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Volunteer at Unbound headquarters

Volunteers Bob and Mae
Volunteers Bob and Mae process letters at Unbound's
headquarters in Kansas City.

Live in or near Kansas City?

Walk into the service center at Unbound headquarters any day of the week and you can hear the sound of laughter and see volunteers hard at work. Kansas City-area sponsors volunteer their time to process letters from sponsored children, youth and aging members to their sponsors.

We have been blessed to have so many dedicated volunteers over the years and are deeply grateful for the important role they play in our outreach and in helping us keep our overhead low. In 2012, these volunteers donated 8,343 hours and handled about 1.4 million letters. 

Volunteers are 24 to 91 years young. A core group of volunteers has a set schedule and comes in once or twice a week. Others come in monthly or occasionally as part of a service group.  If you live in the Kansas City area and would like to volunteer on a regular basis or be called when extra help is needed, we would be thrilled to have you!

Please contact us to sign up or learn more.

Volunteer abroad

Share your gifts and expand your cultural awareness.

The overseas volunteer program at Unbound is small in scale, but it makes a big difference. We typically place up to three volunteers per year. Volunteers are placed at locations where Unbound projects have identified a need for volunteer assistance and have the local resources for supervision and support.

Please note: Unbound is not placing volunteers at this time. We will post open volunteer positions here as they become available.

Overseas volunteer requirements:

  • Minimum age 21.
  • A desire to live and serve in an Unbound community.
  • Previous volunteer experience is helpful.
  • Spanish language skills required for Latin America.
  • A minimum service commitment is required for each volunteer position. Time commitments will vary and can be found in a posting for an open volunteer position.

Responsibilities may include teaching English, working with youth or elderly, translating letters, coaching sports, helping in the office, assisting during small group meeting and activities and providing education on topics such as nutrition, health care and hygiene.

While Catholic affiliation is not required, a volunteer must be comfortable working in Catholic religious or lay communities.

Volunteers are self-funded. Costs may include airfare, room, board, health insurance and personal needs. Most volunteers recruit their own sponsors through family, friends, church communities, schools, etc.

Contact us