Salvation Army Kettle Campaign

Many volunteers are needed for the Salvation Army’s yearly red kettle effort, which simply involves ringing a bell and receiving cash donations into the kettle to support vital Salvation Army services. The project began Friday and runs through Christmas Eve. One- and two-hour shifts are available from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at both County Mart, 2138 S. Princeton Circle Drive, and Walmart Supercenter, 2101 S. Princeton St., in Ottawa. This activity is very suitable for adults and children to serve together. For details, call (913) 744-8249 or email

Arts auction

Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Ottawa Community Arts Council are planning a holiday festival and auction to benefit Franklin County youth. Locally crafted artwork will be up for silent bids during the public gallery viewing festival at the Carnegie Cultural Center, 515 S. Main St., Ottawa. Volunteers specifically are needed to oversee the silent auction for timeslots between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. today and Friday, as well as 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers also are needed to pass out flyers during the Ottawa Christmas Parade at noon Saturday. Interested persons should call Meg Pearson at (816) 529-8959 or email

Prairie Paws fundraising event

The Bow Meow Benefit Dinner and Auction, scheduled for Saturday at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 426 S. Cedar St., Ottawa, needs a variety of volunteers, including wait staff and servers, someone in a Santa costume, cookbook and calendar sales, set-up and take-down. The shelter also is looking for volunteers to assist with photos with Santa Paws, working as a photography assistant, distributing posters around town and giving logistical support during the event. Call the shelter with questions at (785) 242-2967.

Ottawa Main Street Association

Do you love a parade? Volunteers are needed Saturday to assist with lining up floats for the annual Christmas parade. Report to Forest Park at 9:30 a.m. to help launch the parade by noon. Call Becci Shisler for additional information at (785) 242-5889.

CASA photos with Santa

Court Appointed Special Advocates is expected to play host Saturday to a photo with Santa event at Peoples Bank, Fifth and Main streets. Organizers request volunteers to interact with children as they wait in line for Santa. Two volunteers are needed for each shift: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Tammy Alexander at (785) 229-1274 or email

ECKAN/Youth Action Council

Ottawa Chiropractic, 1501 S. Main St., is gathering the gifts, but members of the Youth Action Council plan to play Santa Dec. 15 to 17 invited Ottawa children. Volunteers are needed to help Santa with games, crafts and toy distribution 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 15. Email Janice Craft at or call (785) 214-4556.