Wildcats for H.O.M.E.S

About Us

Wildcats for Housing, Opportunity, Mentorship, Employment, and Services
(H.O.M.E.S.) is a student-directed program within the Center of Community Outreach (CCO).
Our mission is to provide structured experiences, in part by developing sustainable campus and
community partnerships, that motivate students to learn about, think through, and take action
against food and housing insecurity.

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Urban Impact
To successfully enter society, it is critical for individuals to be equipped with life and career
skills. Although school does an amazing job of supporting most students, if he/she/they are
impacted by housing or hunger insecurities, they may be more likely to fall off track. Wildcats for HOMES is accepting volunteers for the Lexington Leadership Program. LLF has 4 programs, one of them being Urban Impact. Our volunteers are working with Urban Impact to mentor Fayette County High school students through career readiness.

For those interested in getting involved or wanting to know more, contact

Mentorship Program
The Wildcats for HOMES Mentorship Program sends UK students to local Fayette County
Elementary Schools to volunteer with children either experiencing homelessness or at-risk for
homelessness. This is a 1-2 hour commitment every week, in which our mentors go to their
assigned school and mentor, play with, and/or tutor Lexington’s at-risk children.

If you are interested you can either fill out the google form(link below) or contact
If this appeals to you, please fill out this interest form.

Give Kids a Home (GKAH)
Give Kids a Home is a partnership with Catholic Action Center and Fayette County Public
Schools where UK students meet with FCPS students in transitional housing. Volunteers will
help with homework, foster relationships and do fun educational activities on a weekly basis.

We are currently looking for students with availability on Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons.
For more information, contact alexis.lane@uky.edu


Upcoming Events

As Thanksgiving approaches, so does National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week (NHHAW). This is a nationally recognized week dedicated to eradicating homelessness – via donations, service, and education – on both a local and national scale. Wildcats for H.O.M.E.S. program of the Center for Community Outreach (CCO) plays an especially important role in NHHAW, by bringing fun and free volunteer and awareness events to campus for our community to participate in. National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week (NHHAW) events kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 16 2019!

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (NHHAW)
November 16-24, 2019
NHHAW is a week dedicated to eradicating homelessness – via donations, service, and
education – on both a local and national scale.

  • Saturday, November 16th: Day of Service, from 9AM – 2PM, beginning in Willy T. Library
  • Monday, November 18th: Racial Inequalities and Housing Injustice-Round Table (snacks provided) @4:30PM Student Center A230
  • Tuesday, November 19th: Misconceptions of Homelessness Panel (snacks provided) @6PM Student Center 330
  • Wednesday, November 20th: “The Public” movie showing followed by reflection @6PM Worsham Cinema
  • Thursday, November 21st: Friendsgiving with the Office of LGBTQ* @5:30PM
  • Friday, November 22nd: End of Thanksgiving Basket Drive @5PM Student Center Room 255A


Other Services

Basic Needs
Wildcats for HOMES has been committed to working with other organizations and the UK
community to make sure that all UK students have their basic needs – including housing – met!

Find resources here: http://www.uky.edu/deanofstudents/needs
Email for more information: basicneeds@uky.edu