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Human Services

Central Office: 913-715-8800

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

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Volunteer Opportunities

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

Johnson County 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 join our Creative Expressions program or 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 www.volunteermatch.org

At this time, Johnson County Human Services does not offer one-time volunteer experiences. For organizations, groups, or corporate teams that would like an on-going experience, Meals on Wheels offers a great opportunity to deliver weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly. Meals on Wheels can come to your organization, train your team on-site, and you can give back year round. We have many corporate partners such as Mainstreet Credit Union, Sprint, Lake Mary, and others have corporate teams delivering meals weekly in the community.

What volunteer opportunities are available with Human Services?

  • Meals on Wheels  Immediate Openings
    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  Immediate Openings
    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 drive) Click here to for our current food drive.
      • 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 16 years old, attend a formal orientation, and complete a criminal background check.

  • Helping Hands  Opportunities with Helping Hands are limited by case manager’s requests. An email distribution list is created for those willing to participate in the program, when an opportunity or need arises.
    A large umbrella that covers tasks for Area Agency on Aging & Accessibility clients from A-Z:  mowing the yard, painting, shoveling snow, home organization, etc.  All clients who receive Helping Hands volunteer assistance are case managed by Human Services staff and currently receiving services. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, attend a formal orientation, and complete a background check.
  • Personal Shopper  Opportunities with Personal Shopping are limited by case manager’s requests. An email distribution list is created for those willing to participate in the program, when an opportunity or need arises.
    Volunteer will for a homebound Area Agency on Aging or Accessibility client, who is unable to shop. Client creates a grocery list and gives volunteer a form of payment. Volunteer shops for client, delivers groceries, and helps with unpacking. Shopping venues may include grocery, discount stores, library, craft store, etc.  Volunteers must be at least 25 years old, attend a formal orientation, and complete a background check & motor vehicle check.
     
  • Birthday Club  Opportunities for the Birthday Club fill up fast and volunteers are often placed on a waiting list.
    Sponsor an Area Agency on Aging client for their birthday and make them feel special by purchasing gifts that are pre-determined by a wish list. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, attend a formal orientation, and complete a background check.
     
  • Creative Expressions
    Show off your artistic abilities and brighten a senior adult’s day at the very same time. Decorate a Meals on Wheels lunch bag or make crafts for seniors. A variety of crafts are accepted such as bookmarks, cards, placemats, and small crafts. The crafts are delivered daily to seniors with their meals for 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. See flyer for more information. Please contact Brandy Hodge for more information regarding bag size and guidelines. Volunteers supply their own bags to decorate or craft materials. - Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org
  • 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 16 years old.

Human Services offers many 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
Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org

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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 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 Meals on Wheels 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 - that includes individuals or teams from corporations, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, civic groups, faith-based organizations, neighborhood groups, sports teams, retired individuals, college students, 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) volunteer opportunities.

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

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

Yes! Please contact Brandy Hodge with Volunteer Services at 913-715-8866
or e-mail Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org for information or arrangements.

The Volunteer Times 

The Volunteer Times - Summer 2018 Edition - Read about the latest happenings in Johnson County Human Services' Volunteer Program. This newsletter will keep volunteers (both current and prospective) informed about news, specific needs for volunteering, volunteer orientation dates, contact information, and more. Enjoy!

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 team member must attend a General (GEN) orientation. General orientation is one hour in length. You will complete all necessary paperwork at the general orientation session such as a volunteer application and background check release.

If you are interested in becoming a Meals on Wheels driver or Catch-a-Ride driver, please plan to also attend the Meals on Wheels (MOW) or Catch-a-Ride (CaR) training. Meals on Wheels and Catch-a-Ride training is one hour in length. This training follows the General Orientation.  Please bring your driver's license and auto insurance with you to orientation as we will need to make a copy for your volunteer file.

While we encourage children to accompany their parents volunteering, we advise not bringing children under the age of five to an orientation session as it can be distracting to the other volunteers. If you need special accommodations for the orientation, please contact Brandy Hodge at 913.715.8859 or Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org

Orientation Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 7th
    • GEN - 1;00 - 2:00 pm
    • MOW/CaR - 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 23rd
    • GEN - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
    • MOW/CaR - 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 4th
    • GEN - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
    • MOW/CaR - 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 20th
    • GEN - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
    • MOW/CaR - 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 2nd
    • GEN - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
    • MOW/CaR - 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 18th
    • GEN - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
    • MOW/CaR - 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 6th
    • GEN - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
    • MOW/CaR - 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 22nd
    • GEN - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
    • MOW/CaR - 2:00 - 3:00 pm

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!