Charity & Grassroots in Independence

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Philanthropy and fashion coalesce at the second annual Spring into Hope fundraiser, which will donate every cent of its proceeds to the Marian Hope Center for Children's Therapy in support of children with autism and special needs. During both days, guests can peruse vendor booths brimming with upscale clothing, accessories, and home décor from some of Kansas City's finest boutiques, before munching complimentary samplings from local restaurants and enjoying a fashion show that refreshingly lacks the alligator-filled moat that traditionally surrounds runways. They can also partake in frequent raffles, shopping sprees, and giveaways throughout the two-day event, as well as attend a health fair with live demonstrations on Saturday.

19100 E Valley View Pkwy.
Independence,
MO
US

When it was founded in 1975, CAPA ran a crisis and information hotline, but quickly expanded to include treatment programs for survivors of child abuse. Today it serves children and families with three levels of programming?education, family support, and counseling services?all designed to prevent and treat child abuse. The programs help strengthen family relationships through problem solving and communication-based activities, and reinforce self-esteem through educational presentations. Art therapy, play therapy, and individual counseling are all available for children who have experienced trauma or been abused, and a women's empowerment group provides enrichment for adult survivors of abuse.

503 East 23rd Street South
Independence,
MO
US

The Junior League of Kansas City has donated more than $15.7 million and 2.3 million hours of time since its founding in 1914. Spearheading these efforts are the nonprofit organization?s now 1,400 female members, all of whom are committed to their volunteer work and to encouraging others to donate their time as well. Their sheer numbers allow the ladies to form 700-on-700 pickup basketball games and to spread out across the community to get a pulse on current issues in need of attention?currently, children?s nutrition and fitness. To help support their efforts, these stalwart altruists host fundraisers throughout the year. Since it began in 1988, Holiday Mart has helped to raise more than $9 million for Kansas City community projects.

301 West 13th Street
Kansas City,
MO
US

Water.org understands the contradictory nature of one of the world's most abundant resources. On one hand, nearly 70% of Earth is covered with water, while on the other, the amount of clean, potable, fresh water is only 2.5% of that amount. In some places, water flows freely from taps, while in others, the closest water source is miles away. In these places, people have to walk to a public well, and carry home as much water as they can for cooking, drinking, and bathing, or they resort to using contaminated surface water. This is where Water.org steps in.

Co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, Water.org works to alleviate water scarcity through regular interventions in the most remote areas of the world. In Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, and Bangladesh, volunteers work with invested local partners to drill wells, deliver water to households, build spring-fed pump systems, and educate people on proper hygiene and disease prevention.

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920 Main St
Kansas City,
MO
US

Sheffield Place doesn't just shelter people—it addresses the underlying trauma that can upend a person's life. Mothers with infants and children up to age 12 come to Sheffield Place to find a long-term place to live and transition out of the cycle of homelessness. Each family moves into a two-room living unit with a private bath in a building with 14 units. They share kitchen and laundry rooms with their floor's other residents and remain in the apartment for two years until they can gain self-sufficiency. To help families rebuild their lives, Sheffield Place offers trauma-informed care and primary health care, which cater to both the mental-health needs and the physical wellness of the women and children. Residents can attend onsite therapy sessions to help them cope with trauma, substance abuse, and the struggles of independent living.

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6604 E 12th St
Kansas City,
MO
US

Started by a group of driven University of Kansas medical students, JayDoc exists to provide health care for the uninsured and underinsured residents of Greater Kansas City and support medical students with opportunities to apply their learning. The clinic mitigates the cultural, financial, and linguistic barriers that often prevent people from receiving quality health care by providing a mix of no-cost preventive and urgent care with onsite interpreters. The staff of volunteering licensed physicians and medical students provides primary care and prescription medications, prenatal care, and HIV screening, with a special emphasis on nonemergency urgent care, diabetes, and women's health care. The team offers its experience to every patient who arrives at the clinic and does not ask for insurance or citizenship status. Patients may also be connected to other resources such as dental care and free legal advice provided by LawHawks from the University of Kansas School of Law after meeting with a social-services volunteer.

300 Southwest Blvd
Kansas City,
KS
US