Amethyst Place Volunteers
Thank you for your interest in spending time with us and our families! In light of the fluctuating circumstances around COVID-19, our opportunities may have to change fairly often to keep people (residents and volunteers) as safe as possible. We are updating this page often to reflect current policies and options.
Current available volunteer opportunities include:
Children’s Activity Assistant: While parents learn, we provide programs and care for their kiddos. Little hands require more supervision and little bodies are often FULL of energy – can you help us keep kids entertained and playing safely? An AP staff member is always present while you share your time with the kiddos. We’ll be outdoors if weather/sunlight permit; indoors in our children’s area with everyone in masks otherwise. Children will range in age from infants to 12 years old.
Children’s Activity Leader: While moms are in weeknight programs or meetings, playing with our kids (outdoors if weather/light allows or inside our children’s area otherwise) is a great way to give them something to do and allow moms to focus. We offer these activities Monday & Tuesdays 5:30-7 pm and Wednesday& Thursdays 6-7 pm. Occasional weekend or late afternoon activities may also be welcome depending on schedules. Activities should be geared towards kids aged 3-12 and supplies may possibly be provided if we work things out in advance. Possible activities could be sports clinics, science experiments, craft activites, etc.
Donations/Moving Assistant: When we have new apartments to set up or large donation items to pick up, it takes more muscle. Can you help? Donation pickups mostly happen on weekday mornings. To be safe, you’d coordinate with our Donations Coordinator to meet at the donor’s address (must have your own transportation) and help load items into our truck. Then you can follow back to campus to help unload. For apartment set up, the schedule varies. You’d come to campus to help move furniture from storage areas into apartments (all buildings have stairs, no elevators). We’d like to have an on-call list of 3-5 people that we can call or text when needed.
Online Tutor: Work with our moms or kids helping them with their school work. Subjects will vary as will availability (more moms want to tutor during the weekday while their kids are out at school and most kids will want to tutor in the late afternoon/early evening hours). You can tell us which subjects and age group you prefer to work with and when you’re avilable and we’ll match you from there.
Mentors (for kids): While many of our kids have a hard time, we know that one positive relationship with a supportive adult is enough to alter their perceptions of themselves and their potential. Are you ready to make a difference in a kid’s life? We’re proud to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City to supply mentors to our kiddos in 2nd grade and up. Mentors will be screened and trained through their program but you can request to be paired with one of our kids! Learn how to get started here.
Small Groups: Up to 8 people may be able to volunteer doing a variety of (mostly outdoor) activities. Depending on the day/time, activities could range from landscaping, campus clean up, moving furniture, or leading kids’ activities. Activities would need to be canceled in cases of inclement weather.
PLEASE NOTE we do not currently offer any group volunteer activities for groups over 6-8 people. This list is also not exhaustive of the possibilities. If you have ideas of other things that you or your group might be able to do, please reach out to Mandy Caruso-Yahne, our volunteer manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-343-8925.