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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


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


Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Bridget Lynch

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.


  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.

KC Pet Project

Address: 4400 Raytown Road, Kansas City, MO 64129, with satellite shelters in Zona Rosa and Overland Park


Contact: Alyssa Willett 

Mission: To end the killing of healthy and treatable pets in Kansas City, Missouri by using the most progressive and lifesaving programs and promoting effective animal control policies.

Volunteer Description: Volunteers assist with a range of opportunities including feline care and socializing, canine care and socializing, administrative tasks, operational tasks like laundry, special events, social media, photography and much more! We help volunteers connect with opportunities that best suit their interests and skills. 

Requirements: Complete orientation (located on our website); 4 hours a month for the first 3 months of volunteering

Days and Hours: All locations are open seven days a week with varying hours between 6 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Lawrence Humane Society

Address: 1805 E. 19th St., Lawrence, KS 66046 


Contact: Volunteer coordinator, 785-371-0497

Mission: The Lawrence Humane Society nurtures the human-animal bond by providing shelter, care and advocacy for homeless and abused animals, as well as resources for the pets and people in our community.

Volunteer Description: Lawrence Humane Society volunteers give their hearts, their time and their all to provide love and support to the homeless pets in our care. Our volunteers are integral to our mission, and are involved in all areas of the shelter. As a member of our volunteer family, you'll help save and enrich pets' lives, improve animal welfare in our community, make new friends (two- and four-legged), discover new skills, and enjoy plenty of wagging tails, purring hearts and wet kisses along the way.

Requirements: The Lawrence Humane Society requires that volunteers commit to a minimum of 4 hours of service per month. Additional requirement details can be found at

Days and Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week (volunteer hours vary by activity)


Address: 1522 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO 64108


Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Lisa Marie Winslow, 816-461-0201 

Mission: ArtsTech's mission is to better the lives of underserved urban youths through the development of artistic, technical, health and educational skills.

Volunteer Description: Work may involve but is not limited to: helping at ArtsTech seasonal events or assisting staff in art-based workshops, classes and programming at the ArtsTech facility or at a community partner's designated creative space. Assistance may include but is not limited to: prepping materials and/or work space, creating positive interactions with youths, and delivering an effective work environment for youths.

Requirements: Volunteer Paperwork

Days and Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed


Johnson County Library

Address: 14 locations throughout Johnson County.


Contact: Amber Bourek Slater

Mission: Johnson County Library provides access to ideas, information, experiences and materials that support and enrich people’s lives.

Volunteer Description: Johnson County Library is looking for volunteers who want to help with one-time volunteer opportunities. These opportunities may include: preparing mailings, setting up for events, greeting and ushering programs, or helping with book sales. By signing up as a Swift Volunteer, you will receive emails letting you know about new one-time volunteer opportunities. You will be able to register for whichever opportunities interest you.

Requirements: None

Days and Hours: Library hours vary by location. Daytime, evening and weekend opportunities may be available.


The Children's Place

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


Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Hannah Brockway, 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


Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Anissa Parra-Grooms

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.

Global FC

Address: 800 Quick Trip Way, Belton, MO 64012


Contact: Ella Munthali 

Mission: Global FC exists to bridge diverse cultures to come together, forming just communities where all are free to be fully-known and fully-loved in pursuit of their God-given purpose and potential.

Global FC uses soccer as a vehicle for transformative impact. We support under-served youth with the tools to overcome obstacles to success by providing resources, opportunities, and relationships towards a brighter future. Our holistic approach harnesses the power of relationships to reduce youth violence and family conflict, strengthen communities, inspire academic success, promote health and wellness and to create mentorship chains. We strive to promote a culture that emphasizes unity in diversity, compassion, love and excellence.

Volunteer description: Volunteer positions include soccer coaches and assistant coaches, team mentors, matched mentors, and tutors. Contact Ella for more information about any of these positions.

At least 16/18 years old (depending on position)
Drivers License and reliable transportation
Background check

Days and Hours: Vary depending on the position.

Growing Futures Early Education Center

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


Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Kathy McLellan

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. 


  • 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


Geographical Area: JCCC Campus

Contact: Claire Ehney, 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.

Kansas City Community Gardens

Address: 6917 Kensington, Kansas City, MO 64132


Contact: Hannah Ebling-Artz, Schoolyard Garden Program Director of Services, 816-931-3877, ext. 319

Mission: To support schools in growing their own vegetable gardens that increase students’ access to healthy food, hands-on learning, and community building. We do this by providing new garden site consultations, low costs plants and seeds to schools, free workshops and training to teachers and other resources as needed.

Volunteer Description: Get matched with a schoolyard garden site and help students and teachers plant, water, weed, harvest and maintain their schoolyard garden.

Requirements: Background check, 10-week commitment 

Days and Hours: Monday-Friday 1 hour per week or 1 hour every other week between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Address: 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210


Geographical Area: Campus

Contact: Karen Gerety Folk, 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


Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Katie Dorsey, 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


Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Maddie Connelly, 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; cost is $15. 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.


Address: Location is confidential, but near downtown Overland Park


Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Kimberly Paul

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


Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Kim Meara, 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


Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Kris Lambert, 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


  • Main office: 1111 W. 39th St., Suite 200, Kansas City, MO, 64111
  • Adventures in Learning & Home Delivered Meals: 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, MO, 64111


Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Bobi Hallak, 816-444-1121, ext. 105

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. Assist with set-up and programming at Adventures in Learning, work with our Senior Companions, provide support for our Home Delivered Meals Program, and help in our office. 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, and then schedule 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-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Some weekend and evenings may be available

Villa St. Francis

Address: 16600 W. 126th St., Olathe KS, 66062


Contact: Michelle Carlstedt, 913-485-4416

Mission: Embracing Christ’s love for all people; we serve those who need care with compassion, excellence, and dignity.

Volunteer Description: Volunteers will help staff with numerous opportunities available, including Bingo, One on Ones, Daily Mass, Gardening and many more!

Requirements: Volunteers must complete a 1-hour orientation and have a TB screening. Testing can be provided by us.

Days and Hours: Contact volunteer coordinator for details.

Bridging The Gap

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


Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Ami Freeberg

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.

JCCC Department of Sustainability

Address: 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210


Contact: Kristy Howell

Mission: Sustainability strives to balance our environmental, economic and social goals to produce more resilient systems that will endure into the future.

Volunteer Description: We have short and long-term volunteer opportunities throughout the year. There are rolling opportunities for waste audits, sustainability campus feature tours, events, education and marketing that run for 6-10 weeks, flexible hours, 20 hours

Events: Earth Week and OP Recycling Extravaganza
Organizing materials for Earth Week events, event setup, work events, event breakdown.
Overland Park Recycling Extravaganza is a Saturday event during Earth Week, two 4-hour shifts, work either or both. Volunteers will be outdoors, on their feet, guiding participants to recycling locations for this drive-up, drop-off event.
(2+ weeks in April, flexible hours, 20 hours)

Studies: JCCC Bird Collision Study
Walking outdoor routes looking for bird mortalities, recording locations, condition, weights, etc., as per data requirements. The position requires downloading iNaturalist app on phone and handling injured/deceased birds with gloved hands.
(1.5 hours or more a week, flexible, full semester 20+ hours)

Days and Hours: Contact Kristy Howell for details.

Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City

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


Geographical Area: Wyandotte County, KS

Contact: Dana Bass, 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.

Ronald McDonald House

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


Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Monica Hashemi-Bozarth


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: Gather a group of coworkers, family members, friends or other community members and volunteer in our houses or Family Room inside of Children's Mercy Hospital to support the families we serve. Schedule an opportunity when you're available or on an ongoing basis at one of our 4 locations. We offer opportunities for groups up to 10 adults (over age 13) to provide meals, snacks, freezer meals, help with chores and more! We have a self service volunteer sign-up calendar. Please visit our website to find a volunteer time that works best for you and your group!

Requirements: Provide and serve a meal for 40 or 50 people depending on the location you're serving. Your group provides the menu, ingredients and volunteers for this opportunity. We have a full kitchen facility in each of our houses for groups to use, but you're welcome to bring in catered food if desired..

Days and Hours:

  •  7 days a week, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

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

Blessings Abound Thrift Store

Address: 10325 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212


Contact:  Laura Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator913-648-0700

Mission:  Blessings Abound Thrift Store is a nonprofit organization called to serve the metro Kansas City Community by selling and recycling donated merchandise in order to provide aid to people in need.

Volunteer Description: Our current volunteer needs include furniture assistance and sorting donations, specifically clothing, accessories and linens, as well as placing items on the sales floor. Cashiering positions are also available but require a more consistent commitment. Minimal mobility opportunities are available if requested. 

Requirements: Complete volunteer registration form.

Days and Hours:

  •  10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays. Contact Laura to set up an orientation/start date. 

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas

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


Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Cari Olberding, 913-433-2104

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.

Community Housing of Wyandotte County

Address: 2 S. 14th St., Kansas City, KS 66102 

Website URL:

Contact Information: Leslie Scott 

Mission: To stabilize, revitalize and reinvest in Kansas City, Kansas, neighborhoods through improved housing and other quality-of-life initiatives.

Volunteer Description: Come grow with us! We welcome volunteers ages 4 and up to help plant, mulch, weed and harvest produce at Splitlog Farm and Orchard. The farm is located in a food desert, and the fruits and vegetables are provided free of charge to nearby residents and families of students who attend M.E. Pearson Elementary School, which is located across the street. 

Requirements: Minimum of two-hour shift requested. Release and waiver required for all volunteers. 

Days and Hours: Minimum two-hour shifts available Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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


Geographical Area: Wyandotte County, KS

Contact: Christina Hofer, 913-281-3388

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


Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Brandy Hodge, 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.


  • 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.

Phoenix Family

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


Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Ellen Gude, 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.

Rosedale Development Association

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


Geographical Area: Wyandotte County, KS

Contact: Erin Stryka, 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 Rosedale 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


Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Marlisa VanKemseke, 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


Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Jennifer Laughlin913-262-0867

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


Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Eric Garbison, 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


Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Chris Eveler, Impact Volunteer Specialist

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


Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Daniel Barber, 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

Hillcrest Transitional Housing Thrift Store

Address: 7824 Quivira Road, Lenexa, KS 66216


Contact: Mark Carr

Mission: Helping families get from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Volunteer Description: Proceeds from the thrift stores support the operations of the Hillcrest Transitional Housing program. By using minimal staff and thousands of hours of volunteer time every year a large portion of the sales goes to support housing for homeless families. The primary roles for volunteers are: Donation Processing: Items that are donated are screened, sorted, priced and then put out on the sales floor. Selecting and preparing only the best items (the others are recycled) gives our thrift stores a reputation for high quality, but relies on volunteers to screen the donations. Donation processing is an activity that groups can do together. Customer Service: Helping our customers find what they are looking for and ensuring a good shopping experience means that people come back.

Requirements: Be over 18 and available during the hours we are open.

Days and Hours: Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Nourish KC (formerly Episcopal Community Services)

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


Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

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.


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


Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Tammi Jehle, 816-287-1827

Mission: To deliver basic human needs, care and compassion to the homeless of Kansas City.

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: Must dress appropriately.

Days and Hours:

  • Monday and Wednesday, 4:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 3:30-9:30 p.m.
  • On the second Saturday of each month, work is available at the warehouse for all ages from 9 a.m.-noon

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


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


Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Contact by email, 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 fund drives, office support. The ages for our warehouse are 8 and up. There are some opportunities that require children to be 12 or older, but that will be outlined in the specific volunteer shift.

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

Days and Hours:

Village Presbyterian Church Food Pantry and Clothes Closet

Address: 9960 Mission Road, Overland Park, KS 66207


Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Susan Webb, Director, 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.
  • Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

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

Kansas City Center for Inclusion

Address: 3911 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64111


Contact: Contact by email

Mission: To provide a safe, welcoming community space where LGBTQIA+ individuals, their families, friends and straight allies can come for education, resources and activities; and to provide community outreach in building a cohesive LGBTQIA+ community in the KC metro.

Volunteer Description: Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to keeping our safe-space promise as a Center Ambassador; being present and engaging while working in Outreach; and Staff Volunteers for social media, resource referrals and youth mentorship. 

Requirements: Applications and interview with Executive Director.

Days and Hours: Monday-Thursday, 4-8 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Other times are available outside of our open hours.  

Literacy KC

Address: 3036 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109


Geographical Area: Greater Kansas City

Contact: Xavier Hankins

Mission: Advance literacy in the metropolitan area through direct services, advocacy and collaboration.

Volunteer Description: Several opportunities are available for working with adult learners and English language learners in the areas of reading, writing, comprehension, math and digital literacy.

Requirements: Varies depending on selected program

Days and Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Other Details:

Reach Out and Read

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

Website: Reach Out and Read Facebook page

Geographical Area: Wyandotte County, KS

Contact: Jenny Horsley

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


Geographical Area: Jackson County, MO

Contact: Gemma Zook, 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


Geographical Area: Douglas County, KS

Contact: Kourie Kanaman, 785-979-1889

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


Geographical Area: Miami County, KS

Contact: Brett Bauer, 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.


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


Geographical Area: JCCC Campus

Contact: Courtney Barden913-469-8500, 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


Geographical Area: Johnson County, KS

Contact: Patti Combs, 913-826-2680

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.

Metro Lutheran Ministry

Address: 3031 Holmes, Kansas City, MO 64109


Contact: Rebekah Noel, Volunteer Development Coordinator, 816-285-3154

Mission: With abiding faith in the intrinsic value of all God’s children, Metro Lutheran Ministry connects those in need with food, housing, health care, education, employment services and other resources in order to nurture greater hope, health, opportunity and peace.

Volunteer Description: Opportunities include working with our Minor Home Repair team on Tuesday mornings or the 4th Saturday of the month (simple repair projects and wheelchair ramp-building), assisting seniors who come to pick up monthly commodity boxes (greeting, welcoming and carrying boxes to cars), 2nd Saturday mobile food pantry, and assisting our orchard site manager with gardening tasks during the growing season.

Days and Hours: Minor Home Repair: Tuesdays 8 a.m.-noon and the 4th Saturday of the month 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Senior Commodity Boxes: 8:30-11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of the third week of every month; 2nd Saturday Mobile Food Pantry: 8:15 a.m.-noon; Orchard and Gardens: by arrangement, April-October.

Requirements: Complete paperwork requested for ongoing volunteers.

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