Volunteer Opportunities

During COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to affect our daily routines, our neighbors in need require our support more than ever.

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas relies on our volunteers and supporters to help provide essential services to those in our 21-county service area.

If you are healthy and do not have contact with anyone in an at-risk population, consider volunteering with Catholic Charities. 

Assist with the food pantries, sorting food, answering phones, screening for financial assistance, etc.

Sort donations and assist in the thrift store. TurnStyles helps support all of Catholic Charities’ other programming.

Sort and take inventory of food donations in a socially-distanced environment. This is a great volunteer opportunity for family groups to volunteer together.

Virtually mentor refugee youth as they work to achieve their education and career goals.

Prepare a meal for the men living in our Shalom House shelter, and either serve it on-premise or do a contactless dropoff.

Help at our Food Pantries

Family Support Centers

Our Family Support Centers continue to provide services during this time of uncertainty. We have modified our hours and are only open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9am-noon and from 1pm-3:30pm. The Family Support Centers will be deep cleaned during the off days for your safety. We are currently accepting appointments for those needing utility or rental financial assistance and will continue to operate our food pantries.

Volunteers are needed in various ways including making food bags, distributing food bags into cars, sorting food, stocking shelves, answering phones and assisting with screenings for financial assistance. Volunteers must be 16 years or older. All volunteers will be required to wear gloves and a mask in the food pantries. We will provide these if needed. Please sign up at one of our locations listed below.

Sign Up

Volunteer at Catholic Charities' Family Support Centers

 Hope Distribution Center – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0844a5a82aa4f49-staff

 Olathe – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0844A5A82AA4F49-staff2

Topeka— https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0844a5a82aa4f49-staff1

All staff and volunteers must wear a facemask in the food pantries. Use of provided gloves is encouraged.

Socially Distance while Sorting Donations

TurnStyles Thrift

TurnStyles Thrift Stores are reopening!

TurnStyles Thrift Store on 87th St. (9750 W. 87th St. Overland Park, KS 66212) reopened on Monday, May 11th.

Our TurnStyles Thrift Store on 135th St. (11310 W 135th St, Overland Park, KS 66213) opened Tuesday, June 9th and our TurnStyles Thrift Store on Martway St. (5304 Martway St, Mission, KS 66205) opened Tuesday June 16th.

TurnStyles provides discounted clothing, housewares, electronics and more at a discounted price. TurnStyles helps support all Catholic Charities programming and allows us to serve those in need.  

Our new 87th Street operating hours will be:

o   Tuesday – Friday from 9am – 7pm

o   Saturday from 9am – 6pm

87th Street donations bay: 

o   Monday – Friday from 10am – 6pm

o   Saturday from 10am – 5pm

o  Furniture and large items accepted only on Wednesdays

Our new 135th Street and Martway Street operating hours will be:

o   Tuesday – Friday from 9am – 7pm

o   Saturday from 9am – 6pm

135th Street donations bay: 

o   Monday – Friday from 10am – 6pm

o   Saturday from 10am – 5pm

o  Furniture and large items accepted only on Wednesdays

We are seeking volunteers to help us in our thrift store. If you are interested, please see sign up details below. You must sign up, so we can keep track of total number of volunteers per shift and keep our practices of social distancing. Volunteers must be at least 14 years or older to volunteer by him/herself. Volunteers ages 10-13 years old must have a guardian present. All volunteers are required to wear a mask and adhere to our new safety guidelines.

TurnStyles will be implementing new process throughout the store to ensure a safe environment for all.

·       We will be limiting our guest to 5 people per 1000sq ft. This means that we will only have 40 guest in our store at any given time.

·       We will have someone wiping down carts after each guest in preparation for the next guest.

·       We will also have someone walking through the store to assist with cleaning at all times.

·       We have installed a Plexiglas barrier at the checkout station. It will essentially be a see through barrier to separate our cashiers from the guest. It will have just enough space below for our guest to place their chosen purchases on the counter for check out.

·       Our checkout counter will be cleaned between guest.

·       We will not offer any public restrooms or drinking fountains at this time.

·       We are placing social distancing reminders throughout the store as well as 6ft measured out spaces on the floor near the checkout.

·       We will be spraying our shopping carts every two hours with a hospital grade disinfectant.

·       We will also be requiring that all staff and volunteers wear gloves and facemask while at work. (Some fabric Facemask are available and should be washed for reuse by the staff/ volunteers using the mask)

·       Our Donation process will be a contactless process. Our donors will be asked to place their donations directly into marked tubs. All of our donations will be quarantined for 72 hours before we process them. (This is in compliance with current CDC guidelines)

·       No outside guest will be allowed into our Donation bay while making a donation. Our Facilities team has constructed a barrier that will allow our guest to deposit their donations directly into tubs that can be moved into quarantine once full. (This will happen outside of the donation bay)

·       We will only accept clothes, house wears & electronics at this time (this is due to our available space for quarantine).

·       We will adhere to strict social distancing guidelines in all areas of our store including our production areas.

Sign Up

Volunteer at Catholic Charities' TurnStyles Thrift Store

To volunteer at the 87th Street Overland Park location, please use this SignUp Genius:


To volunteer at the 135th Street location, please us this SignUp Genius:



To volunteer at the Martway store in Mission, please contact Cari Olberding
at colberding@catholiccharitiesks.org or 913-433-2104.

 All staff and volunteers must wear a facemask while at work. Use of provided gloves is encouraged. 

*If you are needing court-ordered hours, please contact Shirley Holland at sholland@catholiccharitiesks.org or 913-433-2028.

Sort Food Donations with Small Groups or Independently

Hope Distribution Center

Hope Distribution Center (HDC) serves as the central location for food distribution to eight food pantries and 21 counties served by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. The warehouse helps us ensure a balanced inventory for all of our pantries. We rely on the generosity of volunteer-driven food drives, gifts-in-kind, as well as financial contributions to help us keep our warehouse shelves stocked to meet the growing needs of individuals and families throughout our service area.

Volunteers are welcomed at HDC through a variety of volunteer opportunities, including sorting food, hygiene and other items and packaging and taking inventory of donations. HDC is located at 1708 Steele Road Kansas City, KS and is open Monday – Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM.