Volunteer Opportunities

City Advisory Board or Committee

There are numerous advisory boards and committees which assist the City Commission by providing recommendations on various policy issues. All appointments are made by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Commission. Volunteer board and committee members provide a valuable service to the community by dedicating hundreds of hours each year.

See a complete list of Advisory Boards here.

Fill out an interest form here. 

Coach a Youth Sport

The success of our youth sports programs depends upon more than 700 volunteer coaches. Apply to volunteer.

Flint Hills Discovery Center

Volunteers are the key to success at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Be part of this incredible team as an exhibit interpreter, greeter and Discovery Center support. Training is held prior to each exhibit opening. Complete a volunteer application.

Furniture Amnesty Day

Returning after a year break, the 12th Furniture Amnesty Day will be held Friday, July 30, 2021. This event helps find new homes for hundreds of pieces of furniture. Volunteers are needed to help with several aspects of the event. Hands On K-State organizes the volunteer effort. Sign up here.


The Manhattan Parks Division welcomes volunteers as an integral part of our team in keeping our parks and community beautiful! Our volunteers help out with many tasks such as debris/trash removal, leaf cleanup, special events, trail work, painting and much more; all of which improve the quality of the parks system and the quality of life provided to our patrons. To volunteer, simply fill out the volunteer application form and a staff member will reach out to you about how you can make a difference!

Sunset Zoo Corps

Volunteers, 18 and older, care about Sunset Zoo and want to help in the community. Promote the Zoo with your passion, help with special events and engage in lifelong learning. Training is offered twice annually, in the fall and winter. Complete a volunteer application.

T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter

Volunteer applications are accepted year-round. Contact the Animal Shelter for more information.