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 volunteers assist donors after donation as needed, as well as serve them a meal and monitor them. Registration volunteers 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.
Information Desk-Volunteers are needed to help at the information desk located at the front counter of the hospital. Volunteers will greet visitors, answer the telephone, and look up patient information in the computer. Volunteers must be 18 years of age. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, 8:30a.m.-1:00p.m., and 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.
ICU and Same Day Surgery Waiting Rooms-Volunteers are also needed at the ICU waiting room and same day surgery waiting room to help monitor the sign-in of family visitors, visit with families when needed, notify staff when people have arrived, etc. Monday through Friday from 8:00a.m.-1:00p.m. or 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m., or just as needed by HRMC.
Gift Shop-Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 9a.m.-12:30p.m., or 12:30p.m.-4:00p.m., or Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30p.m.-4:00p.m. Volunteers will greet customers, and help them purchase items. Volunteers will use a cash register to do so.
Patient Sitters-Volunteers are also needed to sit with patients and provide companionship and observation of the patient to help prevent falls and call the nurse if needed. The times of this are flexible depending on the volunteer's schedule and when they are needed by the hospital.
The Hutchinson Zoo has several volunteer openings.
Gift Shop-Greet zoo visitors and provide information about the zoo in general. Assist customers in the gift shop, run the cash register, bag purchases, explain products to people and keep an eye on every one in the shop. Will also receive membership dues, animal adoption funds and other donations. Volunteer must be 16 years of age.
Train Engineer-Greet zoo visitors, provide them with general information, direct them to the gift shop to purchase tickets for the train ride, and operate the 16 gauge train for the Prairie Thunder Railroad. Volunteer must be comfortable and competent operating a gas engine train, and have a valid driver's license. Volunteer must be 21 and commit to 6 months.
Animal Care Attendant-assist the keepers with daily animal husbandry and special projects as needed. This position does not include direct animal contact or unsupervised work in animal areas. Examples of duties are doing animal laundry, washing dishes, preparing diets, cleaning public areas, service areas and animal enclosures. Volunteer will be mostly outside in the elements. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and commit to volunteering for at least 6 months.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Intake Volunteer-will complete administrative work including answering and returning phone calls about rehabilitation center and animals, assist guests bringing in animals for rehabilitation, ensure paperwork is filled out and potentially assist staff in intake exam and set up. Volunteer will work with staff until able to work independently. Volunteers must be calm under pressure, have basic phone and reading skills, be able to follow instructions, and interact well with people. A commitment of 6 months or more is needed to volunteer.
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, helping with fundraisers for non-profits, working events during Third Thursday in downtown Hutchinson, assisting with 5K runs, working athletic events at Hutchinson Community College, helping with Halloween and Christmas events, and much more!
Right now, special project volunteers are needed in the following areas at the KS State Fair:
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 one to two hours. Qualifications include the ability to successfully complete the application process.
Friends in Action provides caring volunteers to seniors to help them remain independent, improve their social and emotional well-being, and provide companionship.
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. Volunteers and their seniors meet once a week.
Volunteers will complete an orientation and must pass a background check.
A volunteer clerk is also needed on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 12:45 p.m.-approximately 4 p.m. starting in September, as well as substitute clerks to fill in as needed Monday through Friday during the same time frame. Substitute clerks will be contacted when needed. Volunteers will work with two to three other volunteers stocking shelves and filling food orders. Volunteers will need to be able to stand for up to 4 hours, be able to bend and lift, and be able to get along with others.
STRATACA is looking for volunteers to help sell tickets and provide information to visitors at the ticket window. Volunteers are also needed to play the safety video and operate the hoist that takes visitors underground. The gift shop is needing volunteers as well to help check out customers and provide information as requested by visitors underground.
Another volunteer opportunity is driving an electric cart or operating a train while sharing interesting facts with visitors on the ride. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, and must be able to bend and be on their feet a majority of the time (sitting is provided for ticket window volunteers).
Volunteers are needed Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or on Sundays from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.