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 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, referral services and emergency aid.
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 old or accompanied by a parent). Assist in a preschool classroom in our Early Childhood Center or serve as a homework helper (at least 16 yrs old) or tutor (at least 18 yrs old) in our School Age Village. Serve as an office assistant and help staff with data entry, organization, and planning.
Advocacy Volunteer - Support our efforts to improve policy for our children and families. Opportunities include crafting advocacy materials, organizing events, contacting policy makers, and supporting communication strategies.
Adopt a Classroom or Neighborhood – Address the needs of a specific classroom or neighborhood and provide donations. Sponsor holiday parties, 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.
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.