Friends of Johnson County Library supports library programs and services through the sale of books donated by the community. In March 2020, the Friends of Johnson County Library had to suspend book donation acceptance at library branches due to Covid-19. Volunteers are needed to help accept book donations at the Friends of Johnson County Library Sort Center (8279 Melrose Dr., Overland Park, KS) in March. Volunteers must be able to lift boxes up to 40 lbs. on/off dolly carts, stand for long periods of time, and be comfortable going outside to assist with donation drop offs. Masks are required (please let us know if you need masks or gloves). Closed toed shoes and comfortable clothing are strongly encouraged. Volunteers ages 14-17 are welcome but please get your parents permission before registering. Snacks and bottled water will be provided.
Minimum age: 14
Opp Available Positions: 0
Volunteers read a book and write a review on JCL's website. Tips for reviewing a book:- Your job is to be an ambassador to our collection for other patrons who likely are just browsing and are looking for guidance.- Keep your review under three lines long. Your reviews should be short and to the point. - Don't summarize the plot. A little description is ok to give the reader context, though.- Show us your unique perspective on the item! Tell us why you liked or did not like the book. - Include genre and appeal factors. Reviews must be for books read in the last 60 days. For each book reviewed, you may log 15 minutes (.25) service hours.
Minimum age: 18
Opp Available Positions:
Spend time with our clients who have chosen to spend their weekdays engaging with the community and doing volunteer work.***Due to COVID-19, the JCDS volunteer program is currently suspended.
Minimum age: 16
Driver to pick up hot meals from JCDS facility and take them to offsite programs. Driver will not be transporting clients.***Due to COVID-19, the JCDS volunteer program is currently suspended.
Johnson County Library was started by a dedicated group of community members who ran libraries out of their homes, schools, and businesses. Today, Friends of Library is a membership organization that supports the library through volunteer and financial support.The Marketing/Community Engagement Committee is responsible for spreading the word about Friends and our work with the Library. Friends are looking for volunteers who have skills in community engagement, communication, design, working with media, and/or a background in journalism to serve on this committee.
In 1956, a dedicated group of community members started Johnson County Library by running libraries out of their homes, schools, and businesses. In 2020, the Friends Johnson County Library continues to support the Library through volunteer and financial support. We are seeking volunteers to serve on the Membership Committee which recruits new members for the Friends organization, designs membership appreciation efforts and provides opportunities to enhance support to Johnson County Library.If you're social and outgoing, and have an understanding of building membership organizations, we'd love to talk with you! This committee conducts monthly virtual meetings and occasionally has other projects that may require additional time.
HomeConnect is a service for Johnson County residents who are unable to come to the library in person. Please help us share an upbeat message by creating a bookmark or handwritten card to include in these deliveries. Volunteers may log 30 minutes (.50) of service for each bookmark and 15 minutes (.25) of service for each handmade card. Please adhere to the following guidelines in creating your bookmarks and cards.Do:- Please use the Bookmark template or other paper cut to 2 ¾" x 8 ½". - Please be sure to include positive messages.- Let recipients know you are thinking about them.- Book puns and quotes are greatly appreciated. - Please write legibly and spend time working on each card/bookmark.
Please Don't:- Please do not include any messages that are proselytizing, specific religious references (ex: God bless you, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, etc.), and/or religious pictures. - Please do not include political messages.- Please do not use envelopes as all messages must be reviewed by staff prior to distribution.Cards can be interoffice mailed (please ask your Branch/Friends point person for assistance):Amber Bourek SlaterVolunteer Coordinator Antioch Library8700 Shawnee Mission ParkwayMerriam, KS 66202
Minimum age: 5
Help stock the shelves at one of the County's food pantries. Collect non-expired food items and unopened hygiene products such as peanut butter, jelly, soup, canned fruit, canned meat (tuna or chicken), helper meals (tuna helper, chicken helper, & hamburger helper), pasta, pasta sauce, beans, rice, toilet paper, shampoo, body wash, soap, baby wipes, and cleaning supplies. Service hours awarded based on the quality of the food drive and number of items collected. Typically students who collect at least 50 full size items, will earn five service hours. Service hours are available for school, National Honor Socierty, and Scouts. Service hours are not awarded for court ordered community service. Johnson County Human Services - Multi-Service Centers provide services to low income residents. We provide services such as utility assistance, food pantry, provide vouchers for the Kansas City Medicine Cabinet, and case management. We operate three food pantries in Johnson County: North Central (Lenexa), North East (Mission), and Southwest (Gardner). *Due to safety regulations, we are unable to accept expired food. Service hours will not be awarded to expired food items.Donations can be dropped off (Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm) at our Olathe office located at 11811 S Sunset Drive SUITE 1300 Olathe, KS 66061. If service hours are needed, please contact Brandy Hodge - Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org prior to organizing your food drive for additional infomration.
Please contact the Community Relations Manager if requesting service hours at Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org
Interested in volunteering for Human Services but uncertain where to start? Attend a volunteer orientation. General orientation is a one hour overview of the services provided by Human Services and ways you can volunteer. We offer the following volunteer opportunities:- Catch-a-Ride- Meals on Wheels- Office Administration- Food PantryTo get started with one of the above opportunities, you must attend an orientation session. Orientations are hosted twice a month. During the orientation you will complete all neccessary paperwork to volunteer. Weekday opportunities available from 8am-5pm.If interested in joining Catch-a-Ride or Meals on Wheels, please plan on staying an additional hour for program training. The program training is from 2 pm - 3 pm. *Please note this orientation is only for the Human Services department. If you are interested in volunteering for multiple departments, additional orientation or training may be required.*
Read and review advanced reader copies of Young Adult books for volunteer credit as a part of YALSA's Teens' Top Ten galley group!For volunteers ages 12, please contact Heather for more information.
Minimum age: 13
Read and review advanced reader copies of Young Adult books for volunteer credit as a part of YALSA's Teens' Top Ten galley group!
If you don't see the volunteer position you're looking for, or you aren't sure about where you want to volunteer, you've come to the right place! Sign up here and you will be contacted to learn more about volunteering in the library!
Assist our clients in the Papercrete Works program who earn an hourly wage for pouring Papercrete into molds, decorating it when it is dry, and selling decorative items as a way to earn income.***Due to COVID-19, the JCDS volunteer program is currently suspended.
Volunteers coordinate through approved non profit certified Pet Therapy organizations to bring therapy animals to Developmental Supports, Elmore Center.***Due to COVID-19, the JCDS volunteer program is currently suspended.
We always need volunteers who want to spend time with our folks in Retirement. You can bring an activity or something to share, or accompany our group on a community outing.***Due to COVID-19, the JCDS volunteer program is currently suspended.
Are you looking to volunteer with the library but do not have the time to commit to a regular volunteer shift? If so, this might be the perfect opportunity for you. We are looking for people who want to help with a variety of one-time volunteer opportunities. These opportunities may include: preparing mailings, setting-up for events, greeting and ushering programs, or helping with book sales. By joining this group, you will receive emails letting you know about new one-time volunteer opportunities. You will be able register for whichever opportunities interest you. It's that simple.
Read and review teen books and review them for the Libary's teen website for volunteer credit!Every review published on the website earns the reviewer 2 hours (one for reading the book, one for writing the review). Instructions and training will be given to all reviewers, no previous experience necessary. For volunteers age 12, please contact Heather directly for more information.
Minimum age: 12
Volunteer Opportunities In Communities for Everyone's SuccessVOICES is a program created by JCDS that will pair a volunteer from the community with someone receiving services for an intellectual or developmental disability. The goal is for the pair to spend time in the community doing an activity, volunteering somewhere together or socializing.***Due to COVID-19, the JCDS volunteer program is currently suspended.
Volunteers like you help your Library with 60,000 hours each year.
Johnson County's Human Services department manages programs and activities that support the independence, dignity and self-sufficiency of Johnson County residents. - website
You can make the day brighter for someone with an intellectual or developmental disability. - website
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