Month: October 2013
It’s pumpkin season! Mayors from nine Missouri towns near Kansas City participated in the “Pumpkin Playoffs” last week to raise money for their preferred charities.
KU head football coach Charlie Weis has more than just football on his resume. He and his wife, Maura, founded Hannah and Friends, a nonprofit that offers residential housing and services for people with special needs. Their daughter Hannah moved into the facilities over the summer.
On a serious note, Dianne Ensminger of Ballard Community Services will resign at the beginning of November after serving as CEO for 15 years. Ensminger was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. Her shoes at BCS will be hard to fill.
The nonprofit Heartland Community Health Center recently began renovations on its waiting area in an effort to make patients feel more comfortable in its facility. HCHC received a grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for the renovations.
The renovation process relies heavily on volunteers. Jon Stewart, whose background is in architecture, balances his usual duties as CEO of Heartland with working on the construction.
HCHC works primarily with low-income patients to provide them with healthcare, not “sick care.”
Need a reason to buy some beer? Probably not, but here’s one. Every three months, Boulevard Brewing Company donates 10 percent of one of its craft beer’s sales to several charities in the Kansas City area. This quarter, KC Pet Project will receive the majority of the donation.
Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen, and get ready for the transfer of wealth. The older generation’s money will soon be handed over to the younger, and most likely out of the local community. But wait, there’s hope! Keep 5 in Kansas is a program designed to keep that money in the community.
There’s a storm a-brewin’ in the world of welfare. Kansas Department for Children and Families rejected federal funding that would help lower-income people receive food stamps and child-care assistance. Local food bank Harvester’s alone lost out on over $14,000 of funding.
Kansas Appleseed, part of the national nonprofit organization Appleseed, made its way back to Kansas after a several year absence this August. Kansas Appleseed works with attorneys to assist with cases of injustice in Kansas.
For more information on how to volunteer with Kansas Appleseed, contact Benet Magnuson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The zombie virus has spread to Lawrence. On Oct. 3, zombies took Massachusetts Street by storm after the KU homecoming parade. All donations were given to the virus-free Lawrence Humane Society.
Have you seen any goats lately? Washington native Steve Wescott and his goat, LeeRoy Brown, are trekking across the United States to raise money for the UZIMA Foundation, a Kenyan charity. If you see them, give bad, bad LeeRoy Brown a scratch behind the ears.