Offering a Wide Variety of Volunteer OpportunitiesThroughout Reno County, people of all ages are needed to volunteer for non-profit and governmental organizations. The services they provide are important. The list is long and the opportunities are varied. Some volunteers choose to have a set schedule, others prefer to be on-call for special projects and still some choose seasonal opportunities. The staff at The Volunteer Center is happy to help you find a volunteer position that fits your time available and area of interest.
Some opportunities are listed below
AMERICAN RED CROSS needs several volunteers to become Disaster Action Team (DAT) members. Volunteers will respond to disasters and assist victims as needed, provide Red Cross services such as food, clothing and shelter to disaster victims and provide referrals to other agencies. DAT Volunteers must complete American Red Cross Disaster Courses.
FRIENDS OF THE ZOO is seeking volunteers for the Gift Shop / Visitor’s Center. Many volunteers are needed to greet zoo visitors, provide information on various zoo programs, assist customers in the gift shop, serve as cashiers and more! Some of the qualifications include being outgoing, dependable, punctual, able to follow directions and enjoy working with the public.
SPECIAL PROJECT VOLUNTEERS are needed to help with one time projects including bulk mailings and community events.
BIG BROTHERS / BIG SISTERS OF RENO COUNTY is seeking several individuals and families to be matched with at risk girls or boys between the ages of 5 and 17 to serve as positive influences in their lives. Volunteers must make a one year commitment and meet with their little brother/sister once a week for two to four hours. Qualifications include the ability to successfully complete the application process.
The FRIENDS IN ACTION VOLUNTEER needs volunteers to provide services for frail, elderly people in our community. Volunteers will be matched with a care receiver and could be asked to provide friendly visiting, grocery shopping, respite care or assist with errands. Volunteers must enjoy working with the elderly and successfully complete the application process. Training will be provided.
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION needs volunteer tutors to work individually with adults who are studying basic math, reading, and writing skills. An instructor is in the classroom to provide help and support to the volunteers. Patience and a desire to assist adults develop confidence in their academic skills are required. Some foundation in math, reading and basic writing skills would be helpful. Training is provided.
The HUTCHINSON ANIMAL SHELTER is seeking volunteers to assist with socializing dogs and/or cats, walking dogs, cleaning/changing litter boxes, providing customer service at the front desk and making phone calls to help reunite owners with their lost pets. Volunteers must love animals, be able to work with the public, be dependable, at least 16 years of age and be able to follow directions.
REINS OF HOPE is a therapeutic riding program for children and adults with special needs. Volunteers are needed to lead horses or walk beside horses and assist riders during day or evening classes. Knowledge of horses is helpful but not required. The ability to walk for approximately 45 minutes to one hour is required.
Many more volunteer opportunities are on file at The Volunteer Center. For more detailed information about these and other opportunities call 665-4960 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Volunteer Center is home of the Reno County Retired Senior Volunteer Program and Volunteer Action Corps. RSVP offers retired and semi-retired persons numerous opportunities for involvement in the community. Persons under age 55 can participate through the Volunteer Action Corp. RSVP/VAC Volunteers help others in need and at the same time learn new skills, make new friends, develop a greater sense of life satisfaction, and remain active in the life of the community. At the same time, by matching volunteers qualifications (time, talents, and years of experience) with needs of area non-profit and governmental organizations, we provide a valuable service to the community.