Monday, April 9, 2012

Events need volunteers: RealityU, Barnyard Babes, Stack the Deck

Director of the Volunteer Center the Wyandotte County United Way

There are a number of very interesting volunteer opportunities just waiting for the right volunteer. Maybe you are that “right” volunteer. Review the opportunities described in this article.

If you are interested, follow-up with the contact noted for that particular opportunity.

Remember back to your high school days and picture we each had of what the “real” world was like. Communities in Schools helps high school students prepare for the real world with their program, Reality U (a financial literacy event) offered in high schools in Wyandotte County. 

The program is driven by volunteers. A Reality U will be April 12 at Wyandotte High School. Volunteers are needed for sessions one, 7:25 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.; session two, 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.; session three, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and session four, 12:45 to 2:20 p.m. Volunteers can work one session or more. Training will be provided.

CIS will have the program on April 26th at Schlagle High School and May 3 and May 4 at J.C. Harmon High School.

If you want more information on how you or maybe your work group can help with one or all of these projects, please contact Ashley at 1-785-856-5190 or at

Spring is here and our attention turns to all things that grow. It is a good time to take a trip to the farm at the Agricultural Hall of Fame. Spring on the farm is a time for sprouting crops, blooming flowers and baby animals!

April 28th, from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., the Ag Hall of Fame will host barnyard Babes. Special guests of the day will include chicks, calves, kids (baby goats), and more!

Volunteers are needed that day, for 2-3 hour shifts to help with Barnyard Babies at the Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonners Springs. Volunteers will help with hands-on activities.

They will also be needed to help with hayrides, be a driver, a greeter or one who helps guests on to and off the hay wagon. If you are interested in this opportunity contact Cathi at 913-721-1075 or a

We know that area non-profits turn to various fun fund raisers to engage the community, to garner support and to get their message out. Associated Youth Services is hosting Stack the Decks on April 20th at the Overland Park Marriott.

They need volunteers to help with set-up for the event. The Set-up Crew will assist AYS staff in preparing the silent auction items, descriptions and bid sheets as well as event registration and decorations. These activities will take place the afternoon of the 20th. In addition, AYS is recruiting Auction Hosts. These volunteers are responsible for interacting with guests, and answering questions about the auction.

The Auction Hosts will also facilitate the closing of the auction in stages throughout the evening and serve as spotters during the Live Auction. To volunteer for either of these opportunities, please contact Teri at 913-831-2820 or at

For information on how you can GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER please contact me at 913-371-3674 or at check out our web site at