Academic Civic Engagement through Service

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The ACES Program involves active participants in the local community, selflessly giving of our time and talents. We are not just volunteers, but students with a unique opportunity to challenge ourselves outside the realm of academia. Connections are made (through reflection logs, journals, class presentations, meeting with instructors and meetings with other students) between classroom work and work in service. We also take an active role in teaching others—in our classes, in our friendships and in our communities.

Mission Statement

We are dedicated to helping you get the most out of your education. Our program emphasizes learning through life experience, providing you with the opportunity to test the skills you are learning outside the classroom setting. At the same time you will be providing an invaluable service to your community.

Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Locations of Services


  • Date: Anytime
    Organization: Cowley County Humane Society
    Needs: Volunteers walking dogs, cleaning, and over all helping with animals
    Time: Tues-Thurs: 10am to 4pm; Friday: 12 to 6pm; Saturday: 10am to 2pm; Sun-Mon: closed
    Place: 7648 222rd, Winfield, KS
    Contact: Teresa Harden @ 620.221.1698 or 620.442.1698

  • Date: Anytime
    Organization: Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum
    Needs: Volunteers
    Time: Tue-Sat 10 to 5
    Place: 31639 US 77
    Contact: Jessica Ratzlaff 620.442.6750

  • Date: Anytime
    Organization: Eagle Nest Inc.
    Needs: Volunteers sort donations (clothing, etc)
    Time: Anytime
    Place: 112 E 9th Winfield, KS 67156
    Contact: Gayle McPherson @ 620.229.8282

  • Date: Anytime
    Organization: Salvation Army Winfield
    Place: 200 E 11th, Winfield, KS
    Contact: 620.221.3862

  • Date: Anytime
    Organization: Cowley County Historical Museum
    Needs: Volunteers to meet/greet visitors
    Time: Tues, Wed, Fri 1 to 4
    Contact: Shawn Marie Stover

  • Date: Anytime
    Organization: Medicalodge East
    Needs: Volunteers to work with elderly
    Time: Mon-Fri 9 to 4:30
    Place: 203 E Osage
    Contact: Amanda Jackson @ 620.442.9300 Ext 32

  • Date: Anytime
    Organization: Presbyterian Manor
    Needs: Volunteers to work with elderly
    Time: Mon-Fri 8 to 4
    Place: 1711 N 4th Arkansas City, KS
    Contact: Lori Peters @ 620.442.8700

  • Date: Anytime
    Organization: Cumbernauld Village
    Needs: Volunteers to work with elderly
    Time: Mon – Fri (Call before 4:00)
    Place: 716 Tweed, Winfield, KS
    Contact: Amanda Lazelle @ 620.221.4141

  • Date: Anytime
    Organization: Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Wellington
    Event: Mentoring Program
    Needs: Volunteers to act as mentors to kids
    Time: Anytime
    Place: Wellington, KS
    Contact: Debi Clark @ 620.221.7766
  • Date: Begin Anytime
    Organization: Big Brothers & Big Sisters
    Event: Mentoring Program
    Needs: Volunteers to act as a mentor 1x per week to a community youth member
    Time: Volunteer coordinates with Little Brother/Sister
    Place: Big Brothers & Big Sisters – Arkansas City
    Contact: Debi Clark –
  • Date: Begin Anytime
    Organization: ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages)
    Event: Tutoring and Assistance with Homework
    Needs: Teachers needed to help adult students complete classwork
    Time: Monday – Thursday, 9:30am – 12:00pm
    Place: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 925 N Waco, Wichita, KS
    Contact: Leon Rausch – 316.263.0810 or office
    Special Notes: You may sign up for 1 day or 4 days – No experience necessary, training is provided
  • Date: Begin any time
    Organization: Success In the Middle
    Event: Tutoring math, reading comprehension, general homework
    Needs: Tutors and mentors for math, reading, general homework
    Time: Days, evenings & Saturdays
    Place: 12 Wichita middle schools, 5 neighborhood sites, 2 community-based programs
    Contact: Judith Wencel at or visit
    Special Notes: Sign up at
  • Date: Anytime
    Organization: Arkansas City Public Library
    Event: Ongoing
    Needs: Volunteers to shelve & straighten books, supervise kids during gaming, help with events, clean dvds, etc.
    Time: Anytime Mon.-Thurs. between 9 am and 8 pm or Fri-Sat between 10 am and 6 pm
    Place: 120 E. 5th Ave., Arkansas City, KS 67005
    Contact: Mendy Pfannenstiel 620-442-1280
    Special Notes: Please come by the Library to pick up and complete a volunteer application
  • Date: Various Available
    Organization: Mosaic
    Event: Various
    Needs: Volunteers to assist individuals with special needs during various activities
    Time: Various
    Place: 2120 E 9th Ave, Winfield, KS
    Contact: Nancy Maier, 620.229.8702
    Special Notes: Mosaic plans a variety of activities and field trips such as bowling, walking club, museums, sewing, movie, etc and need volunteers who can assist various days/times
  • Date: Various Available
    Organization: Miller Recycling Center
    Event: Various
    Time: Tuesday & Thursday 1-4 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Place: 725 E Clark, Wichita, KS
    Contact: Roger Lyon, 316.269.1359
    Special Notes:

Serve FREE meals to those in need (note each evening is at a different location)

  • Date: Sunday's
    Organization: Calvary Church
    Event: FREE Evening Meal
    Needs: Volunteers to cook and service community members a meal
    Time: 3:30 to about 7:00
    Place: 1001 S 3rd St, Arkansas City, KS
    Contact: 620-442-8397
  • Date: Monday's
    Organization: New Life Fellowship
    Event: FREE Evening Meal
    Needs: Volunteers to cook and service community members a meal
    Time: 5 to about 7 p.m.
    Place: 124 S B St, Arkansas City, KS
    Contact: Patty Brown
  • Date: Tuesday's
    Organization: First Presbyterian Church
    Event: FREE Evening Meal
    Needs: Volunteers to cook and service community members a meal
    Time: 3:30 to about 7:00
    Place: 321 S 1st St, Arkansas City, KS
    Contact: Frank & Carol Mulhern 620-442-0447
  • Date: Tuesday's
    Organization: First United Methodist Church
    Event: FREE Evening Meal
    Needs: Volunteers to cook and service community members a meal
    Time: 4:30 to about 6:00
    Place: 1000 Millington, Winfield, KS
    Contact: Nancy Treadway 620-221-2700
  • Date: October Wednesday's
    Organization: St Paul United Methodist Church
    Event: FREE Evening Meal
    Needs: Volunteers to cook and service community members a meal
    Time: 3:30 to about 6:30
    Place: 220 E Washington, Arkansas City, KS
    Contact: 620-442-2110
  • Date: Wednesday's
    Organization: First Presbyterian Church
    Event: FREE Evening Meal
    Needs: Volunteers to cook and service community members a meal
    Time: 4:30 to about 6:00
    Place: 1101 Millington, Winfield, KS
    Contact: Ruth Westfall 620-221-4500
  • Date: Thursday's
    Organization: Shepherd’s Table
    Event: FREE Evening Meal
    Needs: Volunteers to serve meals and clean up
    Time: 5:00 – 6:30
    Place: 1125 S Summit, Arkansas City, KS
    Special Notes: just show up and help

Wichita and Surrounding Area Locations


  • Share Your Voice
    Project: Children's book reader selects books from the library at TOP or brings your own to share with groups of 3-5 year-old children. Read and discuss a new book each week.
    Agency: The Opportunity Project (TOP)
    Dates: Every other Tuesday; 8:45 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. and/or 12:45 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
    Minimum age: 16
    Contact: Jeannene Schweitzer, 613-2023 or
  • Be A Friend
    Project: Compeer, a mentoring and friendship program, is seeking volunteers to assist with the Community Social Gathering Outreach Program.
    Volunteers will help set up snacks/ treats (which will be provided by or coordinated by Compeer), meet and greet resident guests (between 15-20 per group), have games available (provided by Compeer and/or the facility) and interact with participants.
    Agency: Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas
    Dates: Ongoing
    Minimum age: 18
    Contact: Char Powel 685-1821, Ext. 226 or
  • Youthville
    4505 E 47th Street South
    Wichita, KS 67210
    (316) 529-9100
    Youthville is a nonprofit faith-based agency, specializing in Permanency, Foster Care, Adoption,Psychiatric Residential Treatment and Counseling. The agency's 500 employees are passionate about its mission of Giving Children Back Their Childhood to the 1,100 Kansas children who suffer from abuse, neglect, abandonment, and trauma.
    Requirements to Volunteer:
    Every volunteer needs to get a background check and drug test. Depending on what area he/she volunteers, they may need to have a blood test as well to check for any diseases.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
    310 E Second St
    Wichita, KS 67202
    (316) 263-3300
    Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
    Requirements to Volunteer:
    The volunteer must fill out an application, provide references, go through an in person interview, and go through a background check.
  • The Lord's Diner
    520 N Broadway St
    Wichita, KS 67214
    (316) 266-4966
    This is a program initiated by the local Catholic diocese to provide an evening meal 365 days a year for anyone who needs it: low income, homeless, etc.
    Requirements to Volunteer:
    The volunteer must have a Food Handler's Card in order to participate in serving or making food for this organization.
  • The Red Cross
    1900 E Douglas Avenue
    Wichita, KS 67214
    (316) 219-4000
    You can donate blood, help with putting together a donation time and place, help run it, help drive, help with disaster relief, etc.
    Requirements to Volunteer:
    There are opportunities to volunteer to help with blood donating or there are disaster relief program opportunities in which a background check and training is required.
  • Catholic Charities:
    532 N Broadway St
    Wichita, KS 67214
    (316) 264-8344
  • The United Way of the Plains
    245 N Water St
    Wichita, KS 67202
    (316) 267-4327
    Information: United Way, Volunteer Online
    United Way of the Plains brings the community together to address critical issues in Sedgwick, Butler, Sumner and surrounding counties of Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman and Reno.
  • The Salvation Army
    2331 N Amidon St
    Wichita, KS
    (316) 263-4952
    1739 Elpyco St
    Wichita, KS
    (316) 685-8699
    The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
  • Via Christi Hospital
    929 Saint Francis N
    Wichita, KS
    (316) 268-5000
  • Wesley Medical Center
    550 N Hillside St
    Wichita, KS
    (316) 962-2030
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
    8100 E 22nd N # 2100-1
    Wichita, KS 67226
    (316) 773-7962
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    9415 E Harry St
    Wichita, KS 67207
    (316) 264-1333
  • Senior Services, Inc
    200 S Walnut St
    Wichita, KS 67213
    (316) 267-0302
    SSI operates a variety of programs designed to improve the lives of older people and their families and to allow older people to live as independently and as productively as possible.
  • Habitat For Humanity
    420 E English St
    Wichita, KS 67202
    (316) 269-0755
    We are a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.
  • Kansas Food Bank Warehouse
    1919 E Douglas Avenue
    Wichita, KS 67211
    (316) 265-4421
    Our mission is to provide comprehensive and compassionate HungerCare whenever and wherever it is needed to safeguard the health, well-being and productivity of food-insecure Kansas families and their children, as well as senior citizens, the homeless and the chronically ill and impoverished among us.
  • VA Medical Center
    5500 E Kellogg
    Wichita, KS
  • Kansas Humane Society
    3313 N Hillside St
    Wichita, KS 67220
    (316) 524-9196

Rest Homes in Wichita and Surrounding Area Locations

  • Villa Maria
    Maria Court
    633 East Main St
    Mulvane, KS, 67110
    (316) 777-9917
    Villa Maria
    116 South Central
    Mulvane, KS, 67110
    (316) 777-1129
    Villa Maria and Maria Court are not for profit licensed facilities that offer quality skilled nursing care to residents. Maria Court is an assisted living facility for seniors who want help with a few daily activities, but value their independence and privacy.
  • Kansas Masonic Home
    401 S Seneca St
    Wichita, KS
    (316) 269-7500
  • Larksfield Place
    7373 E 29th St N
    Wichita, KS
    (316) 636-1000
  • Life Care Center of Wichita
    622 N Edgemoor St
    Wichita, KS
    (316) 686-5100
  • Lakepoint Wichita
    1315 N West St
    Wichita, KS
    (316) 943-1295
  • Medicalodges Wichita
    2280 S Minneapolis St
    Wichita, KS
    (316) 265-5693
  • Presbyterian Manor
    4700 W 13th St N
    Wichita, KS
    (316) 942-7456
  • Manor Care Health Services
    7101 E 21st St N
    Wichita, KS
    (316) 684-8018
  • Right At Home
    7348 W 21st St N Suite 123
    Wichita, KS 67205
    (316) 721-6001

Ponca City Opportunities

    216 E. Grand
    Ponca City neighbors received a helping hand when touched by fire or other emergencies, or when seeking preparedness and health and safety programs.
    811 E. Grand
    Ponca City girls gained confidence to soar and learned life skills to succeed.
    P.O. Box 3146, Enid 73707
    Kay County youth learned the life skills and values needed to grow into responsible adulthood.
    344 S. Elm
    Ponca City children were able to learn and grow in a safe and stimulating environment.
    P.O. Box 85
    Last year, 555 local lives began again in a safe harbor – free from fear.
    1722 N. 4th #B
    Last year, 65 Ponca City neighbors gained peace of mind knowing their elderly loved ones had a safe and socially stimulating place to spend their days.
    500 N. 1st
    Last year, 4533 people from Ponca City and the surrounding area in genuine need with no place to turn, received help to weather the crisis.
    2203 N Ash
    Last year, 187 local young people had a safe place to sleep and a caring, responsible adult to counsel and guide them..
    105 West Hazel
    Last year, 181 of your neighbors without food and shelter were fed, housed and given a chance to become self-sufficient.
    205 W. Hartford, Ste. 100
    Last year, 640 local senior volunteers rediscovered their own value and enriched our community with their wisdom and experience providing 125,000 hours of service.
    601 South 3rd
    Last year, 6381 Ponca City neighbors received food, shelter, clothing and meaningful work.
  • YMCA
    1604 W Grand
    Last year, over 1119 children and youth and 3800 members became healthier and more active through programs and services.