Volunteering with Kids in Kansas City

If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities for your family, we’ve compiled a list of local organizations that allow kids to volunteer. We’ve listed age minimums and also have a long list of opportunities open to all ages. There are tips for how to put together your own service project and a list of organizations where you can adopt a child or family to shop for during the holiday season.

Many organizations allow teenagers 16 and older to volunteer by themselves but for younger kids and tweens an adult will need to volunteer alongside them.

Mom Pro Tip: Many of these activities involve shopping for items for those in need. As convenient as online shopping or Target drive-up can be, make a special shopping trip with your kids so they can pick out the items and take real ownership over the service project. 

The easiest place to volunteer with younger kids is a local organization called Kindcraft. Each month they have different service projects specifically designed with kids in mind. These service projects directly help local organizations.

Feeding the Hungry in Kansas City

Volunteering with Animals in Kansas City

Each organization has different opportunities for kids to help based on their age and the program’s guidelines.

Helping Other Moms and Kids in Kansas City

  • Assemble a birthday box, sponsor a survivor’s room, or decorate the children’s playground with chalk at Safehome (all ages).
  • For younger kids, sign up for a family wrap with Happy Bottoms to prepare packs of diapers for families in need. Kids 12 and up can volunteer with a group for a wrapping shift.
  • Make happy kits for patients at Children’s Mercy Hospital or become a Junior Champion (all ages).
  • Make monthly themed wall art for Kids TLC in Olathe or put together kits for a holiday party (all ages).

Other Kansas City Volunteer Opportunities

Create Your Own Service Projects for All Ages

  • Set up a lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research with Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
  • Help your neighbors with yard work or snow removal. The Nextdoor app is a great place to find folks needing this help.
  • Find an organization your child connects with and do a donation drive or fundraiser for them.
  • Do a bandage drive with Noah’s Bandage Project.
  • Go door to door with a grown-up and ask for canned good donations.
  • Look around your home and collect old blankets, pillows, and towels to donate to a local animal shelter. Some also take certain kinds of stuffed animals.
  • Have your kids go through their books and choose some to donate to one of these local organizations.
  • Turn a birthday party into a something bigger. In lieu of gifts, asks party guests to bring something you can donate to a local organization. Some ideas: children’s books, blankets, hats and gloves, diapers, dog food/toys, a jar of peanut butter or canned food.

Holiday Season Opportunities in Kansas City

I'm Julia and I live in Olathe with my husband of 16 years, my 10 and 6 year old daughters, and our rescue pug Mabel. I’m a social worker turned SAHM and love Dr. Pepper, thunderstorms, and talking to other adults. I hate coffee, diet culture, and washing dishes. I'll talk your ear off about the best local parks and which restaurants have wronged me by changing their long-standing menu items. I try to walk the line between knowing a lot of stuff and not being a know-it-all. Some days I'm better than others.


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