Ability KC Volunteer Opportunity

Ability KC‘s mission is to build brighter futures for children and adults with disabilities by providing educational, vocational, and therapeutic services.

One way that they achieve their mission is through aquatic therapy. Ability KC incorporates aquatic therapy services into the therapy schedules of children and adults participating in Ability KC Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Preschool programs.  In addition they offer adaptive swim sessions for children ages 3-6 and ages 6-10.

The adaptive swim sessions are an eight week program held at the Ability KC Children’s Center Campus. Each session is designed for children with special needs at all levels of ability. Children’s goals include gaining confidence in the water, water safety and swim strokes.  All sessions are led by a therapist with each participant having a one-on-one “buddy”.

They currently need help from volunteers in these classes! There are sessions on Wednesdays from 4:15pm-5:30pm and on Thursdays from 2:45pm-5pm. The swim season runs from September 4th through October 24th.

If you’re interested, reach out to Jazzmin Hill for more information!

Happy volunteering!

Cross-Lines Community Outreach Volunteer Opportunity

The mission of Cross-Lines is to provide people in the Kansas City area affected by poverty with services and opportunities that encourage self-confidence, meet the needs of today, and provide tools for future self-sufficiency.

They have a few opportunities each month to serve lunch in their Community Kitchen! They are looking for groups of about 8-15 to prep, serve, and clean up from 10:30AM-1:30PM.

Here is a list of available dates for the rest of the year:

September 11, 16, 26

October 31

November 18, 21

December 19, 26

If you’re interested, check out their volunteer web page to see how to get started.

Happy Volunteering!

Operation Breakthrough Volunteer Opportunity

The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to provide a safe, loving and educational environment for children in poverty and to empower their families through advocacy, emergency aid and education.

They have an exciting opportunity this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11AM-3PM each day at Office Depot (4201 Main Street, KCMO). Maliek Collins grew up in KC and is a player for the Dallas Cowboys. He is spear-heading a school supply collection for Operation Breakthrough this week! We are looking for volunteers to help at Operation Breakthrough’s table at the store. Shifts can be 2 hours if needed.

If you’re interested, reach out to Lindsay Stodden at volunteer@operationbreakthrough.org with the time/date you are available! This would be a great opportunity for families and friends to help out as well!

Below is a flyer with information about the event.

Happy Volunteering!

Cherith Brook Saturday Workday

The Cherith Brook Catholic Worker monthly workday is coming up on Saturday, August 10, from 9-12.  They will put you to work cooking lunch, sorting food and clothing donations, cleaning, working outside (weather permitting) etc.  Afterward, everyone will enjoy lunch and table fellowship together.

Please RSVP by August 6th .    You can call (816) 241-8047 or email at cherithbrookkcmo@gmail.com.  They are located at 3308 E. 12th  KC, MO  64127.

Happy volunteering!

Back to School Supply Drive

The first day of school is just around the corner and for many families that can be a stressful and financially burdensome time.

This year Fox4 Love Fund – a nonprofit started by Fox4 News that works to ensure children in the Greater Kansas City region have what they need to learn, live and grow – is partnering with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to host a Back to School Supply Drive. The drive will run from July 1 – August 4 and supplies will be distributed August 10th during the Back to School Bash at Silverstein Eye Center Arena’s in Independence, MO.

Click here for more information and to find drop off locations near you. Or organize a drive of your own!  All you need is the the general information and school supply list to get started!

Happy back to school season!

ScrapsKC Volunteer Opportunities

ScrapsKC’s mission is to care for Kansas City’s environment, education and homeless through creative reuse. With the mantra ‘reuse, repurpose, renew,’ ScrapsKC takes your old stuff and creates new possibilities for creation. Their store not only diverts  tons of trash from the landfill, but it also provides resources for artists, teachers, makers, churches, scouts, and more. So make sure to check them out if you need supplies for your next craft or if you have some stuff you think they could sell!

In addition, here are two volunteer opportunities coming up:

Sip and Sort – August 8

Do you love fabric, notions, yarn and everything textile? Join them for our first Sip and Sort as they go through thousands of pounds of donated fabric and get it prepared for the floor. 5:30-9:00pm at ScrapsKC, light food and beverages (including beer and wine) will be served.

Super Organizers Needed – August 14

Do you love when everything has a place and everything is in it’s place? Do you love organizing other people’s stuff? ScrapsKC needs 18 volunteers to help August 14 from 8:30am-12pm. They’ll be organizing the merchandise bins/shelves, labeling and spiffying up the store. General organizers are needed as well as organizers who are very experienced in art supplies, craft materials and scrapbooking. Sign up here.

Happy Volunteering!

Kansas City Community Gardens – Schoolyard Gardens

For over 30 years, Kansas City Community Gardens has helped thousands of gardeners with low-cost gardening resources in the KC metro area.

The mission of KCCG is to assist low-income households and community groups in the Kansas City metropolitan area to produce vegetables and fruit from garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, and at community sites.

The Schoolyard Gardens program works with schools metro-wide to establish vegetable gardens on school grounds. KCCG staff support school staff and students so that they can have successful gardens, exposing students to the wonders of growing their own fruits and vegetables. Through the gardening process, we help children learn about nutrition with the hopes that they will develop healthy eating habits.

If you’re interested in getting involved, there’s a training coming up on August 5th. Check out the flyer below for more info!

Happy Volunteering!

Last day to register to vote in the primary in Kansas!

Are you registered to vote in Kansas? Today is the last day to register in order to vote in the primary on August 6th.

It should be noted that this year there are three JCCC Board of Trustees seats up for election. Greg Musil and Nancy Ingram are running for re-elction and David Lindstrom is not running again.  There are 11 candidates running for the three seats. On August 6, voters will determine which six candidates move on to the general election.

For more information on the candidates, check out this Shawnee Mission Post article.

If you’re not sure if you’re registered or not, KS Votes can determine that for you. Click here for more information on voting in Kansas or you can do Online Voter Registration here as well.

The polls will be open on August 6 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Many polling places have changed to be more efficient, so please check your polling place by calling the Johnson County Election Commissioner’s office at (913) 782-3441 or visiting the website. You can also view a sample ballot at that website.

Happy voting!

Phoenix Family Volunteer Opportunities

Phoenix Family empowers people living in low-income housing communities with the on-site support they need to gain stability and achieve self-sufficiency. Here’s two upcoming opportunities they could use your help with:

You can help seniors in Lee’s Summit celebrate their birthdays, have a little fun playing bingo, and spend some time relaxing while coloring beautiful mandalas.

This is a great chance to meet and get to know some great people. Afternoon dates are scheduled for the first two Wednesdays of July and the third Monday. Volunteer on your own or with friends! Click here to learn more.

 

Every child should be able to start the school year with everything they need to be successful. You can help make sure that happens at Phoenix Family’s Back to School Party on Friday, August 9 from 2:30-5:30pm. The party will take place at East Hills Village, located at 7575 Monroe Avenue in KCMO.

Volunteers will help hand out school supplies and uniforms, serve refreshments, and lead carnival games. This is a great opportunity to volunteer with friends or coworkers, as a family, or on your own. You can sign up here!

Happy Volunteering!

4 Ways to Give Back this Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a great time to catch up with family, get some sun, and celebrate our independence and freedom. Why not celebrate by donating your time and making this country an even better place? Here are four ideas for giving back this holiday week:

  1. Support the troops and our veterans

What better way to give back this Independence Day than by honoring the men and women who have fought for our freedom?  You can send a care package to a soldier stationed in the Middle East through The Hugs Project or donate your time or money to the Veterans Community Project – a local organization that builds tiny homes for vets.

2. Help the homeless 

These hot July days are especially hard for those without homes. Homeless shelters still need your help during holidays. Nourish KC is a great organization that provides a dignified dining experience to anyone who comes through their door. ReStart Inc could also use help in the kitchen. Sign up to volunteer individually, or as a group and still get some family time in!

3. This land is our land

Make sure to clean up after your BBQ or outdoor party, but if you want to go further, check out local organizations like Bridging the Gap or KC Green to keep our city clean. Keep our land beautiful by recycling and helping the environment! Check out this link for tips on how to make your party more eco-friendly as well.

4. Be a neighbor

If you can’t get out to volunteer or donate this fourth of July, you can also help in your own backyard. Offer to organize a neighborhood cleanup after the fireworks or offer to be a designated driver to anyone who needs it. Invite over someone who may not have any plans. Make sure your neighborhood dogs get some extra love before the fireworks start. Any small gesture can make this holiday a special one.

Happy Fourth!