Volunteer Opportunities

The Maryville Citizens for Community Action compiles information each year about many of the area service clubs. The following is a gleaning of that list with the hope that those interested may learn of service opportunities.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Purpose: To support and educate each other.

Membership Process: Open to public.

Meetings: The fourth Thursday of the month, except November and December, 6 pm, at the Nodaway Senior Center.

Contact: Autumn Fisher, 514 North Laura, Maryville; 660-734-0879.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Purpose: AAUW promotes equity for woman, education and self-development over the life span, and positive societal change.

Membership Process: Open to women with a four year degree or an associate’s degree.

Meetings: Meets once a month, August through May, on various week nights. Meets at Northwest Alumni House, private homes and other locations. The meetings feature programs of interest concerning issues affecting women and girls.

Projects: Give annual scholarships to students at Northwest. Opal E. Eckert Community Action Grant supports worthy recipients to carry out efforts to make the world a better place for women and girls.

Contact: Stacey Calfee, president, 904 East Edwards, Maryville; 660.582.1177; smcalfee@embarq.com.

American Red Cross Midland Empire Chapter

Purpose: Health and safety classes; providing humanitarian disaster relief.

Contact: Shoba Brown, 401 N. 12th St., St. Joseph; 816.232.8439; shoba.brown4@redcross.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County

Purpose: To match adults with children age 7-14, living in single parent homes.

Membership Process: Volunteers to serve as “Bigs.”

Meetings: Monthly meetings at Mosaic Life Care – Maryville.

Contact: Lynette Harbin, PO Box 34, Maryville; 66o.562.7981; lynette@bbbsnodaway.org.

Catholic Charities

Purpose: Core services focus on stabilizing urgent needs for food, housing and basic necessities first; then working one-on-one to develop a plan to move forward.

Projects: Children and Family Service and Housing Services.

Contact: Jeananne Gross, case manager, 1123 South 10th St., St. Joseph; 816.259.5413; jgross@ccharities.com.

Children and Family Center of Northwest Missouri

Purpose: To provide safety and support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and provide information within five counties of Northwest Missouri.

Membership Process: Open.

Meetings: 866.382.7867 toll free 24 hour crisis line.

Projects: On-going training-volunteer advocates; case management, crisis intervention, 24-hour hotline, court advocacy, and shelter. WINGS (Women in Need Gaining Support) Support Group meets weekly. Images – teenage support group; Men’s support group.

Contact: Linda Mattson, executive director, 1220 East Second Street, Maryville; 660.562.2320; cfcnwm1@embarqmail.com

City of Maryville

Meetings: City Council meetings are the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7 pm at the Council Chambers, 415 N. Market.

Projects: Spring Clean-up, DARE, School age education/awareness programs.

Contact: Greg McDanel, city manager, 415 N. Market, Maryville; 660.562.8001, gmcdanel@maryville.org.

Community Foundation of NW Mo

Purpose: Community service organization.

Contact: Mary Hinde, president, 1006 E St Maartens Dr., St. Joseph; 816-232-2022; mary@cfnwmo.org.

Community Services, Inc.

Purpose: To empower the people of need in Northwest Missouri to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.

Projects: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Energy Assistance (EA), Emergency Assistance, Food Commodities, Back to School Fair, Holiday Programs, Job Fairs, Head Start, Weatherization, Home Repair, Section 8 Rental Assistance.

Contact: Bonnie Patterson 1212 B S. Main, Maryville; 660-582-3113, bpatterson.csi@gmail.com, www.communityservicesinc.org.

Eastern Star

Purpose: Fraternal organization.

Membership Process: Women age 18 plus who have a direct line to a Masonic relative.

Meetings: Second and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 pm, at the Masonic Temple, 1622 N. Main.

Projects: Various monetary contributions both nationally and locally.

Contact: Kay Evans, secretary, 30257 Eastview Dr.; Maryville; 660.582.3397.

Elks Lodge #760

Purpose: Benevolent organization that is dedicated to service to our community and our country.

Membership Process: Over 21 years old, complete application, investigation, and initiation fees 21 years-prior to 26th birthday $10; 26 years+ $25. ($60 annual dues).

Meetings: 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 8 pm, at the Elks Lodge.

Projects: Fire victims, scholarships, blood drive, youth dances, dental care for handicapped and Head Start, Christmas baskets to needy families, senior high school lockout projects and financial support of community projects.

Contact: Doug Meyer, 760elks@gmail.com, 660.582.3241.

Friends of the Maryville Public Library

Purpose: The purpose of the Friends of MPL is to promote a strong, positive image among the general public, to constantly encourage ongoing monetary and gift support, and to work wholeheartedly as activists for literacy and outreach in the community.

Projects: Used book sales, annual membership drive.

Contact: Stephanie Patterson, 509 N. Main, Maryville; 660.582.5281; director@maryvillepubliclibrary.org.

Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri

Purpose: Promote leadership skills and help young ladies develop better self-esteem. Building girls of courage, character and confidence.

Membership Process: Girls-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Adults-volunteer application process.

Meetings: Girls-at discretion of leaders.

Projects: Providing quality programming for Nodaway County young women.

Contact: Charlotte Stiens, 27408 268th St., Maryville; 660.853.9585; ckstiens@embarqmail.com.

Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce

Purpose: Advancing the agricultural, legislative, educational, industrial, professional services, and retail interests of Maryville and its trade area.

Membership Process: Open to any business or individual.

Meetings: The board meets the fourth Thursday of each month at the Chamber Conference Room.

Projects: Community promotion, leadership development, legislative trip, car show, farm city banquet, business promotion, retail promotion, business seminars, relocation and general information center.

Contact: Lily E. White, executive director, 408 N. Market St., Maryville; 660.582.8643; chamber@maryvillechamber.com.

Greater Southern Nodaway Co. Community Foundation (GSNCCF)

Purpose: Improve quality of life in Greater Southern Nodaway County community; connecting donors to needs.

Membership Process: Open.

Meetings: Five times a year – South Nodaway School.

Projects: Valentine’s Day Gala, Obtaining grants for improving our community.

Contact: Josh Moutray, chairman, 34370 US Hwy. 71, Barnard; 816.914.1459.

Grief Care

Purpose: Support group.

Meetings: Meetings are at 6:30 pm on scheduled Thursdays at Mosaic Medical Center – Maryville Board Room.

Contact: Jeanette Collin, 2332 S. Main, Maryville; 660.562.7904; jeanette.collin@ssmhealth.com.

Habitat for Humanity of Nodaway County

Purpose: To provide simple, decent, affordable housing for those in need.

Membership Process: Open.

Meetings: The board of directors meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 pm at the St. Francis Hospital Board Room.

Projects: Primary focus is the construction of decent housing in Nodaway County.

Contact: Jill Blackford, PO Box 274, Maryville; 660.562.7474; blackford@iamotelephone.com.

Health Emergency Lifeline Program

Purpose: Lifeline is a program designed to help the elderly and people with disabilities to remain in their home.

Membership Process: Volunteer membership. We have a 21 board to govern the program.

Meetings: Meets three times a year at Mosaic Medical and have an office in the SE Annex.

Contact: Larry Rusco, 1225 Chick Ave., Maryville; 660.582.7567; lgrusco@embarqmail.com.

Heartland Foundation

Purpose: Serving as a catalyst, convener, innovator, and connector, Heartland Foundation is a public charity dedicated to championing education and empowering people – youth and adults – to build healthy and thriving communities.

Membership Process: We are a non-membership organization open to volunteers from all walks of life throughout a 30+ county region.

Meetings: The (e2) education empowers* initiative has several volunteer action teams that meet on a regular basis. Call to learn more about the meeting times and activities or to volunteer.

Projects: The emPower* Continuum and other emPower programs for youth and adults, (e2) education emPowers* Initiative and Action Teams, e2 Fellowship Intergenerational Leadership Program, Healthy Communities Regional Investorsl. STEAM Camps, character education, Regional Think Ahead Forums, Community Transformation Forums, THINK AHEAD WORKS* social enterprise, customized Facilitation Services and facility rental.

Contact: Laura Buhman 518 S. 6th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816.271.7200; laura.buhman@heartlandfoundation.org; www.heartlandfoundation.org.

James Edward Gray American Legion Post #100

Purpose: Veterans organization.

Membership Process: Must have served in the active military service during time of conflict. Must show form DD214.

Meetings: Each third Wednesday at 7 pm, at the American Legion Hall. Officers change in July.

Projects: Sponsors boy’s baseball, Cadet Patrol, Boys State, Girls State, girl’s softball, oratory contest, flags and flag information to schools. Missouri Funeral Honor Guard Services.

Contact: Bill Young, PO Box 371, Maryville; 660.562.2454.

James Edward Gray American Legion Unit #100 Auxiliary

Meetings: First Tuesdays at the Legion Home. Officers change every August.

Projects: Girls State, children and youth, county government, community service and helping veterans.

Contact: Kathleen Hurayt, president, 23540 Lakeview Drive, Maryville; 660.582.8235.

Kiwanis Club of Maryville

Purpose: To help the youth of the community.

Contact: Rose Viau, president, 548 Prather Ave., Maryville; 660.582.9494; rviau@nwmissouri.edu.

Knights of Columbus

Purpose: Help the mentally challenged, disadvantaged, scholarships, church, senior citizens, and unborn.

Membership Process: Open to males, over the age of 18, who are active members of the Catholic Church.

Meetings: The second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm, at St. Gregory’s Church. Officers change every two years in July.

Projects: Erect monument of unborn, tootsie roll drive, raise money for various projects.

Contact: Ed Seipel, 660.541.3579.

Leadership Experience Opportunity Club (LEO Club)

Purpose: Community service with student leadership.

Membership Process: Open to 9-12th grades in high school.

Meetings: Various times and places in Maryville.

Projects: Assist the Lions Club in their projects. Also do one major project such as donate to a particular cause.

Contact: W.R. O’Riley, 8 Faustiana Pl., Maryville; 660.582.3083.

Leadership Maryville

Purpose: To familiarize our community’s future leaders with the people and issues that impacts us all. Leadership Maryville provides education and leadership development for active, civic-minded individuals.

Membership Process: Facilitated by past graduates, the program is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Application process begins in August.

Meetings: Based on class.

Projects: Based on class.

Contact: Lily E. White, executive director, 408 N. Market St., Maryville; 660.582.8643; leadershipmaryville@gmail.com.


Lettuce Dream

Purpose: To provide meaningful employment and job training programs for persons with cognitive or developmental disabilities so that they may fully participate in our community.

Volunteer Application: http://www.lettucedream.org/contact-us/

Contact: Charlie Clodfelter, 1623 E. 2nd Street, Maryville, 660-224-2203, support@lettucedream.org


Maryville Athletic Booster Club (BAC)

Purpose: To support Maryville athletic programs through recognition and fundraising to purchase equipment and other needs.

Membership Process: Open.

Meetings: The second Wednesday every other month, 6 pm at Maryville High School library.

Projects: Concessions and selling T-shirts.

Contact: Kristi Alexander, 660.5862.1768; kalex@nwmissouri.edu.

Maryville Chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild

Purpose: To encourage people to do free-lance writing, or to publish.

Membership Process: Open.

Meetings: Five times a year, January, March, May, September and November at the Alumni House at Northwest.

Projects: Sponsor a county-wide writing contest.

Contact: Amy Houts, program chairperson, 26162 Ridge Dr., Maryville; 660.562.3122; sase@cebridge.net.

Maryville Citizens for Community Action (MCCA)

Purpose: Seeks to achieve improved citizen involvement, upgrade the utilization of resources, help link resources and facilitate collaborative action in programs and projects designed to benefit the community.

Membership Process: Open.

Meetings: Fourth Monday of the month, noon, in the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room.

Projects: Prepares, collects and submits material for the annual Missouri Community Betterment Awards Competition; conduct town hall meetings. Special ad hoc committees are formed as needed.

Contact: Lily E. White, executive director, 408 N. Market St., Maryville; 660.582.8643; chamber@maryvillechamber.com.

Maryville Fibromyalgia Support Group

Purpose: Support group for fibromyalgia.

Membership Process: Open.

Meetings: Every third Monday at Mosaic Medical in the Conference Clinic Room, 6 to 8 pm.

Contact: Maria Spinnato, leader, 319 W. 12th Street, Maryville; 660.582.3147; msmagdis@gmail.com.

Maryville Garden Club

Purpose: To stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs; to aid in the protection of native trees, plants, and birds; to encourage civic planting.

Membership Process: Open to anyone with an interest in gardening.

Meetings: First Tuesday of the month at First Christian Church or other announced location.

Projects: Civic projects-Mabel Perkins Memorial Gardens/Blue Star Memorial, Judah Park-Cooper and Thompson garden, Youth Summertime Garden Club: spring and fall plant sales; Monthly newspaper article, Across the Garden Gate; Flower Show.

Contact: Martha Heflin Moldaver, president, 524 S. Merrill, Maryville; 660.582.8838; moldavermm@aol.com.

Maryville High School Student Council

Purpose: Propose and follow through on ideas to improve student life at MHS.

Membership Process: Student organization.

Projects: Repaint hound paws on MHS driveway; plan and organize MHS Fall & Winter Homecoming; host Blood Drive at MHS; at least one charity project per year, ex. Backpack Buddies, Special Olympics, Recycling Contest.

Contact: Ashlee James sponsor 1503 S. Munn Ave. Maryville; 660-562-4165, ashleejames@maryviller2.com.

Maryville Host Lions Club

Purpose: Service to community. Internationally known for work to eliminate unnecessary blindness and providing glasses to the needy.

Membership Process: Sponsorship through an active member, then approved by nominating committee, then the board of directors.

Meetings: Thursdays at noon, at Maryville Community Center.

Projects: Scholarships to Northwest; Mozingo Lake recreation funding; Maryville Parks and Recreation funding; audio reader; Lake Viking Kamp for visually impaired; and Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation.

Contact: Brian Schieber, PO Box 211, Maryville; bschieber@nvb.com.

Maryville Partners in Prevention

Purpose: To promote responsible decision making on campus and in the community to create a better environment and culture.

Membership Process: Concerned citizens committed to change.

Meetings: second Wednesday, 11:30 am to 1 pm, Northwest Missouri State University campus.

Projects: The Bearcat Watch; Step-Up Bystander Intervention Training; Know Your Limit messaging on shirts, stats, presentations, etc. Community engagement.

Contact: BK Taylor, 800 University Drive, Maryville; 660.562.1222; bktay@nwmissouri.edu.

Maryville Pride Lions Club

Purpose: Community service.

Membership Process: Open.

Meetings: Second and fourth Mondays, 6:30 pm, at Hy-Vee.

Projects: Two Northwest scholarships. Built shelter at Mozingo. Provide funds for planting at Beal Park. Glasses for needy, diabetes, etc.

Contact: David Primm, secretary, 205 E. Bentley, Ravenwood; 660.582.9394; ldprimm@grm.net.

Maryville Public Arts Committee

Purpose: To promote and expand the opportunities for citizens of Maryville to experience public art and creative expression. MPAC annually selects and installs artwork throughout the Courthouse square.

Meetings: Second Monday, 5:15 pm, at The Pub.

Projects: Go Art public art; annual Art, Rhythm and Brews street festival in May. New programming includes used art sale, doggy paint activity, Brews and Brushes.

Contact: Mark Hendrix, president, 913.957.3588, mhendrix@nwmissouri.edu

Maryville Public Library

Purpose: The mission of the Maryville Public Library is to provide patrons with quality informational services and educational opportunities.

Membership Process: Meetings are public. Anyone can attend.

Meetings: The MPL Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of every month at noon at the library.

Projects: The Maryville Public Library hosts an annual Summer Reading Program for children, a weekly Preschool Story Hour and numerous educational and enriching events for the public. Preliteracy skills development among infants, activities for toddlers and preschoolers, 2-4th grade Book Clubs, computer skills tutoring for adults.

Contact: Stephanie Patterson Director 509 N. Main, Maryville; 660-582-5281, director@maryvillepubliclibrary.org, maryvillepubliclibrary.lib.mo.us.

Maryville Rotary Club

Purpose: Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders untied who provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards, and help build good will and peace in the world.

Membership Process: Invitations. Seek to have occupational representativeness in membership.

Meetings: Weekly meetings Wednesday at noon, at the Maryville Community Center, 1407 N. Country Club Rd.

Projects: Polio Plus, Mozingo Lake bathhouse, sports park shelter, Maryville High School students of the month, Shoes for Orphan Souls, elementary school dictionary project, middle school environmental projects, Nodaway County Senior Center scholarships: outstanding farm youth award; Frank Felton Northwest Missouri State University Scholarship.

Contact: Brandon Stanley, president; brandon@nwmissouri.edu.

Men’s Forum

Purpose: Get together and keep up on current community topics.

Membership Process: Sponsorship

Meetings: Tuesday’s noon, at the Community Center.

Projects: Camp Quality.

Contact:Wayne Pierson, mwpierson@cebridge.net.

MERIL – Maryville

Purpose: Our Vision: “A Barrier Free Northwest Missouri” Our Mission: Empowering People to Live Life Fully.

Membership Process: Office hours: 8 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday.

Meetings: Support Groups that meet: People First-advocacy group for persons with a developmental disability, Cross Roads Deaf Club, Northwest Missouri Brain Injury Association.

Projects: Community Health which includes Home Health and In-Home services; Community Access (accessibility services) and Low Vision Resource Center; Telecommunication Access Program (TAP); Bridge Interpreting; Consumer Directed Services; Independent Living Services; Communication and Youth Transition Services; Money Follows the Person; Community Education; and MERIL Leadership Institute.

Contact: Lauren Lynch, 2416 B S. Main, Maryville; 1.800.MERIL4U, 800.637.4548; laurenz@meril.org.

Ministerial Alliance

Purpose: Collaboration of area churches.

Membership Process: Pastor or other representation of Maryville churches.

Meetings: First Thursday of the month.

Projects: Ministry Center, Walk of the Cross, Community Thanksgiving Service.

Contact: Jonathan Mitchell, 211 South Main, Maryville; 660.582.4257; rev.jonathan.mitchell@gmail.com.

The Ministry Center, Inc.-Clothes Closet

Purpose: To Provide free clothing to families with low incomes.

Membership Process: Volunteers from area churches primarily, and others from the community who serve without pay.

Meetings: The Ministry Center board meets the second Monday at 7:30 am at Hope Lutheran Church.

Contact: Jonathan Mitchell, 211 South Main, Maryville; 660.582.4257; rev.jonathan.mitchell@gmail.com.

The Ministry Center, Inc.-Food Pantry

Purpose: Provide food and commodities to needy people and families in Nodaway County.

Membership Process: Must be Nodaway County resident and must meet federal poverty guidelines.

Meetings: The Ministry Center board meets the second Monday at 8 am at the center.

Projects: Providing food for the Christmas baskets for needy families, contributing to the Christmas meal at the Senior Center, contributing to the Energy Assistance at Community Services.

Contact: Jonathan Mitchell, 211 South Main, Maryville; 660.582.4257; rev.jonathan.mitchell@gmail.com.

Missouri Business Women

Purpose: Community service and scholarships.

Membership Process: Open.

Meetings: Fourth Thursday of the month at the First Christian Church, Maryville.

Projects: Hobby show for scholarship funds. Adopt families and children at Christmas. Sponsor “It’s a Real Christmas,” the MS-Walk, Blood Drives. Award scholarship to county students, and the Marion George Scholarship for nursing.

Contact: PO Box 453, Maryville.

New Nodaway Humane Society Animal Shelter

Purpose: Give care and shelter to lost, abused or unwanted animals.

Meetings: Elected board meets the first Wednesday of each month, and the general membership meets annually in October.

Projects: Spaying, neutering, licensing.

Contact: Wendy Combs, 829 S. Depot, Maryville; 660.582.3216; nnhsmanager@embarqmail.com.

Nodaway Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

Purpose: Historic, educational, and patriotic.

Membership Process: Must be a descendent of one who fought or assisted in the Revolutionary War.

Meetings: September through May, except December and January, on the second Saturday at the First United Methodist Church.

Projects: Various contests through the schools in the county. Presentations of a flag each year. Practice conservation. Displays of a patriotic nature.

Contact: Jesse Smith, regent, Maryville.

Nodaway Community Theater Company (NCTC)

Purpose: To provide cultural outlets and experiences for Nodaway County residents, adults, and children.

Membership Process: Open.

Meetings: About once a month at the Rose Theater, 118 W. Third Street, Maryville. Office changes in January.

Projects: Adult dinner theatre productions, summer musical, children’s theatre productions and community variety show. Family Open Mic Night the third Monday of the month at The Rose Theater beginning at 6:30 pm; Adult Open Mic each Friday at the Rose at 8 pm.

Contact: Nina Dewhirst, 419 Lisa Lane, Maryville; 660-582-8916; ndewhirst@nnr6.org.

Nodaway County Historical Society

Purpose: Collection, preservation, and display of Nodaway County historical artifacts.

Membership Process: Annual memberships: $25 individual; $40 family; $50 patron; $250 per person lifetime. Annual business/corporate memberships: $100 contributing; $250 sponsor; $500 benefactor; $1,000 patron.

Meetings: Annual meeting of the society is held at the end of June.

Projects: All of the museum buildings including Caleb Burns house, Hickory Grove school, and the museum are open to the public Tuesday through Friday from March through November. Members serve as greeters and tour guides when the museum is open. Programs are presented each year on a wide variety of subjects.

Contact: Linda Girard, PO Box 324, Maryville; 660.582.8176; nodawaycountyhistoricalsociety@embarqmail.com.

Nodaway County Salvation Army Service Extension Unit

Purpose: Assist Nodaway County residents and transients with emergency needs.

Membership Process: Open

Meetings: Quarterly.

Projects: Red Kettle bell ringing campaign during November-December.

Contact: Norma Eckerson, 1212-B S. Main, Maryville; 660.582.3113; neckerson.csi@gmail.com.

Nodaway County Senior Center

Purpose: To provide balanced meals to the homebound seniors and seniors in a congregate setting. Recreation, health and socialization opportunities for senior citizens.

Membership Process: Walk in.

Contact: Amie Firavich, 1210 E. First, Maryville; 660.562.3999; nodawayseniors@yahoo.com.

Nodaway Masonic Lodge #470 AF:AM

Purpose: Fraternal/charitable.

Membership Process: Open to males ages 18 and older.

Meetings: The first and third Mondays at 7:30 pm, at the Masonic Lodge, 1622 N. Main.

Projects: Masonic Home. Various community contributions.

Contact: Marlin Slagle, 1260 W. Crestview Dr., Maryville; 660.582.2914.

Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging NWAAA

Purpose: To empower and provide older adults of Northwest Missouri the opportunity to live safe, healthy, independent lives in the home environment of their choice.

Membership Process: Serving clients who are at least 60 years of age.

Meetings: Advisory boards and the board of directors who are elected by their peers meet on a regularly-scheduled basis.

Contact: Rebecca Flaherty, aging resource consultant, 504 East Hwy. 136, PO Box 265, Albany; 888.844.5626; rflaherty@nwmoaaa.org; www.nwmoaaa.org.

Northwest Missouri Bee Busters

Purpose: To promote the information nad hands on help for those wanting to be and are beekeepers.

Membership Process: Open to anyone interested in beekeeping.

Meetings: Meeting times vary. Meet at Nodaway County Administration Building.

Projects: Two-year beekeeping classes, beginning and intermediate, offered at NW Technical School.

Contact: Keith Dougan, 33975 US Hwy. 136, Ravenwood; 660.582.1672; kldougan@grm.net.

Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (NWMEF)

Purpose: Helping to grow our communities one entrepreneur at a time.

Membership Process: The purpose of NWMEF is to promote economic and community revitalization by encouraging the passion and dreams of local entrepreneurs.

Meetings: By appointment with facilitator.

Contact: Keli Morris, enterprise facilitator; 816.262.9400; facilitator@nwmef.org.

Northwest MO Multiple Sclerosis Self Support Group

Purpose: Self Support group for people living with multiple sclerosis.

Membership Process: Open.

Meetings: Meetings on the second Saturday of each month, 10:30 am, in the Leitner room at St. Gregory Church. Anyone can attend our meetings; we would enjoy feedback and your company.

Projects: Various speakers, group sharing. Potluck picnic the second Saturday in June; holiday potluck the second Saturday in November. MS Walk in April.

Contact: Cindy Bliley, 515 E. 7th St., Maryville; 660.562.2754.

Northwest Missouri State University Volunteer Office

Membership Process: none.

Projects: Volunteer office find/recruits student volunteers to assist in the Maryville community with various projects.

Contact: Amy Nally, coordinator, 800 University Dr.; Maryville; 660-562-1954; anally@nwmissouri.edu.

Optimist Club of Maryville

Purpose: To develop optimism as a philosophy of life, promote active interest in good government and civic affairs, inspire respect for law, promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people, aid and encourage the development of youth.

Membership Process: Open.

Meetings: Thursdays, 7 am, at First Christian Church, Maryville. Officers change in October.

Projects: Youth oriented. Fishing and essay contests, reading literacy, youth cabins at Mozingo, and drug free poster contest.

Contact: Dale Stewart, president, 23741 Icon Rd., Maryville; 660.582.4212.

Parents As Teachers

Purpose: To assist parents in giving their baby the best possible start in life.

Membership Process: Appropriate for anyone living in the Maryville R-II school district who is pregnant or has children from birth to kindergarten entry. This is a free, voluntary program involving home visits, group meetings, play groups & free developmental screenings.

Meetings: Home visits and optional monthly group activities/meetings.

Projects: Promoting literacy and developmental successes.

Contact: 418 E. 2nd, Maryville; 660-562-3233; www.parentsasteachers.org.

Pony Express Council of the Boy Scouts of America

Purpose: It is the mission of the Boy Scouts to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential.

Membership Process: By application: 1st-5th grad boys; 6th-12th grade men; 14-20 year-old girls; and 18+ year-old Volunteer Adults.

Meetings: Call for more information.

Projects: Scouting 4 Food Council Level. Many service projects on the local unit level. Scholarships based upon need, financial assistance is available.

Contact: Otoe District executive, 1704 Buckingham, PO Box 8157, St. Joseph, MO 64508; 816.233.1351.

Relay For Life

Purpose: To raise money for cancer research.

Membership Process: Volunteer.

Meetings: Monthly meetings, more frequent closer to the event.

Projects: Annual Relay For Life Walk.

Contact: High Plains Division, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64105; 660.218.7292; maggie.hubbard@cancer.org.

Second Century Library Fund Foundation

Friends of the Library is now associated with the foundation.

Purpose: To support library activities such as adult and children’s programming, purchase of books and materials.

Membership Process: Volunteers may apply at the library to serve on the Foundation Board.

Meetings: Foundation Board meets two to three times per year.

Projects: Support children’s and adult’s programming; funding for books and materials; replacement of furniture and equipment maintenance and improvement of existing buildings.

Contact: Stephanie Patterson, director, 509 N. Main, Maryville; 660.582.5281; director@maryvillepubliclibrary.org; www.maryvillepubliclibrary.lib.mo.us.

Mosaic Life Care – Maryville – Hospital Auxiliary

Purpose: A group of individuals from varied backgrounds whose primary focus is to aid in promotion of the health and welfare of the community by assisting in fundraising to help with new equipment and scholarships.

Membership Process: Open to men and women. Active, $15. Associate, $20.

Meetings: The elected board meets monthly. The organization meets three times a year, plus monthly meetings as needed for activities of the group. Change of officers occurs in January.

Projects: Operate gift shop, crafts for Holiday Bazaar, book fairs twice a year, bake sale, bridge luncheon, marathonbBridge group. Funds all go toward nursing scholarships and equipment for the hospital.

Contact: 660.562.2600.

Today’s Civic Women

Purpose: To promote community and individual development and fellowship among its members.

Membership Process: Open. We have a membership drive in October.

Meetings: The first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm, location is usually at the basement of the Maryville Public Library. Installation of officers in May.

Projects: Toys for Tots, Koats for Kids, holiday food baskets, candle sale to benefit projects sucha as the library, DARE, Project Prom/Graduation, Camp Quality. Relay for Life. Kid’s Corner books for Mosaic Life Care – Maryville.

Contact: Ann Martin, president; PO Box 102, Maryville; annmartin509@gmail.com.

United Way of Nodaway County

Purpose: Fundraising for non-profit organizations.

Membership Process: Open.

Meetings: Four times a year, in Maryville. Officers change in January.

Projects: Annual fundraising and community advocacy.

Contact: Tiffany Whipple, secretary/treasurer, PO Box 164, Maryville, MO 64468; 660.562.3910; unitedwaynodawaycounty@gmail.com.

4-H of Nodaway County

Purpose: Creating environments where young people are valued, contributing members of the community.

Membership Process: Youth membership is open to boys and girls ages 5-18, according to age as of December 31 of the program year.

Meetings: Meeting times and locations vary according to the schedule of local clubs.

Projects: 4-H gives youth opportunities to gain leadership, citizenship, and life skills through fun and innovative hands-on activities.

Contact: Annette Deering, 4-H youth development specialist, 403 N. Market Rm 308, Maryville, MO 64468; 660.582.8101; DeeringA@missouri.edu.

Veterans Commission

Purpose: Veterans Commission serving Nodaway and Buchanan counties.

Meetings: Officer in Maryville from 9 am to 3:30 pm, first and third Mondays.

Contact: Gregory Fisher, 800 University Dr., Valk 110, Maryville; 660.562.1710; gregory.fisher@mvc.dps.mo.gov.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Purpose: Veterans organization.

Meetings: Meets second Wednesday of each month at the American Legion Building in Maryville. Officers change in May.

Projects: Buddy Poppy, set flags, deliver Christmas fruit baskets to all veterans in the hospital and nursing homes.

Contact: Ron Jones, 660.582.5275.

Widowed Person’s Service of Nodaway County

Purpose: Support for all widowed persons of Nodaway County.

Membership Process: Any widowed person who wishes to attend (no fees).

Meetings: Wednesdays at 8:15 am at Hy-Vee; Fridays at 11 am at various locations.

Contact: Richard Dowden, president, 120 E. First, Maryville; 660.582.3176.