All hands matter as we work day in and day out to serve nearly 700 children along with their families 5 days a week. 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!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES -- New Information for 2022

We are excited to have volunteers back at Operation Breakthrough since a long absence because of Covid. There are two volunteer options to be with our children in our classrooms and/or our MakerCity. All volunteers must be vaccinated and 18 years of age. You must complete a background check ($15.25 fee), a TB skin test, fingerprints as well as attend an orientation.

Early Classroom Volunteer -- Assist teachers in daily classroom activities and routines.  We ask that you commit to a minimum of 12 weeks if you wish to volunteer with our children 6 weeks to 5 years. Shifts are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. See volunteer requirements above.

MakerCity Volunteer -- Sign up for shifts in different zones in our MakerCity, learning alongside our School-Age students (ages 5-18) when you are available, with a minimum of 2 shifts/month. We are partnering with the Kansas City Public Schools during the day, so shifts are available while our School-Age students are at their schools. You will learn how to sign up for shifts during orientation. See volunteer requirements above.

MakerCity Zones
Art Lab
Teaching Kitchen
Life Science Lab
Digital Media Lab
Textile Lab
Kindergarten Launchpad

MakerCity shifts for Operation Breakthrough children during the school year.

Monday through Friday 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Robotics: Come help our school-aged children learn to build and program robots and practice competitive missions! Robotics will meet the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. - Noon. We are looking for 8 volunteers. 

Coding: We need volunteers to help teach our children to code in a variety of different ways. No prior experience in coding? We have an expert on hand to help you assist our school-age students to code. Coding club will be on Wednesdays, 2 times a month - 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

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. You must be vaccinated.

Donation sorting: We are looking for volunteers to work in different donation areas of Operation Breakthrough.  For example, we have a clothes sorting area which is always in need of those who would like to organize and help display clothes and small houseware items for distribution to our parents. Please contact Kelly at to sign up for available shifts.

NOTE: As a weekly Classroom Volunteer, you are also welcome to sign up for any MakerCity shift if you have some extra time and would like to help in one of the zones!


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. 

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.

For those who want to volunteer on an as-needed basis, you can look up the opportunities on SignUp Genius. These might be vounteeers for 5k races, third-party events, holiday activites or helping at Operation Breakthrough with special needs. Click on the SignUp Genius logo below to see what our needs are. If you have questions, please email Kelly Phelps  at

                                                         Sign Up! 


Wednesday, October 5 - 10 am - 12 pm
Wednesday, October 12 - 6 pm - 8 pm
Wednesday, November 9 - 6 pm - 8 pm
Monday, November 21 - 10 am - 12 pm
Monday - December 5th - 10 am - 12 pm
Wednesday, December 7th - 6 pm - 8 pm

If you have further questions, please email the Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly Phelps at:

Volunteer Policies and Procedures

For more information please download our Policies and Procedures.


Volunteer Application and Agreement

Here are two forms to get you started.  Please download and complete and bring with you to orientation or electronically send to Kelly Phelps at