volunteer series

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Therapy for people with disabilities or special needs comes in all forms and at different places, such as doctor offices or rehabilitation centers.

A nonprofit organization, Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center, offers its services at a ranch in southeast Wichita. The sessions at the ranch involve horses, activities and volunteers.

Brian Grimmett

At the Wichita Children’s Home Opportunity Zone, teens that have nowhere else to go are getting a chance to make their lives better. Part of the program is known as the Bike Shed. It gives kids a chance to earn their own bike and the knowledge and tools needed to keep it maintained. 

Carla Eckels / KMUW

Bernestine Williams really has a heart for children. As a financial literacy educator, she volunteers at Urban Preparatory Academy in Wichita teaching kindergarten to eighth-grade students the importance of learning about finances.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Sharon Keagy will be the first to tell you she is not an artist.

Stephan Bisaha / KMUW

It started as "the ruler thing."

Terry Johnson and his wife, Rachel Johnson, were watching the "Today Show" about 10 years ago when they saw a story about a resource center providing free classroom supplies to teachers. It was part of the Kids In Need Foundation.

It was an idea that stuck in both their heads.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Kansas was recently ranked one of the top states in the country for number of people who do volunteer work. All this week, the KMUW News team is looking at some local volunteers who are making a difference here in Wichita.


Carla Eckels / KMUW

Kansas was recently ranked one of the top states in the country for number of people who do volunteer work. All this week, the KMUW News team is looking at some local volunteers who are making a difference here in Wichita.

For nearly a decade, African-American men have been giving their time, talent and money to support a youth mentoring organization in Wichita. The volunteers are part of the nonprofit Real Men, Real Heroes, which works with youth from 3rd grade to high school.

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

Kansas was recently ranked one of the top states in the country for number of people who do volunteer work. All this week, the KMUW News team is looking at some local volunteers who are making a difference here in Wichita.

Low-income older adults in Sedgwick County are helping struggling kids succeed in the classroom. They are volunteers in the Foster Grandparent program run by Catholic Charities.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar recently met up with one grandma who serves at Curtis Middle School in Wichita.

Abigail Beckman / KMUW

Kansas was recently ranked one of the top states in the country for number of people who do volunteer work. All this week, the KMUW News team is looking at some local volunteers who are making a difference here in Wichita.

  

The Air Capital Flyers Special Olympics program is completely operated by volunteers from top to bottom; no one is paid. The local nonprofit exists to help enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through competitive sports.

http://nc.casaforchildren.org/

This week, KMUW News is telling the stories of volunteers who donate their time and talent to Sedgwick County organizations and nonprofits. Many people do their volunteer assignments year round--not just at the holidays.

When a child is living in an abusive or neglectful home in Sedgwick County, their future is often decided by the family court system. Judges determine whether children will remain at home, stay with extended family or end up in foster care. It’s a lengthy process that can be difficult to understand. But, there are local volunteers who sit side-by-side with some of these children and their families, helping them determine the best option. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur sat down with one CASA volunteer and the family she helped.

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