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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. This update is current as of May 19, 2022. COVID is still a risk, especially as we have a number of kids under 5 who are not yet able to be vaccinated. 

Children’s Activities: 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 them. We’ll be outdoors if weather/sunlight permit; indoors in our children’s area with everyone 2+ years old in masks otherwise.  Children will range in age from infants to about 10 years old. We offer these activities during evening programs, mostly Monday thru Thursdays from 6-7 or 8 pm. All shifts are shared via an online calendar so volunteers can pick the ones that work for their schedules.

If you’re interested in leading an activity for our kids, please gear it to ages 3-8 years old and give us advance notice to plan for materials, space, etc. Occasional weekend or late afternoon activities may also be welcome depending on schedules.  Past activities have been sports clinics, science experiments, craft activities, etc.

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.

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 but is usually weekdays. 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. 

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. In this winter season when weather doesn’t tend to cooperate, we’d be grateful for a donation drive to help keep our household pantry stocked with certain items that are particularly needed (disinfectant wipes, kitchen trash bags, dishwasher detergent, laundry pods, condiments, etc)

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 mandy@amethystplace.org or 816-343-8925.


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