Calling Cards

CALLING CARDS: SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES ARE HERE

Our last Calling Cards of May is jam-packed with ways to help out area nonprofits. Something for everybody folks, all you have to do is get involved.

CITY UNION MISSION’S CAMP CUMCITO

Outside of Kansas City, but still benefiting the local children of the area, City Union Mission will be hosting its Camp CUMCITOthroughout the summer at Warsaw, MO. The camp is for children ages 4-16 to enjoy a week of outdoor actives and religious workshops.

What are they looking for: City Union Mission is looking for volunteers to spend a week serving the children. Various opportunities include: cooking, teaching, group leaders and more. For more information, visit https://apps.cumission.org/cumpp.


ANNUAL REVUP FOR RESTART BENEFIT

For 10 years, RevUp for ReStart has been a huge annual fundraiser filled with live music, fun games, delicious food and an exciting auction to benefit the homeless in the area.

What are they looking for: The organization needs people to attend. Tickets are currently on sale for the June 13 event and cost $100. The event starts at 6 p.m. with all proceeds going towards ReStart and its vision of ending homelessness in the Kansas City Community.


KC PET PROJECT OPPORTUNITY AT BOULEVARDIA

Boulevard Brewing Company is holding a brand new event over June 13-15 in the West Bottoms this summer — Boulevardia. The festival will feature food, music and brand new beers with artists jamming on two stages, one housing homegrown talent and the other hosting national stars such as Robert Delong and THE MGDS.

What are they looking for: At the festival, KC Pet Project needs 56 volunteers to help bartend. Six percent of all bar sales will be given to participating organizations and each organization gets to keep all of their tips. No experience in bartending is needed, just bring energy and a positive attitude since the more tips you get, the bigger the benefit is for KC Pet Project.

Volunteers are needed for three hour shifts Friday through Sunday and every volunteer must be available to attend training on Tuesday, June 5 from 6-8 p.m.

CALLING CARDS: LAST MINUTE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR THIS WEEKEND

Another weekend, another set of volunteer opportunities. Take advantage of these last-second chances to impact your community this Saturday. Give up two hours and positively change someone’s life.

Ronald McDonald House teams up with NASCAR
It’s a NASCAR race weekend at Kansas Speedway and what better way to enjoy it than by volunteering. To that extent, the Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City has joined forces with NASCAR to raise funds for the sick children and their families of Kansas City.

The Skinny: Collect donations from race goers in exchange for NASCAR Unites wristbands and pins. Fifty percent of the money collected will go toRMHC-KC. Two to three hour shifts are available on Saturday, anywhere from noon to 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome, especially you high schoolers out there. To sign-up, visit the nonprofit’sVolunteerMark page.

Blair’s Foster Socks hosting ‘Drive For Your Community’
We will keep the driving theme going here with Blair’s Foster Socks’ ‘Drive For Your Community’event on Saturday. The fundraiser needs volunteers as well as participants, as the <strong>Ford Motor Company will donate $20 for every person who tests drives one of its cars at the Bass Pro Shop located at Bass Pro Drive, Independence, Mo.

The Skinny: The volunteer needs are pretty easy: set-up, registration and clean-up for the event, which lasts from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Any form of help, whether it’s for one or four hours, is needed. If you wish to help, contact Brent at 877-203-5848 ext. 2 or thecallkc@gmail.com. If you can’t spare that much time, test drive a new car real quick for free and the Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the children’s nonprofit. No purchase required. Just donate 20 minutes, enjoy the wheels and you will have helped clothed a needy child.

ReStart’s ‘Mommy Dearest – Drag Your Mother Out For Art’
With Mother’s Day on Sunday, this is a great way to celebrate. ‘Mommy Dearest – Drag Your Mother Out For Art’ will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Uptown Arts Bar on 3611 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. The show will include a variety of entertainers as well as a raffle and costume contest, with the first-place prize going to the best dressed mom in attendance. In addition, there will be art made by reStart youth up for bid. <strong>All funds raised from the evening will go towards ReStart’s youth art programs, which are in association with the Arts Asylum.

The Skinny: Show up. That’s all you have to do to help this wonderful homeless shelter in downtown Kansas City. Not only will you be helping the hopeless, but you will be helping children as well. Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance.

CALLING CARDS: GILLIS OPPORTUNITY, NEW KC PET PROGRAM

Hello there friends. We are proud to pen this first edition of our newest weekly feature — Calling Cards. Every week we receive a fair amount of news and notes from the area nonprofits that we have built relationships with.

The correspondences range from last minute volunteer opportunities to upcoming fundraisers or programs to donation needs. It’s a little bit of everything and while these don’t always warrant a full call-to-action, we still want to share them. Thus, for our first ever issue, here is this week’s Calling Cards. P.S. — if you are looking for a volunteer opportunity next week,we got scheduled with Wayside Waifs for May 9.

GILLIS CENTER NEEDS HELP WITH ANNUAL KCI RELAYS

We received this last-minute request for volunteers from Gillis on Monday. We’ve been pushing it through our Twitter and Facebook accounts, which by the way you should follow for daily volunteer tidbits, yet we still need help.

The gist is Gillis, who is a shelter campus for at-risk children, will be holding its annual KCI Relays this Friday, May 2. The day-long, track and field competition is in conjunction with several over area children nonprofits and will be held at Center high School. I’ve been told it’s a blast and all sorts of help is needed (sign-in, referees, participants, etc).  Therefore, if you have an hour or two to spare — perhaps a long lunch? — this would be a great way to spend it.

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Brent Lager at 877-203-5848 or atthecallkc@gmail.com for more details.

KC PET PROJECT INTRODUCES NEW ADOPTION PROGRAM

The folks at the KC Pet Project are always thinking of creative ways to increase pet adoptions and they did it again. We’re going to let their rap sheet explain most of it, but on a personal note, we love the fact that they are pairing volunteers up with individual dog adoptions. We think the practice will enhance the relationship the volunteer has with the organization, therefore creating a more connected volunteer force.

Anyhow, here are the cliff notes with contact information provided below:

Volunteers, here is a new and really easy way that you can help increase KCPP dog adoptions from the comfort of your home. All you have to do is make a commitment to one dog and promote that dog until it is adopted. Anyone with an internet connection can do this, even those who can’t make it in to walk dogs.

We are ready to put the KCPP volunteer marketing committee in action. This will ensure consistent and creative marketing of every available KCPP dog. The goal of the committee is to reduce length of stay for dogs in KCPP custody, therefore keeping more cages open for incoming dogs and saving more lives.

We have fourteen committee members, who will serve as team leaders. Each leader will work with a roster of available dogs and team of volunteers who are committed to promoting KCPP dogs.  

  • Each team member will be assigned a single available dog, which may be housed at the shelter, at Zona Rosa, at Petco, or in a foster home.
  • Team members will be responsible for advocating for their individual dogs and promoting adoption through the social media outlets of their choice, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Team members are expected to post Craigslist ads for their dogs and encouraged to explore other creative ways to promote their dogs.
  • Team members are encouraged to gather information about their dog’s personality by handling the dog themselves or communicating with other volunteers or fosters who have worked with the dog.
  • Once a team member’s dog has been adopted, they may be assigned a new dog, when one becomes available.
  • Friendly competition amongst the teams is encouraged and we are looking forward to fun social gatherings!

If you are interested in joining the volunteer program or simply just walking dogs occasionally, contact Brent Lager at 877-203-5848 or at thecallkc@gmail.com for more details.