Of Service - Current

February 2018

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

Service Saturday- February 24 from 9 am – 12 pm at Newhouse Shelter. Simply sign up and show up. Space is limited and transportation is provided. For more information and to sign up, contact Alicia Douglas.

COMMUNITY SERVICE, ONE-TIME OPPORTUNITIES:

Cultivate Kansas City is in need of volunteers to help with their annual Farmers & Friends Meeting on Saturday, February 3 from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. Volunteers are needed to help the day run as smoothly as possible by helping with check-in, set up and preparing the potluck. For questions and to sign up please email taylor@cultivatekc.org.

Horizon Academy is looking for volunteers for their Bayou Bash Fundraising Event. Tasks include but are not limited to event set up, raffle game sales, event check-in, silent auction assistants, and event tear-down. The event will be held on Saturday, February 3. Volunteer shifts are from 9:15 am to 11:30 pm. Please visit the volunteer sign up page for detailed shift times and to sign up.

Blue Summit Baptist Church and Summit Point Church are looking for volunteers to help with their Night to Shine KC 2018 on Friday, February 9 from 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm at Arrowhead Stadium. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs, ages 16 and older. Volunteers are needed to help make for an out of this world prom experience for those with special needs. To directly sign up, visit https://n2skc18.wixsite.com/mysite

Children’s Mercy Hospital is looking for volunteer groups to help with the Partners in Play activity program. Each Wednesday and Thursday a group of up to 10 volunteers provides an evening activity for patients and their families. Volunteer groups are needed from 5:15 pm – 7 pm on February 14. If you are interested in organizing a group please email events@cmh.edu expressing your interest, availability and number of volunteers in your group.

St. Agnes Catholic School is in need of volunteers to help with their annual benefit auction on Saturday, February 17 from 5 pm – 11 pm. The auction raises funds so that they can continue to offer a quality, Catholic education. Please visit the volunteer page to view roles and times. To sign up and for more information please email auction@stagneskc.org.

Phoenix Family is in need of volunteers to help with their monthly food donation distribution on Tuesday, February 20 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Volunteers will unpack trucks, count food, sort boxes and distribute the food to low-income seniors. To sign up and for more information please email volunteer@phoenixfamily.org

COMMUNITY SERVICE, ON-GOING OPPORTUNITIES:

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.

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.

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

HopeBUILDERS Home Repair is looking for volunteers to help build ramps for the elderly, veterans and people with disabilities in the Greater KC metro area. Their workdays are typically the second and forth Saturdays of each month. If interested email Claudia Garcia or call 888-467-3001.

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 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.

Nourish KC formerly 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.

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.

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