Of Service - Current

January/ February 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!


Leftovers with Love needs you to help package and deliver surplus food from Rockhurst cafeteria to St. James Place. This opportunity occurs Tuesdays from 4 pm – 6 pm. Contact Maggie Cain or Augusta Thacker to sign up.


Bridging the Gap is looking for volunteers to assemble envelopes for their upcoming 25th anniversary gala event. This is a great weekday indoor volunteer opportunity for groups! The work may be completed in our West Bottoms office from Tuesday January 17 through Thursday January 19 during standard office hours from 9 a .m. – 5 p.m. For more information and to sign up, please contact Amy Smith at 816 -561-1087 or by email.

Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness needs volunteers to help distribute surveys for the 2017 Point In Time Homeless Count. Volunteers will be in teams at feeding programs, area agencies, schools, libraries, and on the streets. The count will be Wednesday, January 25 from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Thursday, January 26 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Volunteers must go through training. To sign up for training and volunteer shift please go to this website.   

Head Start is looking for volunteers to sort and prepare boxes of supplies that are utilized during Head Start training sessions at the end of February. This volunteer opportunity is extremely flexible. You would be able to select the time a day that works best for you. This volunteer opportunity will only require 1-2 hours of a volunteer’s time. The service will be running from Thursday January 12 – Sunday February 19. For more information please contact Virginia Harris at 816-561-9622.

Holt International is seeking volunteers for the Winter Jam concert in Kansas City, MO. Volunteer at a concert for one evening and transform the world for orphaned and vulnerable children. When you volunteer with Holt at Winter Jam, the work is simple, but the impact is so great. The event will take place on Sunday January 29 from 3- 11 pm at the Sprint Center. For more information about Holt International, Winter Jam, or to register to volunteer, please go to their website or contact Candice Coffee by email or by phone at 541-505-5543.

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 Sunday February 4 from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Please visit the following link for detailed shift times and to sign up.

Ozanam is looking for volunteers to spend time with teen girls at Chicktime-KC. If you have a love for art, music, cooking, gardening, photography, dance then this is the perfect place for you to volunteer. Chicktime is meeting on Saturday January 21 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Chicktime will also be meeting on Saturday February 18 from 10-11 a.m. Contact Margo Russel at 816-882-0099 or visit their website for more information.

United Inner City Services is looking for volunteers for their Family Fitness Night. Volunteer opportunities include obstacle course administrative assistant, kitchen support floater, check in/ out, and set up/ breakdown. For more information please check the United Inner City Services website.  


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.

Cristo Rey High School is seeking volunteers Monday-Thursday in various capacities.  Cristo Rey students need college mentors to offer them support and encouragement during lunch every other week.  The admissions office is seeking volunteers to assist with potential-student interviews and Spanish-speaking volunteers to communicate with potential students/parents over the phone and in parent meetings.  If interested, please contact Sister Linda Roth at 816-457-6044. 

Debate-Kansas City (DKC) is a non-profit organization housed at UMKC that provides 40 KC area middle and high school students with the opportunity to compete in academic debate. The organization relies on volunteers from the community to act as judges and mentors to its member schools. If interested, please visit this website or contact Isaac Allen.

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. 

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.

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! 

LEARN Science and Math Club is looking for mentors for weekly STEM classes.  Classes are Fridays at the Rockhurst Community Center; kids 5 – 9 years old meet from 10 am – 12 pm and kids 9 – 14 years old meet from 1 pm – 4 pm. Classes start January 20.  For more information, contact Rebecca Kidwell at 816-914-3115. Sign up to be a mentor at this site.

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.

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.

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

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.

Whittier Elementary School needs classroom helpers to assist immigrant children learn reading, counting, vocabulary words.  Volunteers are welcomed during the school day between 8:10 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.  To sign up, please visit the Kansas City Missouri Public School Volunteer Page. Make sure to specify Whittier Elementary School.

Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City is looking for energetic, fun volunteers who love to help children learn through the power of play!  Volunteers need to be able to easily engage both children and adults, be positive, encouraging, offer suggestions, ask questions that can help develop the play. Volunteer shifts are 4 hours generally 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. For more information email Marcel Wilson

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