Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Johnson County Human Services! Our volunteers are the heart of our programs.
Johnson County Human Services has several different volunteer programs. Volunteering is for all ages. We have volunteers as young as infants who assist their parents delivering meals to volunteers who are 90+.
Students needing service hours can host a food/hygiene drive for one of our Multi-Service Centers. Service hours are awarded for school, scouts, community organizations, and approved organizations. Service hours are not awarded for court ordered community service including traffic court, diversion, house arrest, or probation. Those seeking volunteer hours for court ordered community service are encouraged to search for opportunities on www.volunteermatch.org
At this time, Johnson County Human Services does not offer one-time volunteer experiences. For organizations, groups, or corporate teams that would like an on-going experience, Meals on Wheels offers a great opportunity to deliver weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly. Meals on Wheels can come to your organization, train your team on-site, and you can give back year round. We have many corporate partners such as Mainstreet Credit Union, Sprint, Lake Mary, and others have corporate teams delivering meals weekly in the community.
Due to COVID-19, some of the volunteer programs have been suspended. Currently we are activley recruiting for the Home Delivered Meal Program (Meals on Wheels) & Catch-a-Ride volunteers.
- Home Delivered Meal Program (Meals on Wheels)
Provide a hot noon-day meal during your lunch hour. Volunteers deliver meals Monday – Friday from 10:45 am – 12 Noon. There are 54 volunteer routes daily. You can deliver as a team or an individual. Children are welcome to accompany parents or grandparents. Recruiting both regular (weekly/monthly) and substitute (as-needed) drivers. Volunteers deliver from one of eight centers: Blue Valley, De Soto, Gardner, Lenexa, Merriam, Olathe, Overland Park, & Spring Hill. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, drive their personal vehicle, attend a formal orientation, and complete a criminal background check.
Provide rides to seniors, those with a physical disability, or anyone in a life transition who do not drive and public transportation is difficult or impossible to use. Rides are provided to essential appointments in Johnson County such as medical, grocery store, or food pantries. Volunteers choose their schedules and geographical distance, they are willing to drive. Mileage reimbursement is available. Catch-a-Ride operates Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm. Volunteers must be at least 25 years old, drive their personal vehicle, attend a formal orientation, and complete both a criminal background check and a motor vehicle check.
- Outreach Centers (Multi-Service Centers) Currently there is a waiting list to volunteer in the food pantry. Food drives are always welcome and needed.
- Locations: Gardner, Lenexa, & Mission,
- Host a food/hygiene drive (Students can earn service hours for hosting a food drive) Click here to for our current food drive.
- Assist in the food pantry - filling client food orders, unloading donations, rotating donations, & checking for expiration dates.
- Pick-up and deliver donated products
- Our offices and food pantries are open Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
- Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer independently in the food pantry and 12 years old to volunteer with a parent or guardian. All children volunteering in the food pantry must be approved by the Community Relations Manager. Volunteers must attend a formal volunteer orientation if volunteering in the food pantry. If hosting a food drive, no formal orientation is required.
Office Administration Opportunities with Office Administration are limited by staff needs. An email distribution list is created for those willing to participate in the program, when an opportunity or need arises.
Help with data entry, filing, answering phones, greeting clients, etc. in any of our HS office locations. Locations include: North Central (Lenexa) & Olathe. Our offices are open Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, attend a formal orientation, and complete a criminal background check.
- Helping Hands Opportunities with Helping Hands are limited by case manager’s requests. An email distribution list is created for those willing to participate in the program, when an opportunity or need arises.
A large umbrella that covers tasks for Area Agency on Aging & Accessibility clients from A-Z: mowing the yard, painting, shoveling snow, home organization, etc. All clients who receive Helping Hands volunteer assistance are case managed by Human Services staff and currently receiving services. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, attend a formal orientation, and complete a background check.
- Personal Shopper Opportunities with Personal Shopping are limited by case manager’s requests. An email distribution list is created for those willing to participate in the program, when an opportunity or need arises.
Volunteer will for a homebound Area Agency on Aging or Accessibility client, who is unable to shop. Client creates a grocery list and gives volunteer a form of payment. Volunteer shops for client, delivers groceries, and helps with unpacking. Shopping venues may include grocery, discount stores, library, craft store, etc. Volunteers must be at least 25 years old, attend a formal orientation, and complete a background check & motor vehicle check.
- Birthday Club Opportunities for the Birthday Club fill up fast and volunteers are often placed on a waiting list.
Sponsor an Area Agency on Aging client for their birthday and make them feel special by purchasing gifts that are pre-determined by a wish list. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, attend a formal orientation, and complete a background check.
- Nutrition Sites Opportunities are limited, and volunteers are often placed on a waiting list.
- Locations: DeSoto, Gardner, Lenexa, Merriam, Overland Park, and Spring Hill
- Pack the Meals on Wheels bags for delivery, clean off tables, roll silver, serve meals, and more
- Our nutrition centers are open Monday – Friday from 9 am – 12 noon
- Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
Human Services offers many opportunities for volunteers to assist us in our mission to provide essential human services to Johnson County residents.
Community Relations Manager
How do I become a volunteer?
We ask all first-time volunteers to attend a new-volunteer orientation, where they will learn about the history and mission of Human Services, receive information about each volunteer opportunity, and complete appropriate paperwork. General orientation is 1-2 hours in length. For volunteers who are gathering information - orientation is one hour. For volunteers who want to sign-up for Meals on Wheels or Catch-a-Ride - orientation is two hours in length.
When volunteers receive an assignment, they will attend training for that specific program.
Who may volunteer?
Anyone - that includes individuals or teams from corporations, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, civic groups, faith-based organizations, neighborhood groups, sports teams, retired individuals, college students, and stay-at-home moms and dads! Several volunteer opportunities are ideal for child-parent combinations.
We offer flexible hours to accommodate volunteer schedules depending on which program you are interested.
At this time, we do not offer one-day (one-time) volunteer opportunities.
Due to the vulnerable population we serve, Johnson County Human Services does not offer court ordered community service opportunities.
Could someone speak to my group or tell me more about Human Services' volunteer program?
Yes! Please contact Brandy Hodge with Volunteer Services at 913-715-8866
or e-mail Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org for information or arrangements.