• Harvesters - Food Sort

    Harvesters Food Bank Warehouse

    This is a great way to give back to the community as Harvesters is the area's only food bank. Their network includes over 620 nonprofit agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes, etc. http://harvesters.org Space has been reserved for us from 6 to 8 PM at their warehouse location at 3801 Topping Avenue. We will be working in a warehouse so please dress casual and no open-toed shoes are allowed inside. This is vigorous work centered on teamwork. Please check in at the front desk, then join us in the volunteer lounge. There will be someone on staff at the facility to show/instruct us on what they need done for that day. Children ages 12 and older are welcome to attend provided they are accompanied by an adult. Harvesters can also accommodate volunteers with special needs if we let them know in advance. Please share this opportunity with your family, friends, and coworkers! You are allowed to bring up to 5 guests and we can usually arrange for bigger groups if needed. Harvesters will always accept any food donations too so bring them with you when you come. Thanks for considering this opportunity to Serve Kansas City! ** Please be firm with your commitment when you RSVP. The agencies plan our work based upon the number of people we tell them we have going. If your plans change we understand, just please change your RSVP. **

  • Volunteer @ GLO Puppet Show

    Frank A. Theis Park

    *** WEATHER NOTICE *** Before heading out the door please check the event for cancelation due to rain or call Selena at[masked]. StoneLion Puppet Theatre will put on their annual Memorial Day Weekend Performance at Theis Park, which includes an evening GLO event with glowing puppets, performers and art. Volunteers will welcome visitors to the event, answer questions about the glo, and protect the art & puppets before and during the performance. This role is critical to our event and allows the artist to focus on their performance. This is a family-friendly event with a focus on the environment. Instructions will be given at the start of the shift, 7pm, to all volunteers, but breaks in shifts will allow volunteers to explore the festival, vendors and food truck prior to the performance. The puppet show starts at 8:30pm. All volunteers will need to be in the Glo area from 8:45-10pm. This event does require standing during the event, but you may want to bring an outdoor chair to sit in during pre-show. Please wear black or dark colors, a glowing lanyard will be giving to each volunteer to wear during the event. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. You may also want to bring bug spray since this event is in the Park. Children 10 and older are welcome to volunteer with at least 1 adult. Please do not rsvp for children, but leave a comment if you plan to bring a helper. There are also several volunteers needed to help with puppets if you are interested in doing this please contact me at [masked] ** This event is also Saturday, May 25 ** https://www.meetup.com/ServeKC/events/261335906

  • Build Food Wealth in a Streetside Garden

    7150 Jackson Ave

    WHAT/WHY/WHO? – Clement Waters Retreat is transforming a vacant 4-acre lot on the south end of Swope Park into an urban food forest and walking trail. Why is that important? The area is in a USDA food desert. That means that healthy food options are just not available to people who could really use healthy foods to help them avoid long-term medical problems associated with low incomes. This week's project is perfect for the person who sees gardening as an exercise in faith for a hopeful future. WEAR/BRING/GET – Wear shoes with significant tread and layered clothing that you don't mind getting dirty, and which can be varied as your temperature comfort changes. Bring a trowel/spade and gardening gloves if you prefer your own, but you’re not really required to bring anything other than yourself and a smile! We provide work gloves, plastic spades and filtered water. We invite you to bring a portable chair if you’d like to sit on one. PROJECT DETAILS – We will be sowing seeds and transplanting starts according to a pre-planned garden design and a planting calendar. Our early-planted seeds have been growing in the greenhouse at African Centered College Prep Academy, where the kids are learning about the plant life cycle and the usefulness of companion plants. Now we’re giving the baby plants a new home in our sculpted raised beds constructed by volunteers in March. As the spring progresses, we will encourage the plants we want by mulching them, and discourage the plants we don’t want by pulling their emerging seedlings out of the raised beds. PERKS – Coming out to volunteer at Clement Forest usually means taking away a feeling of inner calm, since the property is surrounded by the serene Blue River Greenway. The physical work done helps relieve tension. Think of the stress relief as our gift to you for helping define this calming space in service of others. BACKGROUND – In February 2018 an environmental involvement nonprofit, Clement Waters Retreat, acquired the vacant lot that is now Clement Forest. Volunteers from all over the states of Kansas and Missouri came to clear over 400 yards of trail, remove 30 cubic yards of dumped large items, and remove 50 cubic yards of bush honeysuckle. The project took on a social justice element when volunteers realized that much of the waste removed was from the 1970’s, when ‘white flight’ changed the demographics of the surrounding neighborhood and contractors were hired to renovate and update homes. The hired contractors saved money by dumping in the forest behind the houses, convinced that it wouldn’t matter. Now, nearly 50 years later, this organization is saying, 'The forest does matter, and so do the people living around it.' They plan to make the trail into a peaceful gathering place for the residents who have made the area their home. BOTTOM LINE – We’re excited to have you join us as we help nature take back her rightful place in our hearts and minds! Food desert, schmood desert! Let’s make more food accessible to all.

  • Building a Pad for the Little 'Green' House

    7150 Jackson Ave

    WHAT/WHY/WHO? – Imagine a Hobbit House that’s actually a greenhouse and tool shed tucked into a corner of a forest walking trail that helps the public achieve calm and peace of mind. That build exists, and it's a prototype for off-grid housing being built by young people and pro volunteers in Clement Forest this summer! And we get to help prep the site! This week's project is perfect for the person who likes to use muscle for good, and loves being involved in technical projects. WEAR/BRING/GET – Wear shoes with significant tread and thick clothing that you don't mind getting dirty, but will keep you warm. Bring yourself and a smile! We’re ready to use our flatbed trailer, but if you’ve got a big hauling vehicle, bring it & let’s do this! Also, if you have one to bring, we would never turn away an extra rake on site, if you promise to have your name written on it & take it back home with you. We provide work gloves, landscaping rakes, shovels and filtered water. PROJECT DETAILS – Kansas City’s professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders is designing a workspace for the local conservators of a 4-acre forest trail located in an inner southeast Kansas City residential area. The structure will serve both EWB-KC and Clement Waters as a prototype for a small off-grid house that could be used in rural areas with three factors weighing against quality of life: 1.) not well connected to utilities; 2.) increasing numbers of people experiencing homelessness; and 3.) shrinking housing stock. This structure will need to prove itself in three areas to be considered usable in logistically disconnected areas: 1.) delivering potable drinking water from water collected from the roof; 2.) storing and providing solar-generated electricity; and 3.) maintaining steady, habitable internal temperatures without the aid of air-conditioning or heating, year-round. With success, this building design can be duplicated as transitional housing in other areas of the country, and eventually as housing in other areas of the globe. Youth Volunteer Corps members will build the pilot structure this summer, starting in June. PERKS – Coming out to volunteer at Clement Forest usually means taking away a feeling of inner calm, since the property is surrounded by the serene Blue River Greenway. The physical work done helps relieve tension. Think of the stress relief as our gift to you for helping define this calming space in service of others. BACKGROUND – In February 2018 an environmental involvement nonprofit, Clement Waters Retreat, acquired the vacant lot that is now Clement Forest. Volunteers from all over the states of Kansas and Missouri came to clear over 400 yards of trail, remove 30 cubic yards of dumped large items, and remove 50 cubic yards of bush honeysuckle. The project took on a social justice element when volunteers realized that much of the waste removed was from the 1970’s, when ‘white flight’ changed the demographics of the surrounding neighborhood and contractors were hired to renovate and update homes. The hired contractors saved money by dumping in the forest behind the houses, convinced that it wouldn’t matter. Now, nearly 50 years later, this organization is saying, 'The forest does matter, and so do the people living around it.' They plan to make the trail into a peaceful gathering place for the residents who have made the area their home. BOTTOM LINE – We’re excited to have you join us as we help nature take back her rightful place in KC's hearts and minds! Urban residents are afraid of the woods, but a forest offers more benefits than dangers! Let’s make nature accessible to all.

  • Help The Urban Farming Guys Spruce up the Block, Plant Gardens, and Build Things

    Located in the middle of a food desert, The Urban Farming Guys is a testing ground for sustainable communities in areas where affordable and nutritious food is hard to access. Volunteers have done everything from building community gardens, construction, painting and renovations on the Makerspace. We are looking forward to having a great team of volunteers on Saturday morning. We have a variety of projects every week, so please be prepared for indoor or outdoor work. We will try to post more details about specific activities close to the event date, but common tasks include gardening, organizing, cleaning, and construction. We recommend bringing gloves and a water bottle and dressing in comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Schedule: 9:00 am - 9:15 am / arrival & introductions 9:15 am - 12:30 pm / volunteer projects Arrival: Our entrance is at 3704 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64127. It is a red brick building on the corner of 12th and Monroe. The sign on the front says "Kansas City Art Statuary." If you have trouble finding us call Candy Fields @[masked]. There is plenty of street parking, but please do not park in front of the automotive shop (gray& white brick) connected to our building. http://theurbanfarmingguys.com/

  • Ronald McDonald Campus House Work Day - MEET AT LONGFELLOW HOUSE

    Ronald McDonald House (Longfellow)

    General chores and special projects, we won't find out exactly what they need us to do until we get there. Please dress comfortably and be prepared to get dirty! Possible projects/chores: General chores around the House (cleaning, laundry, deep cleaning guest rooms, organizing closets and storage areas) Special projects (landscaping, hanging shelves, moving furniture, mailings) Sanitizing toys and surfaces Stocking the pantry (dating donations, placing them on shelves) Assisting with pop tabs Baking treats/snacks Watering plants Taking out the recycling Gardening/Yard Beautification Volunteers can park in the parking lot adjacent to the Longfellow house or on the street. Enter the Longfellow (large) house by ringing the bell. The group will receive assignments there. ***The group may be split between the three houses or all volunteers working in one house together*** Feel free to call/text me[masked] if you have questions or get lost. https://www.rmhckc.org/ The Ronald McDonald Houses are a “Home Away From Home” for thousands of families every year who must travel to the Kansas City area to receive medical treatment for a sick or injured child. Together, the two Ronald McDonald Houses (Cherry Street House & Longfellow House) provide temporary lodging to as many as 60 families each night while their children undergo vital medical care. The family Suites inside our Wylie House, allow us to serve immuno-suppressed children and their families (i.e. organ transplants and bone marrow transplants). The Houses offer a warm and welcoming place to sleep, as well as full kitchen facilities, laundry facilities, living rooms and recreation areas to provide a homey environment where families may relax away from the stresses of the hospital and meet other families experiencing similar crises.

  • Volunteer @ GLO Puppet Show

    Frank A. Theis Park

    *** WEATHER NOTICE *** Before heading out the door please check the event for cancelation due to rain or call Selena at[masked]. StoneLion Puppet Theatre will put on their annual Memorial Day Weekend Performance at Theis Park, which includes an evening GLO event with glowing puppets, performers and art. Volunteers will welcome visitors to the event, answer questions about the glo, and protect the art & puppets before and during the performance. This role is critical to our event and allows the artist to focus on their performance. This is a family-friendly event with a focus on the environment. Instructions will be given at the start of the shift, 7pm, to all volunteers, but breaks in shifts will allow volunteers to explore the festival, vendors and food truck prior to the performance. The puppet show starts at 8:30pm. All volunteers will need to be in the Glo area from 8:45-10pm. This event does require standing during the event, but you may want to bring an outdoor chair to sit in during pre-show. Please wear black or dark colors, a glowing lanyard will be giving to each volunteer to wear during the event. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. You may also want to bring bug spray since this event is in the Park. Children 10 and older are welcome to volunteer with at least 1 adult. Please do not rsvp for children, but leave a comment if you plan to bring a helper. There are also several volunteers needed to help with puppets if you are interested in doing this please contact me at [masked]. ** This event is also Friday, May 24 ** https://www.meetup.com/ServeKC/events/261301748/

  • Memorial Weekend Sunday Grilled Lunch for Hospice Families and Staff

    Kansas City Hospice House

    NOTE: This event is held on MEMORIAL WEEKEND. About Hospice House: When staying at home isn’t an option, Kansas City Hospice House provides a peaceful care alternative by providing medical and nursing care for patients facing advanced illnesses, as well as emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families, all in the comfort of a beautiful, homelike environment. It’s a place where many generations come together and where family members are relieved of caregiving duties and can focus on each other, while the staff attend to the patients’ needs. Serve KC volunteers provide meals for the residents' families to allow them to spend as much time as possible with their loved ones who are nearing the end of their lives. ------------------------------------------------------ Today's Meal Theme: Grill out. What is your favorite grill out food item? Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, BBQ pork? Watermelon, deviled eggs? Select one of the available categories below, (without a name next to it) then use the Comments section on this page to indicate what you will bring. Please be firm in your commitment. 1. Protein (24) - Grilled chix tenders - Steve 2. Protein (24) - BBQ pork and buns - Valerie 3. Protein (24) -Brisket w/BBQ sauce - Marice 4. Side dish - Deviled eggs - Norma 5. Side dish - Watermelon - Cathy 6. Side dish - Cheesy hash brown casserole - Tina 7. Side dish - Corn on the cob - Cathy 8. Bread - Jill 9. Salad - Susan Feldman 10. Broccoli Salad - Teresa 11. Dessert for approx. 20 - Betty Ann 12. Dessert for approx. 20 - Carol 13. Side dish - Ellen

  • Serve the Needy at Micah Ministry

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  • Make baby bottoms happy!

    303 W 79th St

    Diapers remain an overlooked area of need for low-income families struggling to get food on the table. HappyBottoms is the area's only diaper bank and provides diapers more than 33 nonprofit agencies including low-income childcare agencies and children homes. Serve KC Volunteers help HappyBottoms sort and package diapers to be distributed on the 2nd Monday of each month. This is a great way to give back to the community, lower overhead for the nonprofit and help HappyBottoms distribute an average of 100,000 diapers a month! We will be working in a warehouse so please dress casually for this event and no open-toed shoes are allowed inside. Water bottles are recommended! Age Requirement: Children ages 12 and older are welcome to attend provided they are accompanied by an adult. 18+ always welcome. Directions: Happy Bottoms has moved 3/1/19 to 303 W 79th Street, KC, MO 64114. One block east of Wornall Road on 79th Street. Donate: HappyBottoms will always accept any diaper donations too so bring them with you when you come. Thanks for considering this opportunity to Serve Kansas City! More about HappyBottoms: Cloth diapers aren't an option for most families as childcare facilities require disposable diapers. Furthermore, diapers are expensive and can't be purchased through WIC or food stamps. HappyBottoms provides over 50,000 diapers each month which requires 250 hours from volunteers to help prepare. So the need is great and they have asked us for our help.