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Aging and Human Services

Central Office: 913-715-8800

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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Volunteer Orientations

Human Services volunteer orientations provide a format where first-time volunteers will learn about the history and mission of the department, receive information about each volunteer opportunity, and complete appropriate paperwork. When volunteers receive an assignment, they will attend training for that specific program.

Contact Information

Brandy Hodge 
Community Relations Manager
(913) 715-8866

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Volunteer Orientations 

Anyone interested in becoming a Human Service volunteer must attend a Volunteer Orientation session. We are currently recruiting for Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) and Catch-a-Ride programs. Volunteer Orientation will be held on-site at our Olathe office and is 2 hrs in length.  Volunteers are requested to register for orientation online. Volunteers can completed their application and upload documents directly into our volunteer portal. If you need assistance registering online, please call Katie at 913-715-8895. 

All Volunteer Orientation sessions are from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all new volunteers must register prior to the Volunteer Orientation date. No walk-in's will be allowed.

Orientation Dates:

  • Tuesday, January 5th 
  • Thursday, January 21st
  • Tuesday, February 2nd
  • Thursday, February 18th 
  • Tuesday, March 2nd
  • Thursday, March 18th

Location and Directions to Orientations

SDOB – Sunset Drive Office Building: 11811 S. Sunset Drive #1300, Olathe, KS 66061 (913) 715-8800 - Map

  • I-35 south to 119th Street
  • Go west (right) to Ridgeview
  • Go north (right) to Sunset Drive (the first left)
  • At the stop sign in our parking lot, turn left and park in the east parking lot (it’s a shorter walk).
  • Once inside the building, look for the sign directing you to our orientation room!

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Johnson County Aging & Human Services! Our volunteers are the heart of our programs. 

Johnson County Aging & Human Services has several different volunteer programs. Volunteering is for all ages. We have volunteers as young as infants who assist their parents delivering meals to volunteers who are 90+.

Students needing service hours can host a food/hygiene drive for one of our Multi-Service Centers. Service hours are awarded for school, scouts, community organizations, and approved organizations. Service hours are not awarded for court ordered community service including traffic court, diversion, house arrest, or probation.  Those seeking volunteer hours for court ordered community service are encouraged to search for opportunities on Volunteer MatchAll students seeking community service hours must contact our Community Relations Manager for pre-approval for service hours. 

At this time, Johnson County Aging & Human Services does not offer one-time volunteer experiences. 

What volunteer opportunities are available with Human Services?

Due to COVID-19, some of the volunteer programs have been suspended or modfied. 

  • Home Delivered Meal Program (Meals on Wheels) 
    Provide a hot noon-day meal during your lunch hour. Volunteers deliver meals Monday – Friday from 10:45 am – 12 Noon.  There are 54 volunteer routes daily. You can deliver as a team or an individual. 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, & Spring Hill. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, drive their personal vehicle, attend a formal orientation, and complete a criminal background check.
     
  • Catch-A-Ride 
    Provide rides to seniors, those with a physical disability, or anyone in a life transition who do not drive and public transportation is difficult or impossible to use. Rides are provided to essential appointments in Johnson County such as medical, grocery store, 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 am – 5 pm. Volunteers must be at least 25 years old, drive their personal vehicle, attend a formal orientation, and complete both a criminal background check and a motor vehicle check.
     
  • Outreach Centers (Multi-Service Centers) Currently there is a waiting list to volunteer in the food pantry. Food drives are always welcome and needed.
    • Locations:  Gardner, Lenexa, & Mission,
      • Host a food/hygiene drive (Students can earn service hours for hosting a food or hygiene drive, please contact our Community Relations Manager for more information.) 
      • Assist in the food pantry - filling client food orders, unloading donations, rotating donations, & checking for expiration dates.
      • Pick-up and deliver donated products
      • Our offices and food pantries are open Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
      • Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer independently in the food pantry and 12 years old to volunteer with a parent or guardian. All children volunteering in the food pantry must be approved by the Community Relations Manager. Volunteers must attend a formal volunteer orientation if volunteering in the food pantry. If hosting a food drive, no formal orientation is required.
  • Office Administration  Opportunities with Office Administration are limited by staff needs. An email distribution list is created for those willing to participate in the program, when an opportunity or need arises.
    Help with data entry, filing, answering phones, greeting clients, etc. in any of our HS office locations. Locations include: North Central (Lenexa) &  Olathe. Our offices are open Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, attend a formal orientation, and complete a criminal background check.

  • Nutrition Sites Opportunities are limited, and volunteers are often placed on a waiting list.
    • Locations: DeSoto, Gardner, Lenexa, Merriam, Overland Park, and Spring Hill
      • Pack the Meals on Wheels bags for delivery, clean off tables, roll silver, serve meals, and more
      • Our nutrition centers are open Monday – Friday from 9 am – 12 noon
      • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Aging & Human Services offers opportunities for volunteers to assist us in our mission to provide essential human services to Johnson County residents.

Contact Information:

Brandy Hodge
Community Relations Manager

913-715-8866

[email protected]

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Frequent Questions 

How do I become a volunteer?

We ask all first-time volunteers to attend a new-volunteer orientation, where they will learn about the history and mission of  Aging & Human Services, receive information about each volunteer opportunity, and complete appropriate paperwork. General orientation is 1-2 hours in length. For volunteers who are gathering information - orientation is one hour. For volunteers who want to sign-up for Home Delivered Meals or Catch-a-Ride - orientation is two hours in length. 

When volunteers receive an assignment, they will attend training for that specific program.

Who may volunteer?

Anyone -  Our opportunities are available for all ages (with a parent or gaurdian) Many of our volunteers are retired individuals, college students, professionals, and stay-at-home moms and dads! Several volunteer opportunities are ideal for child-parent combinations.

We offer flexible hours to accommodate volunteer schedules depending on which program you are interested.

At this time, we do not offer one-day (one-time) or large group volunteer opportunities.

Due to the vulnerable population we serve, Johnson County Aging & Human Services does not offer court ordered community service opportunities. 

Could someone speak to my group or tell me more about Aging & Human Services' volunteer program?

Yes! Please contact Brandy Hodge with Volunteer Services at 913-715-8866
or e-mail [email protected] for information or arrangements.