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Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteering with Catholic Charities Wichita

Catholic Charities prides itself in finding volunteer work that is meaningful for both volunteers and clients. Thank you for looking at our volunteer opportunities below to find a position that suits you best. Once you’ve found the perfect fit, you can fill out a volunteer application here.

If you have any questions about these positions, or have another skill you’d like to offer, you can contact the Volunteer Coordinator by email at volunteer@CatholicCharitiesWichita.org or by phone at 316-264-8344, ext. 1261.

Opportunity Listings

Harbor House

Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter provides outreach services and a safe, 24/7 shelter for survivors of domestic violence. 

Lead Office

Description:

Lead office volunteers are crucial in the mission of Harbor House. They take crisis calls, control access to the building and help with client’s in-shelter needs. Volunteers in this role take part in a 40-hour training program before they begin taking crisis calls. A weekly volunteer commitment is appreciated.

Times:

Help is needed 24/7, but especially during evening hours and weekends.

Storage Room Organizer

Description:

Storage room organizers sort donated items into their proper locations, clean and organize shelter storage rooms, and label items. Ability to stand for extended periods of time, crouch, bend, climb and carry at least 20 lbs is required for this position. A weekly volunteer commitment is appreciated.

Times:

Weekday Mornings & Afternoons

Kitchen and Meal Service

Description:

Kitchen volunteers work with our nutritionist to prepare and serve food for clients in shelter and occasionally pick up food donations. Previous experience working in a kitchen and serving food is appreciated, but not required.

Times:

Lunch:
Monday – Friday, 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Dinner:
Monday – Friday, 4:30 PM – 6 PM

Weekend Meal Providers

Description:

Weekend meal providers donate, prepare and serve lunch or dinner meals for about 25 clients in shelter during the weekends. This is a great opportunity for families and church groups; commitment to one meal every two months is appreciated.

Serving food is not required and you may drop off food for shelter staff to serve.

Times:

Lunch: 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Dinner: 4:30 PM – 6 PM

St. Anthony Family Shelter

St. Anthony Family Shelter provides a safe 24/7 shelter and supportive services for homeless families with a goal of stabilizing housing and employment.

Family Time

Description:

Family time volunteers watch children in shelter while their parents apply for jobs, look for housing or simply take a break. Volunteers are able to lead activities, such as movie nights, crafts, story time or playing on the playground or in the activity center. Spend time with children of all ages, with group sizes of 1 to 25.

All volunteers in this role must pass background checks and take a child safety class. Groups are preferred, as at least two volunteers are needed per shift.

Times:

Weekday Evenings, especially Friday
Weekends, 8:30 AM – 12 PM & 1 PM – 5 PM

Kitchen and Meal Service

Description:

Kitchen volunteers work with our nutritionist to prepare and serve food for clients in shelter and occasionally pick up food donations. Previous experience working in a kitchen and serving food is appreciated, but not required.

Times:

Lunch:
Monday – Friday, 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Dinner:
Monday – Friday, 4:30 PM – 6 PM

Weekend Meal Providers

Description:

Weekend meal providers donate, prepare, and serve meals for about 25 clients for lunch and dinner on the weekends. This is a great opportunity for families and church groups; commitment to one meal every two months is appreciated.

Serving food is not required and you may drop it off for shelter staff to serve.

Times:

Lunch: 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Dinner: 4:30 PM – 6 PM

Facilities and Maintenance

Catholic Charities has several buildings throughout the City of Wichita, including a food pantry, separate shelters for homeless families and survivors of domestic violence, and a large campus for our adult day programs.

Facilities and Landscaping

Description:

Under direction of the facilities coordinator, volunteers in this role maintain the buildings and grounds of Catholic Charities. Tools and training are provided.

Basic duties include:

  • Snow removal
  • Rake and bag leaves
  • Trim and remove dead tree limbs
  • Clean windows (inside and out)
  • Organize shelter backrooms
  • Complete other tasks as needed

Times:

Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM

Vehicle Maintenance

Description:

Volunteers in this role perform regular check-ups of agency vehicles, taking them to community partners for general maintenance and detailing, and reporting any larger issues to the facilities coordinator.

Volunteers in this role must be 21 or older and have a valid driver’s license.

Times:

Flexible around your schedule

Skilled Trade Work

Description:

Individuals trained in various trade skills, such as:

  • Painting
  • Electric
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing

are encouraged to share their time and talents. Depending on the project or needs of the agency, materials for projects may be supplied by Catholic Charities.

Times:

Flexible around your schedule.

Seeds for Success

The Seeds for Success program is dedicated to creating opportunities for Catholic Charities clients through comprehensive services focused on building self-sufficiency.

Child Enrichment

Description:

Child enrichment volunteers are needed to work with children while their parents are in employability and financial literacy classes. Volunteers will follow a curriculum designed to stimulate intellectual and emotional growth. Children will generally be aged 1-5 years old.

Volunteers are asked to commit to a weekly, one-hour time slot.

Times:

Tuesday & Thursday, 10 AM – 11 AM

Mock Interviewer

Description:

Mock interviewers practice interview skills with clients enrolled in the Seeds for Success program to ensure they’re putting their best foot forward when they secure an interview. Volunteers in this position may work virtually.

To volunteer in this position, we ask that you provide references to verify your experience with recruitment or HR best practices.

Times:

Flexibility is required so our clients can apply for work quickly.

Resume Reviewer

Description:

Resume reviewers work with clients enrolled in the Seeds for Success program to ensure their resumes are edited and designed well for employers. Volunteers in this position may work virtually.

To volunteer in this position, we ask that you provide references to verify your experience with recruitment or HR best practices.

Times:

Flexibility is required so our clients can apply for work quickly.

Immigration Services

Immigration Services assists with citizenship requirements, work authorizations, family-based petitions, visa applications and other related services.

Data Entry

Description:

Volunteers in this role digitize former and current client files. Spanish is not required, though you will work in a predominantly Spanish-speaking environment. Basic computer skills required.  Training is provided.

Times:

Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry

The food pantry helps individuals and families meet their nutritional needs by providing a monthly food parcel based on family size. 

Food Distribution

Description:

Food distribution volunteers pack food into bags, stock shelves, check clients in, and load client cars. Ability to bend, crouch, stand for extended periods of time and lift at least 10 lbs required. Volunteers in this position may work outside in all types of weather.  Bilingual in Spanish or Vietnamese welcome!

Times:

Monday (stocking shelves),
9 AM – 12 PM

Tuesday – Thursday,
8:30 AM – 12 PM

Every 4th Saturday,
9 AM – 12 PM

Truck Driver

Description:

Truck drivers pick up orders from Kansas Food Bank and deliver to the pantry before it opens at 8:30 AM. Volunteers will use agency vehicles and equipment, including a truck with a lift gate and a manual pallet jack, to move pallets weighing up to 1,200 pounds.

Ability to bend, crouch, stand for extended periods of time and lift at least 40 lbs regularly required. Volunteers in this position must be 21 years or older with a clean driving record and valid license; CDL not required. Volunteers are asked to commit to two days a week.

Times:

Monday – Thursday,
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Data Entry & Phone Operator

Description:

Data entry volunteers greet clients, take them through a client information form and enter completed forms into our database. Data entry volunteers must be comfortable with computers and willing to learn our database. This is a client facing position.

Times:

Tuesday – Thursday,
8:30 AM – 12 PM

Every 4th Saturday,
9 AM – 12 PM

Adult Day Services

ADS provides an affordable, quality day program that helps seniors and adults with disabilities maintain independence in the community.

Facilities and Landscaping

Description:

Volunteers will assist with outdoor cleanup.  Tools and training are provided.

Basic duties include:

  • Clean windows (inside and out)
  • Organize storage room
  • Weed courtyard garden
  • Weed rock garden
  • Clean and wash buses
  • Sanitize chairs and door knobs

Times:

Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM

Cana Counseling

Cana Counseling encourages and strengthens families and individuals so they can maintain a sense of dignity, hope and well-being in relationships and in their genuine, authentic selves.

There are no volunteer opportunities with Cana Counseling at this time.

Contact Us

We would like to hear from you! Call 316-264-8344 or Email us:

St. Joseph Pastoral Center
437 North Topeka st.
Wichita. KS 67202-2431

(316) 264-8344

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Wichita is a 501(c)(3). All gifts are tax-deductible.

Need donation support?
316-264-8344 ext. 1262
giving@CatholicCharitiesWichita.org

Wichita Diocese

The Wichita Diocese covers 20,021 square miles and includes 25 counties in the southeast corner of the state. It is home to over 114,000 Catholics in 90 parishes.

Wichita Diocese

The Wichita Diocese covers 20,021 square miles and includes 25 counties in the southeast corner of the state. It is home to over 114,000 Catholics in 90 parishes.