, please contact us at (270) 495-0136 or fill out our volunteer form.


Newborns in Need

Contact Number: 282-3275

A 501 3c national charity with local chapters all over the US. This is the first one to be established in the state of Kentucky. This charity serves low income babies and toddlers to age 5. The purpose is to provide essential baby items free of charge to low income families and families in crisis.

Donation Items

Below is a list of items needed for the infant care kits as well as items needed for families with greater needs. All donations are tax deductable. We can pick up large donations. Used, new and homemade items are welcome.

Diapers, wipes, soap, lotion and diaper cream.

Blankets, quilts, afghans, or fleece blankets.

Sleepers, onsies and clothing (sizes 0-5T)

Stuffed animals, small toys, or books.

Preemie sized diapers and sleepers

Cribs, pack and plays, changing tables, strollers, etc.

Monetary Contribution

If you’d like to make a monetary contribution, make a check out to NEWBORNS IN NEED and send check to 669 Willow Bend Circle, Bowling Green, KY 42104. A tax receipt will be mailed back to you immediately.


We need help!! If you can help us collect items through your child’s school or church, if you make baby blankets or hats, if you want to come help us pack care kits- we need you! Children are welcome! If you have one hour per month or want to do more, please contact us. Any questions? Contact 282-3275; Email: bgnewborns@gmail.com or visit the website at www.bgnewborns.wordpress.com.


Parker Bennett Community Center

Contact Number:  393-3310

The Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Department's, Parker Bennett Community Center, is currently seeking volunteers to help with the upcoming programs. They are dedicated to helping the community by providing After-School activities for area youth. The following programs are in need of volunteers. Homework assistance with the PBCC Homework Club for 1st -6th Graders and they meet Mon - Fri 2:15-3:45pm. The After-school Program for ages 6 to 14 years and volunteers will monitor kids with games, help set up/take down events etc. Mon- Fri from  2:30-5:30pm. For more information please contact Sabrina Johnson at 270-393-3310 or sabrina.johnson@bgky.com 

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Parker Bennett Curry Elementary

Contact Number: 746-2270

Mentoring program for students in Grades K-5. The goal of the mentoring program is to build positive relationships with the children. Volunteers are needed to meet at least 20-30 minutes twice monthly with a designated student. The purpose is not to focus on academics but to be their friend. Mentoring times will be during school hours and could consist of eating breakfast or lunch with the student, playing a game, visiting the school library, playing on the computer or reading. If you want to visit your mentee outside of school hours you must get written permission from the parents and let the school know. If you would like more information about this Mentoring volunteer opportunity, contact Jennifer Lindsey at 746-2270 or jennifer.lindsey@bgreen.kyschools.us.


Potter Children's Home

Contact Number: 843-3038

Childcare and tutors needed at Potter children's home. Childcare: 3:00 - 5:00 PM during school year; Noon - 3:00 PM during summer, Monday-Friday. Tutors: 1 hour a week at Potter between the hours of 3:30 - 5:00 on Mondays or Thursdays. Other volunteers are needed in the resale shop. For more information, contact Geneva Brewer at (270) 843-3038.


Public Achievement 

Contact Number: 745-3218

WKU Students become a Public Achievement coach! The program trains graduate and undergraduate students to coach a small group of elementary, middle, or high school students with the objectives: Educate young people in becoming effective civic and political actors, Teach students how to think and act as citizens, Empower students to believe that they are not citizens in deferral, but that they can be agents of change right now.

The program itself is a national youth initiative by the Center for Democracy and Citizenship. Developed on the idea that societal issues, challenges, and triumphs are everyone's responsibility

Students will be trained by ICSR faculty and staff. Undergraduate and graduate students can get course or internship credit for participating.

If you are interested in being a Public Achievement Coach, or you want a representative to speak to your class or organization or if you just want more information, please contact jacqueline.adams1@topper.wku.edu.


St. Joseph School

Contact Number: 842-1235

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 homework in multiple topics is needed. No experience is needed. Please visit www.stjospehschoolbg.org for more information on the school. 


Warren East Middle School

Contact Number: 843-3118

Welcomes committed volunteers for tutoring at-risk students during the school day. Must agree to several sessions to participate. Training is provided and a background check is needed. Volunteers will work one-on-one with students who need more individual attention with their classroom studies. Call Brenda Lawrence at 843-3118 to inquire about volunteering as a classroom tutor.

 Last Modified 6/6/14