September Random Act of Kindness

Mission Happens at Maxwell Street!

CRCKY needs volunteers!

Community Response Coalition of Kentucky Inc. (CRCKY) is a tax-exempt Kentucky non-profit providing support services for immigrants in central Kentucky. We provide access to food, help with rent and utilities, and referrals to many other organizations for other services. Marilyn Daniel, Jody Lambert and Betsy Morgan are regular volunteers – and would love to have you join us! Visit our website at crc4me.org.

Here are descriptions of two volunteer opportunities. If you’re interested, please call or text (859-333-4868) or email (jomardanielmp@gmail.com) Marilyn.

1. Food Delivery Volunteer
CRCKY deliverers food to immigrants quarantined at home with Covid, immigrants who may be healthy but have no access to transportation or money to obtain food, and Afghans who need special Halal food supplies.

CRCKY partners with Trader Joe’s in Lexington to pick up produce from them on Saturday mornings and deliver it to clients. For example, on Saturday, August 6, 2022, we delivered food  for 59 people in 21 households. We visited with Afghans, Ukranians, Cubans, Hondurans, Mexicans, Peruvians, Puerto Ricans, Guatemalans and  Haitians.

We also have volunteers buying food at stores that have culturally appropriate (Halal) food, baby supplies, and extra items as needed. Volunteers are needed both to pick up and buy food and deliver it to clients.  CRCKY reimburses volunteers for any money you spend for clients.

CRCKY also has frequent requests for emergency food delivery to immigrants quarantined at home or unable to access transportation. Volunteers are needed to bring them food during the week and weekends. God’s Pantry is a valuable resource for this. Must be able to text using a cell phone.
2. Intake Worker Volunteer
Looking for a meaningful way to work with immigrants?
CRCKY is looking for volunteer Intake Workers to work with immigrants applying for assistance.  Some meetings with clients may at times be required.  Most work is done by phone and email. Intake Workers are required to do follow-up work with potential referrals (e.g., email landlords, food and legal referrals, etc.) Although we encourage people who speak other languages to apply for this position, volunteers who speak only English use phone interpretation as needed. Training is provided and there is no expectation that incoming volunteers be familiar with referral resources.

Our mission is to help immigrants negatively impacted by immigrations issues. This can be anything from helping the families of people detained or arrested by immigration enforcement to providing rent, utilities, and food assistance to immigrants who have a household member with Covid-19. Since the summer of 2021, we have also been working with Afghan families, and since 2022 we have also started working with Ukrainians.  

For those with difficult to predict schedules, this is a wonderful volunteer opportunity as you can call clients any time during the day. Must be able to text using a cell phone.