The Volunteer Center of Reno County, a United Way Agency, is a central clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities in Reno County. Area non-profit and governmental organizations have submitted the following requests for help. To pursue one of these or one of our other many volunteer opportunities listed with THE VOLUNTEER CENTER call 665-4960 or e-mail email@example.com.
COMMUNITIES THAT CARE will need volunteers to be a part of the Read With Me program. Volunteers will read with students, help with comprehension and sounding out words. Minimum age is 18. Must be willing to volunteer for the duration of the school year. Will be in different schools in the Hutchinson school district.
PRAIRIE INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER is hosting their annual Disability Mentoring Day on Oct. 17. Volunteers are needed to help at check-in, pass out name tags, help serve food for breakfast, pass out T-shirts and goodie bags, and help clean up after the event. Volunteer shifts are 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m.
HCC RADIO KANSAS will need volunteers from to serve different shifts throughout their pledge drive Oct. 16-31. Shifts are 6 to 9 a.m., 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 3 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. each day. Volunteers will answer incoming calls and take pledges, and write down information on the pledge form. Volunteers must be able to hear phones and communicate pleasantly, be able to write legibly, and able to answer several calls an hour or be patient while waiting for calls to come in.
RENO COUNTY DISTRICT COURT - DIVISION I needs volunteer bailiffs to serve during civil and criminal jury trials. Bailiffs maintain order in the courtroom and handle all needs of the jurors during their service to the court. Volunteers must be Reno County residents, have good people skills, be authoritative and non-judgmental.
RENO CO. COURTHOUSE Elevator Operator volunteers are needed anytime from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday or 7:30 to 11 a.m. or 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Volunteers must be good-natured, able to work with the public, be dependable and be able to successfully operate the elevator after training.
AMERICORPS VISTA is a national service program that works to eliminate poverty. They are currently looking for volunteers to serve at four different organizations in Reno County: Interfaith Housing and Community Services, Reno County Communities that Care, United Way of Reno County, and Reno County Drug-Free Alliance. Volunteers make a difference in marginalized communities, receive a stipend and money towards paying off student loans or towards grad school and kick-start their career by gaining valuable non-profit work experience.
BUILDERS BARGAINS is are looking for cashiers, appliance and electrical testers, floor clerks, help with taking donations and sorting them. Hours needed are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday or 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday.
RENO COUNTY MUSEUM is seeking Reception/Gift Shop volunteers. Reception/gift shop volunteers would greet the public, provide information about the various facilities within the museum, maintain counts of all visitors, operate cash register and issue receipts, take admission for the Oodleplex, and help with small office tasks. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
YOUTHRIVE is in need of Mentor Families for children aging out of foster care. Volunteers would commit to at least four hours per month mentoring a child and would need to make at least a year-long commitment to the program. A six-hour Saturday training occurs before volunteers are matched with a child. Background checks are performed on all prospective volunteers. Volunteers must have a passion for children and helping them succeed in the world. A Hutchinson area training will take place on Sept. 15.
REGIONAL LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN is seeking volunteer Ombudsmen for Reno County. Volunteers will advocate to protect the rights, dignity, and safety of residents in long-term care facilities by making weekly visits to their assigned facility. Volunteers must complete 30 hours of training and successfully complete the screening process.
HUTCH REC COMMISSION is in need of Morning Front Desk Attendants at the HutchCC Sports Arena from 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Volunteers will answer phones and direct calls, take messages for staff, check in community walkers, greet and direct the general public. Volunteers must be able to answer the phone, take messages, be punctual, have attention to detail, be able to work with the general public and be 18 years of age.
STRATACA is seeking volunteer Docents. Docents are responsible for all aspects of visitor tours. Volunteers provide safety instructions, operate the hoist to take visitors underground, provide information in the Gallery tour, provide a 30-minute scripted Dark Ride tour all while driving an electric cart and pulling three trailers. Volunteers must enjoy meeting new people, be comfortable speaking in front of groups, reliable and able to learn the materials, safety procedures and protocol.
BRIGHT HOUSE is seeking Direct Responder Volunteers. Volunteers will provide direct response advocacy to crisis line callers, remain available via telephone during on-call shifts, complete on-call summary sheets and other duties. Training is provided.
COSMOSPHERE is in need of Information Desk volunteers. Duties include answering visitor's questions, referring people to staff members or areas of the building, assist with clerical duties and stocking of brochures. A friendly, out-going personality is needed. Walking and standing required. Shifts are two to two and a half hours in the afternoons all seven days of the week. The Cosmosphere is also in need of tour Docents to serve at least one morning or afternoon a week. Volunteers will complete a training program. Qualifications include being friendly, patient, a strong voice, able to climb stairs easily, and an interest in the Cosmosphere. Another opportunity to serve is by being a part of the ROCKET TEAM. The Rocket Team helps with rocket launches. No experience is required as training will be provided. Rocket launch dates vary. Volunteers must be 18 years of age.
HUTCHINSON PUBLIC LIBRARY is in need of Adult Education Tutors. Tutors will assist adult patrons with studying basic math, basic reading, GED prep, improving spoken English and similar tasks. Materials will be provided, and meetings will take place in a library meeting room. Volunteers should be 21 years old and have completed high school. Volunteers are needed during library open hours.
HOSPICE OF RENO COUNTY volunteers are needed to provide friendship and support to hospice patients and their families. Duties are varied and hours are flexible, based on the volunteer's availability. Volunteers must keep all patient information confidential, have good people skills, be a good listener, caring and compassionate.
HUTCHINSON GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY needs volunteers to be Friendly Visitors. Volunteers will visit with residents about everyday happenings, read the newspaper or a magazine to a resident, play talking books or take a resident outside for a walk. Qualifications include patience, understanding and the ability to accept and relate to people in many different physical conditions.
GRAND STAFF THRIFT BOUTIQUE (Buhler) needs volunteers to help sort and wash clothing, help with displays, stock the floor and help price items. They have a need Tuesday through Saturday, the largest need being Thursday and Friday.
AMERICAN RED CROSS is needing Disaster Action Team members. Volunteers respond in the event of a disaster and assist the people affected by helping them secure financial assistance for shelter, clothing, and hygiene need. Logistics volunteers to help with vehicle tracking, acquisition of materials, ordering supplies, facility inspections, helping procure in-kind services or other big picture coordination are also needed. Mass Care volunteers are also needed and will provide activities and services such as feeding, sheltering, reunification, and distribution of emergency supplies. Volunteers must pass a background check, have a valid driver's license, and complete the initial online training for all Disaster Action Team positions. Local BLOOD DRIVE Volunteers are also needed to register donors, escort donors or serve food. All volunteers will be contacted approximately two weeks before each blood drive to choose their work times. Volunteers must be sociable, able to walk and stand for a 2 to 3 hour shift and be responsible and trustworthy. The next blood drive will be November 26th-28th.
SOUP KITCHEN needs volunteers to assist in the kitchen with preparing, serving, and cleaning up after meals. Volunteers must be friendly, non-judgmental, able to work with a group and able to follow directions. Volunteers are needed from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
CIRCLES OF HOPE is a proven, comprehensive approach to ending poverty through empowering circles of relationships. The goal is to help families leave poverty by surrounding them with a network of training, encouragement and support. Circle Allies are needed to be matched with a family to offer encouragement, guidance and friendship. Allies meet with their family at least one time per month, participate in a monthly meeting focused on eliminating community barriers to self-sufficiency and are invited to join in the weekly Community Meetings. Training is provided.
HUTCHINSON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER is in need of volunteers to be Hosts/Hostesses for the Inpatient Rehab Unit. Volunteers are needed 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday or later in the afternoon. Must enjoy being around people, be able to move from table to table and refresh drinks, able to easily start conversations. Volunteers would help with hosting a movie, setting up games and trivia, passing out snacks, etc. Substitute volunteers for the ICU Waiting Room desk are also needed 8 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday as needed to substitute. Subs are also needed for the Information Desk.
MEALS ON WHEELS is looking for Driver and Delivery volunteers. Volunteers deliver daily over the lunch hour in a two-person team. One volunteer drives the route, and the other delivers the meals to the home. Volunteers Must be at least 16 years old, and the driver volunteers must have a valid driver's license.
BUHLER SUNSHINE MEADOWS would benefit from Activities Assistants to assist residents with crafts, woodworking, band, delivering meals, birthday parties, exercise classes, visiting and setting up for group study, spending one on one time with residents, gardening and planting flowers, visiting with men at men's coffee, deliver mail to cottages, and other duties. Van Drivers are also needed, and volunteers must have a valid driver's license, good driving record, and be patient and friendly while driving residents to medical appointments and other outings.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF RENO COUNTY is seeking several individuals and families to be matched with at-risk girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 17 to serve as positive influences in their lives. Volunteers are asked to make a 6 month to 1-year commitment and meet with their little brother/sister once a week for two to four hours. Qualifications include the ability to successfully complete the application process.
FRIENDSHIP MEALS is seeking several volunteer Drivers to drive an agency car for the delivery of meals to homebound persons. These volunteers would only be driving; another volunteer takes the meals to the doors. A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required for this position.
COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES (CASA) are needed. Volunteers are advocates for children in crisis and work with children and families involved in the court system. All volunteers must be 21 years of age and successfully complete the application process and have clean background checks. Must be able to make a year commitment. Training is provided.
SPECIAL PROJECT VOLUNTEERS are needed to help with one-time community events. The Volunteer Center assists many organizations with their events and needs additional volunteers to call on. Volunteers must be able to follow directions, be friendly, and enjoy working with groups of people.
MENNONITE FRIENDSHIP COMMUNITIES is seeking volunteers to visit and read to patients, assist residents with taking a stroll outside, and assist with craft activities. Volunteers will have a background check and TB test when starting out as a volunteer.
DILLON NATURE CENTER needs volunteers to help on the grounds watering in the mornings, or to help with the cleaning and maintaining the playscape area on Friday mornings. Volunteers must be able to bend, lift, stand for an hour and be willing to be outside in different temperatures. Must be at least 16 years old.
RENO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT will need volunteers to assist with the Community Health Assessment. This is completed every three years, and results help determine the future path of health care systems in Reno County. Teams of two volunteers will visit individual homes and complete the questionnaire with residents in the home. Volunteers must be 18 years old, approachable, trustworthy, have a sense of humor, good intuition, follow through with instructions, and able to visit with local residents. Volunteers will attend a training Sept. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. or from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 29. Volunteers are needed from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 30 and/or 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1.