Of Service - Current

October 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. October 18. To reserve your spot, contact Alicia Douglas  or call at 816-501-4306.

COMMUNITY SERVICE, ONE TIME OPPORTUNITIES

Bridging the Gap is looking for help with their Keep Kansas City Beautiful project on October 25. Join Keep Kansas City Beautiful (KKCB) to pick up litter in the central core of Kansas City, Missouri. Contact Sadie Gardner to sign-up.

Bridging the Gap is looking for people to mulch the trees along 63rd Street in the Brookside area of Kansas City, Missouri. These trees need some love! Join the Heartland Tree Alliance for an hour on Wednesday, October 1. All volunteers must register in advance by completing online registration. Click here to sign up.

Bridging the Gap is looking for volunteers to help with recycling at Arrowhead stadium on October 26. You will distribute recycling bags to tailgaters and stand by recycling stations to ensure that Chiefs fan place their items in the correct recycling bins. Click here to sign up.

Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County is looking for volunteers to help with their annual golf tournament on October 3. Volunteers will assist with registration, check-out, course monitoring, and the auction. To sign up, contact Katie Maupin.

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.

Newhouse is the charity partner for Monster Dash 5k race on Saturday, October 25!  Volunteers are needed in the following areas: Course Monitor, Aid Station, Finish Line, and Tent or Treat volunteers (costumes required!).  For more information, click here.

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.

St. Peter’s Meyer Fest on October 10 and 11. Volunteers are needed to help with several events in the celebration including a bike parade, block party, Kid Zone, and Pig Roast. Click here for more information on the event and sign-ups.

Tony Aguirre Community Center will hold a "Haunted Community Center" on Friday, October 31. Volunteers are to help with haunting, scaring, and snacks.   Volunteers need to be at the Aguirre Center, 2050 West Pennway, KCMO 64108, from 5:30pm-8:30pm. If interested, please contact: Steve Zapien   Stephen.zapien@kcmo.org  or Jon Lindsay    jon.lindsay@kcmo.org

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

Boy & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City are looking for volunteers to be mentors, tutors, referees, coaches, story tellers to help with their programs. You will be working with kids ages 5-18. For more information contact Tineka Rentie or 816-462-0147.

Boy & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City are looking for volunteer basketball coaches. The season begins in December and ends in March, the practices as 1-2 hours, just one night a week. All games will be played Monday- Thursday nights. For more information contact contact Tineka Rentie or 816-462-0147.

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.

Harvesters has many volunteer opportunities in sorting and repackage donated product. As well as delivering groceries to adults and helping at children nutrition classes. 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.

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

LIGHT House is looking for regular volunteers to provide childcare on Tuesday evenings while parenting and Bible study classes take place. LIGHT House is located at Wornall Baptist Church at the corner of Wornall Road and Meyer Blvd. If interested, please contact Julie Karanja at 816-361-4138.

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.

Morningstar Baptist Church and Hope Leadership Academy partner to provide after-school program and tutoring for children in their neighborhood. Two or three volunteer tutors are needed to assist with elementary math and reading from 4-6 pm. The program takes place at the church, 2411 E. 27th St. KCMO. For more information, please contact Calvin Jones at 816-359-7062.

Newhouse Shelter is looking for volunteers to help in different aspects of volunteering within the shelter. Click here for more information on specific ways to get involved or email Kacee Kellum.

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.

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.

Upper Room has internship positions available for the fall, spring, and summer. As an intern you will be exposed to different aspects of non-profit administrative work. You will also gain firsthand knowledge of managing a non-profit organization. To apply please email Mallory Gobet.

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