Community service opportunities around the holidays

Meghan Kennedy, Staff Writer

Need service hours? Around the holidays, many foundations are in need of volunteers. Organizations ranging from serving at a food pantry to tutoring children living in poverty are seeking extra help around the holiday seasons. Listed below are just a few of the service opportunities taking place around the holiday seasons.

Harvester’s Community Food Network:
Harvester’s Food Network seeks volunteers to help sort foot, assist at special events, and provide professional services. Harvester’s main goal is to “feed hungry people today and work to end world hunger tomorrow.” Full-time service jobs are also available.

3810 Topping Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64129
(816) 929-3090
[email protected]

Ronald McDonald House Charities of KC:
Volunteers needed to help with capacities including house warming, house upkeep, and more services. Because of the small staff at RMHC, they need many volunteers to help out. Their goal is to “reduce the burden of childhood illness on children and their families.”

2502 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 842-8321
Megan Harding, Volunteer Manager: [email protected]

Spofford Home:
Volunteers needed as mentors, dorm friends, leaders of children’s activities, book buddies, library assistants, and general volunteers. The Spofford Home provides care for children ages 4-12 who are suffering from physical or sexual abuse, neglect, and mental health disorders. Residential treatment, school-based management, summer day camps and additional services are all offered at the Spofford Home.

9700 Grandview Road
P.O. Box 9888
Kansas City, MO 64134
(816) 508-3400

Johnson County Christmas Bureau:
Volunteers needed for assistance throughout the year. The Johnson County Christmas Bureau assists low-income families by offering things such as groceries, personal care items, children’s clothing, gifts, toys, books, coats, etc.

P.O. Box 14786
Lenexa, KS 66285
[email protected]

Operation Breakthrough:
Operation Breakthrough is an organization in which helps people living in poverty reach their fullest potential. Volunteers aged anywhere from 8-80 are needed for activities consisting of rocking babies, tutoring children, sharing hobbies, data entry, etc.  All volunteers must attend an orientation session and are subject to a criminal background check, for the safety of the children.

3039 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64109
(816) 329-5233
Debbie Skaggs, Volunteer Coordinator: [email protected]  

Wayside Waifs:
Volunteers are needed to help socialize cats and dogs so they can become more ready for adoption. To volunteer, you must be 16 years of age, and training is required. Wayside Waifs is an animal shelter that helps find human companions for abused, stray, and lost animals. Volunteers are required to sign up for three months of weekly shifts at the shelter, and all criminal activity/ convictions will be reviewed case by case.

3901 Martha Truman Road
Kansas City, MO 64137
(816) 761-8151

American Red Cross:
Volunteers are wanted for Mobile Meals for the Homeless, Flu Shot Clinics, First Aid Stations, Community Disaster Educators, Cause for Alarm, Response Center Network, and office assistance. Along with many service opportunities, the American Red Cross provides on-site disaster relief. Financial support is encouraged for every 60 seconds, 250 poeple are helped by Red Cross Volunteers.

211 West Armour Boulevard
Kansas City, MO
(816) 931-8400
Volunteer Application:

BV Multi-Service Center:
Volunteers needed for sorting donation items, and other duties. BVMSC offers assistance food, clothing, financial assistance, holiday support, and school supplies for families in the BV School District. Attendance to a training session is required, and you must be able to provide your own transportation. It you are aged 12-15, parental consent is required; 16 years or older, does not need parental consent. Service once every 90 days is required to be considered an active volunteer.

500 W. 149th Terrace
Overland Park, KS 66223
(913) 897-3991
Julie Marshall, Community Social Service Manager: [email protected]

For more information, email Kristin Asquith, community service coordinator for more information: [email protected]
Or visit the Blue Valley High School community service home page: