Kansas City Community Gardens – Volunteer Opportunity

The Kansas City Community Gardens aim to support schools in growing their own vegetable gardens that increase students’ access to healthy food, hands-on learning, and community building. They do this by providing new garden site consultations, low costs plants and seeds to schools, free workshops and training to teachers and other resources as needed. They need volunteers to help with these gardens! Volunteers can get matched with a schoolyard garden site and help students and teachers plant, water, weed, harvest, and maintain their schoolyard garden. See the flyer below for the two training sessions coming up!

Happy Volunteering!

Phoenix Family – Volunteer Opportunity!

Winter weather can make getting to the store for fresh fruits and vegetables a challenge for low-income seniors.

You can help bring fresh food to seniors right where they live. The best part of the day? When you get to see the faces of the seniors that you are were able help!

Volunteers help unbox fresh food and set up small markets right in seniors’ communities. Seniors choose produce to take home free of change and don’t have far to carry heavy grocery bags.

Check out dates and locations that work best for your busy schedule!

Happy volunteering!

SAFEHOME Holiday Giving

SAFEHOME provides a healing atmosphere where survivors of domestic violence can gain inner strength, build self-esteem, explore options, and establish a life free of violence. Through SAFEHOME’s shelter and community services, approximately 8,000 individuals each year receive the support they need to lead healthy, independent lives.

The residents of SAFEHOME could use your help to make their holiday season extra bright. If you’d like to donate here is their Holiday Wish List.

Like to shop online? Double your impact on www.smiles.amazon.com. It is simple and an automatic way for you to support SAFEHOME every time you shop, at no cost to you. Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com and choose SAFEHOME.

Want to do some holiday shopping for SAFEHOME? Contact Susan Lebovits at slebovitz@safehome-ks.org.

Happy Giving Season!

Olathe Head Start Volunteer Opportunities!

Olathe Head Start needs volunteers to watch and play with kids during evening events. These are opportunities for anyone 16 or older to help out, parents, adults, and/or students!  They would be assisting with serving families food then watching the kids while the parents go into their education classes.  There are groups of older kids to help with homework, play games with etc.  and the playground is fair game when the weather is nice! Here are a list of days when help is needed:

Heartland Early Childhood – 1700 W. Sheridan St.

September 13 Parent Committee Meeting 5:20 – 7:40 pm
September 18 Parent Training Classes 5:20 – 7:40 pm
September 20 Policy Council 5:20 – 7:40 pm
September 25 Parent Training Classes 5:20 – 7:40 pm
October 2 Parent Training Classes 5:20 – 7:40 pm
October 4 Health Fair 5:00 – 7:15 pm
October 9 Parent Training Classes 5:20 – 7:40 pm
October 16 Parent Training Classes 5:20 – 7:40 pm
October 23 Parent Training Classes 5:20 – 7:40 pm
October 25 Policy Council 5:20 – 7:40 pm
October 30 Parent Training Classes 5:20 – 7:40 pm
November 8 Parent Committee Meeting 5:20 – 7:40 pm
November 29 Policy Council 5:20 – 7:40 pm
December 6 Block Fest 5:45 – 7:15 pm
January 17 Parent Committee Meeting 5:20 – 7:40 pm
January 24 Policy Council 5:20 – 7:40 pm
February 21 Policy Council 5:20 – 7:40 pm
March 7 Parent Committee Meeting 5:20 – 7:40 pm
March 28 Policy Council 5:20 – 7:40 pm
April 4 Summer Survival Training 5:45 – 7:15 pm
April 25 Policy Council 5:30 – 7:30 pm
May 2 Family Fun Night 5:15 – 7:45 pm
May 16 Policy Council 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Harmony Early Childhood – 14030 S. Black Bob Rd.

September 13 Parent Committee Meeting 5:20 – 7:40 pm
September 10 POPS pizza kickoff 5:15 – 6:45 pm
October 25 Fall Festival 5:15 – 7:15 pm
November 8 Parent Committee Meeting 5:20 – 7:40 pm
January 17 Parent Committee Meeting 5:20 – 7:40 pm
March 7 Parent Committee Meeting 5:20 – 7:40 pm
April 11 Fine Arts Night 5:15 – 7:15 pm

Black Bob Elementary – 14701 S. Brougham Dr.

September 13 Parent Committee 3:45 – 6:15
November 8 Parent Committee 3:45 – 6:15
January 17 Parent Committee 3:45 – 6:15
April 11 Parent Committee 3:45 – 6:15

Other ways to help:
Book Drive – collect picture books to be given to preschoolers
Coat Drive – collect warm, winter coats for preschoolers (size 3-8)
Come volunteer in the classroom anytime

For more information, please contact Chanda Barnett
at 913-780-7921 or cbarnetthlc@olatheschools.org

United Way Day of Caring

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Time to sign up for KC’s biggest day of civic engagement!

The list of volunteer opportunities for our upcoming Day of Caring is now open, so join your friends and neighbors to change lives across our communities! In celebration of their 100th anniversary, United Way is bringing together volunteers, business leaders and nonprofit partners to demonstrate the power of giving back with a special Birthday Party followed by their Day of Caring volunteer event.

Volunteer opportunities are now open— Sign up here!

Birthday Party 8-10 a.m.
Urban Youth Academy
1622 E. 17th Terrace
Kansas City, MO

Day of Caring volunteering 10:30 a.m.
Put your caring into action by volunteering throughout the community! Day of Caring participants will work together at nonprofit partners across five counties, exemplifying our LIVE UNITED spirit.

Questions? Email info@uwgkc.org

Happy Volunteering!

Catholic Charities – Volunteer Opportunity!

Catholic Charities is looking for volunteers to work a booth at a Dock Dogs event coming up on July 28th and 29th. Dock Dogs is a jumping competition for dogs so there will be lots of pets, fun, and sunshine! Families and children of all ages are welcome to volunteer! They will be supporting Catholic Charities by collecting donations and handing out information about all the good Catholic Charities does.

For more information and to sign up, check out their sign-up genius.

If you have questions reach out to Kristin Filardo.

Happy Volunteering!

Johnson County Adult Education – Volunteer Opportunity!

Johnson County Community College’s Adult Education program helps people improve their reading, writing or math skills; earn their Kansas High School Diploma; or improve their English language skills.

Even though Johnson County is considered one of the more affluent and educationally thriving counties in the state, there are still more than 15% of residents who do not have a high school diploma, and eight percent do not speak English well.

This program relies on the help of volunteers to work one-on-one with or lead small groups of adult literacy or English language learning students. This takes place at any of the 5 JCAE centers across Johnson County. They ask that volunteers commit to volunteering three hours each week for a minimum of six months.

If you’re interested in making a difference right in your own backyard and assisting Johnson County Adult Education students, there is a volunteer orientation coming up:

 

 

Sunday, August 12th
1:30-4:30pm
Carlsen Center 232

You can register for that here!

If you have any questions, you can contact Jill Sigler via email or phone at 913-469-7677.

Happy Volunteering!

Union Station – Volunteer Opportunity

Union Station is opening their Dinosaurs Revealed exhibit today and they need your help! If you’re interested in history, fossils, or science, this is a great opportunity to learn more and see how a big exhibit is run. Volunteer by yourself or with a group! Union Station brings culture, history, science, and fun to Kansas City every day, by helping out you would be a part of that great cause.

Click here to find out more and sign up!

Happy Volunteering!

CLEAR Summer Volunteer Opportunities

The CLEAR Program at JCCC, which provides non-credit continuing education classes for adults with mild developmental disabilities or other cognitive disabilities, has an outstanding reputation for a great volunteer experience. Every student volunteer I’ve talked to has had wonderful things to say about helping out these students in and outside of the classroom.

While CLEAR isn’t offering classes this summer, they do have two events coming up that they could use volunteers for! Check them out:

 

CLEAR Red Carpet Afternoon
1:30–3 p.m.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Dancing through the Decades
1:30–3 p.m.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

 

If you’re interested, contact Courtney Barden for more information.

Happy Volunteering!

Where should I volunteer?

One thing I love about my job is getting asked, “where should I volunteer?” What a great question! So you’ve decided you want to help. You want to leave the world a better place then how you found it. You want to devote your time to a cause you care about. You want to make a difference. Now what?

Maybe I can help. Here are some questions I ask my students when they come to me with that very inquiry:

Where is a place you’d like to spend more time? Where would you rather be right now?

One of the major allures of volunteering is this idea that you’re devoting your time to help others. If you’re going to devote time to something, it might as well be in a place you want to be. So ask yourself, where is your happy place? Is it in the great outdoors? Check out environmental agencies like Bridging the Gap, Operation Wildlife, or the Heartland Conservation Alliance! Is it in the quiet solitude of a library or museum? See what’s near you, they always need volunteers as well!

Who do you want to help? Are there any causes you’re particularly concerned about, interested in, or want to learn more about?

Volunteering is your chance to act on issues you’re passionate about! Maybe you drive by that same corner every day where there’s always a homeless person. You’ve been wanting to help, but aren’t sure how. There are a plethora of agencies in the metro area that work directly with homeless populations, like Cross-Lines, UpLift, or even Nourish KC. Think of a population you want to serve. Are there any social issues you find yourself talking about a lot? Find something you care about, so that every time you leave you feel satisfied that you’re doing something about it instead of just talking about it.

Think of your passions and hobbies!

Not all of us are lucky enough to make a living off of our passions and hobbies, but there are a lot of volunteer opportunities that might align with your interests! Are you crafty? So many agencies that serve children or adults are looking for people to interact with kids through arts and crafts – like SAFEHOME or Lakeview Village for example. Are you interested in fashion? Try a thrift store like TurnStyles. Search for volunteer opportunities that you’ll ENJOY, something you’ll get excited about every time you go in.

What strengths do you have to offer? What do you envision yourself doing?

Every agency has several volunteer opportunities that encapsulate different skill sets. It makes sense to apply the skills of your every day life to volunteering, whether that means a similar position to your day job, or ways to apply your specific education. Or do you want to do something completely different? What do you envision when you picture yourself as a volunteer? Are you working with people? Are you working independently? We all have something different to offer, think about what you want to give of yourself.

Hopefully that gave you some ideas. Now do some research and get out there and act on that philanthropic urge! Or at least keep checking back to find the perfect fit for you 🙂

Happy volunteering!