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…

Nora Brown, Family Conservancy

 “Education has been a very important part of the program to help families make informed decisions for the rest of their lives. We give them those topics and resources to plant roots in the community to make those families stronger. All of the families that come to the program are exceptional.  They come to the…

Greg Shondell, Heathwood Oil

“United Way can assess total needs, then it looks at total providers and from that it can allocate those dollars efficiently. If you aren’t completely aware of everything in the community, which no one can be, then you probably aren’t using the money in the best way. United way serves that purpose that does the…

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…

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…

Alexis Cowan, YouthBuild KCK

“When I learned I was unable to walk for graduation due to being short x amount of credits I decided it was time to do something else with my life. I came to YouthBuild and took a placement test. [While a trainee] I showed my leadership skills and that I could be a role model…

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…

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…

Marvin Miller, Mental Health America of the Heartland

“I was one of those guys that said never; like, I’d never be homeless.  I’d never do drugs.  I’d never rob and steal and go to prison. The only never that hasn’t happened in my life yet is they haven’t thrown the dirt on me. I no longer allow guilt and shame to rule my life. …

Lewis Smith, Mental Health America of the Heartland

“Normally you are judged on paper more than the content of your character. What happens is people are lost because of their history and then people fall deeper into addiction. They say ‘I don’t want to feel anything. I’ve been a prostitute.  I’ve been to jail. Who’s going to give me a job?’ My job…