Offering a Wide Variety of Volunteer Opportunities
Throughout 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.
AMERICAN RED CROSS is needing volunteers to assist in area blood drives. Canteen workers are needed to serve meals to donors after their donation has been completed. Escort volunteers work closely with the nursing staff and assist donors to the canteen after giving a donation. Registration workers register donors, check off appointments, write in the walk-in donors, make appointments for the next blood drive, and guide donors to the next step of donation. Volunteers are needed for the DISASTER ACTION TEAM. Volunteers respond in the case of a local disaster in a variety of different ways.
The HUTCHINSON ANIMAL SHELTER is seeking volunteers to assist with socializing dogs and/or cats, walking dogs, grooming dogs, assist as an adoption assistant, be a foster home, help with janitorial or laundry duties, and provide transport for animals when needed. Volunteers must love animals, be able to work with the public, be dependable, at least 16 years of age, pass a background check, and be able to follow directions.
HUTCHINSON ZOO is needing animal care volunteers, train operator volunteers, education assistant volunteers, horticulture and grounds volunteers, and marketing and events assistant volunteers. The zoo also puts on several events throughout the year, such as Prairie Nights, the Otter Water 5K/Fun Day event, Boo at the Zoo, Christmas Nights at the Zoo, and others. Volunteers should be 18 for most of these positions, dependable, and have good skills for interacting with the general public.
SPECIAL PROJECT VOLUNTEERS are needed to help with one time projects including bulk mailings and community events. Special projects can include children's carnivals and events, mailings, packing backpacks, working events during Third Thursday in downtown Hutchinson, working athletic events at Hutchinson Community College, and many more!
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.
We're all about helping older people in Reno County striving to maintain their independence and quality of life. We do that through the efforts of caring volunteers. Our volunteers understand the importance in the comfort of being able to continue living in our own homes, our volunteers find joy in sustaining the smiles of those who value their independence and often have no family available to help. We urge you to join our team of Friends in Action volunteers serving the elderly. We welcome volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life; individuals, couples, or the entire family.
Friends in Action is a program of The Volunteer Center at Hutchinson Community College. We bring volunteers and their senior friends together after a thorough screening process. Our volunteers often express the feeling they're getting more out of the program than their "friends"!
Here is a recent email to the FIA office: "Thank you for matching me with my senior. This has been the best thing I have ever done in the way of helping people! My only regret is not doing this sooner. What a great program I am involved with, thank you, Friends in Action for allowing me this opportunity to help."
So take the next step -- give us a call and tell us you're interested in becoming a volunteer.
If you can't volunteer, there are other ways to support Friends in Action. Please let us know you're willing.
Help us sustain their smiles . . . get involved today!
Friends in Action
815 N. Walnut, Hutchinson, KS 67501
HUTCHINSON PUBLIC LIBRARY is looking for volunteers to serve as Adult Education Tutors, ideally aged 21 and over, and have graduated high school. Tutors will assist adult patrons in studying basic math, reading, GED prep, improving spoken English, and similar tasks. The library is also seeking Story Time volunteers. Must like working with children. The Volunteer Center will assist children with getting ready for storytime, help monitor children and do crafts during storytime, pass out handouts, and stay with children until caregivers arrive.
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.