Get Involved

Get Involved at Gillis


Everyone needs someone to care about them. At Gillis we strive to help abused and traumatized children and families heal, build on their strengths and create hope for a better future.

Volunteers are a vital part of what we do and we need people to:
help children and families build skills, increase their confidence and feel that they matter
mentor a child or family
be a tutor or education coach
be a reader or visiting resource
become a holiday or birthday supporter
help us beautify our campus

Volunteers are individuals, couples, families, corporations, youth groups, and church groups. The time given is gratefully appreciated by Gillis but especially by the children and families we serve. Click here for volunteer opportunities.

Gillis, like most not-for-profits, relies on the generosity of donors to help us achieve our goals. Donations are an opportunity for you, your family, organization, group, and church members to make a difference.

Items for Donation
Private donations are vital to the services Gillis offers to children and families in Kansas City. Gillis is a 501(c)3 organization, and donations may be tax deductible.

Send Gillis a Contribution
Monetary donations: Your monetary donation is always needed and will be put to excellent use. You may designate your gift to support a particular program or activity, or allow Gillis to use the donation in the capacity that it is most needed. Cash, checks and donations of stock are popular ways to support Gillis. Honorariums and Memorial donations are a good way to remember a loved one.

In-Kind donations: The following is a list of on-going needs at Gillis.

School supplies (paper, pencils, markers)
Art supplies (colored pencils, construction paper, washable paints)
Pottery supplies (clay, molds, paints, glaze)
Books for all age levels

Community Based Services
Hygiene Products
Baby products (wipes, diapers)
Household cleaning supplies
Paper products
Grocery gift cards
Gas gift cards

Boys in Residence
Uniforms (blue polo shirts, khaki pants)
Linens (twin bed long)
Board Games
DVD players and DVDs
CD players and CDs
Remote control cards
Hygiene products (deodorant, tooth bushes and tooth paste, all-in-one shampoo and body wash)

Recreation Supplies
Baseball, bats and gloves
Swimming equipment (goggles, pool toys, snorkels and fins, foam noodles, pool floats)
Swim trunks (all sizes)

Those wishing to donate any of these items can bring them to the administration building at Gillis, 8150 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information contact Jennifer Hurst at

To make a contribution to Gillis online, click here.

Please note: Gillis is a part of Cornerstones of Care, an organization formed to provide framework to our partnership with Spofford, Marillac, Ozanam, and Healthy Families. While your donation will be received and utilized by Gillis, your credit card statement will reflect Cornerstones of Care, which receives and disburses our online donations.