Of Service - Current

August/ September 2015

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!


Communities Creating Solutions is hosting a workshop on campus Friday, August 28 – Saturday, August 29.  Volunteers are needed to help set-up, registration, greeters, giving directions to guests. Volunteers should sign up for a shift.  Sign-up sheets are located on the bookcase outside VA 425.  Shifts are scheduled between 2pm – 8:30 pm on Friday, August 28 and from 9:30 am – 8:30 pm on Saturday, August 29. For more information, please contact Dr. Risa Stein at 816-501-4691.

Leftovers with Love: help provide meals to St. James Place. Sign up with Bill Kriege in Campus Ministry.

September Service Saturday: we are partnering with Campus Ministry for the Tornado Relief project with Habitat for Humanity in Joplin, MO.  Space is limited. Sign up with Bill Kriege in Campus Ministry. Sign up by Sunday, September 13.


Project Homeless Connect seeks volunteer navigators to help from 10 am – 3 pm on Friday, August 28. Volunteers can sign up for a shift at Project Homeless Connect website.

De-Feet Hunger 5K needs volunteers to help during the race and packing food donation for Harvesters, the community food network. The race is on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 8 am. For more information and to sign up to volunteer, please visit www.defeethunger.com.

UNI Read seeks volunteers to help distribute information about local literacy and education programs that offer free books to families. Teams will canvas neighborhoods within the Urban Neighborhood Initiative on Saturday, September 12 from 9 am – 1 pm. For more information and to sign up to attend please visit United Way website.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City is teaming up with the Kansas City Chiefs for Red Thursday. Volunteers will be at local McDonald's stores to collect donations on Thursday, September 17 from 6 am - 9 am. Visit the RMHC Red Thursday volunteer website to find locations and sign up for a shift.

American Cancer Society needs volunteers to help during the 15th year anniversary event on September 19 from 10 am – 3 pm. Volunteers will help set-up, check-in guests, serve lunch, play bingo and clean-up. For more information and to sign up for a shift, please contact Sarah Freyman.

Tour de BBQ is a bike ride that is rising funds for the American Cancer Society on September 26th. The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to help at a rest stop along the route in shifts from 7 am – 2 pm. Volunteers will pass out water, snacks, and cheer for the cyclists. For more information and to sign up for a shift, please contact Sarah Freyman.

Westside Family Campout needs volunteers to help lead children’s activities from 4 pm on September 26 to 9 am on September 27. For more information and to sign up to volunteer, please contact Marcella Morales Gaona.


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.

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is seeking volunteers to help with English classes, cultural orientation and job readiness classes for refugees in the Kansas City area. Classes are held Monday – Thursday from 8:45 am – 11:30 am. For more information, please contact Kirsten Krehel at 913-621-1504 ext. 1167.

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

Harvesters has many volunteer opportunities in sorting and repackage donated product.  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.

Kansas City Public Library is hosting homework help sessions for middle and high school students. Volunteers are needed to work with younger students in areas of reading, math, language arts, and science.  Volunteers must commit to attend 5 sessions. Contact Katie Taylor or 816-701-3707 for more information and to sign up. Volunteer orientation will be on Wednesday, September 9 from 3:30 pm - 4pm.

Wednesdays (Math Focus)    September 16 – December 2         4:30 pm – 6:30 pm        Southeast Branch Library, 6242 Swope Parkway

Sundays(General Homework Help)     September 20 – December 4        2:30 pm – 4:30 pm   Bluford Branch Library, 3050 Prospect

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.

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.

Rosedale Development Association is seeking a volunteer to transform historic photographs, maps, and documents into a catalogued archive. To apply for this position or for more information, please contact Adrianne Showalter Matlock.

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.

Visitation School is looking for volunteer coaches for 6, 7, and 8 grade girls volleyball. Teams practice twice a week and one day of games.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Lisa Saxe at 816-305-2628.

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