Staff Volunteer Day at Junior Achievement BizTown – April 7

Students are ready to visit JA BizTown presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union and we need your help! From 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., volunteers will staff each JA BizTown storefront, assisting students at work while getting guidance from Junior Achievement Staff. Position-specific training will occur the morning of the event, and there is no required training beforehand. Storefronts will be assigned the day of the event and there is no industry-specific knowledge required. Space is limited, so sign up online to join the Outreach Committee as we volunteer for Junior Achievement.

Care Center/Kangaroo Pantry Food and Dishes Drive

Help us support our UMKC community. The Care Center and Kangaroo Pantry rely heavily on donations of food and dishes to keep their shelves stocked. Throughout March, Staff Council is hosting a food and dishes drive to help our pantry stock up on essential items our community needs. Visit the Kangaroo Food Pantry website to learn more about non-perishable food items the pantry needs the most.

Upcoming Leave Program Information Session

A new staff leave program was approved in September 2022 that will take effect in January 2024. The new staff leave program will transition from a traditional model with separate buckets for vacation, incidental sick and personal days, to a paid time off (PTO) model. For the first time, the university will offer paid parental and caregiver leave programs, as well as short-term disability. You will not lose accrued balances when we transition to the new leave program.

Representatives from the Office of Human Resources and the leave program implementation team will provide updates on the transition process, how accrued time off will be honored and assist in answering questions. Faculty and staff are invited to attend the upcoming information session taking place at UMKC on Thursday, April 6.

Two opportunities to attend a session are available:

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Bloch Executive Center, 218, on Volker Campus

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the School of Dentistry, 209, on Health Sciences Campus.

You can find more details about the upcoming information sessions for your campus community on our Leave Program webpage ( On this page, you also can find more information about the new PTO plan and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Information, including a recorded video option, will be accessible on this webpage once all information sessions conclude in April for anyone unable to attend the sessions in person.