Volunteer

Please contact the Volunteer Center if you have any interest in participating with any of these programs. 

This is not a complete list of positions available.

Do not contact the agency directly.

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.

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

The Youth Volunteer Corps gives kids between the ages of 11 and 18 the opportunity to participate in volunteer activities that are challenging and rewarding. 

Hours/Days vary 
2601 Anderson Ave Suite 200
Team Leaders – Work with an assigned group of kids (ages 11-18) to work on special projects.

Sharing a passion for education while helping children to improve academically through tutoring. This program serves students who have completed grades K-6. 

Mondays & Wednesdays 
5 PM – 7 PM
901 Yuma Street

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.
To be a CASA volunteer, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be able to commit to serving as aCASA for at least a year
  • Complete the required 30 hours of training

Volunteers needed to assist at Marlatt Elementary School. Help is needed before school, during lunch periods, and after school. 

8-8:30 Monday – Friday
11:00-1:15 Monday – Friday
3:50-5:15 Monday – Thursday
In the morning, volunteers will help keep an eye on students before school starts. We have K, 1, 2, and 6 grade students in the cafeteria.  K,1,2 students have tubs with games and other activities to do in the morning. The students are just to stay seated and do a quiet activity with their friends. They are released to class at 8:33.
 
During lunch play supervision, volunteers will help watch students on the playground and/or helping in the cafeteria. Outside they will help keep students safe and inside they will help students with opening milks, containers, packages, etc… After each class leaves, volunteers help clean the tables and get ready for the next grade level.
 
Extended day learning starts in October for 3-6th grade. At EDL, volunteers help students with homework and if they finish we do activities that center around math and reading skills.

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)

Thrift Stores

The Family Center Budget Shop sells used items donated from the Community. 

Sorters, Pricers and Recyclers: 9am – 12pm Monday – Friday
Retail: 12pm – 3pm Tuesday – Friday / 10am – 1pm Saturday
             
728 Colorado 

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

Housed in the historic 1930s rectory of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Encore Shop is a resale store for clothing and household items.     

Monday through Saturday
1 PM – 4 PM
601 Poyntz Ave

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

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 FIT Closet and Clothing Exchange is USD383’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.

2018/19 SCHOOL-YEAR SCHEDULE: 

Monday, Wednesday &Thursday:  9am to noon

Wednesday:  6pm to 8pm
Thursday:  3pm to 5:30pm

Volunteers help to organize and sort donations and can also assist clients. 

Food Distribution

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.   

Daily Availability: Monday – Friday
Routes can begin at 10:30 AM – lasts 30-45 minutes
301 N 4th Street

Twelve routes are available daily, providing 7-10 meals per route. Free meal provided on delivery days.

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.

Click here for the schedule of Harvesters Food Distributions in Manhattan.

Senior Assistance

Senior/Disabled Medical Transportation

Provide assistance for the elderly and/or disable and take them to their medical appointments.

Schedule can vary.

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.

Daily Availability: Monday – Friday
Between 9 – 11 AM AND 2-4 PM
2029 Little Kitten Ave

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. 

Positions available:

  • BINGO Volunteer
  • I-Tunes Memory Volunteer
  • Memories in the Making Volunteer
  • Special Events Volunteer
  • Entertainment Volunteer
  • Worship Service Attendant 

Via Christi Village 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. 

Positions available;

  • Music Assistant – Assists pianist. Mondays at 10am for Hymns, Wednesdays at 4pm for Oldies
  • Bingo Assistant – Mondays at 2pm
  • Craft Helper – Supports craft leader and assist residents with craft projects. 1st and 2nd Tuesdays at 2pm
  • Entertainer – Visit with residents.

Museums/Docents/Ushers

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

Positions available:

  • Greeter – Greet guests as they arrive at the FHDC.
  • Gift shop – Provide customer service to those who enter the gift shop; greeting, assisting and answering questions about products.
  • Docent – Interpreters of the displays

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. 

Positions available:

  • Reception Desk Attendant
  • Showroom Docent

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. 
 
Positions available:
  • Clerical
  • Library Aide
  • Maintenance

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

Positions available:

  • Clerical
  • Photographer

The Historic Costume and Textile Museum is a notable collection of traditional and artistic artifacts. With over 15,000 holdings, the collection includes a number of Nelly Don dresses, wearable art from Anita Mayer, American quilts, salon shoes, military uniforms, Byzantine-era textiles, Chinese and other ethnic textiles, and clothing and textiles from famous and not-so-famous midwesterners. The collection began at the beginning of the 20th century and continues to be augmented by friends, faculty and Kansas State University alumni who have lived and traveled throughout the world.

Volunteers help with data entry into museum software database, photography, and writing garment descriptions.

Volunteers facilitate art education and citizens’ participation in art activities promoting and supporting the local arts.

Positions available:

  • Gallery Sitter
  • Usher

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.

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.

Cooking/Baking

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. 

Crafts/Woodworking

Golden Prairie Honey Farms is a beekeeping supply and honey production business that serves as a training program for veterans and transitioning service members. We offer beekeeping equipment that is made, packaged, and shipped by soldiers and veterans.

Volunteers perform a huge range of tasks but are primarily working to build beehives for sale and placement in the surrounding communities for bee harvesting.

Habitat for Humanity offers home repair services to homeowners so they can continue to live in safe, decent homes for years to come. Some of our home repair work includes painting, landscaping, weatherization and minor repair services to preserve home exteriors and revitalize neighborhoods.

Volunteers create “Welcome to Fort Riley” cards for the new-to-Fort Riley Soldiers. The cards don’t have to be anything extravagant, but the USO tries 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.

Farming

Servicemember 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 servicemembers 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.

Mailing/Stuffing/Labeling

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!

Medical

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

  • Event Support – Facilitate American Red Cross information booths during events 
  • Reconnection Workshop Facilitator – (Must be licensed mental health professional) Provide workshops for military members, veterans, and their families.
  • Pet visitation – Must have a pet that has the good canine citizen certificate

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 Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises approximately 190,000 volunteers in 900 community-based units located throughout the United States and its territories.

MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities and build community resiliency. 

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. 

Positions include:

  • Admissions
  • Birth and Women’s Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Outpatient Services
  • Waiting Room

Special Events

Please contact the Volunteer Center if you have any interest in participating with any of these programs. This is not a complete list of positions available.

Do not contact the agency directly.