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How To Help

Cross-Lines couldn't exist without our amazing volunteers!  We are dependent on the generosity of individuals and groups to share their time, talent and hearts with us.  There are many opportunities for you to find your own special place in our family of volunteers.  Whatever time you can give, whatever skills you can share…we are extremely grateful!

First-time volunteers: To begin, please complete our online volunteer application by clicking on the button above. We will be in contact soon to schedule your volunteer experience!

Returning volunteers: Skip the application and contact Christina to coordinate your next visit!



Curious about what size group you can bring to volunteer? Wondering what time commitment is expected of Front Desk volunteers? Interested in learning more about the age limits or physical requirements of each position? Check our Volunteer Manual first! All your questions are answered below.

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Christina Hofer, with any questions or concerns at or (913) 281-3388.

Current Volunteer needs

Below are just some of our current volunteer opportunities, listed by area:

  • Front Desk

    Cross-Lines Front Desk volunteers greet walk-in clients and direct them to the appropriate staff member, depending on their current needs. Volunteers answer phones and transfer calls, help case managers with paperwork and filing, and give general Cross-Lines program information to our clients, donors, and volunteers. Front desk shifts are 4 hours long from 8AM-noon or noon-4PM, Monday - Friday. 

  • Community Kitchen

    Serving a meal at Cross-lines is our most humbling volunteer opportunity.  Committed volunteer groups of 5-10 people will help prepare and serve lunch for around 200 people from 10:00-1:30, and assist with clean up.

    Additionally, volunteers can sign up to help serve breakfast or to prepare sack lunches for our working clients.

  • Commodities

    Volunteer groups work on a standing assembly line filling boxes with groceries for low-income senior citizens in Wyandotte, Leavenworth, and Johnson Counties.  Commodities volunteers should be able to work comfortably standing up and should be able to lift and move cases of food that weigh up to approximately 30 pounds.

  • Community Garden 

    The Cross-Lines garden grows thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables each year.  The majority of the food grown is used to supplement groceries that are distributed to low-income families through our Food Pantry.  Volunteers handle all planting, watering, harvesting, and weeding.

  • Thrift Store

    The Cross-Lines Thrift Store provides area residents with household, clothing, and furniture items at very reasonable costs. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday to help sort, price, and display donations, help with general clean-up, and help with stocking and organizing.