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Volunteer Kansas City

Hey KC! As the holiday season approaches, I know more of the metro area residents will be preparing for family outings and dinners! Also, more people will be preparing to make the most out of the extra time off work and school to help those in need as well! During the colder months and holidays, there are so many people that will need warm food, clothes, and a place to feel welcomed. So, while you have the extra time, why not check with one or more of these charities to see how you can donate time to help those in the metro area this holiday season.

volunteer kansas city

Volunteer Kansas City

#1 Project Warmth

Project Warmth is dedicated to helping those during the coldest time of year. On Saturday November 4th 9a.m-3p.m, The locations below will be collecting gently used blankets and coats for the homeless and those in need. If you can’t make it to one of the locations listed below on the 4th, you can email info@projectwarmthkc.com for more upcoming locations. They are looking for all sizes including children. 


Oak Barry Shopping Center

600 NE Barry Road

Kansas City, MO 64155


Independence Center

2035 Independence Center

Independence, MO 64057



4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy

Fairway, KS 66205


The Kansas City Star / Crossroads District

1601 McGee St.

Kansas City, MO 64108


Nebraska Furniture Mart

1601 Village West Pkwy

Kansas City, KS 66111


Oak Park Mall

11159 W. 95th St.

Overland Park, KS 66214


Town Center Plaza

5000 W. 119 St.

Leawood, KS 66209


Ward Parkway Shopping Center

8600 Ward Parkway

Kansas City, MO 64114


#2 Kansas Hospice Care

The Kansas Hospice Care is always open for volunteers of any age (under 14 supervision required). You and your family can assist with daily activities like reading, games and even just spending quality time. For more information on signing up to volunteer, contact  Latosha Lee at 913-416-2735 or visit their website. They are located at 6828 Sliverheel St.Shawnee,KS 66226


#3 Phoenix Family 

Phoenix Family is an organization that helps the elderly and families that are low income or income restricted. You can contact April DeNatale at 816-612-8839. Phoenix Family serves multiple locations and accepts volunteers of all ages! Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.


#4 Harvester’s

Harvester’s is one of the largest outreach programs in the metro area. They help so many people throughout the year. If you would like to take part with them this season, you can register HERE for any location any time.


#5 Kansas City Rescue Mission

The KCRM hosts food drives, makes and delivers meals for kc area residents. This year, you can those in need have a wonderful Thanksgiving! To volunteer, sign up HERE. Fill out the volunteer form or contact Kristen Ray at 816-421-7643.


#6 City Union Mission 

The City Union Mission offers help for families across KC. If you would like to donate time to help the homeless and those from low income families, you can fill out a volunteer form for volunteering opportunities HERE.  After you fill out the form and you have questions, you can contact a team member at  816-474-9380.


#7 United Way

Ongoing, register for any event, need or volunteer opportunity HERE.  Each opportunity has a direct contact and requirements. Once you find an opportunity that you are able to commit to, you will be able to email the coordinator for further assistance.


#8 Episcopal Community Services

Open Monday-Saturday. You can sign up for volunteer shifts through their website. If you have difficulties with the sign up matrix, you can call the main office for assistance at 816-561-8920 and a team member will gladly help you.


#9 Catholic Charities 

With a variety of different volunteer opportunities, you can sign up HERE to donate time, packaging meals or serving through special events. If you need to speak with an office assistant for more information, contact them locally at (816) 221-4377


#10 Jewish Family Services

To volunteer with a wide variety of services, you can fill out the volunteer application form HERE.  Once submitted, a volunteer team member will contact you with opportunities. Or, if you have any questions you can contact a team member at (913) 730-1410


#11 St. Mary’s Food Kitchen

Volunteers ages 7+ can assist with serving a hot meal to those in need. Each month St. Mary’s serves provides hot meals on the 1st sunday and 3rd saturday. To sign up or for more information you can email Jill Reyes, the Sunday Coordinator or the Saturday Coordinator Winfred Gichovi.


#12 Metro Lutheran Ministries

Metro Lutheran Ministries has a wide variety of ways to volunteer. You can call Amy Viets at  816.285.3154. Or to sign up for a specific event, head over to their website to see what opportunities you can participate in.


Most of these charities are open to families of all ages, however, they do require adult supervision for  younger kids. I have spoke with many of these organizations and they would LOVE to have you come out and lend a helping hand. Especially during the colder and holiday months.  See you out there volunteering!

From iFamily to Yours,




Tis the Season to Give Back !

Tis the Season to Give Back!

Tis the season for Give back!  It is very easy for us to get lost in the hustle and bustle of everything that goes on during the holiday season. This time of year is a great time to give back to your community and those less fortunate. There is no better feeling than knowing you helped someone in need and made their seasons bright! It’s also a great time to discuss with your kids the importance of giving back. Here a just a few ideas of ways you and your families can give back right here in the Kansas City Area.

Tis the season to give back helping hands

1. Adopt a family. Wouldn’t it be awesome to feel like Santa and his elves and provide holiday joy to a family who otherwise couldn’t celebrate? Well through the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family Program you can do just that. They will match you or your group with a less fortunate family and give you all the information you need including family size, gift wishes, and clothing sizes in order to provide the family with an entire Christmas. Visit The Salvation Army Kansas & Western Missouri to learn more!

2. TOYS FOR TOTS. With your help this successful program sponsored by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve has been bringing holiday joy to children for many years. Their mission is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the local community. Local Toys for Tots campaigns run through mid to late December before the toys are distributed. Drop off your new unwrapped toy at any of the Kansas City Area collection boxes positioned at local businesses all around the area including Toy’s R US, Baby’s R US, & MORE. There all also many KC area events sponsored by Toys for Tots. You can also make a online monetary donation to your local Toys for Tots campaign!

tis the season for giving back angel tree

3. Angel Tree. Sadly many children in the Kansas & Missouri area will not have a Christmas tree or gifts under it on Christmas morning. However by participating in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program you can make that their holiday dreams come true!  Adopt an angel off of the tree at any of these area locations: Wal-Mart, Oak Park Mall, Commerce Bank and MORE! You will be provided with sizes and wishes of your Christmas Angel to guide your shopping and instructions on where to drop the gifts off at.

4. Feed the hungry. Everyone deserves a nice meal during the holidays and there are a few ways you can do this. First you can participate in a canned food drive. Rather its organizing your own or donating to another food drive or food pantry this is an easy way to give back to those in need. Another way to help the hungry is to volunteer at a local soup kitchen. Your service will be sure to fill their stomachs and leave smiles on their faces.  Visit: Harvesters Community Food Network, Foodpantries.org, Feeding America, HSD Missouri, & HSD Kansas for more information on food pantries, food banks, & soup kitchens in the Kansas City Area.

5. Simply lend a helping hand- It doesn’t always have to be about money and donations. In fact with the economy some are on a tight budget and just can’t afford it. Instead you can donate your time by raking leaves, shoveling snow, hanging Christmas lights , or taking a plate of food to an elderly or lonely friend or neighbor. Your acts of kindness will likely be greatly appreciated.

These are just a few ideas of how you can give back this holiday season! Happy Holidays to you & your families.

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