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Thank you for your interest to get involved with Kansas Children’s Service League! Our supporters play a critical role in helping us protect and promote the well-being of children. We have many volunteer needs both statewide and in specific communities. Please find an opportunity of interest, and click on the button below to apply. We will review your interest, skills and forward your application to the appropriate volunteer manager. For a list of KCSL volunteer program contacts, please scroll to the bottom of the page.


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Adoption Peer Support Volunteer
This volunteer will provide program support to the Kansas Post Adoption Resource Center (K-PARC) at retreats, trainings and adoptive family events. Other duties include the following: answer questions, listen to and assist families who have adopted or are raising a child of a family member; promote and recruit for K-PARC events; and provide child care at events. Hours are as needed two to three hours per week.

Parent and Youth Resource Line Volunteer
The Parent and Youth Resource Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for parents, caregivers and youth. As a volunteer you will listen carefully, offer problem solving ideas and refer callers to local community resources. Scheduling is flexible based on volunteer's availability. Shifts are scheduled during daytime, evenings, late nights, and weekends. A minimum of 4 hours per month is required. Must be at least 18 years of age, have strong knowledge of and commitment to non-violent parenting practice, and experience working with children, the ability to listen with genuine concern, strong verbal communication skills and even-tempered, the ability to problem-solve, sort through options in an honest, non-judgmental manner, and be comfortable discussing controversial issues and handling intense emotion. Human services or child development background preferred and an understanding of family systems helpful.


Garden City, Kansas yellow

Hospitality Facilitator
The Hospitality Facilitator must be outgoing and able to speak to strangers in a polite and caring manner. They will assist parents during Parent Meetings or similar events. This includes signing guest in, directing to meeting rooms and child care, finding chairs and serving food.Parent meetings are held monthly on a weekday typically 6:30-8 p.m. This will be a nine month position starting in August 2015 through May 2016. Must be at least 16 years old.

Office Assistant
The Office Assistant volunteer will help with office responsibilities like filing, shredding and inventory. This individual will also assist with front desk tasks during lunch breaks. Knowledge of basic office equipment is preferred. Must be at least 16 years old. Hours include Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Teacher Aide
KCSL is looking for a volunteer Teacher Aide who is friendly, outgoing and enjoys being around young children. They will help support the teacher in a variety of ways in the classroom by preparing meals, setting tables, helping children wash hands and brush teeth. They will also help with prepare materials, put homework packets together, make copies or any other appropriate duties assigned by the teacher. This is a year-long opportunity starting July 2015 through July 2016 and can be done any time Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. based on the availability of the volunteer. Open to high school students and adults.


Independence, Kansas yellow

Bilingual Family Time Sponsor
This volunteer will work with our Healthy Families staff to choose a theme, activity, materials and meal for monthly Family Time events, and to help facilitate these fun meetings. This volunteer would also assist in cooking the meal for the meeting, help with holding babies while parents eat, and help clean up after the event. These events take place on the third Thursday of every month, usually in the evening during the summer months and over lunch during the winter months. Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.

“Done in a Day” Project Organizer/Coordinator
This volunteer will choose and manage a project of their choice that will help the families KCSL serves. The project could be a diaper/book/safety supply drive or a new parent welcome basket for example. A KCSL supervisor will be available to coordinate with volunteer on the needs of the families and program.

Family Time Sponsor
This volunteer will work with our Healthy Families staff to choose a theme, activity, materials and meal for monthly Family Time events, and to help facilitate these fun meetings. This volunteer would also assist in cooking the meal for the meeting, help with holding babies while parents eat, and help clean up after the event. These events take place on the third Thursday of every month, usually in the evening during the summer months and over lunch during the winter months. We have a need for up to 3 volunteers at each of these events.

Parent Mentor
Our Healthy Families program is looking for encouraging, supportive and patient individuals who are interested in serving as a positive role model and friend to other parents in need. This volunteer would support a Healthy Families parent by developing an ongoing, one-on-one relationship through planned activities together. Must be at least 21-years-old and commit to 6-8 hours monthly depending on compatibility of volunteer and parent’s individual schedules.

Photographer
Once a month, the program holds a Family Time event which give our families the opportunity to get together, have a meal, socialize and participate in an educational activity. The volunteer photographer would take pictures during Family Time activities and also take family portraits. Must provide own camera.

One of our volunteer photographers Carin Barwick, owner of Livingston Portraits in Independence, shares why she volunteers at KCSL.

“I think every family deserves to have their lives and families documented,” says Barwick. “However, photography can be very expensive! That's why I love the chance to volunteer to do family portraits and Santa Claus photos for KCSL’s Healthy Families program. It's an actual chance to make someone's day a bit brighter, and that's worth it to me for sure!”


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Cookie Baker/Sandwich Maker—CLDC or Family Time Events
This opportunity is great for a volunteer who enjoy cooking! We are looking for a volunteer who will use their joy of cooking/baking to provide a meal, snack or treat for meetings. The volunteer will work with the program manager to coordinate food items needed for events such as Family Time or Community Leadership and Development Council (CLDC) meetings. Events are usually monthly-- CLDC meetings are the third Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. and Family Time varies. General knowledge of safe food handling is required and must be at least 21 years old.

Crisis Notary
This volunteer would be available to assist with all documents that must be notarized for the placement of an infant into an adoptive home/family. These documents are critical for an adoption to finalize. Documents to be notarized include work with both the birth parents and the adoptive parents. Some driving would be necessary, but most work would be conducted in a hospital setting within 12 to 24 hours of the birth of a child that is being placed for adoption by the birth parents. This position would need to be available after hours, as well as during work hours. Must be a current public notary in the state of Kansas. Experience working with birth parents or adoptive parents is preferred, but not necessary.

Family Time Sponsor
This volunteer will work with our Healthy Families staff to choose a theme, activity, materials and meal for monthly Family Time events and help facilitate these fun meetings. These events take place once a month, usually in the evening during the summer months and over lunch during the winter months. We have a need for up to three volunteers at each event. Must be 21 years old or older.

Healthy Families' Family Night "Super Supper" Coordinator
This volunteer will meet with the Healthy Families Staff Supervisor to determine the dinner schedules and needs for the year. Duties would include to recruit/train/schedule Meal Team Leaders and ensure coordination of menus monthly. A one year commitment is expected. Schedule and time commitment will vary depending on program tasks; more time is needed at the beginning of a program year for planning. Must be at least 18 years old. Skills: ability to coordinate with several parties to plan and schedule for events; ability to assist in meal planning for large groups; attention to detail and ability to follow thru with implementation of plans.

Parent Mentor
Our Healthy Families program is looking for encouraging, supportive and patient individuals who are interested in serving as a positive role model and friend to other parents in need. This volunteer would support a Healthy Families parent by developing an ongoing, one-on-one relationship through planned activities together. Must be at least 21-years-old and commit to 6-8 hours monthly depending on compatibility of volunteer and parent’s individual schedules.


Liberal, Kansas yellow

Hospitality Facilitator
The Hospitality Facilitator must be outgoing and able to speak to strangers in a polite and caring manner. They will assist parents during Parent Meetings or similar events. This includes signing guest in, directing to meeting rooms and child care, finding chairs and serving food.Parent meetings are held monthly on a weekday typically 6:30-8 p.m. This will be a nine month position starting in August 2015 through May 2016. Must be at least 16 years old.

Office Assistant
The Office Assistant volunteer will help with office responsibilities like filing, shredding and inventory. This individual will also assist with front desk tasks during lunch breaks. Knowledge of basic office equipment is preferred. Must be at least 16 years old. Hours include Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Teacher Aide
KCSL is look for a volunteer Teacher Aide who is friendly, outgoing and enjoys being around young children. They will help support the teacher in a variety of ways in the classroom by preparing meals, setting tables, helping children wash hands and brush teeth. They will also help with prepare materials, put homework packets together, make copies or any other appropriate duties assigned by the teacher. This is a year-long opportunity starting July 2015 through July 2016 and can be done any time Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. based on the availability of the volunteer. Open to high school students and adults.


Topeka, Kansas yellow

Birth Mother Support Group Leader
This intern will work with birth parents who have placed their children in adoption. Tasks for this position include assessing and supporting birth families post placement, developing and facilitating a birth family support group under the supervision of a field instructor, assisting with crisis situations and scheduling sessions in response to the needs of participants. During crisis situations, intern must be able to ensure the safety of the children served and that all necessary documentation is completed. Must be at least 21 years of age and be endorsed for a practicum placement by a respective university. Someone with a Master of Social Work is preferred.

Child Care Provider
This child care volunteer will be responsible for overseeing activities for children ages 0-12. The volunteer will need to lead children through activities while parents attend a nearby meeting. Hours include one to two events per week during the day, evening or weekend. Volunteers will not be expected to commit to every event. Should have a strong desire to help kids learn, grow and have fun. Preferred traits include patience, kindness and calm authority.

Child Care Volunteer – Foster Care
This volunteer will play with, care for and talk to children while parents attend events and/or trainings. Time commitment is 3 hours a week for 10 weeks or the 3rd Thursday of every month for 2 hours. Must be 21 years of age and have prior experience in working with children of all ages.

“Done in a Day” Project Organizer/Coordinator
This volunteer will choose and manage a project of their choice that will help the families KCSL serves. The project could be a diaper/book/safety supply drive or a new parent welcome basket for example. A KCSL supervisor will be available to coordinate with volunteer on the needs of the families and program.

Facilities Support
This volunteer would assist with seasonal projects such as trimming bushes, staining porch furniture, and washing lower level windows. Other occasional projects could be available as need arises. This volunteer would be needed occasionally on half or full days that could be scheduled to fit the volunteer's availability. Must be 18 years of age or older, have basic landscaping, painting and/or carpentry skills and the ability to work independently.

Family Time Sponsor
This volunteer will work with our Healthy Families staff to choose a theme, activity, materials and meal for monthly Family Time events, and to help facilitate these fun meetings. This volunteer would also assist in cooking the meal for the meeting, help with holding babies while parents eat, and help clean up after the event. These events typically take place on the third Wednesday of every month, usually in the evening. We have a need for up to 3 volunteers at each of these events.

Healthy Families' Family Night "Super Supper" Coordinator
This volunteer will meet with the Healthy Families Staff Supervisor to determine the dinner schedules and needs for the year. Duties would include to recruit/train/schedule Meal Team Leaders and ensure coordination of menus monthly. A one year commitment is expected. Schedule and time commitment will vary depending on program tasks; more time is needed at the beginning of a program year for planning. Must be at least 18 years old. Skills: ability to coordinate with several parties to plan and schedule for events; ability to assist in meal planning for large groups; attention to detail and ability to follow thru with implementation of plans.

Help Desk Support
The Help Desk volunteer will answer phones and fix minor computer issues for KCSL employees. Must be 18 or older and have basic computer skills. Volunteer hours include any time Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kitchen Help Volunteer
The Kitchen Help Volunteer will assist with plating meals and dessert and will also help clients to their tables with their food and beverages and assist with cleaning up kitchen and/or dining area after meal is served. The need is 2 hours typically on the third Wednesday of every month. Must have the ability to stand for up to 2 hours, and have great social skills.

Middle/High School Student Tutor
This volunteer will tutor students in our High School and Middle classrooms by working individually and in groups with students. This position requires an individual who is flexible, dependable, and truly enjoys working with at-risk youth. Must have the ability to tutor youth in grades 6-12 in Math, Science, Social Studies, and English and possess basic computer skills. Volunteer must also have developed communication skills and ability to model positive and appropriate behavior for our students. Volunteers needed any day of the week, Monday-Thursday 8:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Oasis Group Coordinator
The Oasis Runaway and Homeless Youth Program provides a free and voluntary case management service to families with youth ages 10-17, who are at risk for running away or who have already run away from home. The goals of Oasis are to prevent youth homelessness, out of home placement, and to safely reunite with their families by providing crisis intervention services aimed at preventing the youth from running in the future. Youth participating in the program attend weekly groups focused on overcoming their past, learning to be in control while being under pressure and becoming a leader among their peers.

Essential volunteer job functions would be to pick-up refreshments for group and room set-up. Groups meet Tuesdays or Thursdays from 3:30-7 p.m. in five week intervals. Must be at least 21 years old and comfortable around teenagers.

Parent Mentor
Our Healthy Families program is looking for encouraging, supportive and patient individuals who are interested in serving as a positive role model and friend to other parents in need. This volunteer would support a Healthy Families parent by developing an ongoing, one-on-one relationship through planned activities together. Must be at least 21-years-old and commit to 6-8 hours monthly depending on compatibility of volunteer and parent’s individual schedules.

Photographer
Once a month, the program holds a Family Time event which give our families the opportunity to get together, have a meal, socialize and participate in an educational activity. The volunteer photographer would take pictures during Family Time activities and also take family portraits. Must provide own camera.

Receptionist
This on-call volunteer will answer and direct incoming calls, greet and direct guests and will perform light administrative duties as requested. The volunteer will on-call as needed to assist with vacations and special circumstances.


Wichita, Kansas yellow

Building Painter
This volunteer opportunity is great for those who enjoy the outdoors! Volunteers will paint the outside of a building and fence railing. Must be 18 years of age or older. Hours are Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a few days depending on time spent preparing and painting. Paint will be provided but volunteers will need to provide ladders and paint supplies if possible.

Child Care Volunteer
Provide structured activities (games, arts and crafts and imagination play) and snacks for children while parents attend classes. This volunteer will also help with diapering and toileting needs and clean up at the end of the evening. This opportunity is on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. Must be at least 15 years old to volunteer. The following skills are preferred: experience with children, knowledge of child development and ability to talk to parents.

Community Resource Library Assistant
Volunteers will help put together Child Abuse Prevention Materials that will be distributed to individuals and organizations across the state of Kansas. Various clerical duties will also be performed as needed. Must be at least 14 years of age. Data entry skills helpful but not required.

Cookie Baker/Sandwich Maker—Parenting Classes
This opportunity is great for a volunteer who enjoy cooking! We are looking for a volunteer who will use their joy of cooking/baking to provide a meal, snack or treat for meetings. The volunteer will work with the program manager to coordinate food items needed for events such as Family Time or Community Leadership and Development Council (CLDC) meetings. Events are usually monthly-- CLDC meetings are the third Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. and Family Time varies. General knowledge of safe food handling is required and must be at least 21 years old.

Crisis Notary
This volunteer would be available to assist with all documents that must be notarized for the placement of an infant into an adoptive home/family. These documents are critical for an adoption to finalize. Documents to be notarized include work with both the birth parents and the adoptive parents. Some driving would be necessary, but most work would be conducted in a hospital setting within 12 to 24 hours of the birth of a child that is being placed for adoption by the birth parents. This position would need to be available after hours, as well as during work hours. Must be a current public notary in the state of Kansas. Experience working with birth parents or adoptive parents is preferred, but not necessary.

Families Connect Volunteer
This is a FAMILY OPPORTUNITY to volunteer during one of our special events by joining with one of our client families to enjoy an outing sponsored by KCSL. Volunteer families would serve as positive role models for parenting skills and communication, as well as coach parents and children to connect during an activity. Volunteer families would also model positive discipline techniques. Some examples of events include Pumpkin Patch, Zoo Day and/or an evening picnic. Families would enjoy activities together. Most events last 2-4 hours and generally scheduled three times a year. Good communication/listening skills, an easy-going attitude, good boundaries and ability to model strong, positive parenting skills are required. Must be at least 21 years old.

Parent Mentor—Parent Ed, Crisis Nursery
Our Parent Education and Crisis Nursery programs are looking for encouraging, supportive and patient individuals who are interested in serving as a positive role model and friend to other parents in need. This volunteer would support a parent by developing an ongoing, one-on-one relationship through planned activities together. Activities could be as simple as meeting for coffee or walking at the park. Low cost or free activities are preferred. This volunteer needs to be outgoing, enjoy meeting new people and have good listening skills and boundaries. Schedule will vary depending on the volunteer; a commitment to volunteering at least 4-6 hours a month is required. Must be at least 21 years old.

R.E.A.L. Distribution
KCSL is looking for a volunteer to help during the Resource Empowerment Advocacy Lifeline (R.E.A.L.) community distribution events. Duties would include setting up distribution table, package and place contact stickers on supplies as needed (diapers, wipes etc.), hand out supplies and answer questions about resources. Bi-lingual English/Spanish and knowledge of Wichita-area resources are helpful but not required. For minors under the age of 18 interested in this opportunity, you must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Distributions are held monthly at the follow locations:
  • College Hill United Methodist Church (3rd Saturday of the month from 8:30 -11:30 a.m.)
  • Holy Savior (4th Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. – noon)
Training Support
In need of a volunteer to maintain and update training program database, print and file trainee certificates, gather data, assist with training program reports and provide other aspects of administrative support as needed. Skills and/or experience requirements:
  • Some administrative experience.
  • Knowledge of data entry, data maintenance and generating reports helpful.
  • Competent in computer applications including MS Word, Excel and Outlook.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND HELP YOUR COMMUNITY TODAY. BE A KCSL VOLUNTEER!

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VOLUNTEER PROGRAM CONTACTS

VOLUNTEER MANAGER:

Ashley Putthoff
1-877-530-5275 ext. 1450

VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS:

Emporia
Bev Long
1-877-530-5275 ext. 1001

Garden City
Rachel Karlin
1-877-530-5275 ext. 1103

Hutchinson
David Austin
1-877-530-5275 ext. 1321

Kansas City
Jamie VanCompernolle
1-877-530-5275 ext. 1204

Topeka
Lee Walker
1-877-530-5275 ext. 1403

Wichita
David Austin
1-877-530-5275 ext. 1321

Christine Quick
1-877-530-5275 ext. 1301

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