Continual Community Events

After School Program                                                  

Activity: Volunteers go to the Emporia Middle School Monday through Friday for an hour and a half (3:08-4:15p.m.). It is requested that volunteers for this program commit to at least a semester to help keep the program structured and organized.

Website to look at: www.usd253.org/home/ems (look at the Quest calendar)

Contact: Dawn Young at 620-342-2335

**This is a great opportunity for Education Majors to fulfill hour requirements.**

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) serves children between the ages of 5 and 17 years old, primarily from single-parent families in Case, Coffey, Lyon and Morris Counties. The BBBS program matches volunteers with children who want or need a mentor. The BBBS mission is to help children reach their fullest potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships. 

Volunteer Activities/Events:  Being a one-to-one mentor by providing a positive role model who offers support, friendship and guidance to children who come from all social, financial and ethnic backgrounds. One-to-one mentoring is a minimally 6 month commitment, where Bigs are encouraged to get together with their Littles for a couple of hours on a weekly basis.

Another opportunity to volunteer is for site-based programs, such as “Buzz Club and Hornet Queens” and “Sister Sister”, which typically begin in the fall and end in the spring. These programs provide mentoring experience within a group setting.

Involvement Process:  Volunteers are required to go through an intake/enrollment process to determine if they are eligible to serve as a mentor. The process consists of a volunteer inquiry record, volunteer application, in-person interview, background checks, reference requests, and volunteer eligibility and assessment. Depending on availability, the process can take two-four weeks.

Contact Information:  Andrea Landgren, 620-342-5645, andrea@bbbsfh.org

Emporia Recycling Center

Activity/Event: Help sort recyclables at the local Emporia Recycling Center.

Location: 3100 South Ave., Emporia

Contact: Tim at 620-340-6360

Holiday Resort

Activity/Event: Manicures on Tuesdays, 8:30am - 12:00 pm (come and go)

                     BINGO on Wednesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

                     Dominoes on Fridays, 10:30 - 11:00 am

Location: 2700 W. 30th, Emporia

Contact: Karen at 620-343-9285 

Lyon County Historical Research Center and Archives

Activity/Event: Assist with archival work (i.e. filing, data processing, inventory, cataloging)

Days/Times: Tuesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Location: 225 E. 6th Ave., Emporia

Contact: Brenda Lavington or Nancy Boyce at 620-340-6320 or education@lyoncountymuseum.org

Lyon County Historical Museum

Activity/Event: Assist with historical education programs for children and adults.

Days/Times: Wednesdays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Location: 118 E. 6th Ave., Emporia

Contact: Nancy Boyce at 620-340-6320 or education@lyoncountymuseume.org

Salvation Army, Thrift Store                                   

Activity/Event: Help sort and organize clothing donations.

Location: 502 Constitution St., Emporia

Contact: Captain Hope Burris at 620-342-3093

Youth Friends                                                                           

Description: Youth Friends is a school-based mentoring program that connects students, teachers and schools with mentors and real-world learning experiences to promote success, encourage healthy behaviors and build stronger communities.

Volunteer Activities/Events:  Mentoring one-on-one or with a group of students. Activities to do with the kids include having lunch with them, sharing interests, tutoring, reading to a student or class, or just spending time with them. There is a one hour per week time commitment.

Involvement Process: Volunteers are required to complete an application and consent to a background screening. The application process takes about 2-8 weeks (that is how long it takes to get the results back from the background screening). There is also an interview and a 2-hour training session required.

Contact Information:  Heather Wagner, 620-341-2450, hwagner@usd253.org