Of Service - Current

November 2017

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!


Service Saturday— November 18 from 9 am – 12 pm. Help St. Peter’s Parish and the social service ministry. Simply sign up and show up.  For more information, please contact Alicia Douglas.

Leftovers with Love is Campus Ministry’s weekly food repackaging from Rockhurst University cafeteria to St. James Place. Each Thursday from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm students prepare meals and deliver to St. James Place. To sign up, please contact Camlyn Monfort.


The Newhouse Shelter is looking for volunteers to help with their Monster Dash 5K & Lil’ Monsters’ Fun Run on Saturday, October 28 at 6:00 pm. Volunteers would serve as course monitors, water aid station refreshers, timing chip clip removers, collectors and result calculators. For more information please contact Cicelynn at 816-474-6446.

Phoenix Family is looking for volunteers to help with their Trunk or Treat on Tuesday, October 31st from 6:00-7:30 pm at Friendship Village. The children at Friendship Village rarely get to go trick or treating in their own neighborhood so volunteers are needed to decorate their cars or help out in other various ways. For more information and to sign up contact April. 

Sleepyhead Beds is looking for volunteers to help distribute beds to families on November 4th from 8:30 am – 11:00 am.  The distribution center is located at 5604 Troost Ave. To sign up, please complete volunteer form online or contact Doug Kean at 816-547-9955.

Foster Adopt Connect is looking for volunteers to help with operating registration, monitoring the course, passing out water and food, and bestowing medals at their Run for Adoption 5K Run/Walk on Saturday November 4th from 6:45am-10:30am. For additional information please visit the website.

Pulmonary Hypertension Association is looking for volunteers for their Parkville Fun Run and Walk to help with set up, registration, directing walkers and runners along the route and cleaning up. The event will take place on November 4th from 7:30am-12:00pm. For more information contact Kristin Brooks at 301-565-3004 x755 or  KristinB@phassociation.org.

Girls on the Run is seeking volunteers for their celebratory end of their girls’ accomplishments in the Girls on the Run program. Volunteers will be course monitors and it will be their job to cheer on and motivate the GOTR girls and other participants. The celebratory 5K will take place on November 4 from 8:00am-11:30am. Use this link to sign up.

LUNGevity Foundation is seeking an experienced artist to provide face painting services for children and families attending Breathe Deep Kansas City Walk and Fun Run to End Lung Cancer on Sunday, November 5 at Liberty Memorial from 6:30am-9:30am, and is asked to bring all supplies. For more information, please contact Heather Domabyl.

Phoenix Family is looking for volunteers to help seniors in Gardner receive food donations on Wednesday November 8 from 9:30am-10:30am. Volunteers should be able to lift 35 pounds at commodities deliveries. For more information contact volunteer@phoenixfamily.org.

Phoenix Family is searching for volunteers to unpack, sort, and distribute food to seniors throughout Kansas City on Thursday November 9 from 11:30am-1:30pm. For more information contact volunteer@phoenixfamily.org.

Special Olympics Kansas is seeking interested volunteers to assist with their State Fall Sports Classic on November 10-11th in the Kansas City Area. For more information please contact Clint Armistead at armisteadkc@ksso.org. To register online, visit www.ksso.org/volunteer-at-an-event.

Bridging the Gap has two KC WildLands Workdays coming up: The Annual Honeysuckle Battle and The Ecological Restoration Workday. The Annual Honeysuckle Battle is Saturday, November 4 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The Ecological Restoration Workday is on Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. To sign up or for more information contact Linda Lehrbaum at 816-561-1089.

The Holly Festival, which benefits the DARE program, needs volunteers on November 11th 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and/or 12th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Bernard Campbell Middle School in Lees Summit Mo. Volunteers would be serving food in the cafeteria or to vendors. To volunteer and for more information contact Cathy Vollmer at 816-835-1254.

Salvation Army hosts an annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the community on November 23. They need volunteers to assist drivers in delivering meals to those who cannot attend the meal. To sign up or to see what shifts are available, please visit the website.


Amethyst Place needs volunteers to help in their childcare center on Tuesdays from 5:15 – 7:00 p.m. and Wednesdays/Thursdays from 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. To volunteer, contact Lindsay Harmon at (502) 271-9149.

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 volunteer@bridgingthegap.org for more information.

Brown v. Board Foundation is seeking a volunteer to develop online marketing for a fundraiser and auction using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from now through April of 2018. For more information contact Kevin Stanley at 816-616-7813 or kds@hfmlegal.com.

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.

Connecting for Good is seeking volunteers to teach basic digital literacy classes, such as basic computer skills, using email, Microsoft Office Suite, using social media, and financial literacy. Volunteers will participate in a training session beforehand. Volunteers are required to complete a minimum of 2 hours per week for 6 weeks. Volunteers are needed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact Rhocia Ibok at 816-559-7077.

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.

Goodwill Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas needs volunteers to work with job seekers to help prepare them by conducting mock interviews and assist in the classroom.  For more information, please contact Kristen Wright at 816-842-7425 ext. 285.

Habitat for Humanity requires the help of volunteers, skilled and unskilled, to keep their program. running. Volunteers serve in a variety of outlets: building homes, working with families, fundraising, managing the office. For more information, please visit this website

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

Hillcrest Ministries is looking for volunteers to help paint/renovate apartments. This takes from each 2nd Saturday of every month from 9am-1pm. There are around 2-6 volunteers needed. Please contact Lou Warner for more information or to sign up at 816-797-9913

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. 

Hospice Partners of Kansas need volunteers to help with office tasks, interacting with patients by playing music, singing, painting nails, telling stories, scrapbooking, playing card and board g a.m.es, and talking to the patients. For more information, please contact Rick Russell at 913-758-1700. 

Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City is looking for volunteers to help as “personal shopper” in their food pantry. Shifts are Tuesday/ Thursday 9:30 am – 12 pm and 1:30 pm – 4 pm. Once a month shifts are also available on the second Tuesday evening and third Sunday. To sign up, please visit the volunteer page.

Kansas City International Academy is looking for volunteers to serve as mentors and classroom volunteers. Volunteers will work with students individually or in small groups supporting their reading, writing, math skills, etc. The hours are flexible within the 9:00-3:00 school day but you must serve at least 4 hours per month. For more information please contact Nikki Snyder at 316-209-0120.

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.

Kansas City Public Library is looking for volunteer citizenship mentors to assist patrons who are seeking naturalization. Volunteers will serve 1-2 hours per week as “interviewers” so that patrons can practice for the interview part of the naturalization process. The library will provide training and an interview template. The next volunteer training will be November 14 at 12 pm at the Central Branch Library.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Jane Lee at 816-701-3673.

 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.

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.

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.

Reconciliation Services needs volunteers to help serve at the weekly Friday Night Community Meal. To view the opportunities and available dates, please visit the volunteer page.  

Rose Brooks Center provides emergency shelter to women and children escaping life-threatening abuse. They are seeking volunteers to participate with their Bridge Program, which is a hospital-based advocacy program connecting victims of family violence with the person who can help them most. The Bridge Program is a vital service providing 24/7 on-call support to hospitals and clinics throughout the metro. Rose Brooks Center will provide you with the training you need to be an excellent advocate for the victims you serve as a volunteer. For more information, please visit this website.

Unbound is an international nonprofit concentrated on building relationships of mutual respect and support that bridge cultural, religious and economic divides. Volunteers are needed to assist in the Service Center to prepare letters to be mailed to sponsors. Volunteers are asked to serve a minimum of 2 hours between Monday - Friday from 8:00AM - 4:00PM. To sign up, please visit the volunteer web page. If you have further questions, contact Beth Parkhill at 913-384-7110.

Upper Room offers After School Programs at several locations Monday – Thursdays from 4:30 – 6 pm. Volunteers are needed to help with reading and math. For more information, please visit the volunteer webpage.  

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