All hands matter as we work day in and day out to serve nearly 400 children along with their families.  We strive to ensure clean and safe spaces while we provide all types of resources for our families.  Volunteering is a great opportunity to come alongside us to build relationships and leave a meaningful and long lasting impact on our children, parents, and staff members.  We hope you will join us!


Classroom Volunteers -- Assist teachers in daily classroom activities and routines. You must be at least 14 yrs. of age.  To assist in our School-Age classrooms as a tutor, you must be at least 18 yrs. of age. Volunteers working directly with children will be required to complete a background check and TB skin test as well as a 2-hour orientation. We ask that you commit to a minimum of 12 weeks prior to volunteering if you wish to work with children.

Non-Classroom Volunteers – Serve as an office assistant and help staff with data entry, organization, and planning. We also need volunteers to help in our food pantry, clothing closets or assist with donations.

On-Call Volunteers – For those who want to volunteer on an as-needed basis, you will be contacted via email from the Volunteer Coordinator about specific opportunities such as 5k races, third-party events or helping at Operation Breakthrough with school-supply or holiday distributions.  


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.


If you are interested in supporting the Operation Breakthrough mission through volunteering, please fill out the interest form below and email to Tasha at Once she has received the form, she will contact you to see how you would like to help us. 


You may choose 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. OR 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on any of the following dates:
Monday, August 20
Monday, September 17

Volunteer Interest Form

Would you like to become a volunteer at Operation Breakthrough? Our volunteer interest form allows us to find the right volunteer position that maximizes your skills, interests and availability. Please complete the form and return to Operation Breakthrough.


Summer Volunteering Program

Operation Breakthrough Summer is a program for high school students who would like to volunteer at Operation Breakthrough over summer break. For more details, read the Operation Summer Application below.