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Want to Volunteer on a Regular Basis?
Sometimes, our community partners in Phelps County would love consistent volunteers to work with their organizations on a weekly or monthly basis. Long-term volunteering is a great way to learn about the community, build new skills, and make a lasting impact!
See below for long-term volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering with one of the organizations, please contact the organization directly through the contact information provided in the listing.
Organization: Rolla Middle School Outreach
Contact Person: Dr. Joan Schuman
Our project involves STEM outreach in the Rolla Middle School. We are bringing project-based learning into the classroom. Many of the teachers want to use this type of learning but are not confident in how to do it and often don't have enough hands to make it happen. One goal is to reach all students and expose them to science and engineering projects. We choose projects based on what they are currently learning in school.
Volunteers would go into the classrooms to help facilitate or lead the middle school students in project completion. We have been successfully working with one 6th grade class and now would like to expand to other classes and grades. The middle school students really love working with the S&T students. One project example we used was having student teams design and build a animal shelter that would protect their animal (small stuffed animal) from outside heat. They used provided material and we measured air temperature inside their structure after exposure to a heat lamp (the sun).
Volunteers would be required to spend 1 hour in the classroom per week. There would be minimal prep time prior to the start of each project but many will be completed over the course of several weeks. We would like volunteers to be able to work on a full project at a minimum (one hour per week) and ideally come back in future semesters for continuity in the program.
We are also assessing if the STEM projects affects the attitudes towards STEM subjects as well..
Location: Rolla, MO
Organization: Newburg Childrens Museum
Contact Person: Nancy Allen
We are the only natural history museum between St Louis and Springfield, serving those in our local, rural communities who otherwise have no way to travel to a city museum.
We have several upcoming volunteer opportunities available. Our Tuesday After School Program is each Tuesday during the school year (we close the museum from Thanksgiving until Valentines Day) from 3:30-5 and you are all welcome to stop by anytime.
Our building was built in the 1880's so there are always building maintenance projects to be done. We have 12 rooms of exhibits that are in constant need of cleaning and updating. We also have a courtyard with gardens in need of tending. Our website needs help too! There is something to fit everyone's interests!
Location: Newburg, MO
Organization: Rolla Health & Rehab
Contact Person: Judy Ragan
Opportunity Description: Rolla Health & Rehab is looking for volunteers who would be interested in visting with/ doing activities with residents. They have available time in the evening and on weekends. If you are interested and want more information please contact Judy.
Organization Website: https://www.thecommunitypartnership.org/
Organization: Rolla Presbyterian Manor
Contact Person: Joy Parker
We are looking for Volunteers who would be willing to work with us on a regular basis this school year. This would not be for groups just individuals who are willing to give their time for our residents. The following are our needs:
A writer who can write life stories of our residents through interviewing residents and family members.
A student who can play acoustic guitar for our residents on a once a month or more commitment.
A student who is familiar with Itunes who can work with our residents loading favorite music on Ipods for individual residents.
Organization Website: http://www.rollapresbyterianmanor.org/
Organization: Community Partnership Resale Shop
Contact Person: Maria Grant
Looking for a fun, fulfilling, and impactful way to satisfy your service hours? Would you like to build your resume with valuable volunteer experience? The Community Partnership Resale Shop can offer opportunities to serve others and have a great time doing it! We rely on volunteer workers to manage new inventory, keep the store organized, handle donations, and reduce waste going to the landfill. You may be helping with our salvage baling events, distributing clothing, cleaning, ticketing, organizing, and many more tasks around the shop. We understand the busy and irregular schedule of a college student, and have flexible opportunities for you to have a strong impact on the local community. We would love to meet and work with you!
Volunteer scheduling is flexible with one-time and ongoing opportunities available any time between 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday. Both individuals and groups are welcome, valued, and appreciated.
All of the Resale Shop proceeds go to supporting The Community Partnership – a local non-profit organization dedicated to serving children, youth, and families through a variety of programs in the areas of foster care, pregnant and parenting youth, childhood disability, and early education. Without the involvement of our community, The Community Partnership and The Resale Shop would not be possible!
Organization Website: https://www.thecommunitypartnership.org/
Organization: Alternative Hospice
Contact Person: Amanda Dildine
Alternative Hospice of Cuba is looking for individuals to sit with our hospice patients once a week to once a month. Times are based on volunteer availability and patient care needs. Training is provided. We are looking for adults and students alike that have a big heart and want to give back to the community. Visiting with patients, talking with, reading with, or even singing with our patients is a great way to reach out and help.
Location: Cuba, Rolla, Sullivan, and surrounding towns
Organization Website: www.midmoahec.org
Organization: Phelps County Regional Medical Center & Mid-MO Area Health Education Center
Contact Person: Franz Kindel
Nursery Cuddler College Student Volunteer Program: Under the general supervision of the Director of Auxiliary and Volunteer Services and collaborating with the Obstetrics department, the volunteer will hold infants needing more support. The volunteer will be educated on how to a keep a baby swaddled. Volunteer will be trained on how to perform a two-minute hand scrub. Volunteer will be educated on the importance of a pacifier and how to decrease environmental stimulation of infants. Volunteer will be required to have 2 hours of job shadowing with a mother/baby nurse. Volunteers are expected to come, as needed, 4 hour shifts, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Safe Send OffCollege Student Volunteer Program: Under the general supervision of the Director of Auxiliary and Volunteer Services and collaborating with the nursing administration office, the volunteer provides non-nursing assistance to patients at Phelps County Regional Medical Center who are discharged from services. Volunteer will assist staff with escorting patients to the outside Main or North entrances of the hospital. Volunteers will be trained on proper wheelchair procedures. Fall Program starts September 5, 2017. Sunday through Saturday, 3 hour volunteer shifts from 1:30?4:30 p.m. and 4:30?7:30 p.m.
Organization Website: www.midmoahec.org
Organization: Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association
Contact Person: Sue Engelage
CMFCAA provides services in 13 counties. Our volunteers get to play with kids at either our In-service which is parent training or respite care which is a four hour ordeal for the kids to just be kids. The volunteer gets to choose what events they want to help with. If we need more we may reach out to them and ask for help at the event.
Location: Jefferson City
Organization Website: mofosteradopt.com
Organization: Kaleidoscope Discovery Center
Contact Person: Jane Linkeman
We have numerous events as well as teaching opportunities throughout the academic year as well as during the summer months. We have multiple on-going projects, such as painting, construction and carpentry, that are conducted year-round. Individuals could set their own hours working around their own schedule. Individuals who choose to work as on-going volunteers could set up a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly schedule or be on call for any up-coming projects. I would like to create a list of volunteers who are interested as on-going volunteers whom I could contact by email for any special or on-going projects. As the KDC continues to grow we need more and more volunteers in order to serve our community better. The continued growth of the KDC depends upon the commitment and hard work of volunteers.
Organization Website: https://www.thekaleidoscope.org/
Organization: Enrollment Marketing and Development/ Project Lead the Way
Contact Person: Linda Bright
Opportunity Description: We have numerous events throughout the academic year and during the summer. Events are designed to introduce invitees to visit the Missouri S&T campus and experience activities and opportunities that would be helpful to them in choosing a college. Events include VEX Robotics, FIRST Robotics, 7th grade science day, TSA (Technology Student Association) meetings and competitions and HOSA (Health Occupation Student Association).
All of these events need volunteers to help with set up/tear down, crowd control. Many need judges, mentors, assistants and students to interact with the participants. I would like to develop a list of interested volunteers that might be available during the year. As opportunities arise, I would send out specific dates and times. First event: Rolla 7th grade science day: Sept. 30 from 8 am-1 pm.
Organization Website: pltw.mst.edu
Organization: Ozark Rivers Audubon
Contact Person: Louise Wilkinson
Opportunity Description: We have multiple projects that are conducted year-round, usually scheduled as 3 hour work sessions. Trail building, bridge construction, helping with events and treating invasive plants are examples.
Organization: East Central Area Literacy Council
Contact Person: Alice Whalen
Opportunity Description: The East Central Area Literacy Council is a partner with East Central College which provides adult education and literacy classes (formerly known as GED). We would like to have posters for the program distributed in the community at local service agencies, manufacturers, libraries, health clinics and other locations that are likely to assist individuals that did not complete high school.
Organization: CASA of South Central Missouri
Location: 1701 North Bishop Suite 1, Rolla MO
Contact Person: Leigh Ann Sigman or Judith Waters
Opportunity Description: We use community volunteers to be a voice for children in foster care. Requirements: 21 years of age, background screening, drug screen and complete 30 hours of initial training; it is online and in person. If you are interested, please email me and I will send you a packet of information. Thank you!
Organization: Mentoring Makes a Difference
Location: 104 E. 7th St, Rolla MO
Contact Person: Kathy Heflin
Opportunity Description: Our program matches mentors and tutors with at-risk elementary students. We ask for a 1 hour per week commitment to meet with students in a supervised after school program.
Organization: Phelps County Faith Distribution Inc.
Location:12640 U.S. Highway 63 South, Rolla Mo
Contact Person: Carol Creighton
Opportunity Description:This organization conducts the monthly USDA food distribution for Phelps County on the third Saturday of the month. Volunteers are needed the Wednesday of that week to unload a semi truck of food, on the Friday of the same week to prepack boxes at noon, and on the third Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon to distribute food to 500-600 families.
Organization: Silverstone Place
Contact Person: Nikki Merriman
Opportunity Description: Silverstone Place would like to have some volunteers come in to visit with the residents and help with an activity about once a month. Any day of the month works for them. Silverstone usually hosts activities twice a day. On Saturday Silverstone has bingo at 10 am which would be a great activity for volunteers to help with. They will have an activity assistant also. If anyone is interested please contact Nikki at the Silverstone Place.