Of Service - Current
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!
CAMPUS SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
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 Maggie Cain or Augusta Thacker to sign up.
October Service Saturday will be with Jumpstart’s Trick-or-Canning on October 15 from 9 am – 12 pm. We will be helping to get the word out about this food drive. To sign up, contact Alicia Douglas.
COMMUNITY SERVICE, ONE-TIME OPPORTUNITIES:
The Alliance for Lupus Research is hosting the Walk With Us to Cure Lupus on Saturday, October 1 at Swope Park from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Whether you want to walk, aren't able to walk, or just want to help, there's something for you. Some examples of volunteer opportunities are food & beverage distribution to the participants, registration/check-in and cheering on our Walkers. Visit www.lupuswalkkansascity.org for more information.
Christmas in October from Visitation Parish is looking for volunteers to help with minor home repair and yard work for elderly and low-income neighbors. The team will work on 3-4 homes in the Blue Hills Neighborhood on Saturday, October 8 from 8 am – 5 pm. Volunteers can work morning or afternoon shift. To sign up, please contact Mike McPherson at 913-788-0228.
Fed Up Fest hosted by Harvesters and X105.1 is an all-day music festival designed to help feed food insecure people in our community. This is a free event on Saturday October 15, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at Crossroads KC. Volunteers for this event will work in 1-3 hour shifts. Volunteer work will include packing event set-up, volunteer check in, packing event logistics, and packers. Please contact Volunteer Engagement at 816-929-3090 or email@example.com .
The Franciscan Mission Warehouse is looking for 10-15 volunteers for their upcoming fundraiser on October 8. They will be scheduling 4 hour shifts from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Volunteers will be asked to help set up tables and chairs, putting table clothes on tables, baking pies, directing parking, cleaning up and tear down of event, etc. Please contact Theresa Boehm at 816-835-5819 for more information.
Goodwill will be hosting a donation drive at the city of Overland Park for bulky items on October 1st from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Volunteers will be setting up boxes, greeting donors, helping load items, keeping track of donations and handing out donation receipts. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-842-7425 for more information.
Goodwill will also be a part of the City of Grandview’s fall clean up in Ball Park. The event will take place on Saturday, October 29 from 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Volunteers will be setting up boxes, greeting donors, helping load items, keeping track of donations and handing out donation receipts. Please email email@example.com or call 816-842-7425 for more information.
Heartland Tree Alliance and Bridging the Gap is seeking volunteers to help care for existing tree and to replenish our metro area’s tree canopy by planting trees. No experience is necessary. To sign up, please click on the location link.
Plant Trees *Urgent Need! Great for a large group.* When: Tuesday, October 4 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Where: Wyandotte County Park, Bonner Springs, KS
Plant Trees When: Wednesday, October 5 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Where: Stony Point Park, Kansas City, KS
Plant Trees When: Thursday, October 6 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Where: Porter Park, Prairie Village, KS
Plant Trees *Urgent Need! Great for a large group.* When: Tuesday, October 11 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Where: Prairie Creek Greenway Park, Platte City, MO
Hillcrest is seeking volunteers to assist in painting and landscaping new apartments for the homeless youth of Johnson County. There will be two opportunities to participate in this event. The first will be October 8 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The second will be on October 15 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. To RSVP please contact Cara Sanderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-400-2537.
Newhouse Shelter needs volunteers to be course monitors, water station attendants, and end of race support for the annual Monster Dash 5k on Saturday, October 29 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. For more information or to sign-up, please contact Cice Elix at 816-462-0503.
The Labor-Management Council is looking for volunteers to help with sign-in at their annual Public Officials Reception Thursday, October 6 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Volunteers would be given free drinks and refreshments along with the opportunity to meet many of our area elected officials and labor and management leaders. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Planting Independence – One Yard at a Time is an event hosted by The Whole Person on Saturday, October 22, from 8 a.m. until finished. This program provides assistance with general yard clean up including mowing, raking, weeding, and planting. Please contact Kelly Grooms at 816-627-2232 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org by October 5 if you would like to provide support for their “Planting Independence” initiative.
Troost Plateau Neighborhood Association is looking for volunteers for The Troost Plateau Dumpster Day on Saturday, October 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Dumpster Day provides residents an opportunity to get rid of bulky trash items in one cleanup day. Volunteers will be asked to help direct people to the correct dumpsters, helping lift items into the dumpster, and to direct people to the leaf/brush dumpster. Please email Alicia Douglas at Alicia.email@example.com with questions or contact Shirley Lowe via phone at 816-363-7711.
Franciscan Mission Warehouse needs volunteers to help sort and pack medical supplies on Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information or to sign-up, please contact Theresa Boehm.
Holly Festival needs volunteers to help with concessions and games to support the DARE program on Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, November 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or to sign up for a shift, please contact Cathy Vollmer at 816-835-1254
Newhouse Shelter needs volunteers for their annual House Party Gala on Saturday, November 19. Volunteers are needed to help set up from 9 am – 12 pm and to help with the auction from 4 pm – 10 pm. For more information or to sign-up, please contact Cice Elix at 816-462-0503.
COMMUNITY SERVICE, ON-GOING OPPORTUNITIES:
Bridging the Gap is seeking volunteers to assist the recycling center managers of Metro North Recycling Center with various duties, such as breaking down cardboard, assisting patrons, etc. This is outdoor opportunity. The event takes place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. every Saturday. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.