Lawrence volunteering

Student United Way leader helps teens volunteer
July 27, 2014
Pulling weeds in a school vegetable garden may not sound like a way to change the world, unless you see things from Marlee Yost-Wolff’s perspective. Yost-Wolff spent hours toiling in the South Middle School garden this summer because she gets the big picture: The veggies harvested from the garden will provide students with nutritious school lunches. When students eat well, they are healthier and better able to learn. When students thrive in school, they are more likely to graduate and achieve their potential. That’s a huge return on investment for digging dandelions.
Community support helps Kennedy students make academic gains
July 7, 2014
When the 60 girls at Kennedy Elementary School bounced into their Girl Scout troop meetings after school each week, they just thought they were having fun. Little did they know they were also learning. A lot.
How to help: Volunteer opportunities
July 6, 2014
Help equip Douglas County students for school by staffing our school supplies drive on July 19 and July 26. All donations will stay in Douglas County and be distributed to clients of local agencies such as Ballard Community Center, ECKAN, Penn House, and the Salvation Army. All collection supplies will be provided — just bring your smiles and be ready to be amazed by the generosity of Lawrence residents!
Douglas County United Way’s ‘Day of Action’ promoted education, self-sufficiency and health
June 21, 2014
United Way of Douglas County participated in the annual United Way Worldwide’s Day of Action for the first time Saturday with three separate volunteer events throughout the day. The local United Way director of volunteer engagement Lori Johns said nearly 50 local volunteers divided up to concur the three goals of United Way: education, self sufficiency and health.
How to help: Volunteer opportunities
June 15, 2014
Douglas County Senior Services Inc., in cooperation with Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas, or SHICK, is recruiting volunteers to become trained SHICK counselors who provide guidance to seniors about Medicare-related issues
Volunteers needed for Baldwin theater, Lawrence Earth Day
April 14, 2014
Baldwin City Community Theatre is a nonprofit organization committed to creating and supporting activities through the performing arts that foster community fellowship.
Tasks, volunteers sought for next Big Event community service project
February 16, 2014
Need a few helping hands for a lawn or household project? Thousands will be at the ready on April 12, the day of Kansas University’s fourth annual Big Event. By Sara Shepherd
Area agencies thankful for response to holiday programs; a few more donations needed
December 18, 2013
Christmastime generally means plenty of organizations calling for gift donations from the public, and with less than a week until the holiday arrives, many of those groups in the Lawrence area say the public has answered the call.
Douglas County jail volunteer inspires inmates
September 17, 2013
Kofi Boye-Doe wanted a better life for himself and his family. So at age 37, he did something radical. He left behind his country, his extended family and his job to start over, new, in America. On top of working three jobs, Boye-Doe volunteers at the Douglas County Correctional Facility so that inmates can have the same opportunity to start over, new, upon their release.
Church battles local hunger with food fight
September 8, 2013
At about 7 p.m. Sunday, hundreds of kids ages 12-19 lined up at a yellow-taped area in the field just south of Christ Community Church, waiting to start a food fight that they were actually encouraged to participate in. Third Battle Royal - a Food Fight Against Hunger, was an event to raise awareness of hunger in the Lawrence community.
Community churches hope to knock out hunger at annual food fight
September 3, 2013
The youth ministry of Christ Community Church is hoping to knock out hunger during the Third Battle Royal - a Food Fight Against Hunger from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday outside at the church’s grounds, at 1100 Kasold Dr. It will include live music by Jonathan Thulin, free pizza, potato sack races and a slip-n-slide covered in chocolate syrup.
Center to host educational sessions to raise awareness of domestic violence
August 20, 2013
The murder of Kansas University student Jana Mackey in 2008 was a reminder to Lawrence residents of the presence of domestic violence in the community. Becca Burns, Willow Domestic Violence Center’s director of volunteer services, said awareness of domestic violence in Lawrence has waned in the years since, but the number of victims and survivors has not. By Meagan Thomas
Students, coordinators celebrate end of United Way’s Summer of Service
August 10, 2013
Middle school and high school students gathered at Royal Crest Lanes on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the end of the United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center’s Summer of Service.
Family Promise volunteer shares life and love with homeless families
July 29, 2013
Some of Katherine Dinsdale’s most rewarding moments as a volunteer for Family Promise of Lawrence have been spent on the floor. When you’re involved in an organization that provides support and shelter for families experiencing homelessness, you seem to end up on the floor a lot, reading a book to preschoolers, playing games with teens or rubbing the back of a baby who is having trouble falling asleep. By Micki Chestnut
Douglas County youths making a difference in this Summer of Service
July 22, 2013
Made possible with financial support from the Douglas County Community Foundation, the Summer of Service is now in its 4th year. This summer, 87 youths volunteered for 24 Douglas County nonprofit organizations, logging about 3,500 hours of service as they participated in large group service projects and individual internships. During the 10 weeklong group projects, the youth did things like build dog houses for Habitat for Humanity; harvest seeds from Baker Wetlands plants to sow at the new wetlands site; and spend time with seniors, playing games, giving manicures and exercising.