"I've come to love my time at Rainbows. I'll see a smile from one of the children, or hear a parent say 'thank you.' And I realize what I'm doing is the easy part." – Volunteer

Here at Rainbows, we see every child as a masterpiece waiting to be revealed, but treasured works of art don’t just happen on their own. They take time, resources and talent. And that’s where you come in. If you have a passion for fostering potential and finding beauty within, we’d love to find a place for you. There are many ways you can help meet the needs of children with special needs and their families in our community. We offer one-time and long-term volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups.

"I've come to love my time at Rainbows. I'll see a smile from one of the children, or hear a parent say 'thank you.' And I realize what I'm doing is the easy part." – Volunteer

Masterpieces are made from a wide variety of media, from paint to clay to metal and more. We know that no matter the method, our volunteers help bring out the beauty within our children. We offer a variety of ways for volunteers to lend a hand, and if you aren’t sure which option is right for you, our skilled Volunteer Coordinators are happy to assist.

 

To volunteer for one of the below general tasks, please fill out a volunteer application noting your interest. This application can be found in the "Helpful Links" box on the right column of this page. Below you will also find specific volunteer roles for upcoming special events. Applications for these opportunites are also found on the right side of this page, under the corresponding event box.

You can also contact Sidni Garwood at 316.558.3422 or sgarwood@rui.org.

Individual Volunteers

Individual volunteers can choose from a wide variety of options. Rainbows has many needs in the classroom, outdoors and around the office. There are often special projects that also require volunteers.  Current volunteer opportunities are listed in the above directory. 

To volunteer for other positions at Kids Cove or Kids Point locations you may complete and submit the same general volunteer sign-up form.  You may access the application by clicking here or on the "Volunteer Application" found on the right side of this page.

 

Group Volunteers

Volunteer groups serve Rainbows in a variety of ways. You might take part in a work project (cleaning, gardening, building), facilitate a classroom activity (games, art project, one-on-one mentoring) or help with a special event (field day, dance party, fundraiser). Each group is matched to a project based upon the age of the participants, when the volunteers are available, and the needs of the agency.

Looking for group project ideas?  Please click here for a list of our current needs and project suggestions or download the flyer to the right. If you can't find something that suits your group, contact Sidni Garwood at sgarwood@rui.org to work towards tailoring an opportunity to fit your group specifically.

 

Special Projects

We’re always searching for volunteers to assist us with a variety of tasks, from filing to graphic design to sign making. Our Volunteer Coordinator can help find the ideal way for you to help.

Current Special Project Needs

We need new signs for our Outdoor Classroom at Kids’ Cove. You or your group could use paint or wood burning techniques to make new and sturdy natural signs for our classroom. Please contact us for more specific instructions.

 

A Special Note for Students:

If you are seeking a practicum or internship requiring the evaluation of a supervising professional please contact Debbie Mai, Vice President of Programs and Services, at dmai@rui.org. Include your class requirements and area of study with the subject line “student practicum” in this important communication. Any student requiring less than 10 observation hours, may contact Michelle Croomes at mcroomes@rui.org or (316) 267-5437 to make arrangements. 

 

Main Contact:
Volunteer Coordinator
Sidni Garwood
316.558.3422
sgarwood@rui.org
3223 North Oliver Avenue
Wichita KS 67220

 

**Rainbows United, Inc. does not accept volunteers who need to fulfill court appointed hours. Please contact the United Way of the Plains at 2-1-1 to learn about other agencies in the Wichita area that need help.


Volunteers in Action:  Check out the photos below to see what our volunteers have been up to.