Of Service - Current

May 2017

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!


Morning Glory is a Downtown KC soup kitchen that primarily serves homeless men. Join Campus Ministry on the third Sunday of every month to serve KC’s hungry. To sign up, contact Augusta Thacker at 402-889-0556.


Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is hosting the annual Midwest Lemonade Days at Hy-Vee grocery stores throughout the Greater KC area. The event will take place on June 2 and June 3. Volunteers are responsible for collecting monetary donations from patrons and distributing lemonade. For more information or to sign up, contact Paige Walsh.

American Heart Association is hosting the KC Heart and Stroke Walk and Run on May 20 in the Power & Light District. Volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up, clean-up, registration, water stations, Kids Zone and more. For more information or to sign up, visit here. 

American Diabetes Association is hosting its annual Tour de Cure Walk on Sunday, June 4 at English Landing Park (Parkville, MO). They are flexible with the amount of time volunteers can stay. Volunteers are needed between 5 a.m. – 5 p.m. To sign up, contact Kellie Johnson at 913-383-8210 ext. 6846.

American Liver Foundation is hosting its annual Liver Life Walk on June 10 (St. Louis) at Tilles Park and June 17 (Kansas City) at English Landing Park. Volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up, parking, and course set-up. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Alise Jackson. 

Anytown KC is looking for volunteers to be on-site staff leading to curriculum and community-building support. Any town is a week-long residential leadership program focused on building community and empowering delegates to make the world a better place for all of us. Volunteers participate in more than 36 hours of training before the week-long program beginning in May. The Anytown program will take place at Rockhurst University in July 2017. For more information, please contact AnytownKC@gmail.com or complete the application here.

Bridging the Gap is seeking volunteers to help plant trees with the Heartland Tree Alliance on Saturday, May 6 from 9:00 a.m. – noon and Wednesday, May 10 from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Northland Arboretum. To sign up, contact Sarah Crowder. 

Camp Barnabas is hosting a summer day camp for people with special needs in Kansas City. The camp will be held at Colonial Presbyterian Church from July 16 – 21 (week 1) and July 23 – 28 (week 2). For more information, contact Day Camp Directors Chase Burnett and Jamie Munroe. To register, visit here.

Foundation Fighting Blindness is hosting the 10th annual VisionWalk on Saturday, June 24 at Theis Park (near Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art). Volunteer responsibilities include set-up and tear down, registration, information booth, kid’s activities, and assisting with the walk route. For more information or to sign up, please contact SSroka@fightblindness.org or call 847-680-0100. 

Girls Can Camp Inc. is an organization that provides a safe and caring resident camp experience for girls with special needs. They are seeking women to assist with the care of campers, general camp duties, and making camp as fun as possible for all of the girls. The camp will take place July 19 – 28 at Rotary Youth Park in Lee’s Summit, MO. To sign-up, visit here. For more information, contact Amanda Sarver at 816-808-3587.

Habitat for Humanity (Truman Heritage) is looking for women and men to join them for 2017 Women Build form May 9 – May 13. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for one day or all five. No construction experience is necessary and all tools, training, and lunch will be provided on-site. The event will take place in Independence, MO. For more information or to sign up, contact Joanna Robinson at 816-461-6551 ext. 230.

Hospital Hill Run is seeking volunteers from May 31 – June 3 to assist with a variety of tasks, including event set-up, packet pick-up, water stations, aid stations, course marshalling and more. For more information and sign up, visit here. 

KC Symphony is hosting its annual Celebration at the Station event on Sunday, May 28 from 3:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Union Station and the WWI Memorial. Volunteers times are flexible on the event day. Volunteers must attend safety and security orientation on Thursday, May 18. Volunteer tasks include, but are not limited to, program distribution, crowd control, working in the instrument petting zoo or in the information booth. For more information or to sign up, contact Karen Hardcastle.

LEARN Science and Math Club sponsors City Imagineerium on Saturday, May 6 on the UMKC campus in the Atterbury Success Center of Pierson Hall. Volunteers are needed from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Help is needed to set up on the evening before the event from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. To sign up, visit here.

Muscular Dystrophy Association is seeking volunteers to help with their annual camp from June 3 – June 10. All campers, ages 6-17, are matched up with a one-on-one volunteer to assist with their needs, which can include transfers, assisting with acts of daily living, and just having fun. This is an opportunity to earn 140 service hours! For more information or to sign up, contact Michelle Norman at 913-451-3230.

Villa St. Francis is in need of volunteers to assist with the Parkinson Foundation for Moving Day on Saturday, June 10 at Liberty Memorial (KCMO). To sign up, contact Tiffany Howell-Clair. Volunteers are needed between 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


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 Chelsey Buseck at 816-898-8054.

After the Harvest gathers excess produce that would otherwise go to waste at farms and orchards and take it to food banks (like Harvesters), pantries, shelters and community kitchens to feed hungry people in KS and MO. Opportunities are available from May-November on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. For more information or to sign up, visit here or contact Mariah Friend at 816-921-1903.

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.

Community Recycling Centers need volunteers to help direct and assist patrons. There are two locations: Three Trails Center and Metro North Recycling Center.  The event takes place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. every Saturday. For more information, please contact Amy Smith at 816-561-1061 ext. 122.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hope Faith Ministries is looking for volunteers to help with their GED Program. Volunteers will provide academic tutoring for adult learners preparing to take the HiSET examination.  Program times are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2 pm – 3 pm. For more information please contact Alfredo Palacol at 816-298-6806. 

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. 

Johnson County Community College is seeking volunteers to assist with summer children’s art classes. Volunteers help certified art educators with preparation and implementation of children's art classes at the Nerman Museum on Tuesdays through Fridays in June and July. Morning classes are from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and afternoon classes are from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Preference is given to high school seniors and college students with experience in fine arts, education, or another related field. Full position descriptions and requirements are available here.

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 seeking people to serve as Information Ambassadors at their 10th Street location. Information Ambassadors are responsible for greeting and assisting patrons in the following areas: using the online catalogue, checking out books, locating books within the library, and accessing overdrive. For more information or to sign-up, contact Katie Taylor at 816-701-3706.

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.

Kingswood Senior Living Community is looking for volunteers to perform music in their facility. If you are interested in playing their Steinway piano or if have an instrument of your own, then please contact Chelsea Mann for more information on how to get involved! 

Lighthouse is looking for volunteers to assist with childcare while mothers are attending classes. Sessions are on Tuesday evening from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Volunteers should commit to helping 1 or 2 times per month.  Please contact Julie Karanja with any questions at 816-361-2233 ext. 232.

LINC Caring Communities at Foreign Language Academy is looking for volunteers to help with the before and after school programs. For more information contact Sherry Harold at 816-418-6076.

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

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.

Westside Housing is a non-profit community development organization that is seeking volunteers to serve from April – June in the Westside Neighborhood. For more information or to sign up, contact hdutt@westsidehousing.org.

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