Advocacy, Outreach and Volunteerism
To further support special populations, Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services' (RCS) Advocacy offices not only address issues and concerns of veterans, aging and disabled citizens but also bring awareness to critical issues to advocate for change in the community.
RCS' Outreach team takes an active role in our community and strives to meet residents where they are to raise awareness about our existing services, and to connect with other organizations, groups and specific audiences.
RCS and affiliated organizations offer a number of opportunities for volunteers to enrich their own lives and contribute to the well-being of our community’s neighborhoods and residents. Opportunities can range from delivering meals to homebound seniors to serving as a council member for one of the Neighborhood Place sites. In addition, the RSVP and FGP programs are looking for adults 55+ to fill a variety of volunteer positions.
Office for Aging & Disabled Citizens
Provides leadership to and participates in community activities, advocating for rights, policies and funding that can enhance the lives and independence of seniors and disabled individuals. See more info here.
Office for Veterans
Provides veterans with information on available services through local nonprofit, federal and community business partners; and connects homeless veterans and honorably discharged veterans with local resources. See more info here.
If you are interested in having RCS provide a resource table at an event, or would like our team to present an overview of our programs and services at your organization, please contact Sarah Teeters, Advocacy & Outreach Manager, at 502/574-5099.
Volunteer opportunities can range from delivering meals to homebound seniors to a variety of positions for individuals 55+ years or older for our RSVP and FGP programs. To get started, [email protected] or call 502/574-5050. Or click on an item below for more information.
Senior Nutrition (Congregate Meals and Meals on Wheels)
Volunteers who are 18+ years or older provide assistance in delivering meals to homebound elderly and help to package and serve meals at senior congregate sites.
Foster Grandparent Program (FGP)
Adults 55+ years old provide tutoring and mentoring youth in educational settings.
RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)
Adults 55+ years old serve in a variety of positions such as greeting families in our hospitals and sorting supplies for our refugee families.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
Individuals 18+ years old help to provide free tax assistance for eligible families.
Helping our Homeless Neighbors
Individuals volunteers to work with individuals experiencing homelessness and/or organizations that serve our houseless neighbors.
Serve on a Board or Council:
Through a variety of boards and councils, residents can provide input on programs and polices that shape the work of Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS), and the Neigborhood Place network.
Louisville Metro Community Action Board
Members of this this administering Board providing guidance to RCS leadership and staff on programs designed to combat problems of poverty.
Neighborhood Place Council
Residents serve on Community Councils at all eight Neighborhood Place sites.