Of Service - Current

September 2014

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!

ON CAMPUS COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Leftovers with Love—package and deliver cafeteria leftovers to a near-by soup kitchen. For more information email leftoverswithlove@hawks.rockhurst.edu 

Safe Trick or Treat- Create and host haunted house at the RU Community Center for neighborhood kids. Volunteers can help decorate, host a room or game table, be a guide, paint faces, etc. Volunteers are needed October 26 – November 1. For more information, please email Alicia Douglas  or call at 816-501-4306.

Service Saturday—an opportunity to serve with fellow Hawks. September 6. To reserve your spot, contact Julia Vargas or call at 816-501-4545.

COMMUNITY SERVICE, ONE TIME OPPORTUNITIES

Bike MS needs volunteers to help set up, check in cyclists, and at water and snack stops. Volunteers are needed September 13 and 14.  For more information about volunteering for Bike MS, click here

Kansas City Marathon benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Volunteers are needed to help set up, check-in runners, and at water stops. Volunteers are needed October 16, 17, and 18. Volunteers must register to volunteer on the volunteer webpage. Descriptions of the volunteer duties can be found on the webpage also.

Project Homeless Connect is an event designed to facilitate and connect service providers to the homeless population in one location. Volunteers duties include set up, check- in guests, data entry, navigators. This event will be on Friday, October 10 from 10 am – 4 pm at the Gregg/ Klice Community Center (17th and Paseo). For more information and to sign up for a volunteer role, please visit the Project Homeless Connect webpage.

COMMUNITY SERVICE, ON-GOING OPPORTUNITIES:

Amethyst Place provides housing to homeless women, in recovery from drugs/alcohol, and their children. There are a variety of opportunities to serve. If interested in helping, please contact Irma Robinson at 913-669-2029 or irmasrobinson@gmail.com

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas seeks committed volunteer for their refugee resettlement program to assist with English Language Learner courses and Job Readiness Programs.  For more information please email Bryce Wrokman or call at 913-906-8999. Information can be found on the Rockhurst Career Services website also.

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

Girl Scouts are looking for Assistant Troop Leaders. These volunteers will assist the Troop Leader to facilitate activities for school-based programs. For more information, please email Amilee Turner or call 816-759-3063.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore needs volunteers to help in their store at 303 W. 79th St., Monday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday 9 am – 4 pm. For more information, please contact ReStore at 816- 231-6889 or visit the website at www.restorekc.org.

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 or kwc@mountosb.org

Literacy Kansas City needs volunteers to assist adults learn and improve reading and writing skills. For more information, please contact Beth Seberger at 816-333-9332 or bseberger@literacykc.org.

Phoenix Family Housing is looking for reading coaches for children. Program is Monday – Thursday 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Volunteers are asked to commit to once a week for 2 hours each, for the semester. For more information, please contact David Pruitt 816-561-1033 or volunteer@phoenixfamily.org.

Spay and Neuter Kansas City needs volunteers to help with the community outreach programs. Volunteer duties include educating pet owners on care for their pets, distributing food for pets, distributing information about their services. For more information, please email Marlan Roberts or call at 816-353-0940.

St. Francis Xavier is seeking volunteers to help prepare migrant farm-worker children for Baptism and First Communion. Volunteers would meet for 5-6 Sunday afternoons, culminating with the celebration of the Sacraments in mid-October. Spanish-speaking abilities are a plus, but not required. Please contact Bill Kriege for more information or to express your interest in the project.

Truman Medical Center is looking for tutors for the Truman Corporate Academy Tutoring Program. The program assists elementary, middle, and high school students with math, science, reading, and foreign language skills. Tutoring will be Saturdays from 9 am – 12 pm. For more information please email Wendi Weiss or call at 816-404-9713.

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