Wichita State’s Future Health Care Professionals

The Future Health Care Professionals from Wichita State University brought a volunteer group to Rainbows’ on Thursday, September 29. Future Health Care Professionals (FHCP) is a recognized student organization at Wichita State, hosted by the College of Health Professions.  FHCP provides leadership, developmental, and intentional co-curricular experiences for its members pursuing a degree in a health professions field. Students from […]

Volunteer Profile – Fil Folden

Fil Folden began volunteering for Rainbows when her family moved Wichita from Ohio. “I believe that children are the future of the world, so anything I and my family can do to help children, in every possible way, is very important to us,” she said. Currently, Fil’s volunteer role varies from visit to visit. She […]

Corporate Volunteering

Thirteen employees from the Sherwin-Williams Andover Plant recently paid a visit to Rainbows’ Kids’ Cove. On June 10, this group volunteered for 4 hours doing various outdoor projects, helping to meet many needs for this location. From hauling and spreading an immense amount of mulch to fence repairs to freshening paint on the playground, this […]

LOVE Wichita 2016 comes to Rainbows United

  Beginning in 2009, LOVE Wichita was the dream of Eastminster Church. Their vision was to create a faith-based day of service to prosper the city of Wichita. Churches from all across the city participate, and many local and national companies have partnered with LOVE Wichita to provide some of the materials and assist with […]

The Volunteer Difference

Written by Sidni Garwood, Volunteer Coordinator As our Mission Statement says, Rainbows brings together community resources to benefit children with special needs. Because volunteers are a resource of our community, they are a fundamental part of our mission here at Rainbows. Graycee Meyer is a 16 year old Nebraska native who attends high school in Wichita. Since November, Graycee […]

Friends of the Heart 2015

Formerly called Friends of Rainbows United, the Friends of the Heart had their first event in 2003, a book shower that collected nearly 100 books for Rainbows. This group was founded to enrich the lives of the children and families served by Rainbows through volunteerism, friend raising, and fundraising. They foster community support for Rainbows […]

Catholic Charities foster grandparent program

September 13 was a nationwide celebration that honored grandparents for their contribution to our lives. Rainbows’ is fortunate to have three extraordinary grandparents through the Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent program. This special program allows retired individuals to engage in meaningful work that benefits all involved, including Rainbows’ kiddos. Having the opportunity to spend time with […]

Dear Rainbows

It’s hard to believe my year at Rainbows has come and gone and I’ve already begun my next adventure. When I first accepted the AmeriCorps VISTA position I had no idea what to expect. Would I learn anything? Would I gain anything? Would I enjoy working at Rainbows? Right off the bat, the answer to […]

April is volunteer appreciation month

This month of April is Volunteer appreciation month, and as an Americorps VISTA working as a Volunteer Coordinator at Rainbows United, I recognize it as an opportunity to reflect on myself as a volunteer and the reasons why I do it. I believe the reason is simple, and universal among all those who do volunteer. […]

Why do people volunteer?

“Volunteering is the second greatest source of individual joy- close after dancing.”  At least according to the Slough Volunteer Center in the United Kingdom it is.  Personally, I’m not sure how true that is, but volunteering does bring a sense of joy and accomplishment.  So is that why people volunteer?  Are they looking for a […]