Newman University fosters a culture of service, encouraging faculty, staff and, especially, students to serve their community.
This week, the Newman University Student Government Association invited Wichita-area organizations, including Rainbows United, Inc. and The Salvation Army, to take part in a Service Fair to present volunteer opportunities to students.
According to Volunteer Coordinator Michael Donovan, Catholic Charities acts as a hub for volunteers for Harbor House, St. Anthony Family Shelter and Our Daily Bread Food Pantry. The latest addition to Catholic Charities is The Mount, which assists families on their way to permanent housing.
Volunteers are needed to lead activities across the organizations and assist with other tasks.
THE SALVATION ARMY
Distributing coats, taking care of Angel Tree applications and volunteering as “bell ringers” are a few of the ways Newman University students can volunteer with The Salvation Army.
Bethany Fatkin, volunteer coordinator, enjoys working with student volunteers.
“They have always represented the university very well, and I know I can count on them,” she said.
RAINBOWS UNITED, INC.
Rainbows United enhances the lives of children with special needs and their families by bringing together community resources and by providing customized services.
Michelle Eastman, vice president, marketing and communications, said Rainbows United is always looking for volunteers, especially large groups who can volunteer together for events the organization holds year-round.
Ten volunteers started the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC) in 1974. Today, the grassroots-built organization relies on volunteers to supports its services, including its 24-Hour Crisis Line.
“Our volunteers are why we’re here,” said Amy Nickell, volunteer coordinator.
Training to become a WASAC volunteer is likely more intensive than many other volunteer opportunities. The required 40-hour training includes presentations by the district attorney, the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center and staff from Via Christi Health and Wesley Healthcare, among others.
Students who want to volunteer must be at least 21 and commit to one year of service, completing two 12-hour shifts each month.
DEAR NEIGHBOR MINISTRIES
Dear Neighbor Ministries offers hands-on volunteer work, including painting, gardening, community cleanup and special events. Kathy Gilmartin, volunteer coordinator, said approximately 50 volunteers are needed on a regular basis to support its services.
For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact the Newman University Student Government Association.