How to participate in National Philanthropy Day

November 15 is National Philanthropy Day, so we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to give back to the community.

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The ReStore offers a convenient and socially conscious way to get rid of items you no longer need. | Photo courtesy of Lexington Habitat ReStore

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‘Tis the season of giving. Today, Nov. 15 marks National Philanthropy Day, a reminder to lend a handing hand to our local community every day.

Ready to get involved? Here’s a few nonprofits around town that could use your support.

Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning sign

The Carnegie Center is a great way to tutor and promote educational tools for students. | Photo by @bevsiereads

Get hands on

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning | Help inspire students to find a true love for learning. Become a classroom assistant to facilitate hands-on educational classes, or lend a hand at events to create memorable educational experiences for kids across Lexington.

Girls on the Run Central Kentucky | Help young girls build confidence + learn decision-making skills by coaching a team at this after-school running program. You can also offer support by volunteering at or running in its upcoming 5K.

Lexington VA Health Care System | Improve the livelihood of local heroes in a variety of different ways. Explore the program’s recreational, clinical + operational opportunities to decide which is the best fit for you.

Lexington Humane Society | Help make a difference in an animal’s life by lending a hand with exercise, socialization, and grooming. Volunteers can also support with special events, outreach programs, and various office duties.

The Hope Center | The Hope Center’s volunteer team helps to rebuild lives on a daily basis — from serving 38,000+ hot meals a month to teaching career skills to its Recovery Clients.

The Nest Lexington | The Nest aims to transform the lives of those facing adversity through education, counseling, advocacy, and support.

A woman wearing a Glean Kentucky shirt in front of boxes with produce.

Glean KY donates excess fresh fruits and vegetables to nourish local communities. | Photo courtesy of Glean Kentucky

Glean Kentucky | This organization serves as the link between food waste + food insecurity. Volunteers gather produce from grocery stores and farms and immediately make deliveries to food pantries around town.

Lexington Pride Center | Volunteers here help build community while working towards the goal of making Lexington a more inclusive city for all of its citizens.

Browse our site for variety of fundraising events + over 20 more volunteer opportunities.