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Community Service-Learning Sites

There are a variety of agencies that will welcome you as a Service-Learning volunteer.


Once you select an agency, review its website and make an appointment to discuss opportunities that will meet your course objectives.

Great Plains SPCA

Address:

  • 5428 Antioch Drive, Merriam, KS 66202
  • 21001 E. 78 Highway, Independence, MO 64057

Website: greatplainsspca.org

Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Anna Stark-Dowling, Astark-Dowling@greatplainsspca.org, 913-808-3368

Mission: To save, protect and improve the lives of animals while strengthening the relationship between pets and their human companions.

Volunteer Description: Adoption assistants, cat socializing team, dog cleanup team, dog socializing team, Sunday clinics, foster care team, general office support, veterinary care center support, meet-and-greet team, off-site events support, reception.

Requirements:

  1. Complete and return a volunteer application.
  2. Attend a mandatory volunteer orientation (given monthly).
  3. Commit to four hours a month for at least six months.

Days and Hours: Varies

Other Details: Children 6-10 can volunteer with parent first Saturday of the month with various chores.
Children 11-15 can do the same, plus socialize with cats and dogs.

Operation Wildlife

Address: 23375 Guthrie Road, Linwood, KS 66052  

Website: owl-online.org

Geographical Area: Leavenworth County, KS

Contact: Diane Johnson, opwildlife@aol.com

Mission: Operation WildLife (OWL) has been providing rehabilitation and veterinary services to injured and orphaned wild animals in northeast Kansas for almost 20 years.

Volunteer Description: Volunteers can care for large predatory mammals and raptors at OWL's main facility. There, volunteers may assist with medical treatments and surgeries. After training and a home inspection, some volunteers are selected to become "home rehabbers." These volunteers reduce the numbers of orphaned babies that come to us each year.

Requirements: Most of our volunteer positions require a 4-8 hour weekly commitment. Our busiest season is April through September. OWL offers classes to orient new volunteers and periodic refreshers. Visit website for online application.

Days and Hours: Flexible

The Children's Place

Address: 2 E. 59th St., Kansas City, MO 64113

Website: childrensplacekc.org

Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Hannah Brockway, brockwayh@tcpkc.org, 816-363-1898

Mission: Nurturing and promoting the healthy development of young children who have survived abuse, neglect and trauma by providing specialized services and family support within a safe and caring environment.

Volunteer Description: Assist the classroom teachers with learning times, meal times, cleanup, playtime on the playground and field trips.

Requirements: Must attend a 1 1/2 hour orientation on the third Thursday of a month, 1-2:30 p.m.
Background check paid for by agency. Need negative TB test on file (at volunteer's expense), paperwork, two recommendations, a 4-6 month commitment or a semester for a student.

Days and Hours:

  • 8:45 a.m.-noon, depending on slots available.
  • 2 p.m.-3:15 p.m., depending on slots available (except Wednesday)
Other Details: No children.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City

Address: 520 Harrison St., Olathe, KS 66061

Website: bgc-gkc.org

Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Anissa Parra-Grooms, apgrooms@helpkckids.org

Mission: To promote the development of self-esteem, values and skills for boys and girls ages 5-18, with special emphasis on youths from disadvantaged circumstances.

Volunteer Description: Duties will include homework tutoring, reading one-on-one and engaging in Triple Play (gym) activities.

Requirements: Background check is required; cost is covered by the agency. There is an hourlong orientation. Volunteer application and signed code of conduct are required.

Days and Hours:

  •  Seven days a week from 4-7 p.m.

Other Details: Family members over the age of 14 are welcome to volunteer.

Growing Futures Early Education Center

Address: 8155 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204

Website: growingfutureseec.org

Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Kathy McLellan, kmclellan@growingfutureseec.org

Mission: The mission of Growing Futures Early Education Center (a Head Start and Early Head Start program) is to nurture children and strengthen families to enrich the community.

Volunteer Description: Classroom assistants support teaching staff and children in daily classroom activities and routines. Curriculum encourages children to make choices, engage in interactive learning and talk about what they’re doing. Volunteers will read stories, work puzzles, and encourage creative thinking and pretend play in a positive and nurturing environment. A staff member is always present. 

Requirements:

  • Be at least 14 years old
  • Complete a volunteer application
  • Provide recent negative TB test result
  • Provide recent health assessment
  • Agree to local and national background check (agency covers half the cost)
  • Sign confidentiality, code of conduct and release agreements  

Days and Hours:

  • Monday through Friday mornings for a few hours between 8:30 and 11:30
  • Monday through Thursday afternoons from 12:30-4
  • Monday through Friday afternoons from 3-5:30

Hiersteiner Child Development Center

Address: JCCC Campus

Website: jccc.edu/hcdc

Geographical Area: JCCC Campus

Contact: Claire Ehney, cehney@jccc.edu, 913-469-8500, ext. 2749

Mission: The Hiersteiner Child Development Center (HCDC) program is designed to support the efforts of JCCC students to pursue their educational goals and to offer support needed by JCCC faculty and staff to achieve their work potential.

Volunteer Description: Volunteers can assist in classroom activities.

Days and Hours:

  •  Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Johnson County Court Services and Johnson County Corrections

Address: 588 E. Santa Fe St., Olathe, KS 66061

Website: courts.jocogov.org/cs_jerc

Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Jake Baska, Jacob.Baska@jocogov.org, 913-715-7482

Mission: Evening Reporting Center, a program for juvenile offenders; youths receive services and support in a structured environment.

Volunteer Description: Intern positions, facilitate in discussions with youths, assist staff with programming, youth supervision and light administrative duties.

Requirements: No orientation is required. Safety precautions are reviewed. Background check, with cost covered by the agency, is required. Interview process required for intern positions.

Days and Hours:

  • Tuesdays-Fridays, 2:45-8 p.m.
  • Minimum commitment of 3 months and at least 2 nights a week.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Address: 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210

Website: nermanmuseum.org

Geographical Area: Campus

Contact: Karen Gerety Folk, kgerety@jccc.edu, 913-469-8500, ext 4771

Mission: The mission of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and its campus-wide art installation program is to be an interdisciplinary academic resource for students and faculty and a cultural center for exhibiting, interpreting, collecting and preserving works of contemporary art in a wide range of media.

Volunteer Description: Work with museum staff, art educators and other individuals to facilitate informal learning and assist with educational programs for families and teens, including exhibition reception, studio art activities and the drop-in family reading room. Inform visitors about museum rules and policies, answer questions about exhibitions and programs, give directions and distribute educational materials and information brochures as needed. 

Requirements: Submit a volunteer application, schedule a 30-minute interview and attend a 45-minute exhibition preview training session with the museum’s Education Coordinator.

Days and Hours: 

  • Tuesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday 12-5 p.m.

Olathe Head Start

Address: 1700 W. Sheridan St., Olathe, KS 66061

Website: schools.olatheschools.com/buildings/headstart

Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Katie Dorsey, kdorseyhlc@olatheschools.org, 913-780-7410

Mission: The mission of Head Start is to enhance the quality of life of families through education and support services in a safe, caring environment.

Volunteer Description: To assist in our Head Start classrooms (an early childhood program that serves 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds). Interacting with children, reading to children, helping to supervise hand washing, washing tables, assisting with cleanup of centers.

Requirements: Background check required for a volunteer with 40 hours; cost is covered by agency. A 30-minute orientation session is required. A TB test is required after 20 hours of volunteering.

Days and Hours: 

  •  Monday-Thursday, 8:30-11:30 a.m., 12:30-3:30 p.m. or 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Other Details: Evening activities are available where adult family members and teenage children can help with childcare.

Operation Breakthrough

Address: 3039 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO

Website: operationbreakthrough.org

Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Tasha Miller, tasham@operationbreakthrough.org, 816-329-5233

Mission: The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to provide a safe, loving and educational environment for children in poverty and to empower their families through advocacy, emergency aid and education.

Volunteer Description: Teacher assistant: Come alongside the classroom teachers working with infant, toddler or preschool-age children. Engage and participate with classroom routines. You may also help with cleaning and sanitizing within the classrooms.

Requirements: Background check is required; the cost for student volunteers is $13.25. Other requirements include a negative TB skin test, and a completed volunteer application and volunteer agreement. There is a two-hour orientation required that is offered once every month.

Days and Hours:

  •  Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon or 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Other Details: Volunteers must be 14 years old or older.

Safehome

Address: Location is confidential, but near downtown Overland Park

Website: safehome-ks.org

Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Susan Lebovitz, slebovitz@safehome-ks.org, 913-378-1518

Mission: To break the cycle of domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling and prevention education in our community.

Volunteer Description: People may volunteer in any of the following areas: Development, Direct Client Services, Administration and Episodic Projects. Details are on the website.

Requirements: $15 for background check; 9-hour orientation (offered once a quarter); 50-hour commitment.

Days and Hours:

  •  Monday-Friday, some weekends

Asana Hospice

Address: 9001 State Line Road, Suite 120, Kansas City, MO 64114

Website: asanahospice.com

Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Kim Meara, kmeara@asanahospice.com, 913-235-9287

Mission: It is the Mission of Asana Hospice to guide our patients and families during periods of terminal illness, to provide medical and emotional comfort, and to inspire meaningful moments and lasting memories.

Volunteer Description: Volunteers provide different types of support to patients and their loved ones including running errands, preparing light meals, staying with a patient to give family members a break, and lending emotional support and companionship to patients and family members.

Requirements: Because hospice volunteers spend time in patients’ and families’ homes, an application, background check and interview process are necessary to assure the person is right for this type of volunteer work. Volunteers also must complete a training class.

Days and Hours:

  •  Flexible

Lakeview Village

Address: 9100 Park St., Lenexa, KS 66215

Website: lakeviewvillage.org

Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Kris Lambert, klambert@lakeviewvillage.org, 913-744-2457

Mission: To strengthen the lives of seniors within a nondenominational faith-based community. Our core values are growth, integrity, respect, optimism and community.

Volunteer Description: Help with activities in our licensed areas, visit one-on-one with residents, help independent residents with duties, and help with administrative work for departments. Shadowing is offered in rehab and nursing areas. Volunteers may also do grounds work to enhance the campus or help with reading to kids or activities in our child development center.

Requirements: Background check and TB test covered by agency. Completed application and interview. Orientation and meeting with volunteer coordinator by appointment.

Days and Hours:

  •  Available times are flexible, to work around students' schedules: any day of the week/weekend, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., depending on area.

Other Details: Family members and children are welcome to volunteer. Must be 14 years old to volunteer without an adult.

Shepherd's Center Central

Address: 5200 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64112

Website: sccentral.org

Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Rachel Ohlhausen, MSW, rachel@sccentral.org, 573-399-6364

Mission: Shepherd's Center Central is a local leader in the regional effort to ensure that all people can age successfully. Our mission: To empower midlife and older adults to live healthy, engaged and independent lives.

Volunteer Description: Our volunteers can interact with a variety of different programs. If you decide that Shepherd's Center is a good fit for your learning goals and classroom needs, the volunteer manager will provide you with information regarding your activity descriptions based on current organization and program availability.

Requirements: Complete an application, then schedule and complete an orientation session with the volunteer manager. Be willing to learn, energetic, flexible and a good communicator. Students must take responsibility for their own hours and time management.

Days and Hours:

  •  Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Some weekend and evenings available

Bridging The Gap

Address: 1427 W. Ninth St., Suite 201, Kansas City, MO 64101

Website: bridgingthegap.org

Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Amy Smith, volunteer@bridgingthegap.org, 816-561-1087, ext. 122

Mission: Make the Kansas City region sustainable by connecting environment, economy and community. We educate citizens, businesses and governments about the impact their decisions have on our environment, and help them follow through with direct action to make our world, region and community green, healthy and sustainable.

Volunteer Description: Recycling Center volunteer opportunities are always available, Wednesdays through Saturdays. Many other opportunities are available in spring and fall, including tree plantings, ecological restoration, litter pickups and an Earth Walk in the spring.

Requirements: All volunteer opportunities require advance registration. Each volunteer opportunity requires a waiver, which is provided upon signup. Nearly all opportunities are outdoors and we require closed-toe shoes.

Days and Hours:

  •  Varies
Other Details: Family members and children are welcome to volunteer if they meet the minimum age and sign up in advance. The minimum age varies by opportunity/program.

Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City

Address: 155 S. 18th St., Suite 120, Kansas City, KS 66102

Website: heartlandhabitat.org

Geographical Area: Wyandotte County, KS

Contact: Dana Bass, Dbass@habitatkc.org, 816-924-1096

Mission: To build simple, decent, affordable homes for families and communities.

Volunteer Description: Varies, depending on what stage the house is in. Could be roofing, painting, trim work, siding, framing, etc.

Requirements: Must be over 18 years old. No background check; there is a waiver to sign. Orientation is on-site the day of volunteering. You will receive a packet of information when you sign up.

Days and Hours:

  • Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Full day required.

Other Details: Family members and children are welcome to volunteer. If volunteers are under 16, adult must sign the waiver.

Phoenix Family

Address: 3908 Washington St., Kansas City, MO 64111; multiple sites to serve across the Kansas City area

Website: phoenixfamily.org

Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: April DeNatale, adenatale@phoenixfamily.org, 816-561-3217

Mission: Empower people living in low-income housing with on-site support to gain stability and achieve self-sufficiency. Youth program HIKE (Help Instill the Key to Education) provides reading instruction to improve literacy.

Volunteer Description: Our biggest need is always our HIKE reading program. Volunteers are trained as reading coaches and are paired with students grades K-8 who are struggling with reading. Volunteers also assist in our senior health and wellness programs, which involve art activities, putting on healthy-living workshops or screenings, or helping with our mobile food pantry deliveries and delivering fresh produce to seniors' doors.

Requirements: One-hour orientation offered weekly. Background cost covered by facility. Student volunteers complete application and sign waiver. We provide volunteers with detailed instructions and lesson plans for their sessions.

Days and Hours:

  •  Weekdays, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; exact times and durations depend on the opportunity and location

Other Details: Family members and children are also welcome to volunteer.

Ronald McDonald House

Address: 2502 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Website: rmhckc.org

Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Ariel Penner, apenner@rmhckc.org, 816-842-8321, ext. 102

Mission: To reduce the burden of childhood illness on children and their families by providing a home away from home while children are receiving medical care in area hospitals.

Volunteer Description: Helping with chores/tasks/projects around houses. Examples: organizing pantries, sorting donations, cleaning kitchens, etc.

Requirements: Background check; cost covered by agency. One-hour orientation session if volunteering more than one day. Expected commitment of six months to a year.

Days and Hours:

  •  7 days a week, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Other Details: Family members and children are welcome to also volunteer, depending on tasks.

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas

Address: 9720 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212

Website: catholiccharitiesks.org

Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Kristin Filardo, MSW, kfilardo@catholiccharitiesks.org, 913-433-2081

Mission: As a faith-based organization, we are inspired by God's love and compassion to provide unconditional love and necessary help to people of all faiths by stabilizing and strengthening individuals and families in need across the 21 counties of Northeast Kansas.

Volunteer Description: Various opportunities in emergency assistance, refugee assistance, refugee resettlement, Shalom House, friendly visits, hospice, thrift shop, development, and administration. See website for details.

Requirements: Background check paid for by agency. Orientation sessions as needed.

Days and Hours:

  •  7 days a week. Will accommodate schedules.

Other Details: Family members and children are welcome to volunteer.

Cross-Lines

Address: 736 Shawnee Ave., Kansas City, KS 66105

Website: cross-lines.org

Geographical Area: Wyandotte County, KS

Contact: Sarah Kelley, sarah@cross-lines.org

Mission: Provide people affected by poverty with basic services and opportunities that encourage self-confidence and self-sufficiency.

Volunteer Description: Volunteers can serve breakfast or lunch in our community kitchen, help in our community garden, help sort and stock items in our Thrift Store,or help in our office with administrative and program functions.

Requirements: Contact the agency.

Days and Hours:

  •  Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Other Details: Individual volunteers must be 18 or older, anyone between the ages of 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Johnson County Human Services

Address: 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, KS 66061

Website: www.jocogov.org/dept/human-services/home

Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Brandy Hodge, Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org, 913-715-8866

Mission: To provide essential services as a safety net targeting older adults, people with physical disabilities and low-income residents to support independence, dignity and self-sufficiency.

Volunteer Description:

  • Meals on Wheels: Drive a route to deliver hot noon meals, usually once a week.
  • Catch-a-Ride: Provide transportation to the elderly, people with disabilities, or someone in a life transition who does not drive to essential appointments such as medical, grocery store and social services. Can drive once a week or every day.

Requirements:

  • Meals on Wheels: Must be 18 years old and have proof of auto insurance and a driver's license, drive own vehicle, submit to a background and motor vehicle check, and attend an orientation session.
  • Catch-a-Ride: Must be 25 years old, provide proof of auto insurance and a driver's license, submit to a background and motor vehicle check, attend an orientation session.
  • Orientation is two hours long and offered twice a month. The cost of the background check is covered by the agency.

Days and Hours:

  • Meals on Wheels: Monday-Friday, 10:45 a.m.-noon
  • Catch-a-Ride: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Other Details: Family members and children are also welcome to volunteer.

Rosedale Development Association

Address: 1403 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66103

Website: rosedale.org

Geographical Area: Wyandotte County, KS

Contact: Erin Stryka, erin@rosedale.org, 913-677-5097

Mission: To work in partnership with residents, businesses and institutions to build a strong and healthy community and to improve the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Rosedale.

Volunteer Description: Volunteers help Rosedeale Development Association staff and community members accomplish a lot in the Rosedale community. Many of our opportunities involve hands-on work in the community gardens, on the Rozarks nature trails or with minor home repair projects. There are also opportunities to coach youth sports teams and for light office work.

Requirements: Youth sports volunteers are required to attend a one-hour orientation that is offered once before each season (fall, winter, spring and summer). A background check is required for volunteers who work with children, and the cost is covered by a grant.

Days and Hours:

  • Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Some evening/weekend opportunities are available for working on the gardens, trails and youth sports.

Other Details: Family members are welcome to volunteer, especially with group activities like working in the community gardens.

Shawnee Community Services

Address: 11110 W. 67th St., Shawnee, KS 66203

Website: scsks.org

Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Marlisa VanKemseke, scs.Marlisa@gmail.com, 913-268-7746

Mission: To provide free food, free shoes and free clothes to anyone who comes to our agency.

Volunteer Description: Accept donations; sort and organize food and merchandise.

Requirements: 15-minute orientation given on Mondays and Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m.

Days and Hours:

  • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Other Details: Family members and children can also volunteer.

Shawnee Indian Mission Historic Site and the City of Fairway

Address: 3403 W. 53rd St., Fairway, KS 66205

Website: fairwaykansas.org

Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Jennifer Laughlin, jlaughlin@fairwaykansas.org, 913-262-0867

Mission: To preserve the site, its traditions, landmarks, and the history of the Native Americans, missionaries and pioneers of Johnson County.

Volunteer Description: Conducting tours throughout the site, including inside the buildings and the grounds. Greet and welcome tour groups. On occasion, assist with evening special events or programs. Provide information and answer questions. Lead youth programs and/or art activities. Be aware of future programs and events to share with visitors to increase exposure of the Mission to the general public.

Requirements: Training will take place with both the site director, Jennifer Laughlin, and a seasoned site volunteer in order to learn about the history, operations and school programs/activities.

Days and Hours:

  •  Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cherith Brook Catholic Worker House

Address: 3308 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64127

Website: cherithbrookcw.blogspot.com

Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Eric Garbison, cherithbrookkcmo@gmail.com, 816-241-8047

Mission: Hospitality to the homeless, urban homesteading (permaculture with orchard, chickens, bees, garden), nonviolent peace work, simple living (we are a faith community).

Volunteer Description: Prepare and serve food, cleaning, wash dishes, laundry, host people, sort and organize donations, and listen to the needs and concerns of others. On our work days: garden work and small maintenance projects, deep-cleaning spaces, painting, cooking meals, etc.

Requirements: No orientation and no background check. Willing to work closely with homeless and those who live their lives on the margins of our society. Be willing to do so in a nonjudgmental and welcoming way.

Days and Hours:

  • Showers and breakfast hospitality: Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays: 8-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday evening meal: 5-7 p.m. (service starts at 5 p.m.; can sign up to cook meal in advance)
  • Work day: 2nd Saturday of month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Roundtable discussions: 3rd Friday of month, 7-8:30 p.m.

Other Details: Family members and children welcome to also volunteer.

City Union Mission

Address: 1100 E. 11th St., Kansas City, MO 64106

Website: cityunionmission.org

Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Chris Eveler, Impact Volunteer Specialist, chris.eveler@cityunionmission.org

Mission: Operates the Hotline for the Homeless, allowing the homeless to call a single number to find available shelter in the area. Provides a shelter. City Union Mission prevents homelessness through community assistance, such as assisting community clients with bills, school supplies, clothing, food and holiday projects.

Volunteer Description: After-school programs for low-income children including tutoring and sport activities. Learning Centers at the Men's Center and Family Center that assist guests with building resumes, obtaining GEDs, SAT preparation, tutoring and more. Group or individual volunteering in warehouses to sort material and food for distribution to the area community and/or to our homeless population. Cleaning, landscaping, office clerical assignments.

Requirements: Background check administered for High Impact Volunteering.

Days and Hours:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
  • Thrift Stores, 7 days a week.

Other Details: Family members and children also welcome to volunteer.

Community LINC

Address: 4012 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64011

Website: communitylinc.org

Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Daniel Barber, volunteer@communitylinc.org, 816-561-5862

Mission: To end homelessness, impact poverty and remove barriers for the families we serve, we have been helping Kansas City families become stronger and self-sufficient for more than 20 years. Programs include budgeting, healthy lifestyles, counseling and life-skills training.

Volunteer Description:

  • Children's program volunteer: Interact with students.
  • Resource closet organizer/laundry: Work behind the scenes to enable us to furnish apartments for our families.
  • Apartment prep: Short notice-help to clean/decorate and stock apartments for families moving in.

Requirements: Required orientation: 1/2 to 1 hour, depending on role. Offered twice a month, 2nd and 4th Thursdays. Safety precautions reviewed before volunteering. Background check is required for children's program. The cost of the background check is covered by agency if there is a financial need.

Days and Hours:

  • Children's Program: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • All other programs: Monday-Friday and 3rd Saturday of each month

Episcopal Community Services

Address: 750 Paseo Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106

Website: episcopalcommunity.org

Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Mandy Caruso-Yahne, volunteer@episcopalcommunity.org

Mission: To engage the community in both feeding the hungry and empowering the poor to move beyond the barriers of poverty with dignity.

Volunteer Description: Volunteers most often help serve lunch at Kansas City Community Kitchen, acting as "front of house" staff in our restaurant-style service, as waiters, hosts, beverage station, bussers, etc., to take care of our guests. Volunteers are also used on weeknight evenings to do food prep in the kitchen and on Saturday mornings as work teams at the kitchen or to help serve breakfast at one of our partner churches in Kansas City, Kansas. Depending on skills and interests, volunteers help in our office, with our culinary training program and with special events.

Requirements: Training is provided at 10:30 a.m each weekday. Evening and Saturday teams are trained as we go. No separate orientation is required. There is no background check. There is a sign-in/out sheet. Volunteers can be put onto the online volunteer calendar and are expected to show up for their shift and provide advance notification if they are unable to make it.

Days and Hours:

  • Lunch is served at Kansas City Community Kitchen every Monday-Friday; volunteers serve 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. to allow time for training and cleanup. We provide a break during that time for lunch in the dining room.
  • Evening prep teams are generally 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday work teams are usually 9 a.m.-noon.
  • There is room for flexibility, with advance arrangements.

Other Details: Children must be at least 14 to volunteer. Space is limited in kitchen due to fire codes.

Uplift

Address: 1516 Prospect Ave., Kansas City, MO 64127

Website: uplift.org

Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Pat Thomson, pathomson43@gmail.com, 816-589-2452

Mission: We go on the streets of Kansas City, taking care and compassion to the homeless.

Volunteer Description: Load the trucks with food and supplies and then take them to the homeless. Upon return to the warehouse, clean and restock.

Requirements: No background check required. Online volunteer orientation. Must dress appropriately.

Days and Hours:

  • Monday and Wednesday, 4:30-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, 3:30-8 p.m.
  • On the second Saturday of each month, work is available at the warehouse for all ages from 9-11 a.m.

Other Details: Family members and children age 14 and up are welcome to volunteer.

Harvesters

Address: 3801 Topping Ave., Kansas City, MO 64129

Website: harvesters.org

Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: volunteer@harvesters.org, 816-929-3090

Mission: Feed hungry people today and work to end world hunger. Clearinghouse for collection and distribution of food and household products.

Volunteer Description: Sort and repackage donations. Kids Café monitoring, food and fun drives, kids in the kitchen, office support.

Requirements: Sign up online, create a volunteer profile. When working, wear close-toed shoes and no smoking.

Days and Hours:

Other Details: No children under age 6.

Village Presbyterian Church Food Pantry and Clothes Closet

Address: 9960 Mission Road, Overland Park, KS 66207

Website: villagepres.org

Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Susan Webb, Director, susan.webb@villagepres.org, 913-671-2314

Mission: To provide free groceries and clothing to low-income families.

Volunteer Description: Sorting donations and stocking shelves.

Requirements: Required orientation. May not wear sandals or flip-flops. All volunteers must sign-up with director in advance.

Days and Hours:

  • Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Other Details: No children. Does not provide court-ordered community service hours.

Reach Out and Read

Address: 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160

Website: www.reachoutandreadkc.org

Geographical Area: Wyandotte County, KS

Contact: Jenny Horsley, jhorsley@kumc.edu

Mission: Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read together. 

Volunteer Description: Volunteers can come to office on 36th Avenue to put labels on books. We send out about 6,000 books on average each month to our clinics, and all need to have labels on them.
Volunteers can also go to clinics to read with children while they are in waiting rooms.

Requirements: No background check. 45-minute orientation, offered twice a month.

Days and Hours:

  • Labeling: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Reading in Clinics: Times vary based on clinic, but some evening and weekend opportunities
Other Details: Family members and children are welcome to volunteer after completing orientation.

Ability KC

Address: 3011 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108

Website: abilitykc.org

Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Gemma Zook, Volunteers@abilitykc.org, 816-751-7700

Mission: To provide therapeutic and educational services for children with disabilities in an environment which fosters their independence and celebrates their successes.

Volunteer Description: Work directly with children and staff in the classroom: assisting with meals, reading with children, playing with the children on the playground or in the gym, and helping in the various centers in the classrooms. Sometimes help is needed in the office.

Requirements: Background check required; cost is not covered by agency. 45-minute orientation. Volunteers commit to at least one half-day session per week for the duration of the semester.

Days and Hours:

  •  Monday-Friday, 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.

Other Details: All volunteers must be at least 14 years of age.

CLO's Midnight Farm

Address: 2084-B North 600 Road, Baldwin City, KS 66006

Website: midnight-farm.org

Geographical Area: Douglas County, KS

Contact: Anna Clary, annaclary@clokan.org

Mission: To make a meaningful difference in the lives of people with special needs. Volunteers may be leaders or side walkers in our therapeutic horse riding classes.

Volunteer Description: Side walkers walk alongside the riders, providing physical support or instruction assistance. Leaders groom and tack the horse, lead the horse in class and untack and groom the horse after class.

Requirements: No prior experience with horses required. Orientation is 1.5 hours. Must be able to walk for 45 minutes to an hour through sand, with intermittent jogging mixed in. Training provided.

Days and Hours:

  •  Monday-Thursday, days and evenings

Other Details: All volunteers must be over the age of 14.

Heartland Therapeutic Riding Inc.

Address: 19655 Antioch Road, Bucyrus, KS 66085

Website: heartlandtherapeuticriding.org

Geographical Area: Miami County, KS

Contact: Brett Bauer, brett@htrmail.org, 913-897-3939

Mission: The mission of Heartland Therapeutic Riding Inc. (HTR) is to serve children and adults with disabilities and to improve quality of life through equine-assisted activities and therapies. We are committed to changing lives, one ride at a time.

Volunteer Description: Our volunteers help in our lessons to keep our riders safe and engaged in their class. They also have the opportunity to take a further training and help in our barn with the horses. Throughout the year we have projects available for volunteers such as landscaping and helping with special events.

Requirements: Must attend 2-hour orientation session that is offered every 4-6 weeks. Safety precautions are covered prior to beginning of service. Volunteers must provide own transportation and appropriate clothing/footwear.

Days and Hours:

  •  Monday-Friday, both day and evening classes

Other Details: Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

JCCC CLEAR Program

Address: Johnson County Community College Campus, COM 312, Box 82

Website: jccc.edu/community-resources/clear

Geographical Area: JCCC Campus

Contact: Courtney Barden cbarden@jccc.edu, 913-469-8500, ext. 3247

Mission: To offer a life-enhancing college experience to individuals with intellectual disabilities by offering academically sound noncredit classes and campus activities.

Volunteer Description: Assist with classroom activities, promoting positive social interactions between students.

Requirements: All prospective volunteers must meet with program manager for brief overview and expectations, approximately 45-50 minutes. Volunteers must be respectful, encouraging and supportive of students in the classroom.

Days and Hours:

  • Saturdays: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (7- or 14-week commitment)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (10-week commitment)

Other Details: We are happy to write references or letters of recommendation for volunteers who have made worthwhile contributions within the classroom.

Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS)

Address: 10501 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66219

Website: jcds.org

Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Jody Hanson, jody.hanson@jocogov.org, 913-826-2212

Mission: JCDS provides day and employment services and residential and case management assistance to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Volunteer Description: Assist staff in teaching work skills and supporting individuals as they perform tasks at the work facility. Can help with art or retirement program. Weekend companions at residential settings participate by reading, helping with chores, playing games, etc.

Requirements: Each volunteer must take a tour of facility. Required to go through criminal background check except for youths under the age of 18 and individuals working through a service group, or a one-time event. Background check cost is covered by agency.

Days and Hours:

  •  Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at employment center
  • Weekend hours available at various residential locations.

Other Details: "Friends of JCDS" welcomes family volunteers. "Friends" maintains 11 homes that need yard work or some simple home maintenance. Families often participate.

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