Become a SJ Volunteer today!

Looking to lend a helping hand? Join the St. Joe’s Volunteer Program and make a difference in a child’s life! Whether it is eating lunch with the children who live at St. Joe’s or helping to provide child care for foster families during monthly support groups, St. Joe’s has a wide array of volunteer opportunities available.

For students or professionals looking for 15 hours or less of service opportunities, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Kortney Treviño at kortneyt@sjkids.org.

Due to the vulnerable populations of children served at St. Joe’s, the process of applying to become a volunteer and completing the orientation training is just that—a process. However, once approved as a volunteer, the rewards of making a positive impact in a child’s life are well worth it! We appreciate your understanding and commitment to St. Joe’s mission of “Giving Children a Home.”

Keep scrolling to check out the different kinds of volunteer opportunities as well as Volunteer Orientation training dates and times.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Residential Volunteer – ages 18+

Spend time with the children of the Residential Treatment Program! Volunteer opportunities include recreation & lunch during the school day, afternoon activities (ex. Yoga, Pottery), evening activities (ex. Art Group, Games/Movie nights), and special weekend events. Volunteers must be at least 18 years or older.

Foster Care Volunteer – ages 18+
Volunteers are needed to provide child care during monthly support groups and training sessions on weekdays from 6-8p.  Opportunities to provide clerical assistance as well as sorting and organizing donated items are available on an as needed basis. Learn more about St. Joe’s Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption programMust be at least 18 years or older.

Child Development Center Volunteer – ages 14+
Become a CDC classroom assistant and help your assigned teacher prepare for activities/lessons, clean the classroom, and engage the students in play. Assistance is also requested for special events and clerical tasks on an as needed basis. These opportunities are available Monday through Friday, anytime between 10am-noon or 2:30-5:30p. Many high school students earn their service hours through the CDC. Learn more about the Child Development CenterVolunteers must be 14 years or older.

Sewing Society Volunteer – ages 14+
Volunteer quilters and embroiders work Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. No experience necessary. Our expert quilters and embroiders are happy teach you! One-time volunteer opportunities are available and please contact Kortney Treviño at kortneyt@sjkids.org for further inquiry. Learn more about the Ladies of St. Joseph’s Sewing SocietyMust be at least 14 years or older.

Maintenance Volunteer – ages 14+
We welcome volunteers who can complete operations projects, i.e. civic, business and school groups that are able to help us maintain our building and grounds. One-time volunteer opportunities are available as needed. Must be at least 14 years or older.

Picnic Volunteer – All ages!!!
St. Joe’s Picnic: For the Kids has been going on longer than the Kentucky Derby and is the only fundraiser hosted by the home. Held during the second weekend of August, picnic brings the community together in an effort to raise needed funding for Kentucky’s most abused and neglected children. Volunteer opportunities include being a Zone Leader, working in raffle or gaming booths, serving beer, as well as serving guests in the Fried Chicken Dining Room. Typically, volunteers work for four hour shifts. This is the perfect time for students to earn service hours or for businesses to complete community service projects. Become a part of picnic history and sign up today!
Learn more about our picnic volunteers.

Upcoming 2020 Volunteer Orientation Dates

PLEASE NOTE: All sessions begin at 6:00pm and last for approximately 1-1 1/2 hours.

  • Jan 9th
  • Feb 6th
  • POSTPONED – March 19th
  • April 9th
  • May 7th
  • June 25th
  • July 16th
  • Sept. 10th
  • Oct. 1st
  • Nov 12th

Please contact Kortney Treviño at kortneyt@sjkids.org or call (502) 893-0241, ext 273, to RSVP or inquire about future orientation dates.


St. Joseph Children’s Home
2823 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 893-0241
(877) 893-0241