Devin, Associated Youth Services

“AYS isn’t just the typical place where you feel like you’re going to be viewed and judged the way you come in. They are opened handed. They really will do their best to help you out. They don’t mind coming to get you if you need transportation. My best advice would be to get help…

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…

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 

Charles Jones, Associated Youth Services

“If your child has a problem, make the time to help them. There has to be a parent involvement. It can’t just be the child. We all have our problems. I’m not going to tell you not to do something. I’ll tell you the consequences of what will happen if you continue what you are…

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…

Richard Vogel, Cancer Action

“I got involved at Cancer Action after my wife passed away January the 1st 2014. I saw the need for keeping busy and helping people with rides. It’s been a real pleasure meeting and helping people however I can. People are so appreciative because they otherwise do not have a way to get to their…

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…

Nancy Fossett, Catholic Charities of NE Kansas

“I want to go back to work in the worst way.  Believe me if someone said you could go back to work I would in a heartbeat.  I’m not getting enough to live off from disability alone.  I am trying to support myself and my daughter who has mild mental retardation.Catholic Charities has done so…

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…

Corey Wallace, Metro Lutheran Ministry

“I came here because people told me about Metro Lutheran Ministries assisting others. I’m the type of person that will do whatever they can to get things done on their own before asking for help. It’s ok to ask for help. If you try all you can and you just can’t do it sometimes you…

Shivani Lokre, KVC Prairie Ridge Hospital

“I started [volunteering] with KVC in my freshman year of high school. The first year I was working with random projects and mostly paper work. The second year I started to work with the hospital, and that’s when I got to know the kids a lot better.  I go every month to celebrate the birthdays…

Derrick Hurst, KVC Behavioral HealthCare

“Every child deserves a chance. We’ve always said no kid is too sick to help. That’s why I’m passionate about working here with this population of kids that maybe in other settings people would see them as too difficult to work with. We had a child that was diagnosed as ADHD and discovered that he had…