Academics at Hutchinson Community College


Volunteer Opportunities

Offering a Wide Variety of Volunteer Opportunities

Throughout Reno County, people of all ages are needed to volunteer for non-profit and governmental organizations. The services they provide are important. The list is long and the opportunities are varied. Some volunteers choose to have a set schedule, others prefer to be on-call for special projects and still some choose seasonal opportunities. The staff at The Volunteer Center is happy to help you find a volunteer position that fits your time available and area of interest.

American Red Cross

AMERICAN RED CROSS is needing volunteers to assist in area blood drives.

Registration-Volunteers register donors, check off appointments, write in the walk-in donors, make appointments for the next blood drive, and guide donors to the next step of donation. 

Escort/Canteen-Volunteers assist donors after donation as needed, as well as serve them a meal and monitor them.

Hutchinson Regional Medical Center

Information Desk-Volunteers are needed to help at the information desk located at the front counter of the hospital. Volunteers will greet visitors, answer the telephone, and look up patient information in the computer. Volunteers must be 18 years of age. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, 8:30a.m.-1:00p.m., and 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

ICU and Same Day Surgery Waiting Rooms-Volunteers are also needed at the ICU waiting room and same day surgery waiting room to help monitor the sign-in of family visitors, visit with families when needed, notify staff when people have arrived, etc. Monday through Friday from 8:00a.m.-1:00p.m. or 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m., or just as needed by HRMC.

Gift Shop-Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 9a.m.-12:30p.m., or 12:30p.m.-4:00p.m., or Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30p.m.-4:00p.m. Volunteers will greet customers, and help them purchase items. Volunteers will use a cash register to do so.

Patient Sitters-Volunteers are also needed to sit with patients and provide companionship and observation of the patient to help prevent falls and call the nurse if needed. The times of this are flexible depending on the volunteer's schedule and when they are needed by the hospital.

Volunteers can also do a shorter amount of time during any of the above shifts if they are unable to do the full shift.

Hutchinson Zoo

The Hutchinson Zoo has several volunteer openings.

Gift Shop-Greet zoo visitors and provide information about the zoo in general. Assist customers in the gift shop, run the cash register, bag purchases, explain products to people and keep an eye on every one in the shop. Will also receive membership dues, animal adoption funds and other donations. Volunteer must be 16 years of age.

Train Engineer-Greet zoo visitors, provide them with general information, direct them to the gift shop to purchase tickets for the train ride, and operate the 16 gauge train for the Prairie Thunder Railroad. Volunteer must be comfortable and competent operating a gas engine train, and have a valid driver's license. Volunteer must be 21 and commit to 6 months.

Animal Care Attendant-assist the keepers with daily animal husbandry and special projects as needed. This position does not include direct animal contact or unsupervised work in animal areas. Examples of duties are doing animal laundry, washing dishes, preparing diets, cleaning public areas, service areas and animal enclosures. Volunteer will be mostly outside in the elements. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and commit to volunteering for at least 6 months.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Intake Volunteer-will complete administrative work including answering and returning phone calls about rehabilitation center and animals, assist guests bringing in animals for rehabilitation, ensure paperwork is filled out and potentially assist staff in intake exam and set up. Volunteer will work with staff until able to work independently. Volunteers must be calm under pressure, have basic phone and reading skills, be able to follow instructions, and interact well with people. A commitment of 6 months or more is needed to volunteer.

Special Project Volunteers

SPECIAL PROJECT VOLUNTEERS are needed to help with one time projects including bulk mailings and community events. Special projects can include children's carnivals and events, mailings, helping with fundraisers for non-profits, working events during Third Thursday in downtown Hutchinson, assisting with 5K runs, working athletic events at Hutchinson Community College, helping with Halloween and Christmas events, and much more!

Right now, special project volunteers are needed to help with:

Strataca's Murder In The Mine-Greeting and Event Help 12/2&12/3/2022 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Event-Serving Meals 12/8/22 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 

Hutch Rec Gingerbread House Assembly 12/12/22 &12/15/2022 1 p.m.-4 p.m., 12/13/22 & 12/16/12022 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.- 4p.m. 

Hutch Rec Gingerbread House Decorating Event-Set up, Monitor Tables, Work the Supply Line, Greet Guests or be Guest Attendants 12/17/2022 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

The Salvation Army Toy Shop Set Up-Organize Toys & Set Up Tables 12/12/22 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 12/13/22 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 1 p.m.-3 p.m., 12/14/2022 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

The Salvation Army Toy Shop Event-Assist Families With Shopping 12/15/22 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., or 3:30 p.m.- 5 p.m. 12/16/22 from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Salvation Army Food Box Distribution-Take Food Boxes Out to Cars 12/19/22 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

Reno County Museum Christmas in the Courtyard-Cookie Decorating, Assisting Santa, Help with Crafts 12/15/22 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.


Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Serving Reno County

BIG BROTHERS / BIG SISTERS OF RENO COUNTY is seeking individuals and families to be matched with at-risk girls or boys between the ages of 5 and 17 to serve as positive influences in their lives. Volunteers must make a one-year commitment and meet with their little brother/sister once a week for at least 30 minutes to an hour. Qualifications include the ability to successfully complete the application process which includes a background check.

Friends In Action (FIA)

Friends in Action matches  caring volunteers with seniors aged 65 and over to help them remain independent, improve their social and emotional well-being, and provide companionship. 

Friends in Action is a program of The Volunteer Center at Hutchinson Community College. We match volunteers and their senior friends after a thorough screening process. Volunteers and their seniors meet once a week. 

Volunteers will complete an orientation and must pass a background check.

Food Bank

SUBSTITUTE CLERKS-Substitute clerks are needed to fill in Monday through Friday afternoons from 12:45 p.m.-approximately 4 p.m. Substitute clerks will be contacted when needed. Volunteers will work with two to three other volunteers stocking shelves and filling food orders. Volunteers will need to be able to stand for up to 4 hours, be able to bend and lift, and be able to get along with others.

SUBSTITUTE APPOINTMENT SCHEDULER-Substitute appointment scheduler is needed to fill in as needed answering the phone in the morning as people call in to schedule appointments. The volunteer will be writing appointments down as they are scheduled, and using a computer to look up the last date of service for people.


STRATACA is looking for volunteers for numerous volunteer positions.

Ticket Window-Help sell tickets and provide information to visitors at the ticket window. The ticket window is above ground in the lobby. Volunteers will be able to sit if needed. Volunteers can be 16 years of age and up.

Safety Video & Hoist-Play the safety video for guests and operate the hoist that takes guests underground. This position can be combined with other volunteer positions as well. Volunteers will be on their feet and interacting with guests. Volunteers should be 18 years of age.

Gift Shop-Help check out customers, organize the store and put out new merchandise and provide information as requested by visitors underground. Volunteers will be on their feet and moving. The Gift Shop is underground. Volunteers should be 18 years of age.

Electric Cart or Train-operating the electric cart or train underground in the mine while sharing interesting facts with visitors on the ride via speaker. Volunteers will need to be friendly and willing to interact with guests. Volunteers should be 18 years of age.

Special Events-STRATACA has special events that take place such as their Murder In The Mine shows. Volunteers are needed to assist with one time special events as they are scheduled.

Volunteers are needed Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or on Sundays from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Contact Information
Volunteer Center
1-888-GO-HUTCH ext. 4960
FAX: 620-665-4965