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OP South Rotary Helps Build Cars

It takes a village of smart, kind, industrious volunteers to design, build and deliver so many cars and other assistive devices.  Geeks for Kids is, after all, an all-volunteer initiative.  This year alone, we will host about 150 Build/Delivery events plus some special events.  If you are interested in volunteering and having a bigger impact, Build & Delivery events (covered on this page) are for you!  If you are a recipient, a donor/sponsor, or a newcomer wanting to get the lay of the land, then Guest Events are for you (learn more about those events here).  

To build all these cars, assistive devices and host all these events, Geeks for Kids needs 300+ volunteers each year – students and professionals alike - with lots of different skills including:

  • Engineers
  • Roboticists
  • Programmers
  • Mechanics
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Designers
  • Seamstresses
  • Project managers
  • Writers
  • Fundraisers
  • Marketers and social media mavens
  • Sponsors and donors
  • And, more!

Read on to learn more about some of the ways you can get involved.

Design & Planning Meetings

The folks on our Design Team & Business Leaders Board keep Geeks for Kids and Invent for Good humming like a well-oiled engine.  These teams meet year-round.  The Design Team meets Monday and Thursday evenings, and the Business Team meets every other Wednesday for lunch.  These folks fuel all that we do.  

The Design Team designs and builds all the technical components that go into our vehicles.  And, the Business Leaders Board handle all business tasks including recruiting recipients and volunteers, planning events, raising money, identifying potential partners, writing documentation, etc. 

To learn more about how you can make magic happen for all the kids who are waiting for the #Power2Play, visit our Join the Team page to learn more or drop us a note to arrange a visit.

Build Events

It’s "all hands on deck" for Build Events. Over the course of each Build, 40 to 75 volunteers strive to assemble up to 8 cars in a day.

No tech skills are necessary for many tasks. Physical therapists check our designs to make sure they suit each child’s specific needs. Seamstresses help us cut out and sew seat cushions and make seat belts. Folks from all walks of life help with tasks like wrapping hard, plastic wheels with rubber tread, pulling LED lights through plastic tubing, installing license plates and cushions, and more. 

There are lots of jobs for our technically-minded folks, too.  The techies can pitch in and help our Design Team build drive systems that make it possible for kids to drive using only their hands, or their feet, or just with a flick of the finger or the press of a cheek.  They also help us assemble other assistive devices.  They create wiring harnesses.  And, they modify steering assemblies and ready safety systems for installation.  

There is lots of work for every skill set and interest. And, no one has to "go it alone."  One of our experienced team leaders supports every team.

The Details

  • Dates: There are 9 Build Events this year. See the column at top, right to check out this year’s schedule.
  • Time: 8:30a to 4:30p – You can join us for the day and see a build through from beginning to end, or you can choose to volunteer for just the morning or afternoon. The morning shift runs from 8:30a to 1:30p, and the afternoon shift runs from 11:30 to 4:30p.
  • Location: The Downtown Underground, 3101 Mercier Street, Suite 419, Kansas City, MO 64111
  • To Fuel Your Engines: Drinks, lunch and snacks will be served.

Invent for Good

Student teams from all over our region and beyond gather to design and prototype new solutions to the challenges our recipients face.  Our professional engineers, programmers To learn more, visit our Invent for Good page.

Delivery Day Celebrations

To our team – and we hope soon for you too – Delivery Days are like the best Christmas morning ever! We bring together our recipient families, volunteers and sponsors for one huge party.

We set up a play area and a racetrack, do a final fitting for each child and then send the kids out to take a few loops around the track. When you see our kids (kids who cannot explore on their own) race around in their custom, electric cars for the first time, you'll see why our team volunteers so much of their free time to give these kids the #Power2Play. Then, relax and enjoy the party! There will be treats and drinks, music, bubbles, balloons and lots of fun. It will be the best day of your year!

The Details

  • Kansas City - Fall Delivery Day & All Abilities Trunk or Treat
    • Date:  Saturday, October 7
    • Time:  
      • Volunteers:  Noon to 5p
      • Recipients & Guests:  1 to 4p
    • Location:  The Summit Church, 3381 NW Chipman Rd, Lee's Summit, MO 64081
  • Kansas City - Summer Delivery Day
    • Date:  Saturday, 6/8 (Set-Up Only) and Sunday, June 9 (The Event)
    • Time:
      • Volunteers:
        • Set-Up Crew, Saturday, 6/8/24 – 3 to 7p
        • D-Day Crew, Sunday, 6/9 - 11a to 6p
        • Wheels & Wishes Crew, Sunday, 6/9 – 1 to 7p - This event is full.  We now have all the volunteers we need for Wheels & Wishes.  
        • Load Out Crew, Sunday, 6/9 – 4:30 to 7:30p
      • Recipients & Guests: Sunday, 6/9 - 1 to 5p
    • Location: Porsche Kansas City, 9415 W 65th St Building #2, Merriam, KS 66203
    • To Fuel Your Engines: Drinks and treats will be served.
  • One-on-One Deliveries for Those Who Cannot Attend a D-Day Event
    • Date:  Saturday, June 15 
    • Time:
      • Volunteers:  11a to 6p
      • Recipients & Guests: 1 to 5p
    • Location: The Downtown Underground, 3101 Mercier Street, Suite 419, Kansas City, MO 64111
  • Cleveland Delivery Day 
    • Date:  Saturday, July 13 (Tentative)
    • Time:  1 to 5p
    • Location:  Hyland Software, Building 3, 28105 Clemens Rd, Westlake, OH 44145
  • Colorado Springs Delivery Day
    • Date:  Saturday, July 27 (Tentative)
    • Time:  1 to 5p
    • Location:  TBD