“Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.”~ S. Chisholm

Atchison values volunteerism. The Atchison community is built on volunteers who are committed to getting involved and making Atchison a great place to live, work, and play. Here’s how you can get involved in Atchison …

City Boards & Commissions

The City relies on boards and committees led by community volunteers to set policies and priorities. For more information, please visit the City Boards page here. Questions? Contact City Clerk Deb Clem at 913-367-5506 or via email.

Volunteer At Community Events

Amelia Earhart Festival

Annual community festival held the third weekend of July.

Contact Jacque Pregont, Atchison Chamber of Commerce: 913-367-2427

Haunted Trolley Tour

Various volunteers needed. Contact 913-367-2427.


Volunteers sought for this historic community celebration honoring African-American independence, emphasizing education and achievement. Contact 913-367-2481.

Volunteer With Community Organizations

Atchison Art Association

Contact 913-367-4278

Atchison County Historical Society

Contact Chris Taylor at 913-367-6238

Atchison Hospital Auxiliary

Volunteering at Atchison Hospital has been a community tradition since 1957. Atchison Hospital offers services for adult volunteers as well as opportunities for students ages 14 – 18 years of age in the Junior Volunteer Program. Both programs contribute more than 115,000 hours of service yearly to the Sunflower Gift Shop, Twice is Nice Thrift Shop, Mail Delivery, Surgery Hospitality, Information Desk, Arts and Crafts, and fundraising activities.

For more information, contact Elaine Markou at 913-360-5582. Click here to download the Auxiliary application.

Atchison Preservation Alliance

Contact Terry Knopke at 913-367-7473.

Atchison Recreation Commission

Volunteer coaches, attendants, program leaders, and others needed for a variety of events and programs. Contact 913-367-3352.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atchison County

Volunteer mentors needed. Contact 913-547-2052

Boys & Girls Club of Atchison

Contact 913-367-9090

Friends of the Atchison Library

Contact 913-367-1902

Humane Society

Contact 913-367-3647

Project Concern

Volunteers sought for various senior services including meal preparation, delivery, programs, and transportation. Contact 913-367-4655.

Saint Jude Hospice

Volunteers needed to provide support, comfort, and companionship to individuals in the community who are dealing with the challenges of terminal illness. Opportunities include patient care and administrative assistance. Contact Tami Shefferd at 785-742-3823.

Santa Fe Depot

Volunteers needed as docents and greeters for the visitors’ center. Contact 913-367-2427.

Shannon Volunteer Fire Department

Volunteers sought to serve with township fire service. Contact Dave “Spider” Shell at 913-367-2090.

United Way

Contact 913-367-6510

Still looking? For more volunteering opportunities and information on civic organizations, check out the Kansas Volunteer Commission at KanServe.org.