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Become a volunteer!

Volunteers may not take home a paycheck - but just check out the benefits!
  • Finding out more about myself and my interests
  • Building skills for a job that pays
  • Developing references for work and school applications
  • Making a difference in my community

Interested?  Follow the links below to connect with a volunteer opportunity.

The Olathe Public Library has a variety of interesting jobs for volunteers. We also offer the opportunity to fulfill National Honor Society hours. There is an age requirement to work without a parent, but we do accommodate parents who would like to work together with their children. Find out more about how you can become a vital part of the library!  Seniors in high school have an opportunity to apply for the Curtis Gilmore Scholarship if they have volunteered for a minimum of 40 hours. 

 The City of Olathe wants YOU to get involved. Several departments within the city organization offer volunteer opportunities. What are your interests? Parks and Recreation? The Mahaffie House? CERT (Community Emergency Response Training)? Go to their website and find the "I Want To" tab and click on "Volunteer." Here's your chance to improve your own community!

Olathe Youth Court:  Youth Court is an alternative to District Court offered to first-time offenders. Volunteers serve as jurors, attorneys, clerks, bailiffs, and judges. This is an excellent way to learn about our legal system as well as careers in law. 

 Turnstyles Thrift Store , operated by Catholic Charities of NE Kansas, is a great place to learn some retail and sales skills. Volunteers must fill out a  registration sheet and attend an orientation session.  

Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Kansas City: Youth ages 11-18 are invited to make a difference in their communities by participating in projects throughout the year. Over 65 different non-profit agencies team with YVCKC, providing volunteer opportunities on Saturdays, after school, and during the summer for public, private, charter, and home school students.  

Heart to Heart: Dedicated to bringing relief to devastated communities world-wide, Heart to Heart will work with teen volunteers on an individual or group basis.  Find out more about helping provide aid to those in need by calling (913) 764-5200. 

Wayside Waifs is looking for new volunteers; are you looking for a way to make the lives of animals better? Young teens (13-15) need to volunteer with an adult, but teens 16 and older can volunteer on their own. You can read about the work that Wayside Waifs does and find volunteer forms at their website. 

YMCA of Olathe is always happy to work with volunteers. Search the opportunities available on their website or go directly to the YMCA, located at 21400 W 153 St., 66061, and pick up an application. Make new friends and have a great time!   

The  Johnson County Christmas Bureau is a non-profit organization that works all year long to make sure the holidays are bright for those in need. There are a number of projects available, from decorating donation barrels, moving boxes from storage, or helping with fundraising and donation drives. This organization is almost entirely staffed with volunteers, so your hands will help lighten the work!  ujuioju

Do you love sports? How about helping some great area athletes enjoy sports, too? The Kansas Special Olympics has opportunities for volunteers on days of events (keeping score and times, awards, food) as well as helping with practices and training for the various teams. If you would like even more information, contact Amber Hellwig, hellwiga@ksso.org or call (913) 789-034

Johnson County Human Services   We welcome volunteers of all ages, as individuals or members of a team – faith based communities, civic groups, neighborhood associations, and clubs. Whether you want to work behind the scenes or be directly involved with clients, Human Services has a place for you! We have a variety of volunteer options from stocking shelves at a local food pantry or mowing a client’s lawn. Contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator today: HS-Volunteer@jocogov.org You can make a difference!