Eloise Mills, RSVP Volunteer

“I had been coming to Bethel since my kids were little. When I retired I knew I wanted to help more and another friend  was also retiring at the same time started a crafts class with me. It seemed like the thing that the ladies liked the most and what the most need for was…

Jon Kohrs, HQL initiative partner

“My favorite part of working with any nonprofit is they are all entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur is trying to solve a problem first and foremost. Everyone at United Way is trying to solve a problem and they are usually doing it on a shoe string budget with half the staff and funds they really need. That’s…

Karla Nichols, Cancer Action

“We often get the referral from patients who start to see the physical effects of chemotherapy like hair loss. Cancer Action gives out over 300 wigs a year. We have a couple wig rooms full of different options that they can choose from. That’s an important part of how they feel about themselves, especially women….

Elizabeth Reynoso, El Centro

“We don’t use the word teach, we guide or we explain our community on how to cook or how to prepare your own recipes to change your options. We show how to read labels and how to eat healthier. We guide them to use things like the farmer’s market from Cultivate Kansas City and learn…

Juan Arambula, Bethel Neighborhood Center

“I think on the first day I was both nervous and excited at the same time because I was going to meet new people. When I came to Bethel it was a wonderful place just to play and have time to experience new things The thing that impacted pretty much everybody was learning to have…

Dustin Hardison, Catholic Charities of NE Kansas

“There is a myth that we only serve Catholics. It’s tough because it’s in our name of course. The truth is we serve anybody and everybody.  We are lucky to have the support of the Catholic Church  and we also get portions of our pantry from Harvesters. We get donations from schools and we purchase…

Susan Lewis, Mental Health America of the Heartland

“We see 25,000 people a year with a staff of less than 25 people. The joke is we may not have it, but we’ll figure out how to get it for you. We’ll get you what you need. Even if you’re not sure what you’ll need, we have people here to help you figure it…

Maria Reyes, Turner House Children’s Clinic

“I continue helping people. You need to be in the same situation. Being a mom of 4 kids, & looking for assistance in the community- I can understand that. So when I enter the room and I see this new mom with a beautiful baby and she doesn’t know what to do or why he…

Deborah Mcintosh, Cancer Action, Inc.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2002. My background is I’m a registered nurse. My husband who is a physician was actually the one who told me about this agency called Cancer Action that he suggested that I call. Initially I told him I didn’t need help with anything. I’ve been…

Manuala Arambula, Bethel Neighborhood Center

“What led me to go from being a student to a volunteer to a staff member was how Bethel’s staff changed my life. I wanted to change at least one of the student’s lives that are here. If it wasn’t for Bethel I would be out on the street or I’d be the average teen…

Sheena Spears, Mental Health America of the Heartland

“Because I have suffered from PTSD [from events in my life] I had a lot of anger against men, I had a lot of anger against women. I had a lot of anger period.  I have calmed so much because of this place. This is a training ground. Now I sit back and watch those…

Norma Loya, El Centro

“For me my favorite part is working with my community. When I go outside I see that necessity. Most people don’t know that there are the many resources and places they can go to for benefits without obligation. Most people think that they don’t have the opportunity to do more after they came to this country…

Chin Tial, Bethel Neighborhood Center

“My sister and my brother first went to Bethel. I went to Bethel once or twice when we were getting them and I liked it. Bethel is fun in the summer because you get to go to field trips every Tuesday.” Chin Tial, participant at Bethel Neighborhood Center, Nurturing Children & Families, Wyandotte County resident

Tibbie Gray, Riverview Health Services

“As of December I’m no longer working so I’m finding out being on a fixed income is really difficult. You have to budget, but if something comes up what do you do? Do you not take your medicine? Riverview has been a God send for me; I don’t have to make those decisions.” -Tibbie, participant…

Adeng Mabor, Catholic Charities of NE Kansas

“I had a client tell me that they feel like a person when they come to our pantry. I asked what that meant and he said usually people would talk down to him and just hand him things. Here we give him power back and make him feel like he has a voice and a…

Sammie Davis, Cultivate Kansas City

I would like to see the neighborhood embrace itself again. When I was growing up here in Wyandotte County there was lots of families and businesses on every street, especially 3rd street and 5th street, and they communicated. The parents knew each other. The kids ran through the neighborhood. If they kicked your trashcan, before…

Ngi, Bethel Neighborhood Center

“When I grow up I want to be a scientist, the type of scientist that changes the world.” -Ngi, participant at Bethel Neighborhood Center, Nurturing Children & Families Programs, Wyandotte County resident 

Kaler Bole, El Centro

“I think the key for me to being a volunteer was when along the way in those 22 years in working with El Centro I realized that it wasn’t always me helping them, but it was the blessings and love that they the clients of El Centro were giving me. I think that partnership is…

Christopher Leach, Mental Health America of the Heartland

“Where am I going to go and apply for a job and say ‘I’m a recovering drug addict, I have a mental illness and I’m a felon? ’ Am I going to put that on an application or resume and expect to get a job? I not only disclose this information here but this is…

Leroy Springfield, Cancer Action

“Until you go through it you don’t have a clue. I used to have good health and then all of the sudden BAM. You never know what’s going to happen to you. To have these people to help you means the world to me. If there were no Cancer Action I’d probably have to take…