Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bored? Consider volunteering in Wyandotte County

By DIANE HENTGES, Director of the Volunteer Center/RSVP at the United Way of Wyandotte County

Are you bored?

Do you feel isolated? Are you tired of doing the same old same old? Sounds like you need a change. You need the opportunity to get out and do something different.

Think about volunteering.

It gets you out of your rut, introduces you to new people and allows you make a difference in your community.

There are wonderful experiences just waiting for you. Read on and learn about just a few of the many volunteer opportunities available in our area.

Cross-Lines Community Outreach provides many services for our local community. They feed the hungry, provide emergency assistance, nutrition classes, job club, budget workshops and they have a thrift store.

They are able to do many good things because of involved volunteers.

They have an opening on Sept. 27 for a group of 5-8 people to help prepare and serve lunch. The time commitment is 9:30 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m. Another group activity happens once a month. Volunteers sack commodities for delivery.

Hours are flexible and can take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

There are two other projects that are unique and require volunteers.  Volunteer groups are needed to make Homemade Laundry Detergent. They have the recipe and it takes simple ingredients like borax, Arm & Hammer washing soda, and Fels Naptha.

The cost of this laundry detergent figures to be $0.07 per load. Once the detergent is mixed up, it is put in plastic bags or jar to give to clients.

The other project is for groups to make sleeping bags for the homeless. Some volunteers are needed to cut and sew and others are needed to assemble the sleeping bags. This is an interesting project for those volunteers who like to sew.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer activities with Cross-Lines, give Amber a call at 913-281-3388 or contact her at

Communities in Schools is recruiting volunteers for the new Lead to Read program at M.E. Pearson Elementary School. Volunteers will work from October to May with one to two students for a half hour each week.

The volunteer will read to children and the children will rad to volunteers. A training session is planned for later this month. For more information, call Jamie at 913-638-1103 or email her at

Tri-County Smart Start is proud to announce the launch of the first born learning trail in Wyandotte County. Nestled between the Field House and Flint Building on the Kansas City Kansas Community College campus, the trail offers children and parents activity, inspiration and engagement for learning together.

The kick-off event is planned for Saturday, Sept. 22. Volunteers are needed between 9 a.m. and noon to help. Volunteers can face paint, distribute snacks and drinks to visitors, or interact with children and families on the born learning trail.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Jennifer at 913-371-3674 or at

For more information on how you can GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER please contact me at 913-371-3674 or at You can find volunteer opportunities by checking out our website, and click on Volunteer.