Of Service - Current

September 2016

The Center for Service Learning is your resource for connecting with community service opportunities. Every month we compile and distribute Of Service for the Rockhurst community to discover opportunities for service. When calling to inquire about projects off campus, be sure to mention that you’re from Rockhurst University. Also, don’t forget to complete and submit your service transcript forms after completing projects. Thanks!


Leftovers with Love needs you to help package and deliver surplus food from Rockhurst cafeteria to St. James Place. This opportunity occurs Tuesdays from 4 pm – 6 pm. Contact Bill Kriege to sign up.

September Service Saturday— Happy Bottoms provides diapers to low-income families. Volunteer with fellow Hawks on September 24 from 8:30 am – 11:30 am.  Simply sign up and show up. Space is limited and transportation is provided.  Please contact Alicia Douglas to sign-up.


American Diabetes Association needs volunteers to help set up for the annual Step Out Walk event on September 17 in Theis Park. Volunteers will help set up tables, chairs,  and registration from 5:30 am – 11:30 am. For more information or to sign up please contact Brenda Upchurch at 913-383-8210.

Bike MS needs volunteers to help with the event. Volunteer groups staff water stations along the course and provide encouragement to the riders. Volunteers work in shifts during the two-day event, Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18. Please visit the volunteer webpage for available shifts and positions.  Online Volunteer Registration is also available. For more information contact Leanne Mersmann.

Goodwill Industries needs volunteers to help accept donations during donation drives.  Volunteers will accept donations, provide receipts and greet donors. To sign up, please click on the location link.

Corbin Greens Apartment Complex

When: Saturday, September 10 from 10:00am-1:00pm

Where: By the apartment clubhouse @ 14000 Russell Street Overland Park, KS 66223

Rockhill Gardens Dumpster Day

When: Saturday, September 17th 8:00am-12:00pm

Where: Cherry Street [Between 73rd Street and 73rd Terrace Kansas City, MO 64131]

Verona Hills Neighborhood Donation Drive

When: Sunday, September 18th from 9:00am-1:00pm

Where: Carl Migliazzo Park [W Minor Drive Kansas City, MO 64145]

Project Homeless Connect is a free event on Tuesday, September 13, that connects homeless individuals to the vital services and care they need to move their lives forward. They are looking for volunteers to be part-day or full-day volunteers for positions such as check-in/ out, set-up/ clean-up and navigators. To sign up to volunteer please visit this site to see the times and roles available.  

Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Kansas City Chiefs need volunteers to help during the annual Red Friday season kick-off. Volunteers will sell Chiefs flags at local McDonalds on Friday, September 9.  Visit the volunteer page to find a McDonalds and shift that works for you.


Catholic Charities Refugee Learning Center is in need of volunteers to help tutor individuals and families from other countries who are living in KC wishing to improve their English skills. If you are interested please contact Kasey Feattherston

St. James Catholic Church is looking for a volunteer to coordinate social media outreach. The volunteer will recommend best platforms to reach parishioners and community members; develop content; train staff; and measure effectiveness of social media presence.  For more information contact Dan Hladky at (937) 244-4252.

The Children’s Place is looking for classroom volunteers.  The commitment is one day a week for 4-6 months. Volunteers must be available from 9 am – 12 pm or 2 pm – 3:15 pm. For more information, please contact Juli Vance at 816-363-1898.

United Way of Greater Kansas City is looking for a volunteer Front Desk Receptionist to answer calls, direct visitors, and be an additional resource for administrative staff.  Volunteers needed Monday and Wednesday 1 pm – 4 pm or Tuesday and Thursday 1 pm – 4pm. For more information, please contact Liz Wilkin at 816-559-4769.


Catholic Charities of Kansas City- St. Joseph seek volunteers to lead activities for seniors, assist in the welcome center with food and clothing, putting together dignity bags for veterans and more. For additional information, please contact Rachel Larsen at 816-659-8216.

Community Recycling Centers need volunteers to help direct and assist patrons. There are two locations: Three Trails Center and Metro North Recycling Center.  For more information, please contact Amy Smith at 816-561-1061 ext. 122.

Episcopal Community Services needs volunteer to staff lunch service each day. Help is especially needed on Mondays and Fridays between 10:30 am – 2:30 pm. Volunteers serve as dining room hosts, wait staff, and beverage station. To sign up online and view available dates, visit this site.

Franciscan Mission Warehouse needs volunteers to help sort and package medical supplies to be sent on medical mission trips. To sign up, contact Theresa Boehm at 816-835-5819.

Harvesters has many volunteer opportunities in sorting and repackage donated product.  If interested email volunteer@harvesters.org or call 816-929-3090.

Hope Faith Ministries is looking for volunteers to help with their GED Program. Volunteers will provide academic tutoring for adult learners preparing to take the HiSET examination.  Program times are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2 pm – 3 pm. For more information please contact Alfredo Palacol at 816-298-6806. 

Kansas City Pet Project is looking for volunteers to help around the animal shelter.  Some of the jobs include washing the animals, walking them, cleaning out cages, adoption events, helping the vet, etc.  Volunteers must attend a training session.  Contact Kelly Walsh at 913-226-0666.  The shelter is located at 4400 Raytown Road, Kansas City, MO 64129.

Keeler Women’s Center is looking for volunteers to welcome women into the center, provide childcare, answer phones, assist with administrative tasks, and many more. If you are interested in making the difference in some local women’s lives, please call Sr. Carol Ann Peterson at 913-906-8990.

LEARN Science and Math Club is looking for mentors for weekly STEM classes.  Classes are Fridays at the Rockhurst Community Center; kids 5 – 9 years old meet from 10 am – 12 pm and kids 9 – 14 years old meet from 1 pm – 4 pm. Classes Start September 16.  For more information, contact Rebecca Kidwell at 816-914-3115. Sign up to be a mentor at this site.

Lighthouse is looking for volunteers to assist with childcare while mothers are attending classes. Sessions are on Tuesday evening from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Volunteers should commit to helping 1 or 2 times per month.  Please contact Julie Karanja with any questions at 816-361-2233 ext. 232.

LINC Caring Communities at Foreign Language Academy is looking for volunteers to help with the before and after school programs. For more information contact Sherry Harold at 816-418-6076.

Linwood YMCA needs volunteers for its Launch Pad Program. Launch Pad is an After-school tutoring program held Monday – Thursday from 2:30 pm- 6 pm.  For more information, contact Victoria Hammond or 816-923-5675.

Phoenix Family  is looking for Reading Coaches to work one-on-one with children who are struggling to read. Volunteer one hour a week to help a child learn to read! To apply, send an email to Ellen King

Upper Room offers After School Programs at Hogan Elementary School and Mary Kelly Center Monday – Thursdays from 4:30 – 6 pm. Volunteers are needed to help with reading and math. For more information contact Mallory Gobet at 816-363-3819.

There are many opportunities to serve. Please visit the Center for Service Learning to find out more information about these or other local organizations.