Of Service - Current

November 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!


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— Happy Bottoms is a community diaper bank. We will be helping sort and organize the warehouse.  Sign up to serve on November 21 from 8:30am to 12:30 pm. Transportation is provided. Space is limited so sign up with Alicia Douglas by November 18.


Holly Festival is looking for volunteers to help out at their next event. The event is scheduled for Saturday November 14th from 10:00-4:00 and Sunday, November 15 from 10:00-3:00.  If interested please call Cathy Vollmer at 816-835-1254.

Honeysuckle Battle is looking for volunteers to help remove invasive honeysuckle shrub from different Kansas City parks. This will take place on Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Please register online prior to the event.

There is a Girl Scout event at Science City looking for volunteers to help with the event. It is on Saturday, November 14. There are 3 different jobs to choose from: Serving pizza from 5-7 or 6:30-8:30, being a runner to show the girls where they need to go from 4:45-6:45, and co-leading a group of the girls with the other leaders from 4:45-8:30. Co-leading requires a background check which can be accessed at the following link. If interested please contact Annalise Padgett.

Excelsior Springs Robotics Team is hosting a First LEGO League Tournament on Saturday, November 21. Volunteers are needed to help set up, judge, time events, and in concessions. There are shifts available between 8 am – 4:30 pm. To sign up, please contact Stanley Weeks at 816-630-9230 ext. 3509.


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 Project Focus is looking for volunteers as they open up their nonprofit business. She is looking for volunteers to help get her started. There will be more information to come but if you are interested please contact Retha Jackson or mail her at 3409 28th Street KC, MO 64128.

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.

People to People International is currently looking for some volunteers to help them organize their Global Youth Murals inventory. This opportunity would involve organizing murals by year, labeling them, and storing them in boxes. If interested please contact Abbie Gittinger to set up a schedule.

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.