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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.

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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

 

KCTV5 / KSMO

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,

 

 

 


30 Days & 30 Ways to Give Back in November in KC

Autumn weather is upon us here in the metro area and the month of November offers the ideal opportunity to jump start a season of giving back to others. Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team shares 30 ways to give back in 30 days across Kansas City today on the blog. Take a look…

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30 Days & 30 Ways to Give Back in November in KC

Hey there KC! Can you believe it’s already November? The last week and a half, I’ve had the opportunity to spend some much-needed time away out here in the beautiful Ozarks with my family! The temperature has been consistently cool, the leaves are in a wide variety of colors and Fall is definitely in the air. Pretty soon we will be waking up to bare trees, rainy days, and chilly air every day. I honestly couldn’t be more thankful to have this time with my family!

If you didn’t already know, November is National “Be Thankful” month and, with practically every day in November being centered around Thanksgiving, I can see why it is! So, in honor of this wonderful fall season and the month that celebrates thankfulness, I wanted to share a different way you can participate in a fun and caring way. So here are 30 ways you can give back in 30 days!

Ways to Help Others:

  1. Volunteer at a shelter
  2. Carry someone’s grocery bags for them
  3. Buy the person behind you coffee/ lunch
  4. Pick up trash in your neighborhood
  5. Volunteer at your child’s school
  6. Bring treats for co-workers
  7. Write a handwritten letter to a friend or family member
  8. Run errands for a busy mom/dad
  9. Spend time with those at a nursing home
  10. Give away blankets or jackets to the homeless
  11. Donate clothes to a shelter or Goodwill
  12. Volunteer to read a the library or your kids classroom
  13. Help a new mom or dad with chores around the house
  14. Send get well cards to the hospital for strangers
  15. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  16. Babysit for a night for free
  17. Leave a bigger than usual tip
  18. Organize a can food drive/ donate to one
  19. Pet sit for a friend or family member
  20. Invite someone new from your church/ neighborhood to your home for dinner
  21. Donate toys your kiddo no longer plays with to a family in need
  22. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  23. Say something nice to someone
  24. Tell a manager about the wonderful service you received from their employee
  25. Compliment a stranger
  26. Send someone an anonymous small gift
  27. Give someone a “thank you for all you do” note
  28. Offer a warm meal to someone homeless
  29. Invite someone to Thanksgiving Dinner
  30. Bring a coworker coffee

There are so many different ways to give back to those around you, or even to simply spread kindness. Giving back is not only limited to November, so you can implement these ideas all year long! Whenever you give back, you naturally feel better! It truly does something to us and in return, it encourages others to do the same. I can’t count how many times an act of kindness from myself or my family has inspired someone else to do the same and vice versa! So, the next time you are about to get that much-needed pumpkin spice latte or you see someone down in the dumps… think to yourself, how can I give back to someone and inspire them to do something kind as well.

From iFamily to Yours,

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7 Simple Ways You Can Make the World a Better Place

We often talk, in my household, about ways that we can work to make the world a better place, even if it’s just our little corner of it and summertime provides the ideal opportunity to do something meaningful with the extra time on your hands. Our post today comes from Brigette, of our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, and is full of great ideas for small things you and your family can do to make a difference today. Take a look…

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7 Simple Ways You Can Make The World A Better Place

A lot of times, people feel that the only time to give back is during the holidays or when it’s those cold and rainy months. But the truth is, we can always give back! There are so many ways that we can give back to our family, friends and community, all it takes is an idea, a plan, and action.

Outside of winter, summertime may be the most crucial time to give back! It is so hot, there are barely any shady spots, and you know Kansas City… it is humid! Giving back isn’t just for those suffering from being in the heat all day, there are those that won’t be able to experience it at all.

So if you and your family are wanting to give back this summer, here are a few ideas that don’t cost a lot of money or time, but can make a huge impact!

1. Water

Passing out water to those in need is a great way to help them combat the heat. You can keep a pack of water in your car whenever you are commuting to work, play groups and the park. Or if you can’t keep water in your car, you can plan a day to drive around your area with a cooler full of cold water and dedicate an hour or so to passing out ice cold water.

2. Carrying Groceries

A lot of times when our elders or those that are not physically able to carry heavy items go to the store, a paper boy or girl will help them carry their items to their car. But what about when they get home? Asking friends or relatives if you can help them shop and put away groceries is a simple way that your family of all ages can help with. All it takes is a phone call.

3. Card Kits

Since we home school, I am always looking for ways we can volunteer. A few months ago, I contacted Children’s Mercy Hospital and they shared with me an awesome way to give back! Card kits are simply a bag filled with paper, stickers, crayons, markers or any other items you would want to decorate a card with. A lot of times these kiddos don’t get spend time with their loved ones for special events or holidays. They said the kiddos loved receiving card kits!

4. Babysitting

We all know that mom or dad who is constantly working, planning playgroups or volunteering their time. And sometimes they forget to take time for themselves. So why not give back by watching their kids for a few hours so they could relax! If you have older kids, they could also volunteer to babysit. This would also be a great way for them to prove how responsible they are and potentially turn into a lucrative job.

5. Care Packs

Like passing out water, there are other things that are so crucial to those in need. Care packs are small bags filled with daily necessities. Items like a toothbrush and tooth paste, nonperishable snacks, soap and rags are perfect items to help those out daily. The dollar tree even carries ones that expand with water! They start out as a small ball or odd shape, but once water hits them, they expand to a full washcloth.

6. Housework

Another way to give back is by simply helping around the house. Sometimes people are not able to take care of small tasks throughout their home. So helping them with small tasks will surely take a load off of them.

7.  Time

Out of all these ideas, the best way to give back is just time. The most impactful way to give back is just giving a little time to those in need. I hope these ideas will help you and your family brainstorm on how you can give back this summer.

From iFamily to Yours,

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