Help Set Kentucky’s Strategic Direction for Volunteer Service
Serve Kentucky is working on our three-year State Plan that will direct the work of our staff and board for 2021-2024. We seek your ideas on how to deploy service and volunteerism as a strategy to solve local problems, including granting funds for AmeriCorps programs.
We value feedback from Kentuckians across the state.
Please take this survey to share your opinions. And, please share the survey with people and networks you admire. To have your feedback included, please respond by
January 31, 2021.
Volunteer Kentucky Online Portal
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced in August that Serve Kentucky is offering free access for volunteer-based organizations to
Volunteer Kentucky, the state's new online volunteer portal designed to connect volunteers to community needs.
The Volunteer Kentucky portal helps volunteer programs recruit new and manage current volunteers, manage events, track involvement and produce reports – a necessity for grants and funding. This site is available to nonprofits, government agencies, schools, faith-based organizations, and others.
Volunteer Kentucky is available, not only agencies to share their needs, but also for residents to find volunteer opportunities.
Read the full
press release and check out the
video announcement by Governor Beshear.
Research About Volunteering
Volunteering in America research is produced by CNCS as part of its efforts to expand the reach and impact of America's volunteers. Collected for the past 15 years, the research is the most comprehensive data on American volunteering ever assembled, and it includes a volunteer data profile for all states and major metropolitan areas.
- Parents volunteer at rates nearly 48 percent higher than non-parents and working mothers give more time than any other demographic, with a volunteer rate of 46.7 percent.
- Generation X has the highest rate (36.4 percent) of volunteering, while Baby Boomers are giving more hours of service (2.2 billion). Millennials are stepping up to do more in Utah and the District of Columbia.
- Veterans are among the most neighborly Americans. They do something positive for the neighborhood, spend time with and do favors for their neighbors, and donate to charity at higher rates than their civilian counterparts. Veterans in New Hampshire and Virginia are volunteering more than in other states.
- Americans most frequently gave their time to religious groups (32 percent), a quarter volunteered most often with sports or arts groups (25.7 percent); with another nearly 20 percent supporting support education or youth service groups.
- One in three volunteers raises funds for nonprofits (36 percent). Additional volunteer activities include: food donation and meal preparation (34.2 percent); transportation and labor support (23 percent); tutoring young people (23 percent); serving as a mentor (26.2 percent); and lending professional and management expertise (20.5 percent).
- 978,627 volunteers contribute 96.6 million hours of service
- 28.1% of residents volunteer, ranking them 39th among states
- Volunteer service worth an estimated $2.3 billion
- 97.6% of residents regularly talk or spend time with friends and family
- 51.2% of residents do favors for neighbors
- 15.9% of residents do something positive for the neighborhood
- 25.8% of residents participate in local groups or organizations
- 50.9% of residents donate $25 or more to charity
Interested in Volunteering?
Search for volunteer opportunities here, contact your area volunteer center (see list below) or local United Way.
Nationally, the estimated value of a volunteer’s time for is $27.20 per hour, according to the Independent Sector, an advocacy group for volunteers and community service groups. The estimated value of a volunteer’s time in Kentucky is $22.18 per hour. Learn more about the value of volunteer time.
Reports on volunteerism and national service can be found on the Corporation for National and Community Service Research Reports website.
Interested in becoming a National Service member?
Feed your volunteer spirit by serving others full-time or part-time as an AmeriCorps or Senior Corps member. Learn more about National Service in Kentucky.
Volunteer Insurance Policies from CIMA
Click on the links below to complete the online application for the type of insurance policy needed.
For more information, call CIMA at (800) 222-8920.