For more information about the opportunities for blessing children within the walls of Christ Church, please visit the Children's Ministry page.
Bless Children: External Opportunities
Breckinridge-Franklin located on Payne Street in the Irish Hills neighborhood is the closest Title 1/high need elementary school to Christ Church with roughly 85% of the students considered low income. Christ Church has made a long-term commitment to this school and serve the students in a variety of ways.
Tutoring - Tutors are needed to serve as a reading helper for Kindergarten and 1st grade students through JCPS Everyone Reads Program. Weekly 30-minute commitment. Numerous days and times available. For more information, contact Diane Jessee.
Backpack Buddies - Help distribute supplemental weekend food to 200+ students. Fridays from 8:30 – 9:00am during the school year. This program is made possible by the generous donations of CCUM members. For more information contact Charlotte Donan.
Girls on the Run - Girls on the Run mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Girls meet and train twice a week from 4 – 5:30 March – May. The program culminates with a 5K run with participants from across the region. Volunteers are needed to assist with training. No experience or running ability needed! For more information contact Mary Stone.
Dunn Elementary on Rudy Lane is just minutes from CCUM and is the school of choice for many Christ Church families. A significant portion of the student population also resides in the Russell neighborhood of West Louisville, where our members have said they want to make a measurable difference for children. A group from Christ Church called Impact Dunn has identified several ways members can get involved.
Tutoring - Reading and math tutors are needed for Kindergarten through 5th grade students. Numerous days and time are available.
Adopt-a-Dolphin - The administrators of Dunn manage a program called “Adopt a Dolphin” at Christmas to provide toys and needed items for Dunn students in need.
For more information, contact Jenna Wheelock.
Frayser Elementary is located on Larchmont Avenue near Churchill Downs. Almost half of our population are ESL students and many of those are refugees. Tutors/mentors are needed for Kindergarten through 5th grade students.
For more information, contact Kimberly Jerger.
Kammerer Middle School is in Greymoor-Devondale quite close to church. Many of the students that attend Kammerer come from the Russell neighborhood where our church has made a commitment to Bless Children.
The school needs tutors for all subjects, particularly reading. Tutors may select a time between 8:00am and 2:00pm for 30 – 60 minutes, once a week, twice a month or whatever your schedule permits.
For more information, contact Randy Bloch.
Metro Leadership Foundation "Champion Scholarship Investigators" (CSI) Reading Program
The Metro Leadership Foundation (MLF) is a “non-denominational entity working to unify Louisville’s faith-based community around our city’s most pressing needs.” The CSI Reading Program can offer “urban churches the opportunity to work together with neighborhood schools to provide local children the highest level of after-school tutoring programs available.”
The CSI Reading Program runs from January through April. The program is two days a week (Mon and Wed) from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m.
For more information, contact Belinda Yff.
Wilder Elementary on Herr Lane is very close to Christ Church, yet 50% of the students that attend the school are considered low income, with many of them coming from the Russell Neighborhood to attend school.
Tutors and subs for 2nd and 3rd graders are needed for the HUG (Helping Us Grow) reading program designed to help children not only read, but comprehend what they are reading so they pass the standardized tests administered by JCPS in the 3rd grade. Tutoring is on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 – 10:15am. Volunteers are given a curriculum to follow each week.
For more information, contact Diane Jessee.
Portland Promise Center and Lighthouse Academy
These agencies also provide tutoring, see below for more information.
Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth
Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth is a Christian service agency annually serving over 780 youth from all counties in Kentucky with histories of abuse, neglect, abandonment or family trauma. They believe that every individual is an individual of worth, entitled to God’s gift of wholeness of life. The work they do provides professional counseling to young people to help them heal and build a brighter future for themselves. Christ Church supports the agency through 5th Sunday offerings and other special events.
For more information, contact Sue Strange.
Lighthouse Academy at Newburg
The mission of Lighthouse Academy at Newburg, located on Shepherdsville Road, is to provide youth in our community a safe place to learn and grow through educational, spiritual, and economic programs. Christ Church supports Lighthouse in a number of ways:
Tutoring - students between Kindergarten and 3rd grade receive tutoring on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30, mostly in reading and math.
Blessings in a Backpack - in July, school supplies are collected to support the Back to School fair at Lighthouse.
For more information, contact Bobbie Allison.
Portland Promise Center
Christ Church is one of the founding partners of the Portland Promise Center, a United Methodist outreach program located on Baird Street in the Portland neighborhood. There are many opportunities to get involved at Portland, including after-school tutoring and the Kid's Cafe.
Scouting (Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts)
The Methodist Church has a long history of supporting the Boy Scouts. Troop 317 and Pack 317 have been chartered to Christ Church for decades. The majority of the families who participate do not belong to our church, so the opportunity to share God’s love One Person at a Time is significant! Opportunities exist for individuals who desire to work with youth ages Kindergarten through high school and help guide them in achieving desired scouting goals. They include Scouting leaders, Committee members, Youth mentors and Merit Badge Counselors. You do not need to be a former scout to volunteer.
For more information, contact Ross Johnson.
Y-Now is a program of the YMCA that works with children of incarcerated parents. The stigma of having a parent incarcerated can cause children to feel shame, blame, fear and even lead to bullying and ridicule at school. Children whose parents are in prison often struggle academically and find it difficult to trust adults. In fact, children with an incarcerated parent or parents are at an increased risk for anxiety, depression, aggression, truancy, substance abuse and attention disorders. Children with incarcerated parents are 7 times more likely to become incarcerated themselves.
Mentors are needed for middle and high school students from across Louisville with incarcerated parents. Program has overlapping fall and spring sessions each year, each lasting 10 months. Serving as a mentor is a significant but highly rewarding experience. Mentors go on a weekend kick-off retreat, 1 call and 1 visit with child each week, twice a month meet with the group, and provide transportation for the child to these group meetings.
Other volunteer opportunities for Y-Now include helping with enrollment sessions, helping set up camp in advance of retreat (decorate, signs, etc.), helping with camp departure (signs, check luggage for contraband, etc.), welcome home from camp (decorate, prep snacks, cheer youth, etc..).
For more information, contact Matthew Stone.