Student Civic Service

Kansas City Metro Opportunities

Student Leadership and Engagement understands that you seek out involvement and leadership for a variety of reasons, some of which include serving others, networking, building skills, discovering yourself, making new friends, and creating change.

  • Operation Breakthrough: The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment. Operation Breakthrough also strives to support and empower the children’s families through advocacy, referral services and emergency aid. To volunteer, contact Jenny Horsley, Volunteer Coordinator, or call (816) 329-5233.

  • Seton Center Family & Health Services: Seton Center is a Catholic sponsored human service agency in Greater Kansas City which helps people break cycles of poverty. Seton Center provides health, social and educational programs to address current community needs and tools to support people in transforming their lives. Contact Bruce Palmer at (816) 231-3955 ext. 109 to volunteer.

  • Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault  (MOSCA): Greatest need is with the Crisis Line and Hospital Advocates, but also need assistance with fundraising, special events and more. Applications and a training process is required. Contact Lindsay Benson, BSW at (816) 931-4571 ext. 276 for more information.

  • Bridging The Gap; Kansas City's Community Recycling Centers: Help with Kansas City Wildlands community restoration and cleanup, Earth Day volunteers, and much more. To volunteer, contact Laura O'Brien, Volunteer Coordinator, by email or at (816) 561-1090 unless otherwise indicated.

  • The Children's Place: Since 1978, The Children’s Place has been committed to meeting the developmental and mental health needs of the youngest victims of child abuse, neglect and other trauma. Within the Kansas City community and beyond, the agency’s specialized expertise in working with traumatized young children has made The Children’s Place a recognized leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.  Email or call (816) 363-1898 to find out how to help.

National Volunteer Corps Coordinator and Boys Hope Girls Hope International: The mission of Boys Hope Girls Hope is to help academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities, and education through college.  For more information contact Maureen Hoeft at 314-298-1250 x142.

  • Harvesters Community Food Network: Assist with sorting and repackaging donated products, picking up and loading food, monitoring safe food compliance, teach children's nutrition education and cooking, and more. Contact Paula Pratt, Volunteer Services Manager by email or at (816) 929-3090.
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City provide a fun and safe environment for youth ages 5 - 18 to learn, play, meet new people and grow.  Whether it's 3 on 3 basketball or digital arts and media, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City provide leading edge programs to thousands of area youth each day.  Email to find out more.
  • Hope House: Hope House is Missouri's largest domestic violence shelter with two secure locations in Independence, Missouri and Lee's Summit, Missouri. Over the past 23 years, Hope House programs and services have expanded to include outreach therapy, court advocacy, a safe visitation center, hospital based advocacy, on-call women's advocates who work with area police departments, professional training on domestic violence for medical students, newly recruited police officers, corporations, hospital personnel, social workers and prevention programs in area schools. Hope House's hotline and programs help more than 15,000 battered women and children each year.  Email or call (816) 461-4188 ext. 342 to volunteer.
  • SAFEHOME: SAFEHOME's vision is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault and the mission to break the cycle of sexual and domestic violence and abuse. The goal of shelter services is to provide a healing atmosphere where survivors can gain inner strength, build self-esteem, explore options and establish a life free of violence. Email for more information. You can also contact The United Way of Greater Kansas City  or do a search with the following volunteer search engines for more ideas and opportunities. http://www.volunteersolutions.orghttp://www.volunteermatch.org
  • AmeriCorps NCCC members are provided with housing, food, health benefits, transportation to projects, and qualified student loan forbearance. They earn a modest living stipend of about $200 every two weeks, before taxes are withheld. Upon successful completion of the program, they also earn a $5,730 education award that can be applied to future schooling or to pay off existing qualified student loans. FEMA Corps members also receive additional training and experience to prepare you for a career in emergency management and related fields. You’ll learn about working with communities, public speaking, customer service, and office/management skills while giving back and positively impacting the lives of disaster survivors. If you are team-oriented and interested in how emergency management and disaster recovery happens, visit our website and apply today: <>. To begin a term of service in Fall (beginning in August), apply by April 1. To begin a term of service in Winter (beginning in February), apply by October 1. Please contact Americorps NCCC FEMA Corps Corps Member – Alpine 3 – Logistics 540-539-5558 or for more information
  • Sleephead Beds needs your help! Sleepyhead Beds is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2010 by past executive director and current board member Monica Starr. Monica saw first-hand the significant need for beds for the Kansas City metro area children while working with foster youth families. Sleepyhead Beds was born and during its first year provided 1,200 beds to Kansas City area children. Sleepyhead Beds has grown to include an executive director and 10 volunteer board members. In 2015, over 2,000 children and parents received bed and over 150 tons of waste was diverted from landfills. See how you can help here: