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From community outreach to board participation and event committee work,

the work of our volunteers makes First Call succeed every day. Please consider donating your time, gifts and talents with the First Call team

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Speakers Bureau

First Call's Speaker's Bureau provides support for community outreach opportunities. You will learn about the mission and work of First Call, and then be giving opportunities throughout the year to represent First Call at a number of community events. 

If interested in volunteering for our Speaker's Bureau, email Michelle Irwin at to request more information.

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Finance & Audit Committee: Oversees First Call finances and assets and engages the board in the annual budgeting process. Meets monthly. 

Building Committee: ensures that the First Call campus is functional, attractive, and well-maintained. Committee members monitor and execute maintenance jobs for the building, open spaces, landscaping, and circulation of vehicles and pedestrians. A building contractor expert serves as Chair; meets quarterly.  


Government Relations Committee: monitors all federal, state, and local legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments and advises the Board about these issues. Meets as needed.  


Events Committee: assists the development manager with the planning, marketing, and execution of First Call special events. Meets monthly.  


Marketing Committee: assists the marketing manager with marketing and public relations strategies and campaigns. Meets every other month.  


Outcomes Committee: reviews the evidence-based outcomes used to assess and evaluate the impact of First Call’s clinical and prevention programs.  


Resource Development Committee: works with the executive staff to lead community philanthropic activities including donor events, donor recognition and major donor cultivation. Meets every other month.  

Risk Management - assesses and reviews First Call’s risk assessment and risk management policies for both programs and operations. Meets quarterly.  


Speakers Bureau: The First Call Speaker's Bureau is a volunteer group of staff and community members that represent First Call throughout the Kansas City metro area at health fairs, corporate events, speaking engagements, and community events. The goal of the Bureau is to increase community awareness and education about addiction and the services that First Call provides. Speakers Bureau volunteers receive in-depth training on First Call services as well as the latest education on mental health and substance use disorder.   


Emerging Professionals Board: The Emerging Professionals Board engages the community in the mission of First Call through events and programming geared toward younger professionals in the KC metro area. The EPB meets virtually monthly and is governed by its own executive committee. Additionally, EPB members serve on First Call committees, attend First Call events, and attend quarterly First Call Governing Board meetings. Application to the EPB is open year-round.   

Why First Call?

First Call’s values of person-centered service, community, collaboration, and kindness are foundational for the agency’s focus on accessibility, commitment to data-driven practice, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as we work toward our mission of reducing the impact of alcohol, drugs, and addiction by providing quality resources to individuals, families, and the community.

Commitment to Diversity

First Call recognizes that systemic racism, discrimination, and stigma have impacted accessibility of harm reduction tools, prevention efforts, and treatment of substance use disorders for individuals, families, and communities we serve. First Call affirms its ongoing responsibility to build strategic initiatives and foster environments in which all people are respected, included, and afforded equitable outcomes.

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