Lawrence volunteering

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.
How to Help: East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation seeks school supply drive organizer
July 15, 2013
East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation supports and provides resources that enable families and individuals to achieve self-sufficiency. ECKAN is looking for volunteers to organize donations of school supplies and pack the supplies in back packs. The supplies will be distributed in early August. This is a great family or group volunteer project. To volunteer, please contact Lillie Okwuone at 785-841-3357 or
How to Help: Theatre Lawrence looking for ushers, box office managers
June 17, 2013
Theatre Lawrence is seeking Show Time volunteers to serve as ushers, box office managers and refreshment servers at The Cove, the bar inside the newly opened community theater building.
Agencies join forces to help homeless population acquire financial literacy
June 6, 2013
The Salvation Army’s Project Able case management program’s Money Matters Self Sufficiency Class helps clients gain a better understanding of the thorny personal financial issues that often capsize people’s attempts to move from homelessness to permanent housing. by Micki Chestnut
American Cancer Society to host volunteer open house
May 14, 2013
As a celebration of the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society, the organization is encouraging people to raise awareness and join the fight against cancer.
Community museum volunteer brings history alive for visitors
April 26, 2013
Look at Lawrence’s colorful past through Charlie Thomas’ lens, and you’ll see a story filled with curiosities, wonders and intrigue. By Micki Chestnut
Domestic violence survivor honored for volunteer work with other abuse victims
April 24, 2013
“I didn’t hit you that hard,” Mary Metz remembers her abuser telling her. It was his way of rationalizing years of domestic violence, which grew progressively worse until Metz finally found the courage and support she needed to escape.
Event honors ‘everyday heroes’
April 23, 2013
The Celebration of Volunteers! event presented by the United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center at the Carnegie Building on Tuesday evening honored the “everyday heroes” who make Lawrence what it is today. By Giles Bruce