Getting started as a volunteer may seem like a daunting task. 
  • For some it is hard to get started because you don't who needs the help or who you should contact. For others it might be that you don't know what you are passionate about and would like to make a difference in the world in SOME way. 
  • Or maybe you are simply a bit afraid to step out of your comfort zone and go somewhere new and experience new things in new places, for that the solution is simple:  BRING A FRIEND!  That makes the service more fun and more powerful!
  • If you are having a hard time getting started try the following sites.  They are the best resources to get you connected to organizations that need help RIGHT NOW, RIGHT HERE!

  • For more specific contacts, organizations, and ideas, please consult the following list of organizations active in the Kansas City area!


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Organizations that consistently need student volunteers are listed here; they are grouped by area of need and alphabetical within each category.  Any contact information available is included for each organization.  Contact these organizations directly in order to set up a time to volunteer.  Remember to take with you one of the forms to log the hours when you volunteer and return it to Mrs. Asquith in Mobile 7!


American Red Cross

In addition to providing on-site disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers numerous local volunteer opportunities, including Mobile Meals for the Homeless, Flu Shot Clinics, First Aid Stations, Community Disaster Educators, Cause for Alarm!, office assistance, and Response Center Network.

211 West Armour Boulevard
Kansas City , MO
Volunteer Opportunities Grid

Volunteer Application

Angel Food Ministries

Angel Food Ministries provides food to those in financial difficulty via numerous host sites.  You could volunteer at one of Angel Food Ministries local host sites.  Contact the churches below to inquire about volunteer options.

Zip66223 searched:    

First Baptist
Church of Olathe
BreakPointe Community Church
Faith Chapel Assembly of God

BV Multi-Service Center

BVMSC offers emergency assistance to families within the BV School District.  Assistance may include food, clothing, financial assistance, holiday support, and school supplies.  Volunteers may assist with sorting of donation items and other duties as assigned by the manager; contact Julie Marshall for details.

500 W. 149th Terrace
Overland Park, KS 66223
Julie Marshall, Community Social Service Manager

Children's Mercy Hospital South/Children's Mercy Hospital

Children's Mercy Hospital South and Children's Mercy Hospital (downtown)can use volunteers in a wide range of capacities throughout the year.  Use the online contact forms to apply.

5808 W. 110th
Overland Park, KS 66211

City Union Mission

City Union Mission provides a variety of assistance programs to serve the homeless in the Greater Kansas City Area.  There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities with the organization as both one-time service opportunities and on-going service opportunities.  Visit the website for options and to apply.

1100 E. 11th Street
Kansas City
, MO 64106

Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas City

The Down Syndrome Guild of KC focuses on advancements in education, inclusion, and acceptance of people with Down Syndrome.  There are numerous opportunities to volunteer.  Contact the website to help.

10200 W. 75th Street, Suite 281
Mission, KS 66204
Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Newsletter   

Harvester's Community Food Network

Harvester's Community Food Network's goal is to end huger; the organization provides those in need with food through a wide variety of projects throughout the Kansas City area.  The always need volunteers to sort donated food, pack food boxes, clean-up the warehouse, and prepare specialized food packs.

3801 Topping Avenue
Kansas City
, MO 64129

Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County

The Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County provides health services for individuals who might not otherwise be able to afford proper health care.  While most of the volunteer positions are for doctors and nurses, the facility also needs volunteer office assistants.  Use the Become a Volunteer! link on the website to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

807 South Clairborne Road  

Olathe , KS 66062  


Heartland Therapeutic Riding Center

The Heartland Therapeutic Riding Center provides therapy for special needs children through horseback riding.  HTRC needs volunteers who are least 14 years old and can commit to at least one hour per week to assist with horseback riding therapy as side-walkers, leaders, attendents, barn labor, horse grooming, horse keeping, etc. 

19655 Antioch
Stilwell, KS  66085
Volunteer Coordinator:  Susanne Root

Johnson County Christmas Bureau

The Johnson County Christmas Bureau provides assistance for low-income families of Johnson County, Kansas. They offer a variety of items for client selection at the annual Holiday Shop held in December each year including groceries, personal care items, children's clothing, gifts, toys, books, coats, etc.  While they need help in the Holiday Shop in December the Bureau needs assistance throughout the year.  Use the link below to find possibilities that match your interests.

PO Box 14786
, KS 66285

Johnson County Developmental Supports

Johnson County Developmental Supports is a government organization that assists with personal and career opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.  They need volunteers in a variety of capacities, including enjoying leisure activities with clients (bowling, movies, etc.), tutoring clients, training clients in work/personal tasks, and various other options; contact the volunteer coordinator to help.

10501 Lackman Road
Lenexa , KS 66219


Johnson County Human Services

JCHS works with a wide variety of services for individuals in need.  Typical volunteer activities will include tasks needed by JCHS clients (wide variety of needs, called Helping Hands) and administrative assistance in the NCHS offices (non-profit county organization).

11811 South Sunset Drive
Olathe, KS 66061

Benita Webber, Volunteer Services Coordinator


Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network

The Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network provides emergency shelter and meals to Johnson County homeless families in crisis. Despite the wealth of Johnson County, numerous families need assistance.  Volunteers are needed for meal preparation, office assistance, and fundraising. 


11503 South Strang Line Road
Olathe , KS 66062


Menorah Medical Center

Menorah Medical Center
has a wide range of volunteer opportunities available.  Contact the hospital for specific details and opportunities.

5721 West 119th Street
Overland Park , KS 66209

913.498.6000  (click on Careers---Find a Job---Volunteer) 

Operation Breakthrough

Operation Breakthrough assists individuals living in poverty, so they can live to their fullest potential.  They provide a safe, loving educational environment.  Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of activities, including rocking babies, tutoring children, sharing hobbies, data entry, etc.  contact the Volunteer Coordinator for details.

3039 Troost Avenue
Kansas City , MO 64109  

Debbie Skaggs, Volunteer Coordinator


Ronald McDonald House Charities of KC

Ronald McDonald House Charities of KC provides "a home away from home" for families who must travel to KC for the medical treatment of their children.  Volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities, including house warming, house upkeep, and other services.

Megan Harding, Volunteer Manager

816.842.8321 ext 101

2502 Cherry Street
Kansas City , MO 64108  

Salvation Army

he Salvation Army provides a wide range of services to those in need and in moments of crisis in addition to their annual Red Kettle Drive.  Visit the website to see current volunteer needs or contact the volunteer director.

3637 Broadway

Kansas City , MO 64111  


Betsy Baird, Metro Volunteer Director or

816.968.0374 (Baird's direct line)   (click on Volunteer) 


Shalom House

Shalom House began as the Catholic Worker House, but it transitioned into Shalom House, offering living assistance and advancement help to homeless men; it serves approximately 25 men at any given time.  Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve meals to the residents of the home.  This opportunity must be undertaken by a small group with a several adults in attendance.

2100 N. 13th St

Kansas City, KS  66104

Spofford Home

Spofford Home has been a leading provider of prevention and therapeutic treatment services for children ages 4-12 suffering the effects of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and mental health disorders by offering residential treatment, school-based management, summer day camps, and additional service.  Volunteers are needed as mentors, as dorm friends, to lead children's activities, as book buddies, as library assistants, and as general youth volunteers.

9700 Grandview Road  

P.O. Box 9888  

Kansas City , MO 64134  


St. Luke's South Hospital

St. Luke's South Hospital needs volunteers to assist with patient directions, deliveries, and other light duties.

12330 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66213-1307

Youth Application  

TLC for Children & Families

TLC for Children & Families is an emergency shelter for abused and neglected children in the area.  They need volunteer help in numerous ways.  Contact Elizabeth Hall or visit the website for specific details.

480 South Rogers Road  

Olathe , KS  

Elizabeth Hall

Turner House Children's Clinic

Turner House Children's Clinic provides comprehensive healthcare services to children while being mindful of cultural and linguistic limitations and needs.  Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of cleaning and clerical tasks as assigned by volunteer supervisors. 

21 North 12th Street, Suite 300
Kansas City, KS  66102
Heather Russo
913.342.2552 x 112

United Way of Greater Kansas City

The United Way of Greater Kansas City is an umbrella organization that has the overall purpose of to impact the community by improving lives and strengthening communities.  There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities.  Contact UWGKC for specific possibilities.


Individual Opportunities

Shawnee Mission Medical Center

SMMC has an extensive volunteer organization, and they use volunteers in a wide variety of services.  Contact the hospital for details and opportunities.

9100 West 74th Street  

Shawnee Mission, KS 66204


St. Joseph Medical Center

St. Joseph Medical Center
offers a variety of volunteer opportunities.  It is best to contact the hospital directly to discover your options.

1000 Carondelet Drive
Kansas City , MO 64114




Animal Haven

Animal Haven is one of the area's largest no-kill animal shelters; they seek to find every pet a loving home.  Volunteers are needed for all the tasks that keep the shelter running and the animals safe.  

9800 West 67th Street
Merriam , KS 66203

The Heart of America Humane Society

The Heart of America Humane Society is entirely a volunteer-run organization; the goal is for each animal to have a good home.  They utilize the Lee's Summit Municipal Animal Shelter and Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.  There are numerous volunteer opportunities available; visit the website for more info.

P.O. Box 12703  

Overland Park , KS 66282    

Voice Mail


The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City

The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City is a no-kill animal shelter that facilitates the adoption of pets to caring homes.  They rely on the help of volunteers in order to meet the needs of all the animals in their shelter; the shelter is always full, even with ongoing adoptions.  Check out the website to see how your help is needed.

5445 Parallel Parkway  

Kansas City , KS  66104  


Jo Hickey, Volunteer Coordinator

(913) 596-1000, ext. 122

Volunteer orientation and training sessions are scheduled twice each month:
The second Saturday of each month at 10am
The fourth Thursday of each month at 10:30am

Kansas City

The Kansas City Zoo isn't just a great place to see animals; they need volunteers, too!  Visit the link to see how you can volunteer at the zoo, and contact the Volunteer Coordinator to set up a time to help.

6800 Zoo Drive  

Kansas City , MO  64132
Volunteer Coordinator Contact Info
816.513.5728|020 &~=

Wayside Waifs

Waiside Waifs is a local animal shelter that seeks to find loving, appropriate human companions for abused, stray, and lost animals.  Volunteers are needed to help socialize cats and dogs in order to make them more readily adoptable.  In order to volunteer, you must be at least 16 years old, and training is required.

3901 Martha Truman Road
Kansas City, MO  64137

Volunteer Info




Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap provides recycling facilities that serve both Kansas and Missouri; the mission of the organization is to make the Kansas City region sustainable by connecting environment, economy, and community.  Volunteers are needed to assist at the local recycling centers.

435 Westport Road #23  

Kansas City , MO  64111  


Deanna Rose Farmstead

Deanna Rose Farmstead needs volunteers to visit guests, help kids fish in the fishing pond, sell tickets, supervise the tractor trail, help kids feed baby goats, supervise the schoolhouse the Indian encampment, pull weeds, water plants, maintain gardens, and spread mulch.

13800 Switzer
Overland Park, KS 66221

Ernie Miller Nature Center

The Center provides an opportunity for learning, understanding, and admiring nature's ever-changing ways.  Volunteer opportunities exist for those 18 and over, both indoors and outdoors.  Contact the Center for specific options.

909 North Highway 7

Olathe , Kansas 66061  


Johnson County Parks & Recreation

The Johnson County Parks & Rec offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  Contact the volunteer coordinator to set up a time to volunteer.

Volunteer Coordinator


Overland Park Arboretum

Overland Park Arboretum always needs assistance with plantings, weeding, mulching, cleaning, and a wide variety of other tasks outdoors in order to maintain the parks and gardens.

8909 W. 179th Street

Overland Park, KS 66085

Wilderness Science Center

Valley School District's Wilderness Science Center provides authentic learning experiences to students.  Maintaining the Wilderness Science Center requires volunteer assistance with trail maintenance, tree trimming, weeding, repair work, and trash pick-up. Contact the director, Dee Wilson, to set up a time to volunteer.

Located behind Blue River Elementary School and Blue Valley Middle School

Dee Wilson





Kansas City Interfaith Youth Alliance

KCIYA organizes service projects to bring together youth of diverse backgrounds.  In seeing people live out their faith through helping others, KCIYA strives to promote more meaningful and positive connections with those of different religions.  Each volunteer project is followed with dialogue sessions in which everyone is asked to share why they think it is important to serve others and what aspects of their faith tradition promote the value of service.



Johnson County
Election Office

The Johnson County Election Office needs volunteers to assist with the election processes.  Contact the office for your options.

2101 E Kansas City Road  

Olathe , KS  66061  

Election Officer, Brian Newby


Johnson County Libraries

Johnson County Libraries need volunteers to provide the following services and activities:  Read With a Friend, shelving books, Homework Help volunteer, technical services/processing library materials, storytime, bookstore cashier, youth program, child care outreach, book sorting, internet sales assistance, and interlibrary loan assistance.

Volunteer Services - All library locations possible

913. 261.2314

Overland Park Police Department

The OPPD needs assistance in their detective and investigative divisions.  Volunteers help produce weekly crime bulletins, work with crime mapping technology, help prepare case material for officers, contact victims or others by phone for police database information input, and call pawn shops and other police departments.

12400 Foster or

8500 Antioch

Overland Park , KS  



Christmas in October

Christmas in October provides home maintenance/rebuilding assistance to those in need during specified weekends in October.  It is best to volunteer as a small group and provide assistance to the homeowner(s) assigned to the group.  

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity builds homes for those without a place to call home.  To assist with building, contact the website or call their office.

1423 E Linwood Boulevard  

Kansas City , MO  64109  


volunteer application   




Local retirement communities always need volunteers for a wide variety of tasks, some for the facility at large and some for the individual residents.  Call a specific facility to see your options.


Delmar Gardens  

12100 W 109th Street  

Overland Park , KS  


Freedom Pointe Overland Park

9201 Foster Street
Overland Park , KS  


Grand Court Overland Park

6101 W 119th Street  

Overland Park , KS  


Lakeview Village Retirement Community

9100 Park Street
Lenexa , KS 66215


Rose Estates

12700 Antioch Road  

Overland Park , KS  


Sunrise Senior Living

12500 W 135th Street  

Overland Park , KS  


Tallgrass Creek Retirement Community

13800 Metcalf Avenue  

Overland Park , KS  

1.800.893.3118 or 1.800.989.0525

Town Village Retirement Community

4400 West 115th Street
Leawood, KS

Villa St.
Rosewood Drive

Overland Park , KS  


Vintage Park of Stanley

14430 Metcalf Avenue  

Overland Park , KS  


Jazz Museum

The American Jazz Museum highlights the nuances of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club, and Gem Theater.  For volunteer opportunities, contact the museum directly.

1616 East 18th Street
Kansas City , MO 64108

Volunteer Application

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art seeks to share the work of emerging and established artists with Kansas Citians.  They need volunteers for a variety of tasks.  Contact the website and the Curator of Education for details.

200 East 44th Street
Kansas City , MO 64111
Beth Harris, Curator of Education


Kansas City Museum

Kansas City
Museum at Corinthian Hall is Kansas City's oldest and largest museum of local and regional history; it is currently managed by the Union Station.  Volunteers for a variety of tasks are needed to keep the museum running smoothly.  Contact Patti Swanson for details.

3218 Gladstone Boulevard

Kansas City , MO 64123

Patti Swanson, Volunteer Manager


The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial preserves and shares the history of WWI with a national audience.  The museum relies on volunteer support in numerous ways.  Visit the website to see the extensive list of opportunities.  Contact them to set up a time to help.

100 W. 26th Street

Kansas City , MO 64108


Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum preserves and shares the history of African-American baseball.  Volunteers are beneficial to the smooth running of the museum.  Contact the museum directly to inquire about specific volunteer opportunities.

1616 East 18th Street
Kansas City , MO 64108


Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art seeks to share great works of art and history with the masses.  They need volunteers to greet guests, provide directions, and a variety of other tasks.  Contact the museum via the link.

4525 Oak Street
Kansas City , MO 64111

Reach Out & Read KC

Reach Out & Read KC is a pediatric early literacy program for Kansas City families in need.  Volunteers are essential to the process; activities can include reading to children in clinics, gathering books, sorting books, and various others possibilities.  Visit the website and follow the directions to become a volunteer.

3901 Rainbow Boulevard
, Mail Stop 4004
Kansas City, KS 66106




All political parties represented in Kansas consistently need volunteers for a range of tasks.  Contact your local political party office to get involved, or contact your state and local elected officials' offices to serve them specifically.

Information compiled from the website of the organizations.