Show off your artistic abilities and brighten a Meals on Wheels client's day at the very same time. Decorate a Meals on Wheels lunch bag (*specific size) or make crafts for seniors. A variety of crafts are accepted such as bookmarks, cards, tray favors, and small crafts. The crafts are delivered daily to seniors who receive Meals on Wheels. All ages welcome! A virtual opportunity from home, work, or school. Service hours are available for students who decorate Meals on Wheels bags or create crafts. Service hours are awarded based on the quality and quanity of items donated. Bag size: We utilize a larger paper sack, than the traditional lunch bag purchased at the store. You can purchase the bags at Walmart Target, Sam's Club, or Amazon. They are called GIANT (at Walmart or Target). The size requirement is 6 1/8 in x 4 in x 12 3/8 in. Please do not use the smaller bags as the meals will not fit in the little lunch sacks and we will be unable to award service hours.As the volunteer, you are responsible for providing the materials to make the items for the program. (paper, crayons, markers, stickers, etc) We do have a few guidelines that we suggest such as:* Please keep all items gender neutral (for a man or a woman)* Do not use glitter (it can become messy in their homes)* Do not include any religious or political messages on the items as we are a government agency* Do not use pop culture messages, song lyrics, or jokes as the senior adults may not know the references * Do not include any food or beverage with your craft (due to diet restrictions)* For privacy reasons please do not include your first and last name (can use your first name or group name)* Lastly please ensure that the items are prepared in a clean sterile environment. Do not place the items on the floor at any time, as the bag will contain the meal, and we want to ensure all items are sanitary and germ free. Items can be dropped off or mailed to our Olathe office located at 11811 S Sunset Drive SUITE 1300, Olathe, KS 66061
Please contact the Community Relations Manager with questions regarding service hours. Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org
Opp Available Positions:
Do you like assisting people with tasks they can no longer do around the home? Are you looking for a weekend volunteer opportunity? Helping Hands may be the perfect opportunity for you. Human Services is looking for volunteers 16 years of age and older who can assist with lawn mowing, weed pulling, and general yard clean-up. The volunteer must supply their own lawn mower. The client is responsible for lawn bags (if applicable). This is a one time volunteer opportunity per client per year. The volunteer is not responsible for on-going yard support. Volunteers must attend a general orientation and complete a criminal background check.
Must attend a general orientation and complete a background check.
Minimum age: 16
Help stock the shelves at one of the County's food pantries. Service hours awarded to students who collect at least 50 full size items. For every 50 items collected, the student will earn five service hours. 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). We collect non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, oatmeal, cereal, jelly, canned fruit, helper meals, canned tuna & chicken, canned vegetables, beans, soup, canned pasta, and pasta sauce. *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.
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- Helping Hands- Personal Shopper- 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.*
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