Individual Opportunities

All serving opportunities for Thanksgiving are full. However, we would be happy to schedule you for a later date.

Volunteer Serving FoodOur Jacobs Hope Cafeteria serves over 38,000 meals per month, and we rely on dedicated volunteers to help us feed the homeless. Our staff prepares and cooks the meal, and we utilize volunteers to serve meals and drinks to our clients. Volunteers serving meals must be over age 12, and volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent, guardian or group leader. Meal times are as follows:

Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Mon-Fri & 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. on Weekends
Lunch: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Everyday
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Everyday

We can accommodate a maximum of 4-6 volunteers per meal service.


Are you a personal trainer? Work in banking or a health service field? Do you have a special skill or training that may benefit the needs of our clients? Let us know! Our Recovery Clients all attend Life Skills classes, which prepare them for successful independent living. We have volunteers who teach a variety of classes, including personal finance, healthy cooking, anger management and meditation, and more!


Our mobile outreach program, the HopeMobile, distributes 100-150 brown bag lunches each day to the downtown Lexington homeless and marginally-housed. We rely on volunteers to prepare sandwiches and lunches for our HopeMobile. Sandwiches/bag lunches can be made at your own convenience, at a location of your choice, and with as many or as few volunteers as you have available. Sandwiches should be high-protein (lunch meat or peanut butter), with no vegetables or condiments. Sandwiches/bag lunches can be dropped off at the Hope Center Emergency Shelter at 360 W. Loudon Avenue.


Our clients are getting back on their feet, and the Hope Center can always use donations of gently-used clothing, household items and travel size personal hygiene items, such as shampoo, soap, disposable razors, shaving cream and deodorant. We cannot accept any alcohol based toiletries including hand sanitizer or mouthwash.

Donations of Men’s Clothing and Toiletries, as well as hats, gloves and outerwear may be dropped off at any time of the day at the Hope Center’s Men’s Emergency Shelter located at 360 W. Loudon Avenue in Lexington, Kentucky.

Donations of Women’s Clothing may be dropped off at the Hope Center’s Ball-Quantrell Recovery Center for Women, located at 1524 Versailles Road in Lexington, KY.


The Jacobs Hope Cafeteria provides over 38,000 meals per month to our homeless clients. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner 365 days per year, and we rely on the generosity of donors to help offset the cost of food. Donating food is a great way to help rebuild lives here in our community. Food donations may be dropped off at the Jacobs Hope Cafeteria, located at 299 W. Loudon Avenue.


The Hope Center has special events throughout the year, and we are always in need of volunteers to help us make our events a success! Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Carey Cairo, at or at (859) 225-4673 to learn more.