In 2016,

  • Shift volunteers gave nearly 3,000 hours of their time.
  • We served over 21,000 meals that were delivered by our Meal Makers.
  • Organizations and school groups contributed over 700 hours of service to help us help guests.
  • Northern Kentucky University Social Work students and other interns partnered with us for 1,700 hours to earn valuable experience in their field.
  • Our Board of Directors and other Fundraising Volunteers gave over 500 hours to numerous friendraising events.

Listed below are some of the ways you can volunteer. This is not an exclusive list and as always, we are willing to work with you if there is another volunteer opportunity you would be interested in fulfilling.

Shift Volunteer (evening):

Assist our staff with welcoming our guests into shelter and tasks to keep our place running smoothly. Laundry, cleaning and lots of listening. Evenings 5:30pm-7:00pm; 7:30pm-9:30pm or later evenings. We are flexible to your schedule and even better would be to make a weekly or monthly committment.

Shift Volunteer (morning):

Assist our staff in the morning when our guests are departing. Mornings 7am-9am.

Group Cleaners (monthly):

Want to get your family or co-workers involved in volunteering? Once a month we could use some help with deep cleaning each of our shelter rooms. Flexible hours and days.


Come into the shelter when it’s “quiet” to help keep our shelter in good working order. You might fold towels, re-label clothing or sort food items. Weekdays 9:00am – 5:00pm, flexible hours and we can work to your schedule.

Meal Makers:

Have a large family or are you part of a group/organization?  Then get together and provide a meal for the winter cold shelter that serves 70 or for the summer shelter program that serves 30 men. These meals are can be served buffet style or a brown bag  for our guests. Meals need to be onsite in winter by 5:30 pm and in the summer can be dropped off in the evening between 5-6pm. You and your group can stay and serve our guests or you can just drop off the meal during the designated time listed above.  You can sign up directly by calling ESNKY directly at (859) 291-4555 or email  to get detailed on instructions.

Would you like to volunteer?
Send an email to with how you want to help.
You can also call us directly at 859-291-4555.