Of Service - Current

April 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:

Bridging the Gap needs volunteers for the Earth Walk event on Saturday, May 3. Contact Amy Smith at 816-561-1061 ext. 122 for more information.

City of Shawnee Recycling Event Volunteers are needed to help collect and load latex paint to be taken to the Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste facility on Saturday, April 19 from 7:30 am – 11:30 am. The event will take place at Splash Cove Pool in Shawnee, KS. For more information or to sign up on go to website.

Greater Kansas City Walk MS needs volunteers to help with registration and check-in for the event on Saturday, April 5 from 7:30 am – 10:30 am at Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS. For more information or to sign up go to the website..

Harvesters needs help with the Forks & Corks event on Thursday, April 24 from 6 pm – 9 pm at the Kansas City Convention Center. To volunteer, please email volunteer@harvesters.org.

KC WildLands and Blue River Rescue need volunteers to remove invasive honeysuckle from a bottomland forest on Saturday, April 5 from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. Contact Linda Lehrbaum 816-561-1061 ext. 116 for more information.

KC WildLands need volunteers to help with ecological restoration by removing invasive garlic mustard on Saturday, April 26 from 9 am – 12 pm. Contact Linda Lehrbaum 816-561-1061 ext. 116 for more information.

Keep Kansas City Beautiful needs volunteers to pick up litter on April 26 from 9 am – 12 pm. Contact Sadie Gardner 816-561-1061 ext. 135 for more information.

LEARN Science and Math Club needs volunteers to assist with "City Imagineerium" on Saturday, April 12 from 10 am – 4:30 pm at UMKC. For more information and to sign up, please contact Rebecca Kidwell.

Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders needs volunteers for its "Sports Night at Rainbow" event on Saturday, April 5 from 4 pm – 10 pm at Riverport Landing. For more information or to sign up, please go to the website.

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 LINC is an organization in the Kansas City community that works with homeless families.  It seeks to help families transition to self-sufficiency.  Volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities such as Budgeter, Early Childcare, Children’s Life Skills, Tutor, Mentor, and Maintenance.  For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 816-595-5159 .

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

Full Employment Council is looking for tutors for the Project RISE Program.  Tutors will work with adults seeking their GED.  Flexible scheduling is available.  For more information, please contact Deni Loving at 816-471-2330 ext. 1271.

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.

Job Corps Kansas City Satellite Center needs tutors to work with students (16-24 years old) on basic math skills.  Please contact Mark Spratt at 816-861-2353.

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.

LEARN Science and Math Club needs volunteers to work with kids from 5 to 9 years old Fridays from 10 am – 12 pm at the Rockhurst Community Center starting in March for the Take Flight! The Science of Flying program.  For more information and to register visit Take Flight!

LEARN Science and Math Club needs volunteers to work with kids from 9 to 14 years old on Fridays from 1 – 4:30 pm at the Rockhurst Community Center starting in March for the Spy Games, The Math & Engineering Behind Spying program. For more information and to register visit Spy Games.

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..

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.

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 

ReStart is looking for volunteers for their after school program which runs from 4pm to 5:30pm on Thursdays. If interested, please contact Alissa Parker .

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.

Skills to Succeed is looking for volunteers for the Fun & Fitness with Friends program.  This program provides social and recreational activities for teens with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The program is 10 weeks meeting either Saturdays or Sundays from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  For more information email info@theskillstosucceed.org.

St. Francis Xavier Church is looking for volunteers to work their front desk at the parish during the mornings and afternoons, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5p.m.  Some of the duties will involve answering the phone, assisting with the food pantry patrons, and greeting people who come in.  If interested, contact Becca Jackson at 816-523-5115.


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