Karla Garcia, Turner House Children’s Clinic

“It’s not a job to me. It’s more like a family away from home. We spend more time here than we do with our own family. We really get to know our patients,their stories and their backgrounds. We become a resource to the patient population at Turner House.” “The concept here at Turner House is…

Melanie Boykin, KVC Prairie Ridge Hospital

“When I heard that the girls [at KVC] didn’t get their hair done regularly I knew from being a woman that how you look on the outside has a lot to do with how you feel on the inside. So we decided to give them a place [at New Urban Barber & Beauty] to get…

Ken Carlson, American Red Cross

“It’s nice to be able to help people after a disaster like a house fire where they have lost everything and might not have insurance. We provide emergency services such as shelter, food and clothing. We also do a lot of case work and referrals to things that they might not be aware of. We…

Demetria Spencer, Delight Ahead

“By using SPARK as a [childcare] center we feel less isolated. Before if we needed help, we weren’t really sure where to turn to. Because of SPARK and the technical assistance that they provide, we feel like we have a support system.”  “Project SPARK has helped us to recognize what is current as far as…

Special Spotlight: In memory of De’Andre Goodson

One of the trainees participating in the YouthBuild KCK program was 5 years old when he saw his first murder in Juniper Gardens, the area where the YouthBuild KCK facility is located. After years of seeing such senseless violence, YouthBuild trainees show a range of emotions– apathy, defeat, depression, anger. That was until their friend…

Holiday spotlight: RoShawn Eve and Jada Hall

Special holiday spotlight on RoShawn Eve and Jada Hall! There are many people we see and pass every day on our way to our daily routines. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the things that these people around us are doing to make the world a better place. Roshawn Eve has been working as a security…

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…

Shannon Zaring, CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties

“You get to know this child personally. You’re the one who can go visit their schools and talk to them and everyone involved in the case and find out what’s in the best interest of the child, what they want. My favorite part is working with the kids and seeing the spark in their eye when…

Pang Moua, Girl Scouts

“There are still a lot of traditional families that expect girls to stay home and cook and clean and don’t give the opportunity for them to get out there like boys do. As they saw [Girl Scouts] was actually an educational experience that they could learn from…they are more lenient now and are sending their…

Sabree White, Bethel Neighborhood Center

“One thing I’ve learned overall is to just try, because there are some things that you might not feel comfortable with at first. Like we did hiking for the first time ever, for me and I was like “no, I can’t do this.” But I did it, afterwards I was tired, but I felt accomplished.”…

Charles Mayfield, Boy Scouts of America

“My favorite part is all the things you get to do you wouldn’t get to do if weren’t in Scouts. I’ve learned how to shoot handguns and rifles and tie knots. I flew an airplane that I made out of a kit. I’ve been climbing and caving. Those are the things that a normal family…

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…

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

Calvin Mayfield, Boy Scouts of America

“Without Scouting my boys would have been very one dimensional. They would have just been interested in school and sports. [Scouting] has allowed them to do a lot of different things that are not your typical school or sports related things. They’ve even been able to see parts of the country they wouldn’t have necessarily…

Nina Kimbrough, CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties

“That’s the CASA mission: To empower abused and neglected children with a volunteer’s voice in court by seeking a safe permanent home for each of these children. I remember one little guy who was moved from one foster home to another and the volunteer had to find where that child was. When the volunteer finally…

Amber Glasgow, Girl Scouts

“Girl Scouts isn’t just about cookies, crafts and camping.  It’s about courage, confidence and character. It’s about building future leaders. There’s been research that shows that girls excel exponentially when they are in a class without boys because they don’t worry t as much how they are perceived. They are less quiet and tend to speak…

Olliea Jarrett, CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties

“I didn’t know that parents could walk away from their kids, and they can. That’s a realization that there are so many kids in distress. CASA is like a healing organization. Every kid you come in contact with is broken, and they’re broken in different ways. If you want to make a connection with another…

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 

Xbrie Morrow, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

“There are a lot of opportunities if you are involved in the Boys & Girls Club. There are a lot of trips to colleges and exposure to things you might not be aware of otherwise. It has opened our eyes to all of the opportunities that are out there.” Xbrie Morrow, participant at Boys & Girls…