Volunteer Opportunities

Ways to Contribute to the Lexington Community
Thank you to all of you who contributed and volunteered during the COVID-19 Crisis. As we transition back to “normal life”, there is still much that can be done to help others. Here are some suggestions:
1. The Bluegrass Community Foundation is raising funds for local needs. Click here to donate.
2. Donate Blood
  • Kentucky Blood Center is providing free COVOD-19 antibody testing for all blood donors. Click here for more info or call 800-775-2522. 
  • The Red Cross is also providing free COVID-19 antibody testing for all blood donors. Click here to schedule a donation time.

3. Volunteer to pack and deliver meals for Meals on Wheels

4. Volunteer with Glean Kentucky, a Lexington based non-profit serving as the vital link between food waste and food insecurity. Watch this video and if you think you’d like to help, sign up to be a volunteer.

5. The Community Response Coalition of Kentucky (CRCKY) helps immigrants who have tested positive for Covid-19 and are ineligible for government assistance. They assist clients with one month of rent and utilities as well as with food. God’s Pantry gives a lot of CRCKY clients food. However, there are times when God’s Pantry is closed and clients still need food. In those situations, the CRCKY volunteers deliver food to clients.
   Needed items include: Atole packets (corn based drink mix), canned vegetables, cereal, condensed milk, instant coffee, non-perishable milk (in cartons that don’t need to be refrigerated), pinto beans, sugar, spaghetti, toilet paper, tortillas, tuna, vegetable oil, white flour, white rice
   To get involved, visit their volunteer page.

6. Please consider donating to the following organizations as they work to help those overcome food and medical insecurity:
God’s Pantry
Commonwealth Forgiveness Project (medical debt relief)

7.  Provide rides: ITNBluegrass, dignified transportation for seniors, is coordinating rides for seniors to and from vaccination locations. They are seeking generous, kind individuals to step forward to volunteer to drive. Candidates must be 23-79 years of age with good driving records. To find out more, visit www.itnbluegrass.org or call Executive Director Jennifer Gripshover at 859-421-0705.
8. Transport seniors to vaccine appointments: JFS is seeking volunteers to help our seniors and our most vulnerable members of our Jewish community to register for a vaccine or provide transportation to a vaccine appointment. We ask that volunteers have had both doses of the vaccine, be 18 or older, have a valid drivers license and current car insurance, and agree to adhere to the CDC COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines.
To request assistance, or volunteer to help, please contact Paula Mertens, Director of Jewish Family Services at 859-269-8244 or jfs@jewishlexington.org
Please note that TAI urges congregants who are at risk for contracting the COVID-19 virus to consult with their doctors about whether these opportunities are recommended.