Monday, April 8, 2013

GUEST COLUMN: Volunteers have options

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

I will share information today about three interesting and very different kinds of volunteer options available to you.

These projects are all happening on April 27, so you have plenty of time to plan.  Hopefully one will be just right for you.

This first activity should appeal to the art lover.

Quixotic, one of Kansas City’s most cutting-edge performing arts groups, is partnering with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for an unforgettable public art event the evening of Saturday, April 27.

The performance takes place outdoors on the south facade of the museum and includes video projections on the building, music, dance, light and aerial acrobatics.

Volunteers are needed to serve as greeters and help guests find the appropriate seating area. Two shifts are available.

Volunteers must be at least 21. Volunteers will need to be able to stand for most of their shift.

This is a great opportunity to help two of Kansas City’s outstanding cultural institutions offer a not-to-be missed performance to the public! If interested contact Laura at

If you like kids and animals, this opportunity is good for you. The National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame will be hosting Barnyard Babies on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for 2-3 hours shifts. Duties include helping with hands-on activities, assisting with the hay-wagon and train rides. Call 913-721-1075 or email to register as a volunteer.

Now if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and at the same time see immediate results, a neighborhood clean-up is scheduled for Saturday April 27, rain or shine.

This event is being sponsored by the Douglas/Sumner Neighborhood Association.

Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church at 8th and Everett. You will be given directions and necessary supplies.

This is a great opportunity for families to volunteer together. Lunch will be provided at by the Douglas/Sumner Neighborhood Association in the parking lot where the project began.