Special Events

Special events can serve as a volunteer project for a group, a business, a family, or an individual – with a specific start and end time that can fit into any schedule. Volunteering with a group is a great way to build teamwork with co-workers or have a fun day with family and friends. If interested in volunteering for one of these special events, contact RSVP/VIC at rsvpvic@sbcglobal.net.


Project Homeless Connect volunteers are the vital link between concerned community members and the homeless in our community. Our goal is to create a welcoming environment that will help the homeless connect with services that will bring them one step closer to becoming stable and securing adequate housing. As a volunteer you have the opportunity to talk with participants; one of the most important outcomes of Project Homeless Connect. You can show participants that they are welcome in our community. Project Homeless Connect will be Friday, October 6 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Osage Centre.
Below are descriptions of key volunteer areas. If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know and contact me directly. I will then turn in your information to the individual in charge.

Registration and check-out of participants.
Morning (9:00am-11:30)
Afternoon (11:30-3:00)
Helping participants navigate through the event.
Morning (9:00am-11:30)
Afternoon (11:30-3:00)
Serving food and drinks to participants.
Morning (9:00am-11:30)
Afternoon (11:30-3:00)

Clean-Up (2:30-3:30)

If interested in volunteering for this event, I will need the name of each individual, their phone number, their email address along with the shift and assignment that person selected above and their t-shirt size.

(If you volunteer for the event, you can pick your shirt up the day of the training for the event. If you cannot make the training, when you arrive for your assignment on that day, they will give you your shirt.

The TRAINING will be the day before the event and/or the morning of. Once they get all the forms in, the PHC volunteer coordinator will make contact with RSVP/VIC and we will fill you in with all the details concerning the training and t-shirt pick-up.

Email us at rsvpvic@sbcglobal.net or call 573-335-7555.


The Haunted Hall of Horror will be held on the dates below at the Arena Park sponsored by the Cape Parks and Recreational Department.

A volunteer form can be sent to you or your group. Each individual in the group does not need to fill one out, but the contact for the group will need to fill it out. If you would like to volunteer as an individual, you will need to fill out the form as well.

Friday, October 13th - 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday, October 14th - 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday, October 20th - 6:15pm - 11:00pm (we have a special therapeutic group going through at 6:15 p.m.)
Saturday, October 21st - 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday, October 27th - 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday, October 28th - 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Tuesday, October 31st – 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Most of the volunteers needed are used to act in the haunted house. We will also need a volunteer group to help us advertise on campus by chalking the sidewalks and distributing flyers. Volunteers at the haunted house are expected to arrive approximately 45 minutes before opening and to wear all black. They provide all costumes and make-up.
Please let me know if your group would be interested in volunteering as soon as possible. We would like to have all volunteers lined up by October 1st, so they know how many staff we will be needed for each night. Feel free to contact me to gather any further information you may need. I hope to hear from you soon. If you need any paperwork signed for volunteer hours, we will be happy to do that as well. Thank you for your time, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Construction for the Haunted Hall of Horror will be October 9-13. Contact RSVP/VIC directly if interested in this part of the special event at the phone number or email address below.

If you are interested in this special event, please call 573-335-7555 or email us at rsvpvic@sbcglobal.net.

Needed: Volunteer Drivers for the Southeast Missouri American Red Cross Chapter

The Southeast Missouri American Red Cross Chapter is seeking volunteers for a new position with their blood services team. They are looking for drivers to transport blood products from Cape to surrounding hospitals in the area. This position is a little different in the fact that there are no set hours. Essentially, this position is on call and the volunteer would be able to choose if they were available to transport after learning more about this specific volunteer opportunity such as the time frame in which the blood needs to arrive and location of the hospital.

As you can see this is a vital position within their organization. They are seeking somebody with a great driving record and somebody who is dependable. Please contact RSVP/VIC at 573-335-7555 or email us at rsvpvic@sbcglobal.net.

FISH Food Pantry

FISH is an emergency food pantry that serves residents of Cape Girardeau and Cape County (except the city of Jackson as they have their own pantry). FISH is located at 106 S. Sprigg St.- across from Save A Lot, between the police station and the funeral home. They are not a monthly pantry, but instead provide food on an emergency basis and are open M-W-F from 9 am-noon. The biggest need is volunteers who can answer the phone and determine if someone is eligible. Basic computer knowledge is helpful although not absolutely required. They also need volunteers in the pantry to assemble food orders. Pantry workers may also stock shelves if need, assemble tuna casserole packs (package the items needed for a tuna casserole in a bag with directions), rice and powdered milk packaged into ziplock bags as needed, etc. They welcome potential volunteers to visit them on a pantry day to see what they do and see if it is something an individual might be interested in. Volunteers typically work a set 3 hour shift one day a month, or fill in when a volunteer is unable to work their regular day. The pantry can be reached at 334-0207. Or you can contact Amber Kuehn at ambersalley@msn.com. Amber will get your information to the phone or pantry volunteer coordinator.

United Way of Southeast Missouri

The United Way of Southeast Missouri is looking for volunteers to answer their phones, Monday-Friday from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. During this time frame, you may be asked to vacuum, straighten up, take out office trash and doing odds and ends requests. Contact RSVP/VIC at 573-335-7555 or email us at rsvpvic@sbcglobal.net. United Way of SEMO is located at 1417 N. Mount Auburn, Suite D in Cape Girardeau.

Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship

MVTH is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering therapeutic riding to children and adults living with disabilities to help them achieve greater physical strength and flexibility while working on communication skills and developing emotionally rewarding bonds with horses. Volunteers are the backbone of our program. There are assignments for horse people and non-horse people. They need help with everything from horse leaders and rider sidewalkers to maintenance and administration. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to see miracles happen right before your eyes.

Contact Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship at 573-788-2100 or visit their website at www.semohorsetherapy.org. You can also contact RSVP/VIC about this agency at 573-335-7555 or email us rsvpvic@sbcglobal.net.

Serve our Seniors

The Jackson Senior Center is needing volunteers in the following assignments:

Dishwashing (have commercial machine - just need to load it)
Dining Room helpers (getting Home Delivered Meals ready and serving at noon)
Carry In helpers -- to go on Home Delivered Meal routes Monday - Friday

If you can help, please contact RSVP/VIC at 573-335-7555 or email rsvpvic@sbcglobal.net.

Read to Succeed

Help with the Read to Succeed Program. Commit to one or more 40-minute sessions per week to help a kindergarten or first-grade student read. They read as you listen, encourage and prompt. One hour of training is provided; no specific skills required beyond patience and a love of children. Each school operates their reading program on a specific time schedule, and volunteers may select the times that fit their schedule. Hours will vary: mornings from 8:15-11:30 and afternoons 12:15-2:30.
More details to follow.

To get involved contact the United Way of Southeast Missouri at 573-334-9634 or RSVP/VIC at 573-335-7555.

Sikeston Senior Center needs Volunteers

Sikeston Senior Center is in need of volunteers for two different tasks!
1. We need a person or two to carry trays at lunch to our folks who cannot carry their own tray, this could be one person or more per day, needed Monday-Friday, would need to be here at 10:45 to start carrying at 11 am, would be needed til about 12, there are usually a few trays to carry right at 11 am, then folks come in sporadically that need them carried, the person can commit to all 5 days a week, or any particular days they would like
2. We need a volunteer to deliver meals to the clients next door at the Wendell apartments Monday - Wednesday, we have Thursday & Friday covered, they would need to be here by 10 am and would be done by 11 am, this is more physical, requires rolling 33 meals over on a cart and delivering to each apartment, a little paperwork is required, as well as, sometimes handling money(donations from clients) this also can be one or two persons.

Both assignments are very important to the seniors who receive meals at this center. Please contact RSVP/VIC at 573-471-8584 or email us at rsvpvic@sbcglobal.net.

Lutheran Family and Children Services

The Lutheran Family and Children Services is once again needing a volunteer to help with the group that are individuals with memory loss. They are specifically seeking a volunteer for Thursdays, every week, from 9:15 – 1:45 (4-1/2 hours). Responsibilities would be to help me with supervision and care of the seniors: serve coffee/lunch, clean up after the meal, direct them to where the bathroom is, guide them when they are walking through the corridor, provide one-on-one attention if one needs to leave the room/group, and do whatever else is necessary to assure their safety. Also, the volunteer is a guest and will be allowed to eat lunch with the group. Contact RSVP/VIC if you are interested at 573-335-7555 or email us at rsvpvic@sbcglobal.net.

Red House Interpretive Center

The Red House Interpretive Center is seeking individuals to serve as volunteer docents for their museum.

Hours of operation:
- Season is first Saturday in May until last Saturday in October, May 2, 2015 - October 31, 2015
- Two shifts each Saturday, 10 AM-1 PM and 1-4 PM, one docent per shift
- Group tours as needed on other weekdays or weekends, scheduled in advance

- Ability to treat visitors with respect, kindness and understanding
- Ability to lead a scripted tour
- Some knowledge of local history helpful but not required

- Open and close security system of building
- Welcome visitors and conduct tours in a professional manner
- Handle funds from admissions and gift shop sales

- Minimum one hour initial training session
- Tour scripts provided and explained
- Work with a trained docent as needed to learn all aspects of the job

Humane Society of Southeast Missouri Needs Your HELP

(Wear a tag that says “front desk volunteer.”)
HOURS 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hours 1:00-5:00 p.m.

PHONE SKILLS: Answer phones from 8:30 until 11:00 a.m. and as needed otherwise and provided detailed written messages for staff to follow-up on during business hours. Refer individuals to appropriate resources as needed (animal control, veterinarian),
Answer phone as needed throughout the day

DATA ENTRY: Transfer information (name, date, hours) from previous date volunteer sign-in sheet to electronic record. Clear off the dry erase from previous day and update with appropriate information (may need staff input/direction.)
At the end of the days, use information entered in binder or on dry erase board to track which animals had participated in which activities. EX: Vanilla: Morning play group, PUPS , and walked x2 volunteers. C Update any information (as provided by staff) in the dog/cat binder (ex: Heartworm meds given), Update any kennel signs as needed (ex: from stray hold/can’t go out to available for adoption) in preparation for the next day.

CONSUMER RELATIONS: Greet visitors/potential adopters/volunteers as they enter the building.
• Volunteers: Remind them to sign in/out on the log. If volunteers have walked/socialized an animal, remind them to enter that information in the binder or on the dry erase board. (This will be used by the afternoon volunteer.) Thank them as they leave.
• Visitors/potential adopters: Talk them through then general process and any guidelines they will need to follow (use hand gel between each animal, do not touch animals if it has a sign on the kennel etc.) Look up basic information in the dog/cat binder to answer simple questions (age, breed, gender, general range of adoption feeds, etc) and refer to an adoption counselor (other staff) when needed or when a person appears interested in adopting. Thank each and every person who entered the building and invite them to come back!
• Donations: Accept donations from anyone who brings them to the facility. Take the person’s name and address and donation item (if they are agreeable.) Provide a tax receipt if the person desires. THANK THEM PROFUSELY and let them know they are appreciated.

Contact RSVP/VIC at 573-335-7555 or email us at rsvpvic@sbcglobal.net. You can also contact Tracy Poston directly at 573-334-5837.