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We have several people asking, “What is the one thing Starfish Project Foundation needs the most?”. It would be support and donations to help us keep our doors open and lights on. Our goal is to get $5,000 per month in pledge donations. If you know an individual, groups or business that would like to donate even $5 a month, please share our mission with them. We have a link on our website or donations can be sent to Starfish Project Foundation, 134B S Clairborne Rd, Olathe, KS 66062. Currently we are touching an average of 750 lives a month. We could not do what we do without the support of our family, friends, volunteers and donors. Together We Are Making a Difference.

Our Projects

*For those of you that have not heard yet, Starfish Project Foundation was selected as one of The Mayors Children’s Fund recipients.  The funds are allocated to Raleen’s Kids, a project very near and dear to my heart.  We are continuing to collect supplies for the 2021 – 2022 school year.  We put together our initial 300 Dignity Bags and are now working on the next 300. Be sure to click on the link for more details on the program and items we need.  Items can be dropped off at The Beach and will have designated days for people to come in and volunteer putting the bags together. 

*We are currently doing a school and science supply (listed below). Please have all supplies dropped off by September 1st for Whittier school.  Here is the list of supplies they need:

Tape both masking and clear

Paper

Colored pencils of 12

Pencils

Colored typing and card stock

White printer paper

Sharpie markers

Highlighters

Glue sticks

Scissors

Pencil tip erasers

Bowls – large popcorn size

Big spoons

Throw away cutlery

Paper plates and foam plates

Zip lock bags all sizes

Straws

Cleaning wipes

Water Bottles – Small – need 120

Salt

Baking soda

Corn starch

Flour

Vegetable oil

Random Legos

Bingo Chips – Plastic

​*Blessing bags are a staple project for us.  If you have any of these items you would like to donate, we can use them.  Click to see the list.  We are running really low on these supplies.  As soon as the supplies come in, we will need help putting the bags together.

Volunteer Opportunities

 *The second Saturday of every month we host a potluck meal and hand up haircuts.  This is open to anyone needing a hot meal, haircut or would just like to volunteer.  Here is the link to the sign up if you would like to help with food, volunteer for setup/clean up or to provide cut hairs.  On Saturday September 11th, we will also have Kore Labs with us.  If you would like more information about the COVID vaccines or would like to get yours, they will be giving information and shots out for free.

* We have adopted OATC and Hope School this year. We will have several opportunities to volunteer.  This will include holiday meals for the kids, supporting the school staff, mock interviews for the kids and gifts for some of the families of the students.  As soon as dates are set, we will be adding sign ups.

* Do you like to coordinate activities? We have groups that come volunteer with us and we can use help coordinating their activities. They are here Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings.  Call Joyce at 913-839-8569 to let her know what dates you can help.

*We are in dire need of backups for our Panera pickups on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. We currently have someone picking up those nights, but no one when they are not able to help. Please call Joyce at 913-83-8567 if you would be able to help!

*We need 3-5 people that could help and/or be back up on call for food pickups.  We have places that would like us to pick up and we get calls from other groups that have food to donate.  We are not currently able to pick up without some additional volunteers that can help.  Please contact Joyce at 913-839-8567 to get on our pick up list.

*We also need someone that could help contact the senior centers and arrange delivery.  We want to blanket the KC Metro with these.  Our first goal is to distribute 10,000 placemats.  If you already have a loved one in a facility and would want to help coordinate there, that would be amazing as well!  Contact Joyce at 913-839-8567 to make arrangements.

*Monday mornings we need help sorting bread for local individuals, families and organizations. A great time to consider volunteering with us.

What We Need

*If you have ever been in our facility and use the restrooms, you have probably noticed they could really use some TLC.  If you or anyone you know is looking for a project, we can really use help with this one! If interested, please contact Joni @sfp21.net.

*Do you have clean grocery sacks you would like to see recycled instead of thrown out?  We can use them!  Bags are used to make homeless mats and shared with New Hope Food Pantry to help distribute their food donations.  Bags can be dropped off at The Beach and our volunteers will get them ready to be used again.

*Fleece, we are in need of fleece again for our no sew blankets and dog toys.

*Who likes to color?  We have several sheets that will be turned into place mats at the nursing homes and senior centers.  They can be picked up or colored onsite.  We can use help with the lamination process too.  Once completed, Starfish Project will laminate and set up delivery. 

*If you have old t-shirts to donate (we don’t care if they are stained, as long as they are clean), we collect and cut for Inclusions Connections. 

 *We always have calls for needed items.  Are you a part of our Facebook volunteer group?  If not, consider joining today!

*Does your company match donations or give out community grants?  These are great opportunities for us!​

*Do you belong to a group or organization that would like to volunteer as a team?  Be sure to give us a call and we can set up a date and time for your group to come in and volunteer together.

*Do you want to volunteer, but don’t know where to start or how you can help?  Please stop by The Beach and let’s get you plugged in!  We have opportunities come up daily.

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