Of Service - Current

December 2014

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!

ON CAMPUS COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Leftovers with Love—package and deliver cafeteria leftovers to a near-by soup kitchen. For more information email leftoverswithlove@hawks.rockhurst.edu 

COMMUNITY SERVICE, ONE TIME OPPORTUNITIES

The Arthritis Foundation’s an annual Run/Walk called the Jingle Bell Run will be on December 14 from 6am to 11am. This run/walk is a fundraising event that is decorated for the holidays and is geared toward raising money to find a cure for Arthritis. The volunteer opportunity that is available is to help participants win prizes, sign up to be advocates and mimic the look and feel of arthritis. This is a great way to get in front of people and to help out a great cause! Click here to sign-up and volunteer.

Bridging the Gap needs volunteers to help with Recycling Outreach this fall at Arrowhead Stadium at the Chiefs vs Raiders game on December 14 from 7am to 12:30pm! In teams of two, volunteers will distribute recycling bags to pre-game tailgaters in the lots. No experience required, but some recycling knowledge is helpful. Training is provided on game day. This opportunity is part of the Chiefs "Extra Yard for the Environment" initiative. Click here to sign-up.

Kansas City Track Club will be hosting the Santa Dash on December 6 from 9am to 1pm. Volunteers are needed the day of the race for registration, along the course to guide the Santas, and at the finish line. They have opportunities for everyone. Click here for more information.

Samuel U. Rodgers Health Clinic is sponsoring a health fair for employees on Wednesday, December 10th from 1pm to 4pm. They are looking for volunteers to help with check-in and to support the various activities at the fair. Some of the activities include: blood pressure screening, Zumba, massages, and much more! Contact Kelly Baker at kbaker@rodgershealth.org

Samuel U. Rodgers Health Clinic is looking for volunteers to help sort and distribute Toys for Tots for their patients and their families! This will be a fun-filled event and will give volunteers a great opportunity to interact with patients and help brighten their holiday! The event will take place on Wednesday, December 17th from 4pm to 7pm, and set-up will begin at 1pm. Volunteers can come for as long as they are available! Contact Kelly Baker at kbaker@rodgershealth.org.

Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City is hosting their event, Christmas Around Town, on December 6 from 4pm to 9pm. Families can take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, sing along with the carolers, have their face painted with candy canes, take home a balloon from the balloon artists, and visit live reindeer. Volunteers will need to help assist the children in their craft making experience. Volunteers will need to meet at Wonderscope at 4pm. Email them at info@wonderscope.org for more information.

Mattie Rhodes Center needs three to five volunteers for the morning of Saturday, December 6. Volunteers will be helping with their end of year soccer celebration. Contact Susan Spencer by email at sspencer@mattierhodes.org

COMMUNITY SERVICE, ON-GOING OPPORTUNITIES:

Boy & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City are looking for volunteer basketball coaches. The season begins in December and ends in March, the practices as 1-2 hours, just one night a week. All games will be played Monday- Thursday nights. For more information contact contact Tineka Rentie or 816-462-0147.

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas seeks committed volunteer for their refugee resettlement program to assist with English Language Learner courses and Job Readiness Programs.  For more information please email Bryce Wrokman or call at 913-906-8999. Information can be found on the Rockhurst Career Services website also. 

Community Recycling Centers need volunteers to help direct and assist patrons. For more information, please contact Amy Smith at 816-561-1061 ext. 122.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore needs volunteers to help in their store at 303 W. 79th St., Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact ReStore at 816-231-6889 or visit the website at www.restorekc.org.

Harvesters has many volunteer opportunities in sorting and repackage donated product. As well as delivering groceries to adults and helping at children nutrition classes. If interested email volunteer@harvesters.org or call 816-929-3090.

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.

Literacy Kansas City needs volunteers to assist adults learn and improve reading and writing skills. For more information, please contact Beth Seberger at 816-333-9332.

Newhouse Shelter is looking for volunteers to help in different aspects of volunteering within the shelter. Click here for more information on specific ways to get involved or email Kacee Kellum.

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