Giving Tuesday Ideas!

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Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.  Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a way to encourage people to do good. It is now an independent nonprofit focused on inspiring others to do good whether that means donating to charities or helping out a neighbor! Learn more about #GivingTuesday on their website.

Here are some local organizations you might consider donating to today:

Home Page - Goodwill AkronGoodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas

  • Goodwill empowers people to discover their potential and adapt for the future through the power of work.
  • Help Goodwill accomplish their mission by donating to Goodwill’s Holiday of Giving Campaign!


Freedom Hoops


  • Creating disciples on and off the court. 
  • Freedom Hoops is looking for donations to help raise $7,500 to cover all costs for 15 young men to go to summer camp!
  • Donate Here!



Rise Against HungerRise Against Hunger - Wikipedia

  • Rise Against Hunger is growing a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives, and responding to emergencies.
  • This Giving Tuesday you can help by donating money to Rise Against Hunger and provide meals to those in need! Donate here.
    • $250 provides 700 emergency meals
    • $120 provides treatment to a child facing malnutrition 
    • $75 provides a child a year of meals
    • $60 provides a food basket for an at-risk family

Happy #GivingTuesday!

JCCC Giving Tea

Johnson County Community College – COLLEAGUE 2 COLLEAGUEAttention JCCC staff and faculty! This popular JCCC tradition is looking a little different this year. Although you won’t be able to drink tea and wrap presents together this year, JCCC will still be collecting your holiday donations! All you have to do is view the various wish lists down below, make your purchases, and bring your new and unwrapped items to campus!

JCCC’s Holiday Giving Tea committee will be hosting an on-campus, drive-through, collection event.

Location: Regnier Center Parking Garage

Date & Time: Tue. Dec. 1st | 1-3pm

Can’t make this date? You can leave your donations in a bin in CC 115 – Campus Police. Now through Dec. 1st!

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Online Wish Lists:

Care Beyond the Boulevard (homeless outreach)

  • Greatest Needs: Antibiotic ointment, AA or AAA batteries, blankets, cold medicine (any kind), hand and foot warmers, ibuprofen and protein snacks

JCCC Cav Cupboard (food pantry/hygiene products/school supplies)

  • Greatest Needs: Baby food, diapers, hats, gloves, scarves, canned meat/fish and boxed meals

Kansas City VA Medical Center

  • Greatest Needs: Denture cleaner, disposable razors, large cans of regular coffee, men’s coats sizes XL to XXXXL, restaurant gift cards, $10 Walmart® or QuikTrip® gift cards

JCCC Gives (holiday help for students/faculty/staff) Wish Lists and Donations

  • In-person monetary donations to JCCC Gives can be made Dec. 1 at the collection event or in COM 309. Mail checks to Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., c/o Box 7, Overland Park, KS 66210.

Have questions? Contact Michele Clark at

Sponsored by the JCCC Foundation.

Happy Holidays!

Bridging the Gap Volunteer Opportunities!

Bridging the Gap’s mission is to work towards making the Kansas City region sustainable by connecting the environment, economy, and community. 

They are looking for volunteers for their various events and community service projects! 

Some of the upcoming opportunities include tree planting, WildLands restoration, helping out at community recycling centers!

Volunteer: Tree Planting, Historic Northeast KCMO - Bridging the GapTree Planting

Need a breath of fresh air? Come out to plant trees to help improve Kansas City’s air quality for generations to come!

Location: Falcon Ridge neighborhood in Lenexa, KS

Date & Time: Friday, November 6th | 1pm-4pm

Register Here!

WildLands Restoration

Fall is a beautiful time to visit Rocky Point Glades in Swope Park! You can help remove invasive honeysuckle to conserve this unique ecosystem, then spend some time exploring!

Location: Rocky Point Glades in Swope Park

Date & Time: Saturday, November 7th | 9am-12pm

Register Here!

Recycle - Bridging the GapCommunity Recycling Centers

Still trying to figure out what can and can’t be recycled? Spend a few hours volunteering at the Community Recycling Center to up your recycling knowledge and help KC recycle better!

Location: North KCMO, South KCMO

Date & Time: Every Wednesday and Saturday 

Register Here!

*In response to Covid-19, all these opportunities will follow CDC guidelines. Volunteers will be required to wear a mask and social distance.

Can’t make any of these dates? Click here for a calendar with more volunteer opportunities with Bridging the Gap.

Happy Volunteering!

Powell Gardens’ Festival of Lights!

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Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical gardens, are committed to creating an experience that embraces the Midwest’s spirit of place and inspires an appreciation for the importance of plants in our lives.

Festival of Lights is returning to Powell Gardens for the 4th year! Festival goers are able to walk a mile-long path through the gardens and experience a variety of immersive light displays.

Festival of Lights | Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden

They have an URGENT need of volunteers!

Dates: November 12th to January 3rd

Location: 1609 NW US Hwy 50, Kingsville, MO 64061

Volunteers will be needed to help with greeting guests, parking, and serving attendees.

Your safety is of utmost importance, CDC guidelines will be strictly enforced.

For helping, volunteers will be given a t-shirt, 2 free tickets to the festival, and dinner for those who work more than 3.5 hours.

There are 3 ways to get signed up!

  1. Email with the dates you will be able to work    or
  2. Call at 816-697-2600 ext. 304 and leave a message with the dates and times that work for you   or
  3. Signup with the links provided below:

Nov. 9-12

Nov. 16-20

Nov. 23-27

Nov. 30-Dec. 4

Dec. 7-11

Dec. 14-18

Dec. 21-27

Dec. 28-Jan. 3

Half shifts (3.5 hours) are available upon request.

Powell Gardens Festival of Lights 2020-2021 in Midwest - Dates

For more information, please contact Mikaela Papageorgiou, the volunteer coordinator.


Phone: 816-697-2600

Happy Volunteering!

Villa St. Francis Volunteer Opportunities!

Villa St. Francis Nursing Home In Olathe, Kansas

Villa St. Francis is committed to caring for the elderly so that their last days are spent in comfort. They were founded in 1945 by the Sisters of Charity, and for the past 75 years, they have continued the same tradition of quality care to the citizens of Kansas. Their team is dedicated to compassionate care and comfort for residents and their families.

Villa St. Francis Nursing Home In Olathe, KansasVilla St. Francis has begun to open their doors to volunteers again starting Monday, October 12!

They are seeking 10 volunteers to assist residents and their visiting loved ones.

Location: 16600 W 126th St, Olathe, KS 66062

CDC and St. Villa policy requires that volunteers be treated as staff members and will undergo weekly Covid-19 testing, free of charge.

Villa currently DOES NOT have any Covid-19 cases in the building.

If you are interested, please contact Amanda Myers for further details and scheduling:

Phone: (913) 747-0260 or (913) 490-9276


Notice: The building will not be open to volunteers unless they are scheduled with Amanda.

Duties would include:

  • Assisting residents to and from their visit location
  • Assisting family members to and from the visit location
  • Monitoring visits while providing safe distance and privacy
  • Making sure the families are going only to their designated location


  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be able to push residents in wheelchairs

Happy Volunteering!

KC Rakes Volunteer Opportunity!

Shepherd’s Center empowers mid-life and older adults to live healthy, engaged, and independent lives. They do this through programs and services that are dedicated to reducing the impact of social isolation on seniors’ physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing.

Their program, KC Rakes, partners with the community in order to rake yards for older adults who cannot physically do it themselves and cannot afford to pay for a service. The goal for this event is to help 50 homeowners in the Kansas City Metro area.

KC Rakes! 2018

KC Rakes 2020 will be held on November 7th!

Time: 9:00 AM

Location: Central United Methodist Church – 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64112 (for volunteer check-in) and assigned homes.

In order to reach their goal, KC Shepherd’s Center needs many helping hands! Volunteers are needed for raking or to be designated drivers! Drivers will need to have a truck and will be responsible for picking up and loading waste bags onto their vehicle and drop-off the waste at a designated city required location. Raking teams will be given their yard assignments at check-in and usually takes 2-4 hours for a team to finish.

Rakes, gloves, and yard bags will be provided. However, you may bring your own tools as well. Bringing in leaf blowers will be greatly appreciated!

This event will follow CDC guidelines in order to provide a safe experience.

For more information about this event visit this website or email your question here:

Interested in volunteering? Sign up with this link.

Want to volunteer with your team? Have each member sign up individually with the group name!

Happy Volunteering!

Outdoor Volunteer Opportunity with Bridging the Gap!

Bridging the Gap is holding a Kansas City Wildlands Restoration day this coming Saturday, September 26th!

Kansas City Wildlands - Bridging the GapThis ecological restoration opportunity will provide many educational moments while volunteers work to protect the biodiversity of the wildlands.

There will be guidelines set in place in order to uphold social distancing.

Location: Jerry Smith Prairie – South KCMO

Date & Time: Sept. 26th from 1 – 4pm

KC Wildlands Restoration Workday - Greenability Magazine

During this workday, the team will be cutting and treating shrub honeysuckle that threatens the prairie. Tools and training will be provided. Online registration is required to participate.

If you are interested, please sign-up with this link.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Lehrbaum, the Kansas City WildLands Program Manager, at

Happy Volunteering!

Operation Breakthrough Opportunity this Saturday!

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

Educational Programs | Operation BreakthroughThey are needing volunteers for this Saturday, September 19th! Operation Breakthrough is holding an onsite warehouse giveaway for Operation Breakthrough families and community members. They will be handing out much-needed items during this time!

Location: Onsite Warehouse at 3039 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO

They would really love a helping hand! They are very flexible with hours. They have 3 shifts to sign up for!

Set-Up: 7:00-9:00 AM

Giveaway: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Clean-Up: 1:00-3:00 PM

If you can help it will be greatly appreciated!

Here is the sign-up link:

Please contact the volunteer coordinator, Maddie Connelly, for any questions prior to Saturday.

Direct Line: 816-447-6251

Mobile: 913-548-8492

For help at the event on Saturday, please contact Jessica Kibby at (913) 694-3360. 

When arriving Operation Breakthrough asks for volunteers to meet with Jessica in the bus lot across from the main parking lot at 3039 Troost Avenue. Please park in the main lot and walk over to the bus lot where the giveaway will be held.

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Operation Breakthrough will be providing extra masks and gloves if needed with sanitizer onsite! They will also be offering snacks and refreshments for all volunteers!

Happy Volunteering!

Safehome Volunteer Opportunities!

Women's Shelter Near You in Johnson County | SafehomeSafehome is a nonprofit organization and domestic violence shelter near you in Johnson County. They are looking for volunteers to staff a couple of upcoming fundraising events:

Tee It Up for Safehome - Safehome
Tee It Up For Safehome
Safehome’s annual golf tournament fundraiser will take place on August 24, 2020.  They are need in of volunteers to help set-up, work registration, and help with hole-in-one games.  If you are interested, please use this link to sign-up today.
Horses, Hats, and Hope 
Horses, Hats & Hope - SafehomeThis event will take place at the Bowery in Spring Hill on September 17, 2020.  Volunteers would help with registration, games, the hat contest and so much more.  If you would like to volunteer for this event, please use this link to add your name to the list of volunteers:
Please know that your flexibility is appreciated with these events.  With the evolving COVID situation, it’s possible that they could be cancelled or altered; Safehome will do their best to give you at least three weeks notice if this occurs.  All best practice safety protocols will be followed, including social distancing, usage of PPE/masks, and frequent hand-washing.
Happy Volunteering!