Of Service - Current

May 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!

COMMUNITY SERVICE, ONE-TIME OPPORTUNITIES:

49/63 Neighborhood Coalition is sponsoring a June Flower Planting Day at the Mary L. Howard Memorial Garden (1217 E. 61st St.) on Saturday, June 7 from 1 pm – 5 pm.  No sign-up required.

Associated Youth Services is looking for volunteers to help set up, transform, and decorate their ballroom into a casino, creatively setting up auction items and setting up registration tables. They are also looking for auction hosts who will be responsible for interacting with guests, answering questions, and gathering interest for silent auction items. Auction hosts also serve as spotters during the live auction. The event is being held on May 2 from 2pm to 6pm and from 6pm to 11pm. Click here for more information.

Bridging the Gap is celebrating their 18th annual Earth Walk at the Kansas City, Missouri Riverfront, near the City Market. Event volunteer opportunities include setup, course chalking, walker registration, and more! Most jobs require a limited number of volunteers and may fill up quickly! All volunteers must register in advance. The event is being held on May 3 from 7am to 3:30pm. Click here for descriptions and links to register online.

Collaborative Response needs volunteers for the 2014 Spring Cup NASCAR event on May 9 and 10, in order to help us raise funds for their organization. Volunteers will be assisting us with their concession booths while being around all of the excitement of the NASCAR event. Family and Friends are welcome to volunteer together. Click here for more information.

Communities in Schools of Northeast Kansas are looking for volunteers to help families shop for their food and help them carry the food out to their cars. The food distribution will be at M.E. Pearson Elementary on May 21 from 5 pm – 7:30 pm. Click here for more information.

Guadalupe Centers, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with the Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta May 2 – 4.  If interested, please contact Christina Jasso at 816-561-6885.

Hiring our Heroes is looking for volunteers who will meet one-on-one with veterans and military spouses to review, analyze, and provide feedback on resumes. They will also conduct mock interviews. Volunteers will work with 5 veterans for 20-30 minutes each. In this time, volunteers will provide assistance and tips on how to translate military experience into civilian terms and help identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. The event will be held on May 7 from 10am to 1pm. If interested, click here for more information.

Kansas City Type One Diabetes Foundation is holding their 1st annual Spike Diabetes for Good sand volleyball tournament fundraiser and they need volunteers to help with set-up, registration, answering team questions, break down, and marketing. If you are interested, click here for more information. The event will be held on May 31 from 8am to 6pm.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is looking for volunteers for their PurpleStride in Kansas City. It is a family friendly 5k run walk held on May 3 at Theis Park in Kansas City. They are raising awareness in the fight against pancreatic cancer. They need volunteers to help before and on event day, working with their local volunteer affiliate to make the event a success. Click here for more information.

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.

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

Habitat for Humanity ReStore needs volunteers to help in their store at 303 W. 79th St., Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  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 contact Sr. Carol Ann Peterson at 913-906-8990.

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..

Prosperity Center for Financial Need is looking for volunteers to help work some of their programs for community workshop facilitation and income counselors. No experience needed as they will hold training sessions for new volunteers. If interested, please contact Hannah Brockway at HBrockway@ccharities.com 

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.  RMHC needs volunteers to adopt a shift in one of two houses, twice a month or once a week throughout the year.  If you would like more information about these opportunities please contact Tara Adler at 816-842-8321.  Ext. 101.

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