Become a Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in supporting the children we serve. Volunteers are critical in helping us achieve our mission!

Volunteers from St. James UMC – Kansas City joined us on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and helped us organize donations in our clothing closet. 

If you’re looking for opportunities for you, your family, friends or corporation, we have a wide range of volunteer activities you can participate in. We try to make our volunteer’s experiences impactful and meaningful by spending time with each volunteer to identify how their strengths and talents can be focused into projects they’re interested in doing.

Examples of volunteer opportunities include:

Therapeutic Gardens:

Our gardens allow year-round education and outdoor therapy for youth in our care. Youth learn all about garden cultivation and management and as the garden grows, they get to learn how to incorporate those fruits or vegetables into their everyday meals. We’re in need of volunteers to help us maintain and enhance the garden and hoop house so that gardening activities remain safe, fun and educational.

Birthdays and Holiday Parties:

Children reside in our treatment center while receiving services—often overlapping with birthdays and holidays. Some of the ways we make these days special for them include Birthday surprises; Halloween Trunk-or-Treats; providing a delicious Thanksgiving dinner for clients and their families; and celebrating Christmas with Santa, treats and fun crafts.  We’re looking for people to help coordinate these fun events and/or donate treats, gifts or craft supplies.

Organizing Donations:

This may include sorting and organizing donations, hanging up or folding clothes, or taking inventory of what we’re in need of.

Special Activities:

We plan a range of activities to provide the youth in our care with educational and fun experiences. We look for volunteers to help host onsite activities like arts and crafts, cooking class, field days and more. We also partner with organizations who host a group of youth and our staff for exciting offsite learning experiences—some activities we’ve done in the past include a day out at Science City, the Zoo, the Sprint Center Basketball Experience, bowling, and more.

School Tutors and Support:

Children receiving services in our residential treatment programs reside with us longer-term and attend school in our facilities to continue receiving school credits. Whether you’re tutoring kids in math or reading a book to the younger clients, this is a great opportunity to volunteer directly with youth.

Volunteer Coordination:

If your strengths include communication and planning, consider providing assistance coordinating various volunteer activities or events, which can be a regular occurring collaboration or for a one-time event.

If you’re interested in a volunteer activity you don’t see in this list, contact us! These are just some examples of volunteer opportunities—and we’re always looking for more creative ideas for engaging with our communities!

COVID-19 Update: The safety and health of our clients and employees are our top priorities. As part of our many COVID-19 preventative measures, we’re restricting volunteer opportunities for the time being. Please reach out to us to find out what opportunities are available right now – and so that we have you on our email list when we send out information about future activities.

Please fill out the form below and a volunteer coordinator will reach out to you.