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Want to Volunteer on a Regular Basis?
Organization: Missouri Rural Health Association
Contact Person: Allison Hines
Phone: 573-616-2740 ext: 4
We are looking for Volunteer Drivers that have a desire to help others and that love working with people. Pick your own schedule and receive $0.80 per mile! Missouri Rural Health Association's mission is to safeguard and improve the health of rural Missourians. MRHA accomplishes its mission by engaging in partnerships and providing leadership on rural issues through advocacy, communication, and education. HealthTran is a program within MRHA that is designed to address rural transportation limitations and barriers. Our Volunteer Drivers are one way we address these transportation barriers. Become a community hero - Help your neighbors and community members get to their much needed medical and wellness appointments by becoming a HealthTran Volunteer Driver. We are in search of individuals in Rolla and the surrounding areas that have a desire to help others and that love working with people. Whether due to disability, illness or lack of reliable transportation, members of your community are unable to get to their much needed medical and wellness appointments. Our driver's improve the quality of life of these passengers by getting them where they need to be. As a Volunteer Driver you would: • Receive mileage reimbursement at $0.80 per mile • Pick your own schedule - select the rides that meet your availability • Set your own limits – drive locally or long distance • Receive CIMA Volunteer Insurance coverage • Make a difference in the lives of many and make friends along the way! Qualifications: • 3+ years with a valid Driver's License • 21+ years of age • Ability to pass a background check and drug test • Reliable vehicle • Valid vehicle registration and auto insurance
Location: Rolla area
Organization: Missouri National Guard Child and Youth Program
Contact Person: Shavon Parker
The Missouri National Guard Child and Youth Program provides quality, age appropriate youth programming to National Guard dependents age 6-18. This programming includes 1 day events (weekends), youth and family camps. Volunteer requirements are as follows: 1) Complete a background check- reimbursement is provided for all fees. 2) Be a positive adult role model (18 and older). 3) Attend quarterly volunteer training ( advanced notice is given) 4) Supervise, engage and facilitate programming for participating National Guard youth 4) Provide assistance to program coordinators. Benefits include: 1) Paid travel to and from events 2) Atmosphere to be impactful in the lives of National Guard youth 3) Significant resume experience 4) Networking opportunities.
Organization: Rolla Middle Level Science Olympiad
Contact Person: Gala Hale
Phone: 573-578-1826(C) or 573-458-0120 x12125 (W)
Rolla Middle Level Science Olympiad needs assistance in creating structures/devices or learning material in preparation for upcoming competitions. We are specifically looking for knowledgeable people in creating Boomilever, Machines, Elastic Launch Glider, Mission Possible, Mousetrap Vehicle, and Ping Pong Parachute. Written tests and hands-on tasks include Water Quality, Fossils, Meteorology, Reach for the Stars, Circuit Lab, and Density Lab. Here is the link for all of the events and a short description: http://bit.ly/SOevents1920
Organization: St. James Caring Center and St. James Senior Center
Contact Person: Marilyn Disser
Phone: 573-265-7072 or 573-265-2047
Both locations need websites developed and students to do data entry. Here's the benefit....volunteers for the Caring Center receive vouchers for their hours of service to spend in the Thrift Store. Volunteers for the Senior Center is different...they have to volunteer for 26 hours and will receive a Senior Center meal card. If students volunteer during lunch time, their lunch is free...this is only for the Senior Center. Lunch is served Monday - Friday; 11am to 1pm.
The St. James Caring Center facility is primarily staffed by a volunteer workforce of caring individuals from the community. Volunteers for the Caring Center receive vouchers for their hours worked to spend in the Thrift Store
- Food Pantry
- Commodity Day – third Thursday morning each monthly
- Thrift Store (sort items, help empty donation drop box)
- Data Entry
- Web Page
- Fundraising Planner
- Public Relations (journalist, photographer)
St. James Senior Center
Volunteers for the Senior Center receive a meal card after working 26 hours. The meal card can be used
during the work week (Monday-Friday) during lunch 11am – 1pm.
- Commodity Day – third Thursday morning each month
- Web Page
- Data Entry
- Fundraising Planner
- Public Relations (journalist, photographer)
- Front Desk
- Kitchen Staff
- Teach a class
- Provide an Activity
Location: St. James
Organization: Cub Creek Science Camp
Contact Person: Natalie Randall
Organization Website: www.cubcreeksciencecamp.com
Cub Creek Science Camp appreciates the help of volunteers to assist us with the care, feeding and socialization of our animals. Our animal care volunteers work side by side with our professional staff to provide care, enrichment and socialization to over 100 species of domestic, exotic and wild animals. Volunteers are able to work with us during our off-season from August - May. We have three animal care volunteer shifts available for each day of the week, including weekends: 8am – 1pm, 1pm – 5pm and 8am – 5pm. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one day per week. Volunteer opportunities are also available in the areas of science education and camp operations, included fieldtrips, outreach programs and marketing. These positions would suit biology or education majors, however all students are welcome.
Organization: Parkside Assisted Living
Contact Person: Rachel McClintock
Organization Website: https://parkside.seniorvu.com
Parkside is looking for volunteers throughout the year for multiple different events including: bi-weekly Happy Hour, calling BINGO, help with paint & sip or any art activities or even give a presentation on different topics. They are open to suggestions of other events as well! They will also be starting a Wii bowling tournament and would love to have more participants.
Organization: MOCA/ Rolla Head Start
Contact Person: Ashley Clark
Organization Website: http://mocaonline.org/
During summer time, we need help with our community garden and getting items and the center ready for the next school year. During the school year we need volunteers to answer phones, cut out things and laminate them. We need volunteers to interact with the children in the classrooms. This can be reading, doing an activity, or simply playing with the children. We need volunteers to help in the kitchen and office as well.
Volunteers are needed during the school year (preferred). We are looking for volunteers to come once a month.
Organization: St. James Caring/Senior Center
Contact Person: Nancy Montgomery
St. James Caring/Senior Center does not have a website to promote our services. We would be thrilled to have a student design and assist with maintaining one. The center offers assistance to senior citizens and others in the community who are struggling to feed their families or provide a healthy home life. Our Thrift Store is stocked with donated items being sold at a reasonable price... clothes, toys, furniture, housewares, sporting items... anything a family would need. Volunteers are needed to sort and price items, unload donation items. In our food pantry we received truck loads of healthful food to distribute during our commodities day, which supplies a months worth of food to 200-250 families every third Thursday of the month. If you want a rewarding and challenging place to volunteer, we are it! You will return home tired, but with a smile on your face and a renewed kindred heart knowing how many families were touched by you. We need volunteers Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Whatever time students can spend with us would be appreciated.
Organization: Kaleidoscope Discovery Center
Contact Person: Brandy Howdeshell
Kaleidoscope is currently recruiting summer help. We need volunteers to teach STEM- based summer camps, assist in said camps, plan STEM curriculum, office work, community outreach teams, exhibit building and more! If you can commit 40 hours a week, you can even apply for a living stipend though AmeriCorps!
Organization Website: https://www.thekaleidoscope.org/
Organization: Regional Hospice
Contact Person: Stephanie Wiener
Regional Hospice is in need of volunteers to spend time with patients who are in their final stage of life. These volunteers add some light and company to these patients lives in a time when they need it the most. The volunteering can be anything including companionship, reading books, listening to music, or watching tv. These patients really enjoy interacting with young people who are excited to see them! The areas in need of volunteers include Lebanon, Waynesville, Dixon, Springfield, and Joplin.
Location: Lebanon, Waynesville, Dixon, Springfield, and Joplin
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 student who can play a musical instrument one time a month. And a student or group who can play jazz music.
A small group who can clean up some raised beds for wintertime
A student who is familiar with Itunes who can work with our residents loading favorite music on Ipods for individual residents.
Also looking for someone to come do manicures on Wednesdays 9:15am-10:00am, 12:30 pm-1:30pm. It can be one time only or a volunteer only in the mornings or only in the afternoons. They would not be trimming nails just filing and painting to resident preferences.
Organization Website: http://www.rollapresbyterianmanor.org/
Organization: Community Partnership Resale Shop
Contact Person: Shasta Robbins
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 Health
Contact Person: Franz Kindel
Acute Rehab: Through the Acute Rehab College Student Volunteer Program, students will help staff with activities for patients, such as music, games, crafts and movies. Student volunteers also may spend time talking with and reading to patients or assisting staff with non-nursing errands and duties. Three-hour volunteer shifts need to be filled from 4:30-7:30 PM, seven days a week.
Safe Send Off College 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. Three-hour volunteer shifts need to be filled from 1:00-4:00 PM and 4:00-7:00 PM Monday through Friday.
Organization Website: www.midmoahec.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) and English language classes for international students and immigrants. 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.