Of Service - Current

April 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!

Serve KC Volunteer Fair is a wonderful opportunity mingle with more than 20 local nonpro?ts, discuss volunteer opportunities and learn how to make an impact in your community. The event is on April 16th from 10am- 2pm at the Central Resource Library in the Carmack room.

CAMPUS SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

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— The Franciscan Mission Warehouse sends medical supplies to developing countries and American Indian reservations.  We will assist in sorting and packing supplies for shipment on Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Please contact Alicia Douglas to sign-up.

COMMUNITY SERVICE, ONE-TIME OPPORTUNITIES:

Boys and Girls Club and Junior Achievement will provide financial education to youth during April, Money Smart Month. Volunteers are needed to help with the program. Volunteers should commit to 1 hour a week between 3 pm – 5 pm; complete background check; and attend a volunteer training. If you have any questions please contact Beth Fritts at 816-561-3558  ext. 11. To register, please visit this site.

People to People International is hosting a fair for local students in grade school and high school to showcase just how international Kansas City is. They are in need of volunteers to help with the event in a variety of ways. The event is April 12-13 at Union Station, and volunteers are welcome to help before or during the event on both days, anytime from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. To volunteer, please visit this site.

LEARN Science and Math Club and Time Warner Cable City Imagineerium is looking for volunteers to help the kids build the most amazing city! This event is held on April 16th on UMKC campus in Pierson Hall in the Atterbury Success Center from 10a to 4p; there are two shifts for volunteers, starting at 9 am and ending at 5 pm. Sign up today to volunteer by visiting Time Warner Cable City Imagineerium.

Hard to Recycle Collection Event will be on Saturday, May 7 from 8 am – 12 pm at the Manuel Tech Career Center. Volunteers are needed to help direct traffic and check residents in. Please contact Leigh Blumenthal to sign up to volunteer.

COMMUNITY SERVICE, ON-GOING OPPORTUNITIES:

Catholic Charities Refugee Learning Center is in need of volunteers to help tutor individuals and families from other countries who are living in KC wishing to improve their English skills. If you are interested please contact Kasey Feattherston

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.

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.

Hillcrest Thrift Shops is looking for volunteers to help within the thrift stores. Some of the areas you would help serve in includes cashiering, merchandising, sorting, customer service, sales help, and cleaning. Volunteer orientation is Thursdays at 11am and Saturdays at 3pm. You must RSVP. Please contact Lou Warner for more information at 816-797-9913

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

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.

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.

Summer Opportunities

Ronald McDonald House Charities Kansas City is looking for hosts for their summer camp they have each year for kids with special kidney conditions, offering activities typical to any other summer camp, while providing the necessary medical care they need depending on their condition. They hosts a summer camp each year for kids with special kidney conditions, offering activities typical to any other summer camp, while providing the necessary medical care they need depending on their condition. For more information and to sign up please contact Madeline McCann at (816) 541-8472. 

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