Scott Riggs, American Red Cross

“What people don’t know about the Red Cross is that we are local. 95% of what I do is single family fires. You never hear about that stuff you hear about the big national news, but most of our work is in your neighborhood. Once I started doing [family fire response] I thought, “This is what I…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.”…

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…

Debra McKenzie & Sharon Sparkman, Associated Youth Services

“My favorite part is when one of the youths come back and tell me ‘sometimes you may not have thought I was listening but I heard the things you said and I took your advice.’ Just that they thought enough of me to come back and say hi and thank you means a lot. Our…

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

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…

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…