Mercy & Outreach

There are many great organizations in downtown Lexington that serve the needs of the people who live there, and we encourage our church to partner with these organizations:

Clothing Closet

Description: Grace Baptist Church provides a free clothing store to the neighborhood at their church on Tuesdays from 11-2. They could use help folding clothes and interacting with those being served for at least a two hour time slot from 10-3. This is at least a monthly commitment.

Contact: Gail Rooney at 859.351.8653

The Nest

Mission: The mission of The Nest is to provide a safe place for education, counseling, and support to children and families in crisis. We are different than most nonprofits by the way we focus on FOUR separate programs that work together using a holistic approach for the whole family. These programs are a free childcare service for families in crisis, providing necessities for children in crisis like diapers, domestic violence counseling and advocacy, and parent education and support.


a.) Storytime Heroes is an opportunity for members of the community to come in and spend a few minutes with the kids in the free childcare facility and share their favorite children's book (or we can provide one for them). They are looking for people to serve monthly to build a rapport with the children.

b.) The Crisis Care Program can use volunteers on a weekly basis to sort donations and/or do pickups from stores that donate to the Nest.

Contact: Jenny Newman at

Lighthouse Ministries

Mission: The Lighthouse Ministries is a non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to reaching the homeless and low and moderate income population of Lexington and the Fayette County area, by providing free meals and supplies for our neighbors in need.

Opportunity: They need help sorting donations, cleaning the building, or serving lunch (starts at noon everyday) on a weekly basis.

Contact: Allison Barnett at

Common Good

Mission: Common Good Community Development Corporation is a faith-based, non-profit that focuses on programming for children, youth and families living in under-resourced neighborhoods North Lexington. Common Good exists to advance holistic community development in North Lexington through leadership, education, recreation, and spiritual formation.

Opportunity: The Common Good After-School Program serves students in grades K-5 from 2:30-6:00 pm, Monday-Thursday throughout the school year. Grades 6-12 goes from 4:00-6:00pm. The program is in need of 60 mentors to commit to volunteering one day a week for the Fall semester. There are several components to the program: homework help, enrichment activities, recreation, free time and a meal is shared. Each class/group is led by a staff person and the mentor serves as an assistant to the staff person. Mentors can request an age range they most want to serve with. The after-school program starts on September 5.

Contact: Brenda Vanegas at

Natalie’s Sisters

Mission: Extend hope, support and God’s unconditional love to sexually exploited women through a first-touch approach providing respite, relationship and referrals to community resources.

Opportunity: Every person who volunteers in any capacity must go through training. If we get enough people (they need men as well as women), then they will do a training for us. Please contact Megan Nesbit to put your name on the list for training.

Contact: Megan Nesbit at

Arlington Elementary

Mission: This is the elementary school just north of Grace Baptist on North Limestone that serves our neighborhood.


a.) Born Learning Academy: This program trains parents to take a more active role in preparing their children to be ready for Kindergarten. The school will take care of the training, but they need help with childcare and meals. The dates are Sept. 11, 18, 25 - Oct. 2, 9, 16 from 530pm-7pm.

b.) Great Leaps Reading Program: This program helps students who are behind in their reading aptitude. Volunteers are needed to help these children. This happens during school hours and volunteers need to be able to serve weekly for at least 30 minutes, but could be up to 2 hours if desired. Training is Sept 20 from 12-1.

c.) Spanish Speakers: The school could use anyone who is fluent in Spanish to volunteer. 30% are English learners, many of whom are from Spanish-speaking backgrounds.

Contact: Family Resource Coordinator, Linda Prater at

Lexington Rescue Mission

Mission: We exist to serve and glorify God through Christ-centered ministry that meets the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of hurting people in the greater Lexington area.

Opportunity: LRM has a program that helps move homeless individuals and families into housing by providing housing counseling, first month’s rent, supportive services, and three months of follow-up case management. As part of this program,they refer two clients per week to Southland’s furniture bank (Helping Thru Him) to help furnish their apartments. Every Saturday, they need help moving furniture for these clients, and we as a church are taking 9 Saturdays. Volunteers take the client to Southland when it opens at 8.30am and they are done moving furniture into their new living situation by noon. This is a really great opportunity to be of practical help to these families and, at the same time, start building relationships with them. Each team will need a pickup truck. If you have a truck or you want to help move person, please contact Matt Ladwig.

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