If you have some time on your hands and want to give back to the community, Garden City has a variety of opportunities for volunteering.
Finney County United Way lists multiple affiliate and partner agencies on its website, including:
* Finney County RSVP, Inc.: Providing volunteer opportunities that allow those age 55 and older to utilize their lifetime knowledge, which benefits our community by providing many hours of cost free service.
Address: 907 N. 10th Street
* Garden City Family YMCA: A comprehensive facility serving youth, adults, seniors and families and providing day care for ages 5 to 12, including before/after-school care and kindergarten care, plus scholarships for day care and day camp.
Address: 1224 Center St.
* Miles of Smiles: Offers the benefits of therapeutic riding to individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities and/or injuries.
Address: 901 W. Maple St.
* Russell Child Development Center: Providing individual programs to help infants & toddlers with developmental disabilities in the areas of speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and general child development. Sponsoring agency for Care Connection; Child and Adult Care Food Program & Smart Start.
Address: 714 Ballinger St.
* Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association: Serving needs such as translation, medical and disabled person assistance.
Address: 4101 E. Highway 50, Suite A
* United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries Clinic: Providing primary and preventive health services for persons of all races and faiths.
Address: 712 St. John St.
* United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas, Wichita: Helping persons with various disabilities become more self-reliant by providing wheelchairs and equipment, directing a residential facility in Wichita, and helping with job training placement.
Address: P.O. Box 8217, Wichita, KS
Contact: (316) 688-1888
* Big Brothers Big Sisters of Finney and Kearny Counties: Serving youth age 5 to 17 from primarily single-parent families by matching each child with a carefully screened adult who serves as a friend and mentor in the community and through local schools. Provides free monthly activities, before school, summer school programs-healthy choices, character building, alcohol/drug abuse prevention education.
Address: 201¬½ N. Main St.
* Community Day Care: Providing quality day care to children ages 2 weeks to 10 years, with fees for children 2 1/2 and older based on a sliding scale to serve all income levels.
Address: 505 College Drive
* Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland: Girl Scouts develop qualities that will serve them all their lives — developing self-potential and values, relating to others, and contributing to society.
Address: 114 Grant Avenue
* Kansas Children's Service League Head Start: Providing center-based and home-based Head Start service that help low-income children reach their potential. Foster care and adoption services available also.
Address: 705 Ballinger St.
* Santa Fe Trail Council Boy Scouts: Preparing young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Address: 1513 E. Fulton Terrace
* Smart Start: Focus Areas include: 1) Increasing availability and access to local community support and services, 2) Increase availability and affordability of Early Learning Opportunities, and 3) Increasing availability and affordability of quality child care.
Address: 714 Ballinger St.
* Playground Program: A Summer Community Impact Project providing transportation to the Big Pool as well as a cooperative effort to engage children in outlying areas of the city in constructive leisure activities.
Address: 801 Campus Drive
* American Red Cross: Serving our community with disaster relief assistance and emergency communications for military families and service persons. Protecting our community by providing CPR and First Aid classes, HIV/AIDS information, Lifeguard and Swim classes, and saving lives with safe blood and tissue services.
Address: 210 Fulton Terrace
* Catholic Social Services: A nonprofit social service agency serving all faiths, CSS provides direct service through counseling families facing an unplanned pregnancy. CSS offers an adult adoptee search program, home assessments and adoption education. Family Counseling is also available.
Address: 708 N. Main St.
* Family Crisis Services Inc: Serves domestic and sexual assault victims with counseling, shelter, a 24-hour hotline, support groups for women and children, and referrals to other sources of help. The office also files protection-from-abuse orders.
Address: P.O. Box 1092
Contact: 275-2018, hotline: 275-5911, (800) 275-0535
* Spirit of the Plains, CASA, Inc.: Providing trained volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children. The Court Appointed Special Advocate works in the child's best interest, making careful recommendations to the court. The CASA volunteer acts as the child's "voice in court."
Address: 310 E Walnut St., Ste LL3
* The Salvation Army: Provider of human service needs and youth programs.
Address: 216 N. Ninth St.
* Meals on Wheels: This program is to enhance the nutritional health of the Finney County homebound and to continue offering free meals to persons of limited means.
Address: 910 N 10th St.
For more information on how you can get involved with United Way, stop by the office at 1511 Fulton Terrace, Garden City, or call 275-1425. You also can email United Way at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber of Commerce
The Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors events and activities in town, and may sometimes need volunteers to help with any stage of the process from set-up to execution. To inquire about opportunities to help out, contact Shawna Whitehurst, vice president of marketing and member services, at 276-3264, or by email at email@example.com.
MOSAIC, an organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities, is on the lookout for volunteers to help with its operations and events. The local chapter of MOSAIC has put on community events such as the Run, Rock and Rally concerts to help raise awareness and funds to continue working with and helping people with disabilities enjoy life. MOSAIC is looking for volunteers for a range of its activities, be it working directly with people with disabilities or dealing with event planning, marketing or other indirect assistance. For more information on volunteering opportunities, call 275-9180 or visit www.mosaicinfo.org/garden_city/.
The Emmaus House in Garden City, 802 N. Fifth St., is a homeless shelter, food pantry and soup kitchen that seeks to provide shelter to anyone with need. To help ensure its services to the homeless and hungry, Emmaus House needs and accepts donations of basic supplies such as towels, silverware, dishes and foods of all kinds. Donors also can offer used vehicles, motor homes, or monetary contributions that are tax-deductible. Emmaus House posts vacant volunteer positions online, and advertises most positions as once-a-week commitments, though substitute volunteers sometimes may be needed on an on-call basis. Seasonal help is also requested on the website. For more information, or to offer your help, call 275-2008, or visit www.emmaus-house.com.
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