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Book lovers wanted

Volunteers are at the core of how we serve kids in Phoenix Family's after-school program (HIKE).

Our greatest need for volunteers is for folks to help kids struggling to read. You don't need to be an expert teacher. You do need a deep belief in the kids we serve and an eagerness to learn together. Most of our students are youth of color. We especially seek volunteers who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color.

Volunteers will work one-on-one with kids in grades K-8 who are struggling with reading. We'll provide all the training and support you need. We prepare the lesson plan and activities; you just come and build confidence, encourage, and have fun!

One-hour volunteer shifts are available Monday-Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

Steps to volunteering:

  1. Complete your volunteer application. (It only takes a couple minutes!):
  2. Attend an orientation. Our orientation will cover all the information you need to get started. To sign up, click here:
  3. Complete a background screening. We'll send you the information after the orientation.
  4. Sign up for shifts! We can't wait to see you in our programs soon! Start browsing the calendar here to get a preview now:

That's it! We look forward to meeting you! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Roxie at

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About Phoenix Family


3908 Washington, Kansas City, MO 64111, US

Mission Statement

Phoenix Family empowers people living in low-income housing communities with the on-site support they need to gain stability and achieve self-sufficiency.


A stable, safe home holds enormous possibilities for a low-income family striving to chart a more secure and hopeful future. With an average household income of just $11,743, Phoenix Family’s residents are often just one crisis away from becoming homeless. And, like millions of low-income individuals across the United States, they need more than housing to build personal and financial assets and overcome barriers to success - they also require services where they live.

Volunteers are vital in helping Phoenix Family reach our mission of helping people and changing lives. Last year, we received support from more than 350 volunteers, but even this is not enough to meet all the needs in our community. Whether you are looking for a seasonal or regular opportunity as an individual or a group, Phoenix Family offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to help our community.

Phoenix Family’s Youth Development, Families First and Senior Empowerment Programs provide those critical on-site services that help residents learn skills and gain perspectives that keep dreams of stability and hope realities for the future.

Phoenix Family’s staff and programs rely on trust, rapport, choice and convenience to engage residents in services. All services delivered are culturally appropriate and based on the desired outcomes of residents, including increased disposable income, increased educational levels, improved health, and strengthened social networks.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Homeless & Housing
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


4033 North Bellaire AvenueKansas City, MO 64117



  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • We offer 8 shifts Mon - Thur, each shift is 45 minutes. Each shift is capable of 4 or 5 participants. The shift times are 4:30 - 5:15 and 5:15 - 6 pm

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