“We are both the grandchildren of immigrants who were welcomed into their communities. We like the idea of paying that forward by helping to welcome the newest immigrants into our community. We feel blessed to be able to help.”   – Loring and Paul, JVS volunteers 

Lend your heart and your hands to JVS and the refugees and immigrants we welcome.  From one-time opportunities for your or your group of friends to longer-term and recurrent projects, there's a place for you at JVS.  Volunteers ensure that JVS is able to engage, encourage and empower our newest neighbors.  Check out some of our most popular opportunities below.  For a full listing of ways to get involved, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@jvskc.org.  We look forward to working with you!

Home Set-Up Volunteers

What's the difference between a house and home? YOU! Work alongside JVS staff to furnish homes for our newest neighbors. Meet at our warehouse to load up furniture and household items and then head over to the house to transform it into a home. As soon as a refugee family arrives in Kansas City, they are given keys to their new, fully-furnished home where a stocked pantry and warm meal await them. This opportunity is perfect for individual volunteers or groups. A fully completed application, including a cleared background screening are required in advance.

To learn more and start the application process of becoming a House to Home Volunteer team contact volunteer@jvskc.org!

Youth Mentoring Program

Through the Youth Mentor Program, JVS matches refugee youth ages 15-24 with mentors who support them in their academic and vocational goals and help them to thrive. Fill out the volunteer application and the Youth Mentor Program Questionnaire if interested.

Commitment: 6 month to 1 year commitment with weekly check ins for the school year, as well as monthly group meetings.

Clothing Closet & Warehouse Organization

Help JVS provide much-needed items to our clients by sorting clothing donations in our clothing closet or household items at our warehouse.

Commitment: Service opportunities may be one time or recurrent, and are available at the JVS main office or warehouse.

Happy Bottoms & Giving the Basics

JVS makes diapers and personal hygiene products available monthly at no cost to alleviate barriers to accessing these products and ensure financial stability for the families we serve.

Commitment: Serve for a two-hour shift on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 8:30 AM and 4 PM; May be one time or recurrent.

Become a JVS Volunteer! Simply fill out our Volunteer Application and our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with next steps.


Thank you for your gift to JVS. You make our work possible.