Join the heart of Aging and Human Services by becoming a volunteer. AHS offers four different programs where volunteers can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable residents.
AHS volunteers are all ages. Children are welcome to accompany parents or grandparents delivering meals or providing transportation. Currently AHS does not offer one-time volunteer experiences or large group volunteer days, nor award community service hours for school or court.
Catch-a-Ride - Provide rides to seniors, those with a physical disability or anyone in a life transition who does not drive and public transportation is difficult or impossible to use. Rides are provided to essential appointments in Johnson County such as medical, social service agencies or food pantries. Volunteers choose their schedules and geographical distance they are willing to drive. Mileage reimbursement is available.
Catch-a-Ride operates Monday - Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 25 years old, drive their personal vehicle, attend a formal orientation and Catch-a-Ride training session, and complete both a criminal background check and a motor vehicle record check.
Home-Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) - Provide a hot noon-day meal during your lunch hour. Volunteers deliver meals Monday - Friday from 10:45 a.m.–noon. There are 54 volunteer routes daily. Volunteers deliver as teams or as individuals. Children are welcome to accompany parents or grandparents.
Recruiting both regular (weekly/monthly) and substitute (as-needed) drivers. Volunteers deliver from one of eight centers: Blue Valley, De Soto, Gardner, Lenexa, Merriam, Olathe, Overland Park and Spring Hill. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, drive their personal vehicle, attend a formal orientation and complete a criminal background check.
Food Pantry: Volunteers can host a food/hygiene drive, assist in the food pantry (filling client food orders, unloading donations, rotating donations and checking for expiration dates), and pick-up and deliver donated products. Our offices and food pantries are open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Our food pantries are located in Gardner, Lenexa and Mission. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer independently in the food pantry. All ages are welcome to host a food or hygiene drive.
Donations are accepted through our Amazon wish list and shipped directly to our office.
Office Administration: Help with data entry, filing, answering phones, etc. at our central office in Olathe. Our offices are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, attend a formal orientation and complete a criminal background check.
Special Delivery is a new driving volunteer opportunity that supports older adults and our food pantries.
Virtual Class Distribution: Similar to Home-Delivered Meals, each volunteer will be assigned a route of approximately 10 homes to deliver supplies. Routes will be designated by cities and the expected time commitment is two hours. Volunteers will pick up supplies at the central office in Olathe. For each virtual class, a designated day/time to pick up supplies will be announced.
Food Pantry Pick-Ups: Volunteers will pick up donations from local food drives and transport the donations to one of three food pantries located in Gardner, Lenexa, or Mission.
All Special Delivery opportunities will occur during business hours Monday-Friday. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, be able to lift 20 pounds and drive their personal vehicles. Mileage reimbursement is available. Children are welcome to accompany an adult parent/guardian.
New Volunteers - Volunteer Orientation
Anyone interested in becoming an Aging & Human Services volunteer must attend a Volunteer Orientation session. We are currently recruiting for Home-Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) and Catch-a-Ride volunteer programs. Volunteer Orientations are held on-site at our Olathe office and are two hours in length. Volunteers are requested to register for orientation online.
Volunteers can complete their applications and upload documents directly into our volunteer portal. All Volunteer Orientation sessions are from 1 p.m.–3 p.m. All new volunteers must register prior to the Volunteer Orientation date.
Log in to Samaritan volunteer software to sign up for Home-Delivered Meals routes and Catch-a-Ride shifts.