Community Work Study Sites

Students on a bus

Academie Lafayette - YMCA site

Academie Lafayette is a total French language immersion school that cultivates student achievement, positive attitudes, and self-control. The mission is to bring together a diverse community of students and an international teaching staff to develop critical thinkers, global citizens and engaged learners through immersion in the French language and Francophone cultures. (You must apply through the YMCA.)
Location: 6903 Oak Street, KCMO 64113

Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Mission:  Inspired by the Gospel Mandate, Catholic Charities transforms lives and communities through hope-filled care, services and advocacy.
Location: 850 Main Street, KCMO 64105
Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hours required are flexible.
Activities: Basic clerical activities, with the possibility of assisting clients.

Heartland Combined Federal Campaign (United Way)

Mission: The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.
Location: 2300 Main Street, Suite 2 NE 521, KCMO 64108 
Activities:  Work with the Heartland Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) staff in the duties related to a federal workplace giving campaign.  The student will be performing a variety of tasks with special emphasis on social media and other online promotion, pledge processing, website editing and other clerical duties as needed.

  • Applicant must be honest, prompt and reliable, have good time management skills, able to work without close supervision, moderate computer skills, very conscientious with good attention to detail.
  • The work environment is in a professional setting. This job may be appealing to students interested in nonprofit leadership, business, IT, marketing, political science and others.
  • Applicant could be subject to background screening.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hours needed: 10-12 hours per week and can be negotiated with your schedule

Jumpstart KC

Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. This campus-based AmeriCorps program recruits and trains work-study supported college students to work with preschool children in Head Start and other low-income early learning programs. CWS students who can commit to working for Jumpstart approximately 11 hours/week (for a total of 300 hours over the course of the academic year) will receive $1221 AmeriCorps education award upon completion of service to apply towards next year's tuition.
Activities: Facilitate Jumpstart sessions with a team of peers (includes reading, singing songs, playing games and participating in center activities with preschool children), and attend team planning meetings
Location: to be determined - Head Start/early education program in KCMO
Hours of operation: You must be available for at least one of these 2 time slots: Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-1:00pm or Tuesday & Thursday, 2:30 - 6 p.m. or Wednesday & Friday 2:30 - 6 p.m.

Please note: this site requires a commitment to a minimum of 11 hours each week.

LEARN Science & Math Club

Mission:  LEARN Science & Math Club provides kids with rich, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences.  At LEARN, we know there is a natural scientist inside every kid, and our mission is to foster those native abilities by giving kids lots of time to work on fun, engaging STEM projects.  The kids have a blast, and they achieve big things – winning top awards in every nearly robotics and invention competition they have entered.  And, they grow technology skills that will last them a lifetime.

Activities:  To help LEARN’s Lead Instructors teach, guide and protect children in our classes and camps.   Specific tasks include:  mentoring and exciting students; creating a warm, comfortable environment; keeping kids safe; ensuring that all kids understand what we are doing and help them do the assigned tasks; prepare class materials and help set up and break down before and after classes, etc.

Location:  Some classes are held on the Rockhurst University campus.  Others are held nearby in the central corridor of Kansas City.

Hours Needed:  Friday from 8:30a to 12:30p and 12:30p to 4:30p, and Monday through Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 9p and some Saturdays.

Operation Breakthrough

Mission: To help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment. Operation Breakthrough also strives to support and empower the children’s families through advocacy, referral services and emergency aid.
Activities: RU CWS students have the option of working in the after school program tutoring youth and or working in the early childhood program reading to children.
Location: 3039 Troost Avenue, KCMO 64108. This site is only 10 minutes away via the Troost 25 MAX bus line.
Hours of Operation: Operation Breakthrough is open 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. After school tutoring takes place from 4 - 6 p.m. Before school service is also an option.
Hours Needed/Available: commit 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. or 5 - 5:45 p.m. at least one day weekly for homework help or afterschool tutor; 3:30-5:30 p.m. for pre-school teacher assistant; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. for pre-school teacher assistant

Prosperity Center for Financial Opportunity

Mission: The Prosperity Center provides employment services, financial counseling and coaching, and income supports access to adults living in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area.
Location: 5151 Troost Avenue (a Rockhurst Parking Garage storefront)
Activities: Interact with guests visiting the Center, answer and screen phone calls, receive and direct visitors and clients, general clerical duties, filing, collecting data and information, and other duties as assigned.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to noon
Hours needed: can be negotiated with your schedule

Swope Corridor Renaissance/Upper Room

Mission: The Upper Room is a neighborhood-based non-profit organization providing high-quality out-of-school education programs to low-income families in the urban area of Kansas City. Our mission is “Education for Life.” The after school and summer programs provide education to the children of Kansas City and prepare them for a greater future. These opportunities fight poverty and try to escalate the standard of living for all those in the urban core at no cost to the families. We have almost 400 employees and serve over 3,000 students each year.
Activities: RU CWS students will work one on one with children in grades K - 6 to improve their reading. Our number one priority is READING. Other activities will include homework help, teaching good study habits, study skills,  organization skills and listening to students read out loud and encouraging students toward positive attitudes about self and school.
Location: Upper Room, 5809 E. Michigan Ave, KCMO 64130
Hours needed: Monday - Friday; 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Troostwood Community Garden

Mission: to provide fresh food options to neighbors and address situation of food desert
Location: 5142 Paseo Blvd (across the street from Corcoran Hall)
Activities: general gardening work: weeding the plant and flower beds, tying plants, planting and water vegetables, flowers, picking up litter, raking and bagging leaves, cutting grass, moving tools, helping with compost and keeping the garden tidy. Off-season work: light office/secretarial help and help research grants.
Hours needed: Monday through Saturday - can be negotiated with your schedule
Orientation: will be offered on-site

Westwood View Elementary School - YMCA site

Location: 2511 W. 50th St., Westwood, Kansas, 66205
Activities: RU CWS students would have the opportunity to assist students, ages 5-12, in an afterschool setting like no other! The types of activities would include helping with homework, leading science experiments, art activities, and community service projects while teaching the children what it means to be caring, honest, respectful and responsible. (You must apply through the YMCA.)
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday; 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

YMCA Before & After School Program (2 sites)

Mission: The YMCA of Greater Kansas City, founded on Christian principles, is a charitable organization with an inclusive environment committed to enriching the quality of family, spiritual, social, mental and physical well-being.