Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Organization: Kansas State University- Introduction to Gerontology classes

Opportunity: It’s intergenerational discussions day and your perspective is needed. Join the students for an afternoon of conversation! The informal small group discussions will be guided by the course instructor and require no preparation or presentation on your part.

Where: KSU Union Ballroom K

When: Wednesday, October 185:30-7:30 PM. Pick up is at the RSVP office at 510 PM, and we will have you back to your vehicle before 8 PM.

Sign up link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44aaa72babff2-intergenerational

 

Organization: USO

Opportunity: No dough Dinner-set up, serving and clean up. Cooking burgers/hot dogs on a charcoal barbecue grill, serving on the serving line, moving tables and chairs, wiping tables, assisting families with trays/plates to tables.

Attire: Closed toe Shoes, hat, no tank top, no jewelry, long pants.

Where: Manhattan Town Center Food court

When: Tuesday, October 24th, 4:30 PM, dinner is at 5:30. 1-2 hours max

 

Organization: Manhattan Public Library

Opportunity: Library User Survey Assistant

Where: 629 Poyntz Ave 

When: Sunday, October 29 1:00-6:00 pmMonday, October 30 9 AM-9 PMTuesday, October 31— 9 AM-9 PMWednesday, November 1— 9 AM-9 PMThursday, November 2

— 9-9 PMFriday, November 3— 9 AM-8 PM; Saturday, November 4— 9 AM-6 PM

*You don’t have to volunteer for the whole day, they would appreciate any time you can spare to volunteer for them

 

Organization: Manhattan Running Company

Opportunity: Chili Day 3K- help provide traffic control on the corners from Blue Earth Plaza down 3rd St to Poyntz and then down Poyntz to 11th St.  Its an out and back course

Where: Meet at the Blue Earth Plaza by 8:45 AM to receive your safety vest. Blue Earth Plaza is on Colorado Street by the Flint Hills Discovery Center

When: Saturday, November 4th 8:45-9:45 AM.

Sign up link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44aaa72babff2-chili

We are appreciative of the Manhattan Running Company asking us to help provide volunteers and in return making a donation to the Flint Hills Volunteer Center!

 

Organization: Sunflower CASA Fall Training

Opportunity: Fall training

WhenMonday, November 205:30-8:30 PM

Contact: Jennifer Anguiano (785) 537-6367 for more information

 

Recruiting for Memory and Aging Studies:

The Memory and Aging Lab at Kansas State University is looking for adults ages 65+ years to participate in upcoming paid research studies investigating perception and memory of everyday events. These studies will include tasks that measure cognitive skills, working memory, and general knowledge. Free parking provided, but will need to provide own transportation. If interested and/or for more information, please call or email at: 785-532-6919 or Email:[email protected]. Bluemont Hall | Kansas State University Psychological Science

A K-State student is looking for  2  older adults (age 60+) that are unfamiliar with hearing aids (do not wear hearing aids, and interacts with someone who wears hearing aids LESS THAN once a week) for an independent research project for the K-State Honors Program under the guidance of Dr. Heather Bailey in the Psychological Studies department.  For the study, She has a 10 minute online survey to older adults regarding perceptions of hearing aids. Please call Katelyn for questions or for more information. [email protected] or call me at (913) 940-9051.

 

Transportation Driver Volunteers needed: We are in need of more transportation volunteers to take seniors to their medical appointments. Check the link below to see what new transportation requests are up and what will work with your schedule. Access code is still the same (for security purposes) but if you don’t have it please contact us.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44aaa72babff2-transportation

Meals on Wheels are in need of drivers- contact us if you’re available to help!

FYI: The Douglas Center Hand to Hand Program will be close for the Fall Semester.

 

Contact us if you’re available to help with any of the opportunities listed above.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

 

Konza Prairie Community Health Center

Patient/Client Advocate- Volunteers will be assigned to behavioral health clinic to assist with escorting clients to and from the lobby before and after appointments, sitting with clients to keep them company, provide excellence in a compassion and care, and assisting in communication between providers and staff in all areas of medical, dental or behavioral health, and doing light administrative duties as assigned.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

Boys and Girls Club

Club Program Volunteer- Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 hours weekly and will be asked to provide availability for the same time and days each month. BGC volunteers are required to have a satisfactory outcome on national criminal and misdemeanor background checks, as well as checks against a national sexual offender registry which are conducted by the organization or organizations contracted with by the Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan. The cost for the background check is $10.00 and is paid by the volunteer.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Envelope stuffing, at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.

more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

Riley County Senior Center

The Riley County Senior Center needs Meal Delivery volunteers. There are 12 routes a day, 60 drivers a week. The routes cover 7-10 meals. You can start at 10:30 AM and the routes usually last 30-45 minutes. You get a free meal on your delivery days.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

Wildcat Region Medical Reserves Corps (MRC)

Wildcat Region Medical Reserves Corps (MRC) is looking to form a volunteer network of medical and non-medical volunteers who work to improve community health and emergency preparedness in the region. There are different volunteer levels. You will need to complete training and background checks.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

The Encore Shop

The Encore Shop is looking for volunteers Monday thru Saturday, 1-4. You do not have to belong to the church to volunteer in the shop.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

USO – Cookie Brigade

Cookie Brigade—1st & 3rd Thursday of Each Month—1:00 PM here at the Flint Hills Volunteer Center. 2601 Anderson Ave. Suite 200, Manhattan

No Dough Dinner

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

Thrive Manhattan

Thrive Manhattan is designed to help individuals transition out of poverty and inspire communities to participate in finding long-term solutions to end poverty while building circles of support and friendship. Individuals desiring to increase income and their network, called Circle Leaders, attend a weekly Circles Leadership Training Class.

At the end of the 12-week class, Circle Leaders are matched with 2-3 community volunteers, called Allies. An Ally is a trusted friend, someone, who helps bring out the best in the Circle Leader.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Become an Ally!: Allies receive training and are asked to commit to two meetings a month with their Circle Leader.
  • Serve a Meal!: Every Tuesday night, Circle Leaders, Allies, and Volunteers share a meal together. Volunteers are needed to set up and cleanup the meal provided by Hy-Vee, plus make “to go” plates with any leftovers. Volunteers are also asked to provide dessert for the group.
  • Play with Kids!: Activities are planned and a “certified” volunteer serves as the lead teacher. Volunteers under 18 must serve with an adult.

*** Bridges Out of Poverty Training:

Option 1- Tuesday, September 15, 11 AM-2 PM Groesbeck Meeting Room, Manhattan Public Library. 629 Poyntz Ave.

Option 2- Tuesday, September 5 and Tuesday, Sept 12, 630 PM- 8 PM. Harris Activity Center. 530 Poyntz Ave.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

Sunflower CASA

Qualifications:

Must be at least 21 years old and complete required 30 hours of training. Volunteer should be able to commit to serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for at least a year. The volunteer will also need to complete an application and background checks and have passion and dedication for making a difference in the life of a child.

*** Fall Training will be every Monday evenings beginning on Sept 25 to November 20. Classes will start from 5:30-8:30 PM at First Lutheran Church in Manhattan.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

 

“Welcome to Fort Riley” Cards

“Welcome to Fort Riley” cards for the new-to-Fort Riley Soldiers. The cards don’t have to be anything extravagant, but they are trying to get every new Soldier a handmade card when they first arrive. The In-Processing Commander and First Sergeant are going to be handing them out the Soldiers and think this would be a great way for the new Soldiers to start their new Duty Station.

If you are interested in making cards below are a few guidelines to make it easier for a “generic,” but warm welcome:

  • Ensure that all cards are signed.
  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.”
  • Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
  • Do not include email or home addresses on the cards.
  • Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos.
  • Please refrain from choosing/making cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and/or injured warriors.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

Riley County Historical Society and Museum

  • Receptionist- Tuesday-Friday 130-5 PM. Greet and monitor visitors; answer the telephone, light clerical duties possible.
  • Researcher- conduct research on topics of interest to the museum. Research may be conducted at the museum or other locations.
  • Docent (tour guide)- Tuesday- Friday 830 AM- 5 PM. Give tours of the museum.
  • Collections Assistant- Tuesday-Friday 830 AM-5 PM. Helps prepare collections for storage or exhibit, and helps with record keeping.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

 

Wonder Workshop

  • 2 volunteers to help with the after-school program called “Hooked on Clubs” (which meets from 4-6, Monday – Thursday) Volunteer duties during the after-school period would be helping children complete some of our art and science projects, passing out snacks and participating in the cleanup time.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

Manhattan Arts Center

  • MAC Welcome Volunteer: Be the first smile visitors to MAC see! The welcome volunteer sits in the Clarenburg Foyer to welcome visitors and help them find what they’re looking for. Monday-Friday. 1-3pm or 3-5pm
  • Gallery Host: Please help us keep our galleries open on Saturdays. 1-4pm is the time. The main task is welcoming visitors.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

Transportation

The office has been getting a lot of calls from seniors for transportation to and from doctor appointments. We need volunteer drivers. If this interests you please call the office.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

Manhattan Area Habitat for Humanity

The Manhattan Area Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers to help with Customer Service on a regular schedule/ Thursdays and Fridays 12-5 and Saturdays 10-4. They are also in need of a Small Engine Repair Volunteer Thursday and Fridays 12-5 and Saturdays 10-4 this would be a short term assignment.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

The Purple Power Animal Welfare Society

Saturdays

Purple Power Animal Welfare Society— Every Saturdays; 11 AM-3 PM; Petco and Petsmart in Manhattan

The Purple Power Animal Welfare Society is looking for volunteers daily for cat care and every weekend 11 AM-5 PM at adoption events.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army need volunteers for several programs:

  • Thrift store Tuesday – Saturday 10-6 (sorting donations, pricing items)
  • Harvesters – Fourth Tuesday of each month noon – 2:00 PM (distribute fresh produce to families and individuals in need)
  • Reception Tuesday – Friday 10-6 PM (flexible schedule). Be a friendly face for the public, help to answer phone calls and in person questions.
  • Kettle Campaign – Monday – Saturday 9 AM-7PM November 3- December 24th (flexible schedule) ring a bell at one of the red kettle for fundraising.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

Youth Volunteer Corps Team Leaders

Youth Volunteer Corps is seeking more volunteers to be Team Leaders. Team Leaders are assigned a group of kids (ages 11-18) to work on special projects. Please contact the office for more information.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

Douglass Center Tutoring

 Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays

If you have a passion for education and helping children improve academically, consider volunteering at the Douglass Center this fall. Tutoring sessions are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 starting September 15th at the Douglass Center Annex, 901 Yuma St.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

The FIT (Families In Transition) Closet

 Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

The FIT (Families In Transition) Closet is a service of USD 383 school district that serves children from Head start through High School who qualify for free and reduced lunch program. There are over 2,000 children in the program. School supplies and other basic needs such as shoes, clothing, coats, and toiletries and after school snacks are passed out to children in need. They need volunteers Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays 9-12 to sort items, organize and fold clothes, hang coats, make runs to Salvation Army and occasionally wash the clothing. If you think that this would be a good “fit” for you please let me know and I will add you to the list.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]

Flint Hills Volunteer Center

Internship Opportunity- We are seeking volunteers who are seeking internships to gain experience in non-profit administrative work and working directly with other organization members through developing, planning and implementing programs.

For more information please call the office at 785-776-7787 or email [email protected]