Volunteer at Sheffield Place

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Sheffield Place. Volunteers enable Sheffield Place to reach beyond the limits of our staff resources and expand service to homeless mothers and children. As a volunteer, you can make a difference in the lives of the families who call Sheffield Place “home.” 

individuals and groups (congregations, civic clubs, etc.) are needed for a number of roles, including:


Adult Assistants — children ages 6 weeks through 18 - work under the direction of the children's center coordinator to interact with the children, play with games, read to the children one-on-one or as a group, help with snacks, art projects, etc.  Training provided: an hour or orientation to learn about the program and expectations as well as an evening of observing the program.

Volunteering in the children’s program at Sheffield Place is a two step process:

  1. Please print, complete, and return the attached volunteer application to the Office of Program & Development if you are interested in volunteering in the children's program. Because Sheffield Place provides services to children, we are required by law to conduct background checks on all volunteers who come in contact with children. A background screening form needs to be submitted with your application.  There is no fee associated with the screening.  Simply scan and email the documents to the staff contact below.

  2. Attend an orientation meeting specific to your area of interest.  A representative of Sheffield Place will confirm your eligibility to volunteer with our organization and contact you about the status of your application.


Fundraising — assist with special events (golf tournament and Off the Wall art event) to raise funds for Sheffield Place

Community Ambassador — host a home party to inform friends about Sheffield Place

Workplace Volunteer — encourage fellow employees to support Sheffield Place events, conduct drives for items on the immediate needs list

Saturday evening dinners or Saturday lunches - a monthly Saturday evening dinner or noon lunch.  Volunteers arrive at 5 p.m. with food, beverages, and tableware for 15 adults and 25 children over the age of two years.  Dinner is served at about 5:30 p.m. in the lobby or in the backyard as weather permits.  The volunteers serve the food and interact with the families.  Clean up takes place at about 6:30 p.m. and the volunteers then take a tour of the facility and depart at about 7 p.m.  Lunch volunteers arrive at 11:30 a.m. and serve lunch at noon.  Please see dinner guidelines here.  

Corporate, Congregation, or Civic Group workday - Volunteers come to Sheffield Place by pre-arrangement on a weekday or Saturday morning and help with specific tasks such as deep-cleaning the facility, organizing storage spaces, working in the garden and on the grounds, and other tasks.   

Please email David Hanzlick or call 816-483-9927, Ext 113 to discuss these and other volunteer opportunities.




The struggle to end homeless in Kansas City and across the country requires an informed public that recognizes the causes of homelessness and supports real solutions.  People are homeless for a combination of reasons relating the experience of severe trauma.  Learn more about the factors that contribute to homeless here

To learn more, please visit visit the following websites.

The ACE Study is an ongoing collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente.  Led by Co-principal Investigators Robert F. Anda, MD, MS, and Vincent J. Felitti, MD, the ACE Study is perhaps the largest scientific research study of its kind, analyzing the relationship between multiple categories of childhood trauma (ACEs), and health and behavioral outcomes later in life. www.acestudy.org