Volunteer

Give the Gift of Your Time

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with HumanKind Ministries! We could not do this important work without you. We are thrilled to be accepting volunteers again now that we have precautions in place to keep our volunteers, clients and staff safe.

Please be sure to fill out your volunteer waiver before signing up. We updated our volunteer waiver in light of COVID-19 and are asking all volunteers to fill out a new form as of June 30, 2020.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Arielle Steck at (316) 264-9303 or via email at arielle@humankindwichita.org.

Emergency Winter Shelter Volunteer Opportunities

The Emergency Winter Shelter operates 3 buildings (2 for men and 1 for women) from Nov. 1 to March 31 to provide care for those experiencing homelessness in our community during the coldest months of the year. These are the only no-barrier Emergency Winter Shelters in Sedgwick County and typically serve 100-120 homeless men and women each night. View the volunteer opportunities below, and sign up for the best fit for you.

Clothes Closet

Distribute clothes and hygiene items to our clients at the Emergency Winter Shelters. Volunteers must be friendly and able to multi-task. Two volunteers are needed for both the men’s and women's shelters each Monday and Thursday evening from 5:45 to 8pm, Nov. 1 to March 31. Volunteers of the same household are preferred due to social distancing guidelines. One volunteer must be an adult; the second volunteer can be 16 or older.

Sign Up: Men's Clothes Closet
Sign Up: Women's Clothes Closet

Shelter Nurse's Stations

Medical professionals are needed to serve at the nurse's stations on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Volunteers provide basic medical care—including wound dressing, administering medication and treating outbreaks.

Sign Up: Nurse's Stations

Serve Dinner

Prepare and serve dinner at the men’s shelter. Dinner is boxed and taken to the other buildings. This is a great opportunity for groups! Four volunteers are needed every evening. If you're interested in serving in November, please contact Jay Shaper at 634-1449. If you would like to serve in February or March, please contact Sheri with the Catholic Diocese at sherfields@catholicdioceseofwichita.org. Please use the link below to sign up in December or January.

Sign Up: Dinner

Operation Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Operation Holiday, Sedgwick County’s largest holiday assistance program, will take place Dec. 15-19 in an exciting new drive-thru format at Towne West. Volunteers are needed to help in the warehouse in the weeks leading up to distribution as well as to help with our outdoor distribution. Please see opportunities below and choose the option that’s the best fit for you!

Volunteer at the Warehouse: Perfect for a group of any size. Sort clothing, food and other donations in preparation for distribution. The warehouse is located inside Towne West Square in the former Sears building.

  • Times: Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm
  • Dates: Nov. 9 to 24, Nov. 30 to Dec. 14 and Saturdays, Dec. 5 and 12
Sign Up: Warehouse

Volunteer at Distribution: Join hundreds of other volunteers for an event like nothing else in Wichita as we help thousands during our 5-day distribution, Tuesday, Dec. 15 to Saturday, Dec. 19. There are opportunities both inside and outside, but flexibility is much appreciated. Please see below for volunteer options, and then click the link to sign up.

Check-in

Perfect for outgoing, friendly, trustworthy volunteers who will be responsible for Dillons gift card distribution. Volunteers will greet clients as they arrive to distribution and confirm application information. Once confirmed, they will distribute a Dillons gift card based on family size and have each client sign a receipt for their gift card.

Coat Distribution

Give warmth and hope by distributing coats to clients! This is perfect for friendly, detail-oriented volunteers who don’t mind being outdoors in the winter. Volunteers will load coats into clients’ cars in the drive-thru.

Inside Distribution

Best suited for patient, flexible people who prefer a slower pace. Volunteers will greet clients who are not able to participate in a drive-thru format due to arriving via bus or foot. Volunteers will work at a smaller walk-thru distribution inside the warehouse.

Food Packing

Perfect for the detail-oriented and strong volunteers. Package food into boxes at the warehouse at take them via car/truck across the parking lot to distribution site to restock.

Parking Lot Assistance

Perfect for strong-willed volunteers who are able to assess the situation and make changes as necessary. Volunteers will be placed throughout the drive-thru lane and waiting area to guide clients through the drive-thru. These volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather.

Donation Intake & Sorting

Great for volunteers 16+ who are detail oriented and able to lift donations as needed. Volunteers will greet donors and assist with unloading donations. They will sort donations and transport to appropriate areas within the warehouse.

Food Distribution

Perfect for friendly, young, quick-moving volunteers who don’t mind the Kansas winter. Volunteers will carry boxes of food from storage containers to clients’ cars in the drive-thru.

Toys 4 Tots

Work with Marine Corps and Toys 4 Tots program to pull client information and help find appropriate toys. Perfect for high school and college students, those who are able to move quickly, and detail-oriented volunteers.

Volunteer Check-In

Greet new volunteers at check-in, ensure they have filled out the volunteer waiver, and provide any on-site training as needed. Then direct volunteers to the correct location. This important role is great for mature, friendly, assertive volunteers.

Administrative Office Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have a passion for office work? Love to organize and help others? See the opportunities below and find the perfect fit!

Reception at Administrative Office: Answer calls, greet guests and help with office work as needed at the HumanKind Administrative Office. Volunteers are needed Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 12:30pm and 12:30 to 4:30pm. This is a recurring volunteer opportunity, and we ask that volunteers make an ongoing weekly commitment. Volunteers must be friendly, dependable and able to move from sitting to standing and walking easily. For more information, email Arielle Steck.

Reception at Leasing Office: Answer calls, screen potential residents and schedule tours in a private room at the HumanKind Villas Leasing Office. HumanKind operates 100 low-income apartments to assist Wichitans facing poverty and homelessness in our community. Volunteers are needed Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm and 1 to 4pm. This is a recurring volunteer opportunity, and we ask that volunteers make an ongoing weekly commitment. For more information, please email Arielle Steck.

Clothes Closet Sorting: Sort clothes while social distancing in the clothes closet storage room at the HumanKind Administrative Office. Great for one or two teenagers or adults! Volunteers are needed Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm with flexibility in time slots. To sign up, please email Arielle Steck.