Volunteer

Please contact the Volunteer Center if you are interested in participating with these programs. 

This is not a complete list of positions available and opportunities may vary due to COVID-19. 

2020 Initiatives

Without the skill and knowledge to perform simple prevention, intervention, and postvention strategies, the trauma of suicide, or a threat of a suicide, can become overwhelming. People have expressed that, as a community, they are at a loss as to where to begin. This initiative shows communities where to begin. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks.

Volunteers assist by distributing education cards and drug deactivation kits throughout the community.

Our mission is to combat elder abuse and financial exploitation, encourage reporting abuse, and educate the public to make America safer for all.

Volunteers are needed to participate in prevention workshops and assist with sharing information on Elder Justice in the community. 

Volunteer Center Programs

Neighbor 2 Neighbor is looking for volunteers to help senior/disabled adults in the community with seasonal activities… Click here for more information.

Senior/Disabled Medical Transportation

Provide assistance to home-bound elderly and/or disabled Manhattan residents by driving them to medical appointments within city limits.  This opportunity requires additional enrollment information. 

Connecting Students to Communities provides individual and group volunteer opportunities for students in middle school, high school, or college. CSC works to inspire students to get involved in their communities through volunteer service. More information can be found here. 

Food Distribution

Harvesters’ is a regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. This is a mobile food pantry accessible to anyone.

Manhattan: 3rd and 4th Tuesday

Ogden: 4th Tuesday

Friendship Meals – (Meals on Wheels) Delivery
Volunteer delivery drivers help us to provide a complete daily healthy lunch for assessed clients age 60 years and older. Fourteen routes are available daily, providing 7-10 meals per route. Free meal provided on delivery days.  

Daily Availability: Monday – Friday
Routes can begin at 10:30 AM – lasts 30-45 minutes

Manhattan Soup Kitchen is an organization with a simple goal, to feed people not landfills. Our mission is to promote the sustainability of food and other natural resources to enrich the lives of people in our community. 

Tutoring & Mentoring Programs

One-on-one tutoring is the centerpiece of the Schools of Hope strategy to increase literacy. Work with a student one-on-one, be a part of their improvement, and celebrate their success. Volunteers are currently placed within 8 of the 9 elementary schools within the USD 383 School District.

What does it take to be a School of Hope volunteer tutor?

  • Be able to provide a commitment to your student for the duration of their school year (Sept.-May)
  • Attend required orientation/training
  • Be available to tutor twice a week; 30 minute sessions
  • Successfully pass a criminal history background check

Sharing a passion for education while helping children to improve academically through tutoring. This program serves students who have completed grades K-6. Volunteers needed for the school year to help students improve literacy and math skills.

Court-Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers from many different backgrounds who give their time to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system. Our program is based on the principle that each child deserves a safe, permanent, nurturing home where they can thrive.  Our volunteers are the difference between abuse and hope.

 

Volunteer Observers are needed for the Child Exchange and Visitation Center. These volunteers are needed for supervised visits which allow children to have contact with a non-residential parent within a safe a neutral environment. Training is provided for all volunteers and the opportunity is flexible to the volunteer’s schedule. 

 

Senior Assistance

Volunteers with the Riley County Seniors’ Service Center can assist with special projects, fundraising, processing the newsletter, setting up for special events, fall and spring clean-up, etc.

Volunteer drivers are also needed for the home delivered meals program administered out of the Center by the North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging.

Stoneybrook currently has a senior population that would like more things to do. Residents very much cherish time spent socializing and volunteers are vital in continuing the fun activities that give residents social time. Volunteers will play games with residents, help run activities, or prep craft projects. Volunteers that are comfortable/willing to perform something are also invited to do so.

Meadowlark Hills has a senior population that would like more things to do. Residents very much cherish time spent socializing and volunteers are vital in continuing the fun activities that give residents social time. Various positions available.

Residents very much cherish time spent socializing and volunteers are vital in continuing the fun activities that give residents social time. 

Positions available;

  • Music Assistant
  • Bingo Assistant 
  • Craft Helper
  • Visit with Residents

Thrift Stores

The FIT Closet and Clothing Exchange is USD 383’s means of providing many of the necessary essentials (e.g., school supplies, shoes, clothing, coats, toiletries, hygiene products, laundry detergent) so children can attend class and integrate successfully. Volunteers help to organize and sort donations and can also assist clients. 

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

As another way to help the community, the Salvation Army operates a thrift store in Downtown Manhattan. This is a resale store for clothing, furniture, and other household items.    

The Family Center Budget Shop sells used items donated from the Manhattan Community. Assist in maintaining the store in providing gently used clothes and furniture at an affordable cost to low income families and community members in need.

Museums/Docents/Ushers

The Midwest Dream Car Collection is just that…an eclectic dream collection of early roadsters, muscle cars and exotics from across the country. Routinely rotated, there will always be something new at MDCC. 

Interested in working with kids? Helping with an exhibition? At the Flint Hills Discovery Center, there is something for everyone. 

Konza Prairie Biological Station is a 3,487 hectare native tallgrass prairie preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University and operated as a field research station by the K-State Division of Biology. Volunteers are needed to provide tours to community members.

The McCain Performance Series services the university and surrounding communities by presenting professional live performing arts programs and engagement activities that connect artists and audiences. Volunteer opportunities include ushering, catering or assisting in the administrative and marketing office.

The Historic Costume and Textile Museum is a notable collection of traditional and artistic artifacts. Volunteers help with data entry into museum software database, photography, and writing garment descriptions.

The Riley County Genealogical Society (RCGS) was established in 1963 to promote fellowship and cooperation among persons who are conducting genealogical research. This agency serves to help beginners get started with genealogical research as well as conducting the research for those unable to do so on their own.

Discover the past through changing exhibits on Riley County history and in the photographs, manuscripts, letters, diaries and records of our research library.

Military & Veterans

Service member Agricultural Vocation Education, or S.A.V.E farm, provides a home-like training center where they can learn to farm and heal as they are brought into the culture of agriculture. Upon completion of training, transitioning service members and veterans will be matched with mentor farmers with the potential to work on, manage or own a farm. Volunteers assist with general farming tasks that may include ploughing, planting, irrigation and harvesting or general gardening tasks like planting, weeding, harvesting, etc.

Golden Prairie Honey Farms is a beekeeping supply and honey production business in Manhattan that serves as a training program for veterans and transitioning service members. Beekeeping equipment is made, packaged, and shipped by soldiers and veterans from this program. Volunteers perform a huge range of tasks but can primarily work to build beehives for sale and placement in the surrounding communities for bee harvesting or bottle honey that has been harvested from community hives.

Gathered twice a month, cookies are provided to uniformed soldiers during their in and out processing at the Soldier Readiness Process Building which could take up to 8 hours for the soldiers. Typically occurs on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. Volunteers deliver cookies to the Manhattan FHVC office to be delivered to Fort Riley.

Materials and Mailings

Publications volunteers help prepare Keynotes and Caregiver Assistance News for mailing. Keynotes, the agency’s newspaper, is published five times per year and distributed to more than 40,000 households. Keynotes is supported by voluntary donations as well as advertising. Caregiver Assistance News is mailed each month to more than 1,800 households. These publications and mailings depend on our faithful volunteers to apply mailing labels and otherwise prepare the publication for mailing. 

Visit Manhattan helps to expand the local economy by attracting visitors. One way we do this is by sending out information packets. Come stuff envelopes to help spread the word about all there is to do in Manhattan!

Health

The American Red Cross office provides coordination of the American Red Cross volunteer programs on the Fort Riley installation, information and referral services including information about the local American Red Cross blood drives, health and safety courses, disaster assistance and emergency communication.

As a program known heavily for their blood drives, volunteers are needed to ensure they run smoothly. Volunteers offer their time and support, ensuring the safety and comfort to the blood donors making it a positive experience for them.

The volunteer team at Via Christi consists of people of all ages and from all walks of life. Volunteers bring the skills they have learned throughout their lives to the many opportunities Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan has for service. Volunteers’ abilities, gifts and interests are matched with the hospital’s needs, either on a regular weekly schedule or for special projects. 

Tax Preparation

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Attend new and/or refresher tax law training and certification as needed, including the use of electronic filing software. Training may be completed on-line or in person.
  • Successfully pass a test on required tax law knowledge.
  • Provide high-quality assistance to all taxpayers. Directly prepare taxpayer’s return based on information provided by taxpayer or answer tax related questions.
  • Interact with taxpayers to determine the necessary information for completing a tax return.
  • Prepare returns using electronic filing software.
  • Refer customers with complex returns to the IRS website or to a tax practitioner.
  • Maintain confidentiality of customer information.
  • Ensure high-quality of returns by completing a quality review process on returns completed.

Volunteers can expect to spend:

  • 1 hour for orientation training in early December
  • 2-8 hours of self-directed study for tax certification
  • 4 hours for electronic filing software training
  • 3-5 hours per week during filing season (late-January to mid-April)

Please contact the Volunteer Center if you are interested in participating with these programs.

This is not a complete list of positions available and opportunities may vary due to COVID-19.