Current Volunteer Projects

Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care has numerous volunteer projects throughout the year. Here are a few of our most current and biggest needs. Please email or call 816.941.1095 for more information or to volunteer.

Have a Heart for Making Memorial Hearts?

When someone passes away at the Kansas City Hospice House or NorthCare Hospice House, a fabric Memorial Heart is hung on the doorknob of the room. It is a symbol to all to honor the life that is gone and the love that remains. But where do those hearts come from? You!

Volunteers make and donate Memorial Hearts, and we have a great need for them. If you would like to learn more about making hearts, or have someone teach a group how to make them, please contact us. We’d be happy to get you started. Instructions for Making Memorial Hearts.

If you are not interested in making hearts but would like to donate cotton fabric or Heat ‘n’ Bond UltraHold iron-on fabric adhesive for classes, we appreciate that, too. Small prints work best, and we love patriotic prints for veterans. You can drop off these items at any Kansas City Hospice office location between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, or at the Kansas City Hospice House or NorthCare Hospice House between 8:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Handmade Blankets Warm Bodies and Hearts

Calling all quilters, knitters, and crocheters! We would like to provide a lap quilt or blanket for patients at the Kansas City Hospice House and NorthCare Hospice House. These small blankets are treasured by the family even after the patient is gone. They serve as a lasting memory of a person’s last days and hours, and a reminder that someone out there cares.

You may even want to make small blankets in patriotic colors so that we can give them to veteran patients. We participate in the We Honor Veterans program and are always looking for ways to recognize and appreciate patients who served in the military. Please contact us for details.

Make a Child Smile with a Kid Activity Bag

Kid Activity Bags are a great project for kids who want to volunteer. They are white paper lunch sacks that you decorate and fill with small toys or games. We give them to visiting children at our hospice houses. It’s a great way to make them feel special and keep them busy while adults visit.

You can make the bags at home and drop them off at one of our hospice houses, or we can reserve a space for you and your group to bring materials and make the bags. The bags may include play dough, bubbles, yo-yos, coloring pages  crayons–anything to keep small hands busy. Include your children and ask them to pick out some of their favorite items to put in the bags and encourage them to draw pictures on the outside.

Holiday Adoption Program

Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care is a not-for-profit organization that has been enhancing life for the seriously ill and their families since 1980. Your generous help could make the holidays better for our patients and families in need.

How Our Adopt-a-Family Program Works:

  • Our social workers identify families who are currently struggling financially and would not otherwise have much of a holiday.
  • You specify the size of family that would be a good match for you or your group.
  • The patient and family create a wish list of gift ideas which we pass along to you. We try to deliver lists to you before Thanksgiving, but appreciate any willingness to wait in case we have late admissions.
  • You do the shopping, wrap gifts, and get them to us at one of our locations by December 14, 2018 for delivery to the family.

Our holiday adoption program includes pediatric patients, adult patients (some with school-age children in the home) and individuals who may not have family or resources. No matter what our age, a little kindness during the holidays does a lot to lift spirits.

If you are unable to adopt a family or individual but would still like to help, you could participate in our Stuff-a-Stocking Program, donate items such as diapers or a baby monitor for our Carousel team, or help with other items that are very useful to patients and families. Ask us for details!

Stuff-a-Stocking Program

One group that can often be left out is patients in long-term care facilities. These older adults may be in residential care because there is no family nearby to care for them or may find themselves alone in their later years. We also have a few indigent individuals on our service who would appreciate a care package and the idea that someone is thinking about them and wishing them well.

For these patients, we collect stockings of goodies, or just the goodies themselves so we can stuff stockings. If you would like to create and donate a stocking (or a gift bag), below are some “stuffing” ideas. If your stocking is made specifically for a male or female, please tag it as such. Better yet, attach a list of items or don’t wrap the items so staff can best match up the stocking you created to an individual patient. Drop off your stocking or items at one of our locations by December 7, 2018 and our nurses and social workers will deliver to those with the greatest need.

Stocking Gift Ideas (*some of our patients’ favorite things)

  • no-skid slipper socks*
  • scarf
  • lip balm
  • simple toiletries
  • fleece lap blanket
  • handkerchief
  • small stuffed animal*
  • stocking cap
  • word searches
  • pocket pack of Kleenex*
  • candies or snacks*
  • deck of playing cards
  • magnifier
  • magazine or classic book*
  • notecards, pen and stamps

Some of our senior patients are also very comforted by a baby doll, something that can be held and hugged. If you want to donate a new cuddly doll instead of a stocking, there are some special patients who would be very delighted to receive a cuddly toy.

Our Programs

There's a long list of hospices in Kansas City, but there's only one Kansas City Hospice. Our programs provide comprehensive expert care for all ages at all stages of serious illness.


When the focus shifts to comfort instead of treatment, care comes to your home or nursing facility with a plan tailored to your needs, including emotional and spiritual support for the whole family.

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Palliative Home Health

When complex needs benefit from a team approach, supportive home care brings the care you need, with 24/7 nurse support for pain, stress and symptoms due to serious illness.

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Palliative Home Health

Advanced Illness Support

Beginning as early as diagnosis and at any stage of serious illness, our nurse practitioners make home visits as needed to help coordinate your care and provide expert pain and symptom management.

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Advanced Illness Support
Hospice House

Hospice House

When symptoms cannot be easily managed at home, two hospice houses provide 24/7 expert care in comfortable home-line settings where family members can be relieved of caregiving duties to focus on loved ones.

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Carousel provides palliative and hospice care for perinatal and for babies through young adults with a dedicated team of pediatric nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists.

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Solace House

Solace House

Our center for grief and healing supports individuals and families who have been impacted by the death of a loved one, whether anticipated, or sudden and unexpected. We provide opportunities to share, listen, learn and heal with peer group support from age 3 through adult.

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