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.

2019 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 to be trained to use the Money Smart for Older Adults education curriculum. Upon completion of the program, volunteers will able to provide the training to elderly community members and their families. Other opportunities to get involved include helping to distribute educational materials about elder financial abuse/fraud throughout the 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

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. Volunteers needed for the school year to help students improve literacy and math skills. Hand 2 Hand tutoring dates for the 2019-2020 school year are:

October 2, 2019 – November 20, 2019 
January 27, 2020 – April 29, 2020
Mondays & Wednesdays 
5 PM – 7 PM

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

Handy Services

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

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

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.    

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

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.

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. 


Monday: 9:00am to noon

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday:  9:00am to noon AND 6:00pm to 8:00pm*

Thursday:  9:00am to noon AND 3:00pm to 5:30pm

Friday: Closed

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 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. The program will develop partnerships with local food establishments and community service organizations to recycle existing resources, that may otherwise be put to waste, as provisions to feed the hungry, educate the uninformed, and improve sustainability in our community.

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

Senior Assistance

Senior/Disabled Medical Transportation

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

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.

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.


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

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. 

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.

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 mid-westerners. 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.

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.


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.


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.

Manhattan 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.


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.


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!


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 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. 

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.