Community Service Opportunities


Photo from prezi created by teacher Kristin Asquith

Anna Wonderlich, Co-Editor

Need to earn some extra community service hours? Check out the following list for ideas. This list will be kept current as new opportunities come up in the community.
To find out more information about requirements, service projects, service hours form and more, check out BV’s Community Service Organization or the presentation created by Kristin Asquith. Make sure to check out what kinds of service can and can’t be counted!
BVHS Environmental Club
WHEN: Listen to announcements for meeting dates.
WHAT YOU DO: Collect recycling bins from around the school and process caps/bottles.
CONTACT: Mr. Hare in Room 514.BVHS Sport Managers
WHEN: Ongoing
WHAT YOU DO: Help manage Blue Valley athletic teams
CONTACT: Team coach before the season about getting involved.Blue Valley Wilderness Science Center
WHEN: Contact to set up a volunteering time.
WHERE: Located behind Blue River Elementary School and Blue Valley Middle.
WHAT YOU DO: Trail maintenance and garden work.
CONTACT: Contact Dee Wilson at 239-4399 to arrange work times

Christmas in October
WHEN: Certain weekends in October.
WHAT YOU DO: Provide home maintenance/rebuilding assistance to people in need. (Small group recommended to volunteer.)
CONTACT: Email [email protected] or visit the website.

City Union Mission
WHEN: One-time/on-going service opportunities.
WHERE: 1100 E. 11th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
WHAT YOU DO: Provide assistance to homeless in Greater Kansas City Area through a range of volunteer opportunities.
CONTACT: Call (816)-474-9380 and visit the website to apply and see options.

Deanna Rose Farmstead
WHERE: 13800 Switzer
Overland Park, KS 66221
WHAT YOU DO: Visit guests, help kids fish in the pond, sell tickets, supervise tractor trail, help kids feed goats, supervise the schoolhouse, and gardening tasks.
CONTACT: Call (913)-897-2360 or visit the website.

WHEN: Contact for dates and times.
WHERE: 3801 Topping Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64129
WHAT YOU DO: Sort and repackage food/household supplies.
CONTACT: Paula Pratt at (816)-929-3000

Menorah Medical Center
WHEN: Contact for specific details and opportunities.
WHERE: 5721 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66209
CONTACT: Call (913)-498-6000 or visit their website.

Operation Breakthrough
WHERE: 3039 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64109
WHAT YOU DO: Volunteers needed for a variety of activities. Could include: rocking babies, tutoring children, sharing hobbies, data entry and more.
CONTACT: Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Skaggs by calling (816)-329-5233 or emailing [email protected]

Overland Park Arboretum
WHEN: Year-round volunteer opportunities.
WHERE: 8909 West 179th Street
Overland Park, KS 66085
WHAT YOU DO: Volunteers needed to help maintain the parks and gardens. (Training session required.)
CONTACT: Visit their website for details on volunteer training dates.

Overland Park Regional Medical Center
WHEN: Contact for dates and times.
WHAT YOU DO: Various assignments.
CONTACT: Kerry Steffenson at (913)-541-5364

Phone Bank for Recycling Center
WHEN: Monday nights, 6 – 8 PM
WHERE: Bridging the Gap Office
435 Westport Road, #23
Kansas City, MO 64111
WHAT YOU DO: Make calls to volunteers to reschedule another shift. (Brief training required.)
CONTACT: Laura O’Brien at (816)-561-1061 ext. 109

Ronald McDonald House Charities of KC
WHERE: 2502 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
WHAT YOU DO:Volunteers needed for a variety of tasks including house warming, house upkeep, etc.
CONTACT: Volunteer manager Megan Harding at [email protected] or (816)-842-8321.

The Salvation Army
WHERE: 3637 Broadway, Kansas City
WHAT YOU DO: Visit website to see current volunteer needs.
CONTACT: Metro volunteer director Lesley Green at (816)-968-0374

St. Mary’s Food Kitchen
WHEN: Contact to schedule a date and time.
WHERE: 645 Nebraska Ave.
Kansas City, KS
WHAT YOU DO: Prepare and serve food to homeless or less fortunate.
CONTACT: Call (913)-281-5638.

Theater for Young America
WHEN: Contact for performance dates and times.
WHAT YOU DO: Help with seating and distributing programs during performances.
CONTACT: Evan Gamsu at (913)-831-2131

Turner House Children’s Clinic
WHAT YOU DO: Volunteers needed for cleaning and clerical tasks as assigned by volunteer supervisors. Turner House provides complete health care services for children.
CONTACT: Heather Russo at [email protected] or (913)-342-2552.

Wayside Waifs
WHEN: Contact for dates and times.
WHERE: 3901 Martha Truman Road
Kansas City, MO 64137
WHAT YOU DO: Small animal care, bathing and grooming, dog walking, etc.
CONTACT: Volunteer coordinator Caroline Krueger at (816)-761-8151 ext. 331

WEBSITE: www.waysidewaifs.orgInformation compiled from organizations’ websites and BV’s list of community service ideas.