Places to Volunteer with Your Family in Kansas City

KVC Holiday Heroes Program

KVC’s Holiday Heroes Program is a way for individuals, families and businesses to work together to make the holidays brighter for children and teens involved in the child welfare system. As a Holiday Hero, you are making a commitment to give them the gifts they have their hearts set on. Our team is collecting presents, gift cards and monetary donations to make sure children who are in foster care, have safely reunited with their family or have been adopted have a happy holiday. Sign up online.

Metro Lutheran Ministries Christmas Store

The MLM Christmas Store, held December 7thy-12th, 2020  is one of the largest gift-giving programs in the Greater Kansas City area.  The store provides over 1000 families with a joyful and dignified Christmas experience. This year due to Covid-19 families will not be allowed to shop, families will provide a wish list and items will be picked for them by volunteers. Each family member should expect a coat, clothing, and a gift. Each household should expect a small kitchen appliance, blanket or quilt, a gift card to help purchase their meal, cookies, and a Bible or devotional. Sign up to volunteer here.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing 

In most locations across the Midwest, the easiest way to help from early November through Christmas Eve is to ring a bell at one of our iconic red kettles. Volunteer bell ringers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises the funds that sustain the help we give all year long. The Salvation Army relies on money raised in red kettles to serve more than 25 million people in need each year. Find a shift here.

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House keeps families close to their sick children while they get the care and supportive services they need. On any given night, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City (RMHC-KC) serves 87 families. During COVID, you can a send a meal to the families. Bridge the gap by providing individually packaged meals from a local restaurant. Find out more here.

Children’s Mercy

Most trips to Children’s Mercy are unplanned and unexpected. This means patients and families arrive without essentials including clothes, toiletries and other comforts of home. And, when a family arrives, they don’t always know when they’ll leave. That’s where generous supporters like you come in. Contributions of clothes, toiletries, toys, new books and other needed items can make a family’s hospital stay just a bit easier, relieving stress and allowing them to focus on what matters most — helping their child heal. Learn how to make a happy kit or add a CMH Wish List item to your shopping list here.


Scraps KC is a place to let go of your unwanted materials, inspire creativity and a refuge for the homeless from the streets. Donated items are used for programs and workshops, or are sold for pennies on the dollar and used by artists, teachers, children and other creative-minded individuals for creative and educational purposes. Sale proceeds provide meals, dignity, and survival items for the homeless and helpless throughout the metro area.

They accept donations of clean and usable art and craft supplies, school and office supplies, fabric and notions, and miscellaneous creative materials . We greatly appreciate if you organize your materials in advance. For example: fabric folded, small items bagged, similar items grouped together. Check their site for currently accepted items.

Turn the Page KC

Want to be an initiator of change for the future of Kansas City? There are opportunities all around the city to help our kids achieve 3rd grade reading proficiency. Help young readers practice their literacy skills, and learn new ones, by engaging with them on a one-on-one basis. Want to volunteer over your lunch hour? How about after work? More interested in a one-time event? Great! There are many opportunities to fit your interests and schedule.

Your family can also host a book drive with groups you are involved with. Check out the steps to host a drive here.

Sleepyhead Beds

Sleepyhead Beds improves the quality of life for children and their families by providing clean, reusable beds and bedding. And we contribute to the health and environment of our community by sanitizing beds and keeping them out of landfills. By donating your time to Sleepyhead Beds you will help children get the beds they deserve.Distribution days are held once or twice a month, where we distribute 150-200 beds to Kansas City kids and their families. Distribution days are on scheduled Saturdays and start at 9 a.m. We’re usually finished distributing beds by 11:30 a.m. Learn more.

Catholic Charities

Volunteers serve in a number of ways, hosting food drives to help feed hungry families, selling donated items with our ebay store team, organizing the clothing at TurnStyles, and so much more! You can handout fliers during a Hy-Vee Food Drive, work a mobile food distribution, or work in a thrift store. Find requirements here.

Sarah is mama to 9-year-old, Henry, 6-year-old Clark and 4-year-old Lucy. After growing up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza before migrating to Johnson County. Sarah has her master’s in urban administration and is currently in the Kansas City Centurions program. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, travel (but never to the same place twice), and experience all things Kansas City!