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Help Us: Volunteering

The Operation Breakthrough Volunteer Department strives to provide a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for volunteers while meeting the needs of our agency and staff within.  Volunteers are expected to support our vision that all children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential as well as our Mission of helping children develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment and to empower our children’s families through advocacy, emergency aid and education. 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
General Volunteer - Be contacted as a variety of volunteer opportunities arise on and off site, from special event volunteering to sewing projects at home. You will be contacted about our current needs through our Boost501 online database and will have the freedom to choose which opportunities interest you and fit your schedule. 
Teacher Assistant and Staff Assistant - Assist teaching staff in daily classroom activities and routines with children (at least 14 yrs of age).  Assist in our School Age classrooms as a tutor you must be at least 18 yrs old.  Serve as an office assistant and help staff with data entry, organization, and planning.

 

GROUP OPPORTUNITIES
Adopt a Classroom or Neighborhood – Address the needs of a specific classroom or neighborhood and provide donations of needed supplies or larger items, attend field trips, and classroom projects for the teachers and students. 
Sponsor a Donation or Collection Drive - Sponsor a drive for much needed agency items such as non-perishable food items, diapers, paper products, toothpaste/toothbrushes, or hygiene products. Please check with us for our current wish list needs.
Group Service Projects - Assist in the outdoor classroom and playgrounds by helping with grounds maintenance.  Assist with painting, cleaning, and organizing projects in our facility as needed.
Lobby “Take Home” Activities – Provide a take home activity for our children as they are heading home from the center.  Create a craft project, coloring activity, or healthy snack pack to hand out to the kids.
Playground Pals – Interact with classes while on recess break out on our playgrounds or in the indoor activity areas, depending on weather.  We need volunteers who are full of energy and are willing to jump right in!
Tour Our Center – Groups are always encouraged to set up a time to tour the Operation Breakthrough facility located in the heart of Kansas City at 31st and Troost.  Please contact at least two weeks prior to your intended visit.

 

INTERNSHIPS
Interns serve in almost every department and can spend an entire semester or summer learning and serving in our center.  Internships provide a great learning experience for interns while assisting the many programs we have at the center. All internship positions are unpaid and can be full or part time.

 

HOW TO GET STARTED
If you are interested in supporting the Operation Breakthrough mission through volunteering please print and submit the following application. Once your application is processed, volunteers working directly with children will be required to complete a background check and TB skin test. We ask that all volunteers working with children complete a 2 hour orientation and commit to a minimum of 12 weeks prior to volunteering. Please contact Tasha to register for orientation.

 

ORIENTATION SCHEDULE:

September 29, 2016 - 9 to 11 a.m. or 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

October 20, 2016 - 9 to 11 a.m. or 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

November 17, 2016 - 9 to 11 a.m. or 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

 

Volunteer Application

Contact Tasha Miller, Volunteer Services Coordinator at tasham@operationbreakthrough.org

Direct Line: 816.329.5233  or Fax: 816.366.3960 


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