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Holiday Giving and Volunteer Guide

 

Thank you for your interest in living united in our community during the 2013 holiday season. This Holiday Giving & Volunteer Guide is a project of the United Way of Greater Kansas City Volunteer Center.

This guide includes two ways to give back to your Kansas City community:
Holiday Adoption Listings
Volunteer Opportunities (listed alphabetically by agency name)

When you find a project that you are interested in, please contact the agency directly to begin your holiday giving and volunteering. They will provide you with additional details such as numbers of items needed, sizes, age-appropriateness, etc. Please be sure to mention that you learned about their holiday needs from this 2013 guide.

Holiday Giving Tips

Gift Quality – When making donations please note that, with very few exceptions, your donations will be used as gifts. Toys, clothing and other donated goods should be brand new or very gently used. A general rule of giving is, “Would you give this item to a friend?”

New Agency Clients – Remember that most organizations build their holiday client list during the summer months. Many of them do not accept new clients during the holiday season.

Methods of Gift Deliveries – Agencies vary on policies regarding whether or not the donors will meet the recipients. In some instances, because of issues of anonymity or privacy, delivery of gifts and donations is made by agency personnel only. In other cases, donors may be invited to meet the family at the agency.

Additional Volunteering – The agencies listed in this guide also have year-round volunteer opportunities. Please consider them during other occasions such as summer heat relief projects, back to school drives and special events.

 

Holiday Adoptions Listing

Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)
Independence, MO

Agency Contact: Kristen Nerad
Phone: 816-252-8388 x368
Email: holidayheroes@childabuseprevention.org

Mission Statement: Our mission is to prevent and treat all forms of child abuse by creating changes in individuals, families and society that strengthen relationships and promote healing.

Adoption Type: Families, Individual Children, Toy Drives
Holiday(s): All Holidays
Method of Delivery: Agency Delivery


Crittenton Children’s Center (St. Luke’s Health System)
Kansas City, MO

Agency Contact: Sherry Ott
Phone: 816-767-4124
Email: adoptanangel@saint-lukes.org

Mission Statement: The Saint Luke’s Health System is a faith-based, not-for-profit aligned health system committed to the highest levels of excellence in providing health care and health-related services in a caring environment. We are dedicated to enhancing the physical, mental and spiritual health of the communities we serve.

Adoption Type: Children, Teenagers
Holiday(s): Christmas
Method of Delivery: Unwrapped gifts can be delivered to Crittenton Children’s Center by December 4th or dropped off at area Saint Luke’s Health System hospitals. Case Managers deliver Foster Care gifts and gifts for residential kids are at their door on Christmas morning.


Don Bosco Center
Kansas City, MO

Agency Contact: Deborah Demeter
Phone: 816-421-3160
Email: ddemeter@donbosco.org

Mission Statement: Don Bosco positions our ethnically diverse population of all ages across metropolitan Kansas City to be self-sufficient and contributing members of this great community.

Adoption Type: Seniors, Children, Families
Holiday(s): Christmas
Method of Delivery: Bring gifts to Senior Center for staff to deliver Adopters can deliver gifts to our building on day of Annual Christmas Party and meet many seniors and their grandchildren, Santa & Elf are available for party also so all are welcome.


El Centro, Inc.
Kansas City, KS

Agency Contact: Erica Andrade
Phone: 913-677-0100 x203
Email: eandrade@elcentroinc.com

Mission Statement: Strengthening communities and improving lives of Latinos and others thorugh educational, social and economic opportunities.

Adoption Type: Families
Holiday(s): Christmas
Method of Delivery: Wrapped gifts should be brought in large bags to El Centro, Inc., at 650 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101, on December 9, 10, and 11, during the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please clearly mark your family’s application number on the outside of each bag. If you have more than one bag, please mark them 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.


Head Start of Shawnee Mission
Overland Park, KS

Agency Contact: Megan Campbell
Phone: 913-649-9714 x277
Email: holidayadoptions@smks-headstart.org

Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide quality early childhood learning experiences and comprehensive child and family services, which empower low-income families and their children to maximize their success.

Adoption Type: Families
Holiday(s): All Holidays Method of Delivery: Please keep contribution values to no more than $150/per basket. Basket drop-off this year is scheduled for Dec. 12 and 13 from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Baskets can be delivered to our center at 8155 Santa Fe Drive in downtown Overland Park.


Hope House
Lee’s Summit, MO

Agency Contact: Brandi Wood
Phone: 816-257-9342
Email: bwood@hopehouse.net

Mission Statement: Hope House provides shelter and comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence in the Kansas City metro area.

Adoption Type: Individuals, Families
Holiday(s): All Holidays
Method of Delivery: Collections and drives of the needed items can take place from now until December 23. All items can be dropped off at our Lee's Summit location by contacting Brandi Wood, Volunteer Programs Manager, and setting up a time for drop off of the items.


KVC Behavioral HealthCare
Lenexa, KS

Agency Contact: Stacy Yowell
Phone: 913-956-5320
Email: syowell@kvc.org

Mission Statement: KVC enriches and enhances the lives of children and families by providing medical and behavioral health care, social services and education.

Adoption Type: Single Client
Holiday(s): Majority: Christmas
Method of Delivery: We are asking that presents be dropped off to the KVC Lenexa office no later than December 9th, 2013.


Niles Home for Children
Kansas City, MO

Agency Contact: Margaret Climie
Phone: 816-241-3448
Email: mclimie@nileshomekc.org

Mission Statement: To meet the mental health and educational needs of high-risk youth and their families; empowering them to become confident contributing citizens" is the agency and Board's commitment to preparing children to emerge from Niles Home programs with a greater ability to function independently and productively.

Adoption Type: Children
Holiday(s): Christmas
Method of Delivery: Please drop off - unwrapped Mon - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm


Operation Breakthrough
Kansas City, MO

Agency Contact: Lee Duckett
Phone: 816-329-5222
Email: leed@operationbreakthrough.org

Mission Statement: 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, education, referral services and emergency aid.

Adoption Type: Children
Holiday(s): Christmas
Method of Delivery: Please drop off unwrapped gifts for a specific family, Dec. 9th - Dec. 13th - 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. We also have a Holiday Store program and new toys may be dropped off at the same time. Please contact Lee for more details.


Spofford Home
Kansas City, MO

Agency Contact: Crystal Bahr
Phone: 816-508-3408
Email: crystal.bahr@spoffordhome.org

Mission Statement: From residential treatment to school-based case management, Spofford meets the needs of at-risk children and their families with a comprehensive array of treatment programs.

Adoption Type: Families of many sizes; Dorms of 10 kids
Holiday(s): Christmas
Method of Delivery: Please drop off donations at Spofford (9700 Grandview Road, Kansas City, MO 64137) on December 16 and 17.


Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

 

El Centro, Inc.

Agency Contact: Kaler Bole
Phone: 816-361-9670
Email: kalerbole@yahoo.com

Opportunity: 21st Annual Christmas Clothing Giveaway

Opportunity Description: St. Ann Parish has collected donated clothing and distributed it to El Centro families for over 20 years. They collect and sort the donations, then deliver them to El Centro. Once there, the clothes are set up like a clothing store. Families come in and "shop" for whatever they need. No money exchanges hands, but between 1.1 and 1.4 tons of clothing exchanges hands!

Opportunity Address: Sorting Donations: St. Ann Catholic Parish, 7321 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS Set Up & Giveaway Day: Academy of Children, 1330 S. 30th Street, Kansas City, KS

Dates & Times: December 2, 7-8 (please call for specifics)


Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas

Agency Contact: Cary Minkoff
Phone: 816-842-7425 x246
Email: cminkoff@mokangoodwill.org

Opportunity: Clothing Donation Drives Assistance

Opportunity Description: Collect donated items at events located in retail parking lots with a Goodwill trailer present.

Opportunity Address: Multiple Locations (please call for specifics)

Dates & Times: November 22 – December 24 (please call for specifics)


Jewish Vocational Service

Agency Contact: Martin Okpareke
Phone: 816-471-2808 x1117
Email: mokpareke@jvskc.org

Opportunity: Renovation of New Training Room

Opportunity Description: This project is to help us revamp a room for training of clients for employment purpose. This includes, painting, moving of furniture and decoration of the training train. This room was used previously as a cafeteria for rehabilitation clients.

Opportunity Address: 1608 Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64108

Dates & Times: 1:00 – 4:00 PM; Sundays are preferable, please contact agency to set a project date.


KVC Behavioral HealthCare / KVC Health Systems

Agency Contact: Stacy Yowell
Phone: 913-956-5320
Email: syowell@kvc.org

Opportunity: Holiday Happy Hour to benefit Foster Children Holiday Gifts

Opportunity Description: We need 4-6 more volunteers to help sell raffle tickets, collect toys and items guests donate, and greet patrons of our 2nd Annual Talk of the Town Toy Drive for KVC!

Opportunity Address: Talk of the Town, 11922 W. 119th Court, Overland Park, KS 66213

Dates & Times: December 9; 4:45 – 8:00 PM


KVC Behavioral HealthCare / KVC Health Systems

Agency Contact: Stacy Yowell
Phone: 913-956-5320
Email: syowell@kvc.org

Opportunity: KVC Red Bag Day

Opportunity Description: Each year KVC receives Red Bag Donations to fulfill wish lists of over 400 children in foster care in the metro area! On December 16th, 400 bags will be delivered to KVC and we need your help to unload the truck, organize the bags and reload them in trucks to deliver to children in Kansas City.

Opportunity Address: Ball Conference Center, 21350 W. 153rd Street, Olathe, KS 66061 Dates & Times: December 16; 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM


KVC Behavioral HealthCare / KVC Health Systems

Agency Contact: Stacy Yowell
Phone: 913-956-5320
Email: syowell@kvc.org

Opportunity: Olathe Foster Family Holiday Party

Opportunity Description: KVC is looking for 4-6 additional volunteers to help with the Olathe Foster Family Holiday Party! You can help by registering families as they arrive, greet guests, help with child activities, and assist with Santa Photos.

Opportunity Address: Ball Conference Center, 21350 W. 153rd Street, Olathe, KS 66061

Dates & Times: December 10; 5:45 – 8:15 PM


Newhouse

Agency Contact: Kacee Kellum
Phone: 816-462-0503
Email: communityeng@newhouseshelter.org

Opportunity: Holiday Store

Opportunity Description: Newhouse women and children select gifts for each other from donated items during December. Volunteers are needed to help decorate and set up the Newhouse Holiday Store, and to help the women and children select and wrap gifts for their mothers.

Opportunity Address: **Newhouse must protect its members; address of project will be provided to project lead**

Dates & Times: December 19-20 (please contact agency for information on volunteer shifts)


Newhouse

Agency Contact: Kacee Kellum
Phone: 816-462-0503
Email: communityeng@newhouseshelter.org

Opportunity: Painting Shelter Bedrooms Opportunity Description: Help Newhouse update our shelter rooms with a fresh coat of paint! We do ask that volunteers commit to completing at least one coat of paint for one room.

Opportunity Address: **Newhouse must protect its members; address of project will be provided to project lead**

Dates & Times: Please contact the agency to schedule a time for your group to complete this project.


Rose Brooks Center

Agency Contact: Joan Dougherty
Phone: 816-523-5550 x417
Email: joan@rosebrooks.org

Opportunity: Holiday Store / Donation Drop-off Point Managing

Opportunity Description: Help provide Holiday Gift items for our women and children in our programs. Carry donations in from cars, sort donations and help staff the Holiday Store/Donation Drop off!

Opportunity Address: Ward Parkway Shopping Center, 8600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114

Dates & Times: Mondays through Saturdays until December 18: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Sundays: 12:00 – 5:30 PM; 2-hour shifts


Salvation Army

Agency Contact: Jane Sander
Phone: 816-968-0396
Email: jane_sander@usc.salvationarmy.org

Opportunity: Christmas Meal Delivery Opportunity Description: Holiday Meal Delivery to Salvation Army clients unable to leave their homes.

Opportunity Address: 101 W. Linwood Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64111

Dates & Times: December 25 (Please contact the agency for specific shift times between 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)


Salvation Army

Agency Contact: Jane Sander
Phone: 816-968-0396
Email: jane_sander@usc.salvationarmy.org

Opportunity: Shut In Sunday Opportunity Description: Volunteers are given maps, driving directions and a small gift to deliver to a shut in Senior. The gift is really insignificant, with the visit being the most important.

Opportunity Address: 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111

Dates & Times: December 8 (Please contact the agency for specific shift times starting between 1:00 – 2:30 PM)


Salvation Army

Agency Contact: Jane Sander
Phone: 816-968-0396
Email: jane_sander@usc.salvationarmy.org

Opportunity: Thanksgiving Day Meal Delivery Drivers

Opportunity Description: Drivers are needed to deliver 8-12 meals across the Metro to individuals who are unable to leave their homes & have no family to cook a holiday meal for them.

Opportunity Address: 101 W. Linwood Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64111

Dates & Times: November 28 (Please contact the agency for specific shift times between 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)


Salvation Army

Agency Contact: Jane Sander
Phone: 816-968-0396
Email: jane_sander@usc.salvationarmy.org

Opportunity: Turkey De-Boning

Opportunity Description: This will be the only volunteer opportunity where volunteers are requested to bring a sharp knife! Volunteers will be working to carve 125 Turkeys for the Linwood Thanksgiving & Christmas Meals.

Opportunity Address: 101 W. Linwood Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64111 Dates & Times: November 26; 12:00 – 4:00 PM; Multiple Shifts


Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center

Agency Contact: Kelly Baker
Phone: 816-889-4658
Email: kbaker@rodgershealth.org

Opportunity: Toys for Tots

Opportunity Description: Help hand out toys for registered kids. Help maintain organization of different activities and directly clients to proper areas.

Opportunity Address: 825 Euclid Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64124 Dates & Times: December 14; 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Shadow Buddies

Agency Contact: Cindy Weber
Phone: 913-642-4646
Email: cindy@shadowbuddies.org

Opportunity: Shadow Buddies Fulfillment Prepping & Processing

Opportunity Description: Help staff with various fulfillment processes in our office/warehouse to complete orders and prepare for programs all year long. Examples include ironing, sewing blankets, assembling various items/kits included with dolls, etc.

Opportunity Address: 14700 W 107th Street, Suite 100, Lenexa, KS 66215

Dates & Times: Ongoing (various 2-hour shifts available Monday –Friday between 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM).


Sunflower House

Agency Contact: Danielle Russell
Phone: 913-631-5800
Email: Danielle@sunflowerhouse.org

Opportunity: Annual Appeal Mailing

Opportunity Description: Fold, stuff and address our annual appeal holiday cards!

Opportunity Address: 15440 W. 65th Street, Shawnee, KS 66217

Dates & Times: Please contact agency to set up a good day and time to work on this project. The project must be completed by November 16.


Sunflower House

Agency Contact: Danielle Russell
Phone: 913-631-5800
Email: Danielle@sunflowerhouse.org

Opportunity: Gala Invite Extravaganza

Opportunity Description: Invitations for Gala are ready to be sent out and need LOTS OF HANDS to help us! Lots of holiday music while stuffing and folding and tying of ribbon for the pretty Gala invites!

Opportunity Address: 15440 W. 65th Street, Shawnee, KS 66217

November 5-6 (please contact agency for specific shift times)


Synergy Services

Agency Contact: Corky McCaffrey
Phone: 816-505-4945
Email: cmccaffrey@synergyservices.org

Opportunity: Holiday Store

Opportunity Description: Synergy sets up a holiday store each December to benefit our shelter and counseling clients. Clients "shop" (at no charge to them) for holiday gifts for their families. We need "sales" help and gift wrapping help.

Opportunity Address: 400 E. 6th Street, Parkville, MO 64152

Dates & Times: December 12 – 13; Multiple shifts between 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM


The Upper Room

Agency Contact: Mallory Gobet
Phone: 816-363-3819
Email: Mallory.upperroom@gmail.com

Opportunity: After School Reading Program at Garcia Elementary

Opportunity Description: This is an opportunity to improve the educational outcomes of the children in the Kansas City community, specifically at Garcia Elementary. As tutors in this effort, we are asking for ONE hour, ONE day a week to work with 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade students ONE on ONE in reading. Reading with our children is as simple as it sounds - they read the book to you, and you help them with words or sounds they struggle with. Simply encouraging them when they do a good job goes a long way as well!

Opportunity Address: 1000 W. 17th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

Dates & Times: Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:15 – 5:30 PM (Please contact the agency to reserve a specific date.)