Volunteering for KC Parks
The KC Parks volunteer program aims to increase and improve the capabilities of staff by effectively using community volunteers and, more importantly, to provide a means for people to participate in their community in a fulfilling, fun and rewarding way.
To ensure the safety of our program volunteers, staff and participants, please complete the following volunteer application form. All volunteers working with children, senior citizens, or people with disabilities are required to undergo a background investigation consisting of a sexual offender registry and a criminal history search. The City of Kansas City, Missouri does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
Listed below the form are ongoing volunteer opportunities available in a variety of parks and recreation programs.
Please complete the online request form to sign-up to volunteer with KC Parks! For more information, contact Parks.Volunteer@kcmo.org.
To fulfill court-ordered community service hours, please call (816) 513-8931.
If you’re looking for a short-term or one-time opportunity, consider volunteering at one of our special events. Annual events such as the Ethnic Enrichment Festival, Heartland Heat Triathlon, Kris Kringle Run, the Wilderness Run, and more need volunteers to help with parking, set-up, event registration, and more. Special event volunteer opportunities are available for both groups and individuals.
Recreation and Community Centers
Tutoring – If you enjoy working with children and helping them realize their potential, consider after-school tutoring at one of our 10 community centers. Kids throughout across the city will visit community centers immediately after school lets out to work on their homework, socialize and exercise. Assistance with school work is always a welcome addition at any center.
Youth Coaching – Coaches are needed for a variety of youth sports throughout the year, including basketball, flag football, and soccer. If you know the rules of the game and enjoy working with youth, this may be a great opportunity for you!
Community Center Ambassador – Ambassadors assist community centers with customer service, answering phones, filing and assisting staff with basic operations. Ambassadors are very committed individuals who may also be asked to participate in program planning and help identify ways to better serve citizens at each community center.
Special Projects – If you have a special skill that could benefit the community centers, please let us know. You could teach a class to children, seniors, or adults, you could help plan special events, help with summer camp and more.
Parks and Natural Resources
Partners in Parks – Perfect for neighborhood associations, businesses, and other community and social organizations that what to clean up parks in their neighborhood. In addition to litter pick-up, park adopters could:
- Help clear invasive brush such as honeysuckle
- Gardening and landscaping – planting flowers, shrubs and trees, and mulching
- Pruning shrubs, trees and more
Friends of Lakeside Nature Center – The Friends of Lakeside Nature Center rehabilitate wildlife brought to the center, provide educational programs to school groups and others and help with special events. Those interested can contact our partners at Lakeside Nature Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gardening – Assist with planting flowers, shrubs and trees on park properties.
Kansas City Northern Railroad at Line Creek – The Kansas City Northern Railroad operates three miniature 16-inch gauge passenger trains or the public on a 5/8th mile track in Line Creek Park and is seeking new members. The trains run weekends and holidays May through September. Volunteers are needed year-round as engineers, conductors, ticket agents, mechanics, and track workers. No experience is required. Training is provided for all positions. The club meets every Wednesday evening at the Line Creek Park train building for work sessions. For more information, drop by between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. You can also contact Lenny Ohrnell at 816-516-1114.