What we're about

Serve KC makes volunteering simple, social & fun! Members can pick and choose opportunities that fit their busy schedules and interests without the pressure of an ongoing commitment. We host a variety of volunteer opportunities, collaborate with nonprofits all over the city and work together to accomplish the greater good. Join Serve KC to volunteer, help others and make new friends.

Our Mission: Serve KC is dedicated to creating an inclusive space for all people interested in volunteering by creating events that are easy to join, fun to attend and build our community. We utilize our time, talents and treasures to assist Kansas City nonprofits to accomplish their missions.

If you believe in the value of serving your community, and are looking for an easy and fun way to get involved, we encourage you to donate your time!

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NONPROFITS

If you are interested in working with Serve KC, please visit our website (http://www.weservekc.org/for-nonprofits/) to learn about our event requirements and to determine your volunteer opportunity is a good fit for our group. If you have a volunteer opportunity that doesn't work for our group, such as one-on-one activities or long-term commitments, we also have a Facebook group: Serve KC Volunteer Opportunity Listing (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ServeKCvolunteers/?ref=group_header) where you can post any kind of volunteer opportunity.

Upcoming events (5+)

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.

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