Volunteer Opportunities

The Volunteer Connection serves as a clearinghouse, matching volunteers of all ages with community service needs and opportunities in the Salina area.  Volunteer service-related transportation to and from the service site, accident and liability insurance coverage are provided for volunteers age 55 and over through RSVP.  For more information on these, or other, opportunities, call 823-3128 or e-mail volcor@nckvc.org or go to our website at www.nckvc.org to check for updates.

(See youth page on website for youth specific volunteer opportunities)

Volunteer Opportunities

The Volunteer Connection serves as a clearinghouse, matching volunteers of all ages with community service needs and opportunities in the Salina area. Volunteer service-related transportation to and from the service site, accident and liability insurance coverage are provided for volunteers age 55 and over through RSVP.  For more information on these or other opportunities, call 823-3128, e-mail volcor@nckvc.org,

or go to our website at www.nckvc.org to check for updates.   

URGENT NEEDS:

 Concession Stand Volunteers to help serve pop, popcorn, candy, etc. during the 4A State Football Tournament. Saturday, November 30, 10:30am – 4:00pm. Both youth and adult volunteers are needed. Great family volunteer opportunity!

Gift Wrappers to help a temporary shelter for homeless families wrap gifts for their residents’. Two days, you may help one or both days: Wednesday, December 5 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Candy Canes and Airplanes Event is requesting volunteers to assist with games, face painting and serving food, on Saturday, December 7 from 12:45 -4:00 pm.

Military Christmas Appreciation Event is requesting help with craft projects, face painting, and serving food, Sat. Dec. 7, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. You may volunteer the whole time (9am – 2pm) or for a three hour shift: 9:00 – 11:30 am and/or 11:30 am – 2:00 pm.

 Drivers to drive DAV van to transport veterans to appointments at VA hospitals in Wichita or Topeka.  East run may extend to Leavenworth or Kansas City on occasion.  Schedule as arranged. High need for drivers for Topeka transports.

“Circles of the Heartland” is a new program working to help families move out of poverty by reviewing their resources, relationships and reason or purpose for making the necessary changes to escape from poverty permanently.  The Circles program will also focus on causes of poverty in our community and how to address them, breaking down the barriers that prevent families from moving forward.  To make this possible, Circles has the following volunteer opportunities for the community to be involved:

Youth Program and Child Care – Circles will provide child care and youth programs every Thursday night. Volunteers are needed for the nursery/toddler age group and to work with the school aged children. Training will be provided. Thursday nights, 6:15 – 8:30 pm.

Allies – Allies provide friendship, coaching, and networking and anything necessary to help families achieve their self-sufficiency goals.  Training and support will be provided. Meetings are 2 times a month for approximately 4 hours per month.

Meal preparers/donors – each Thursday at 5:30 pm, Circles will provide a meal to families and volunteers who are attending the weekly class or Circles meetings.  Groups or individuals are needed who would be willing to provide the meal for the group, once a year or more often, according to your availability for approximately 50 – 60 people.

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX PREPARERS ARE NEEDED!

Learn more about federal taxes and help others in your community                                                                                 

Last year in Salina, 30 volunteers prepared more than 1150 tax returns at no cost to taxpayers through the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs.  The local VITA program is managed through The Volunteer Connection and the TCE program through AARP.

 The local VITA and TCE programs are once again looking for volunteers who are interested in taking a little time to learn about taxes and then helping others by preparing federal and state income tax returns for free.  Volunteers are certified to prepare basic tax returns for people whose incomes are $55,000 or less. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to volunteer.  

Volunteers can help in four separate capacities, with needs varying between the two programs:

  • Greeters to welcome taxpayers and assure a pleasant environment, ensure the taxpayer has the necessary information and documents required to complete a tax return and monitor site traffic to ensure that sufficient time is allowed for all taxpayers being checked in to receive assistance.  
  • Return Preparers prepare individual returns on laptop computers using TaxWise software.  Training is required and provided free of charge.

Training is held in December and/or January using IRS issued study materials.  Training times and options vary for the VITA and TCE programs.  Once certified, volunteers spend a few hours per week, as scheduled, between February 1 and April 15, 2012, preparing tax returns at designated sites.

 Pianists to share the joy of accompanying a chorus of senior singers to bring familiar and favorite tunes to residents of retirement facilities and other local venues.  Two or more pianists are desired to share the schedule, as the chorus typically practices four times a month and perform an additional four times a month.

 Co-Director to share leadership of the aforementioned mixed chorus of dedicated senior singers.  The director primarily keeps the beat and adds musical flourish.  Chorus members provide support in selecting music, scheduling performances, notifying members of changes, etc.  Shared leadership is designed to allow flexibility for accommodating your schedule.

DVD Sorter/Filer. Volunteer needed to help organize and file away DVD’s.  This is an ongoing, weekly volunteer opportunity where you may choose one or more available days: Mon – Sat. from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm..

 Childcare Assistants, (16 yrs and older) to help care for children during a meeting help by a non-profit organization, at their facility. Every Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm.

Marketing and Social Media Volunteer(s) needed on a regular basis, around 10 hours per week, to help with needs  directly related to the Patriot Business Program.  It is in an office setting, but some tasks may be done from home.

Assistance is needed in the areas below. If you prefer to help in one area only that is fine. 

·         -Data entry (excel spreadsheet)

·         -Social media (Facebook)

·         -Making phone calls or sending emails

-Obtaining new PB’s by calling businesses and then mailing out PB stickers

Client Support help needed at a non-profit to assist clients with budgeting, resume writing, and life-skill support. Weekdays on a regular basis and will work with your schedule.

 Telephone Callers to help make calls to public about blood drives. Training will be provided.

 Long-term Care Ombudsman to visit assigned long term care facility near your home and spend a minimum of 1-3 hours each week visiting with residents and identifying concerns. Ensure the legal rights of residents are being honored, and work with conflict resolution between LTC facility, residents, and the community. Volunteers are needed in the Salina, Minneapolis and McPherson. Interested volunteers must complete the required 30 hour training course and a clean background check to become a Certified Volunteer Ombudsman.

 Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteers Needed to advocate for children. No special or legal background is required. Just a caring heart! As a child advocate, your three main responsibilities would be:

1.      Serve as a fact-finder for the judge by thoroughly researching the background of each assigned case.

2.      To speak for the child in the courtroom, representing the child’s best interests.

3.      To continue to act as a “watchdog” for the child during the life of the case, ensuring that it is brought to a swift and appropriate conclusion.

Tutors for adults studying for G.E.D. or learning English following curriculum provided. Prefer that volunteer does not speak other language and individuals that are willing to assist students studying for citizenship test.  Varied times and days, one hour each, working with your schedule.

 English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutors Volunteers needed to tutor ESL for adults Mon-Thursday 8:15am – 11am.

 Gift Shop Clerk to attend small gift shop in historical setting, assist customers and enter sales into computer;  Tuesdays or Thursdays, 2-3 hours between 11:45 am and 2:30 p.m.

 Piano Player &/or Song Leader to help with monthly birthday parties in a Long-Term Care Facility. Help make someone’s special day even brighter! Days and Times vary depending on birthdays.

 Chapel Leader at long-term care facility on the 4th Sunday of every month: Clergy, lay person, deacon, or etc. to give Sunday Chapel Service from 3:00pm to 3:30pm. on the 4th Sunday of each month.  A piano player can be provided.   Once a month or once a year, whatever your schedule allows.

  Need a Volunteer to be Chapel Chairman at long term care facility on Sunday from 2:30pm - 3:30 pm.  Duties: Come to Chapel & put hymnals on the chairs, then put back after service, help Chapel committee go to the halls to help nurses bring Health Care residents to the Chapel, & help Sunrise Presbyterian Church with Communion every other Sunday. 

 Song Leader for monthly birthday parties at a long term care facility. Once a month and vary on what day they are but are always from 3pm – 4pm.

 Piano Player for monthly birthday parties at long term care facility. Once a month and vary on what day they are but are always from 3pm – 4pm.

 Exercise Leader to lead afternoon exercise sessions for seniors. Would like someone to provide a fun environment in which residents of long term care facility will feel comfortable and look forward to exercising. Help available to create the exercise program and materials to help educate you on fall prevention exercises including balance, flexibility, strength and endurance for older adults. Prefer afternoons 2-3 days a week, and are willing to work with volunteers’ schedule.

 Special Needs:  

Persons with administrative and logistical skills, active and retired medical professions are needed for the new North Central Kansas Regional Medical Reserve Corps.  The Corps consists of volunteers who are trained and ready to assist with public health activities, as well as emergency preparedness and response.  Training is free and primarily self-paced. 

Bilingual Volunteers Needed! When Salina has been struck by disasters in the past, many people were put at risk because of the inability to communicate effectively with those who are not English-proficient. Duties could include things such as helping to make recordings for Saline County Emergency Management’s information systems, going door-to-door to provide emergency information, etc. Speakers of all languages are needed to assure everyone can be served in time of disaster.

A non-profit clothing store is requesting volunteers to help greet and assist customers. You will be using a cash register, straightening clothes on racks, etc.

Shifts: Monday – Thursday, 2:45 – 5:00 pm, Thursday evening from  5:00 – 7:00 pm, the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 11 am – 3pm.

 Office Help is requested by a non-profit, for clerical and phone operations, as well as  someone to work directly with donations.  Flexible schedule based upon volunteer’s availability.

 Clothing Sorters needed to sort donations, mostly clothing and misc household items. Schedule is flexible.

 Song Leader/Piano Player to lead sing-along to nostalgic music from our past in a long-term care facility, twice monthly (determined by volunteer’s schedule) from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Docents for Art Exhibits to provide basic information about art work and answer questions of visitors. Training is provided. Day and time is as arranged.

 Friendly visitors needed to visit one-on-one with residents of nursing home who do not receive regular company: talk, play cards, checkers, etc. Volunteer time is as arranged for any day(s) from Monday – Friday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

 Continuing Needs:

 Friendly Canine Visitors - If your “Fido” has a friendly disposition and loves people, they may want to volunteer. We are looking for friendly dogs with great masters who can take them to visit with senior residents. Several facilities are requesting pet visit.

 Pet Foster Homes to keep shelter animals when shelter is full and dogs have to wait for adoption. Normal stay is approximately 3 weeks. Must apply for Kansas Animal Health Department Foster License, with interview, screening and training required.

 Office Assistant to help in a busy public setting, taking calls, giving directions, etc. Will work with volunteer on a work schedule. Office hours M-F, 1:00 – 5:00 pm.

 Visitation Window Assistant to log visitors and sort mail. Ability to handle difficult people. Will work with volunteer on a work schedule.

 Homebound Book Selector to select books for the homebound. Familiarity with different literary genres is a plus. Schedule based on volunteer’s availability.

 Court Monitors to attend court hearings and make notations re: outcome of DUI-related hearings for analysis by State Coordinator; screening required, training provided; schedule as arranged.

 Media Monitors to peruse media and report crashes which are or may be alcohol-related to a victim’s assistance coordinator for follow-up.

  Information and Research Assistant to help with short-term, project driven volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

 Technology Center Assistant to help keep the public use computers clean twice a month; flexible schedule to fit yours.

Help with Lawn Care, We have several individuals who are unable to care for their yard due to a variety of reasons, age, health, and disability for example and they have asked if someone can help them. Some of the individuals requesting help do have lawn mowers and other equipment. We also have two lawn mowers available to volunteers helping others.

 Back Up Delivery Driver to pick up large amount of groceries from a local retail store. Must have vehicle with substantial cargo space and be able to lift.

 Mentors to assist Lead Teachers with tutoring and group activities and serve as positive role models for middle-school students during the after school program and to spend special one-on-one time with individual students. Requires excellent oral and written skills and a desire to work with youth; Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

 Mama Mentors to provide support for a pregnant women – lend a listening ear, possibly take to ob/gyn appointments, etc.; approximately once a week for up to 2 hours, depending on need.

 Bus Driver/Substitute - Driver needed on a substitute basis to drive 13-passenger bus (no CDL required) to different locations in town for local retirement community residents.

 Meal Deliverers - Bring warm meals – and a smile -to elderly and shut-ins in a specific section of Salina, 3-5 days every six weeks from about 11:00 am -12:00 pm.  You may divide the week with a partner.  Substitute drivers also needed.

 Social Hosts/Hostesses - to help with weekly men’s social on Wednesdays from 9-10 am; or with weekly women’s social on Fridays, from 9-10 am. 

Activity Assistants for adult day center. Options include teaching or helping with art, music, etc., accompanying, or socializing with the clients.  Orientation provided.  Schedule and time commitment can be arranged, any day(s), Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 Big Brothers/Big Sisters or Couples to mentor youth in community. Positive role models can help these youth thrive! High need for male “Bigs” or couples willing to mentor male youths.

Bingo Assistants, Callers and Helpers - several request for help with Bingo. Saturdays: 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Monday’s: 2:30 – 3:30 pm, and 3:00 – 4:00 pm.         

 Blood Drive Assistants throughout the year. Set-up and take down equipment; prepare and serve food to participants; escort donors; registration/scheduling. 

 Bible Study and Chapel Leaders needed for several facilities. Variety of dates and times available. Will work with volunteer’s schedule.

Coaches and Assistants to work with youth of various ages during practice and games. Basketball, softball, baseball and soccer are some of the sports throughout the year that need volunteers.

Cooking Class Assistant to assist with cooking projects in an adult day-care facility. Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 2-3 pm.

Disaster Response Volunteers to take basic training with local chapter of the American Red Cross and provide assistance to victims of disaster – either local and/or on deployment to national disasters, in a variety of ways:  Mass Care (Feeding and Sheltering), Case work, Logistics, Communications, etc.  Schedules vary, as arranged.

 Driving Instructors needed to teach driving safety class; classroom instruction only. Class is 8 hours in length but can be split into different days or split among 2 instructors. Volunteer must enjoy helping others learn and be able to talk in small groups. Background check required along with DMV check.

 Fleet Manager - Vehicle Maintenance (ERV, MERV, Shelter Response Trailers, Chapter Vehicles) Description: cleaning, driving, inspection, interior/exterior wash, general maintenance and repair. These checks will be performed on a weekly, monthly and semi/annual basis. Skills/Training: Valid KS driver's license and a safe driving record. Hours: Flexible. Desired volunteer commitment: attend 1 Disaster Action Team meeting a quarter; available as needed, based on maintenance schedules and driving requirements.

Friendly Visitors to socialize with local nursing home residents.  Play games, read, do puzzles and a variety of other activities. Various days and times are available, including volunteer’s choice of schedule. Male visitors a high need at one facility.

 Food Sorters to break large quantities of food into smaller batches and shelve food items.  Variety of days and times available.

 Guardians/Conservators to serve persons who have disabilities, limited resources and no family member available to assist them by visiting regularly, serving as an advocate, managing finances, etc. Monthly and annual reports required.  Training provided.  Rewarding opportunity with flexible schedule.

 Health & Safety Instructor- Teach life-saving skills to a variety of audiences. Learn to teach Babysitting to 11 - 14yr olds, water safety, Life Guarding, CPR, First Aid and other classes. Training: Standard First Aid, CPR/AED or the basic certification for the class you want to teach. Hours: Flexible based on requests for classes and annual calendar of scheduled classes. Desired volunteer commitment: Teach 1 class per quarter. Skills: All training provided free of charge with commitment to teach 5 classes annually.

Hospice Related Opportunities  Help support patients and family members with the end of life transition. Hospice volunteers receive extensive training. Volunteers are needed for the following areas; Administrative Support, Home Care, Nursing Home, 11th Hour Volunteers, Patient Care Support, Host Volunteers, Bereavement, Community Programs, Bakers, Delivery, Special Talents and Fundraising.

Household Assistant for individuals including helping to organize bills, friendly visiting, and /or shopping. Transporters-to assist elderly to and from appointments in Salina. 

Kitchen Assistants to help with various setup and cleanup tasks surrounding lunchtime (no cooking involved!) at an adult day center.  Any day, Monday through Friday from 11:15 am to 1:15 pm.

Movie Assistant to help residents into room, start movie and pop microwave popcorn. One weekday night (night can vary) and Sunday at 10 am.

 Musicians/ Singers to entertain residents in assisted living communities.

 Piano Player(s) to provide entertainment for listening, sing-a-long, etc., at volunteer’s schedule.

  Payee assistants to meet weekly with clients who require assistance in managing their finances and write checks for their bills once a month.  Weekly meetings occur on Tuesday mornings, check writing on the last Thursday of the month.  Times as arranged.

 Singers to provide entertainment to residents in nursing and retirement homes. Group practices each Monday for one hour at the Senior Center. Performances are usually.

 Yard Care Workers clean and rake yard debris, etc., for elderly and disabled persons.

 Handypersons to help with installation of basic weatherization items, change light bulbs, complete simple repairs, etc.  Schedule as arranged.

Office Helpers to help do filing, shredding, answer phones and/or data entry, as specific requests dictate.

 Packet Stuffers or Mailing Preparers to assist with large mailings as scheduled and available.  Fold, tab, label, etc. Lots of camaraderie with other mailing volunteers!

 

 

 

 

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