Of Service - Current

February 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!

CAMPUS SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas/Northwest Missouri will be on campus February 12 from 11 am to 3 pm. Black Student Union and the Student Activities Board will be hosting the event. Volunteers are needed to do activities and games with the girls. Food will be provided. Contact Chris Stibbs for more information.

Leftovers with Love needs you to help deliver Rockhurst cafeteria leftovers to St. James Place. Volunteers deliver the food and then join guests for a meal. This opportunity occurs Tuesdays from 4 pm – 6 pm. Contact Maggie Cain or Augusta Thacker to sign up.

Service Saturday— KC Spay and Neuter is an organization whose mission is to decrease pet homelessness, increase pet retention and improve the quality of life for pets through education and supportive services for families in need. Service Saturday will be on February 20 from 8:30 am to 11 am . Please contact Alicia Douglas to sign-up.

COMMUNITY SERVICE, ONE-TIME OPPORTUNITIES:

Blue Summit Baptist Church is looking for volunteers to help with A Night to Shine. This event is an unforgettable prom night experienced, centered on God’s love for people with special needs. Volunteers are needed for decorating and check-in. Volunteers will be paired up with a buddy to ensure they are involved with all the activities presented at the prom, including dancing, photo opportunities, getting their food, etc. To volunteer, sign-up here.

Episcopal Community Services is looking for volunteers to help on February 5 from 10:30 am to 2:30pm as they launch their brand new Kansas City Community Kitchen. Volunteers will help serve tables in the kitchen. Contact Mandy Caruso-Yahne at 816-561-8920. 

High Aspirations serves the social, emotional, academic and spiritual needs of African American males ages 8 to 18. Volunteers are needed for their Chess session on February 6, from 10 am to 12 pm. Contact Henry Wash for more information.

Horizon Academy is looking for volunteers to work their annual fundraiser on February 6 from 4:30 pm to Midnight. Their annual fundraiser, Bayou Bash, is a Mardi Gras-themed event that supports scholarships and programs for students with learning disabilities at Horizon Academy. Volunteers will help with coat check, assisting with check-in/out, helping with the auctions, promoting raffles, and event greeting. For sign-ups, please email Horizon Academy

Kansas City WildLands needs volunteers for the Winter Ecological Restoration Workday on Saturday, February 27 from 1 pm – 4 pm.  For more information or to sign up, contact Linda at 816-561-1061 ext. 116.

Sunflower House is looking for professional photographers that can take staged and candid photos of at their large gala fundraising event on February 5. Volunteers will be provided with food and beverages. Experience with large photography, low lighting, and interesting angles is required. Contact Danielle Russell for more information.

COMMUNITY SERVICE, ON-GOING OPPORTUNITIES:

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 LINC is a place for families to stay while they are getting back on their feet from being homeless. They are looking for volunteers to watch the children who stay there while their parents are at a program provided to them by Community Link. They need volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday night from 5:40 to 7:15. If interested please contact Josh Chittum at jchittum@communitylinc.org.

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

First Tee of Great Kansas City is looking for volunteer coaches to help teach golf to grade school students. For more information, please contact Brigette Chirpich at 913-648-7177.

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 elementary, 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. Homework Help sessions will be Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:15 – 6 pm at the Waldo Branch Library, 201 W. 75th St., Kansas City, MO.

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.

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.

Reach Out and Read Kansas City is seeking volunteers to read books with children in health clinics throughout Kansas City. For more information contact Reach Out and Read at 913-588-3073.

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.

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