In the center of the Juniper Gardens public housing project, in the heart of Kansas City, Kansas, sits an 8-acre farm. Every day, refugees from Burma, Iraq, and Bhutan work quarter-acre plots to grow radishes, potatoes, and herbs, according to an article in the Pitch. But their time in the fields is just one aspect of their journey. Biweekly, they attend problem-solving sessions where they communicate in agriculture shorthand and work with seed packets labeled with pictures. They also attend workshops on organic techniques, small-business management, marketing, and record keeping. After completing the training program, these farmers have the skills to earn meaningful income and have healthy food for their families.
But Cultivate Kansas City has goals larger than this plot. The organization encourages urban farming as a way to grow and deliver fresh produce to neighborhoods throughout the city. It works with many partners to support urban food production and runs the Gibbs Road and the Juniper local vegetable farms to get produce out to the neighborhoods.
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Individuals living with ALS may lose their ability to speak, or find that the act of speaking becomes exhausting as the disease progresses. Devices that augment human speech help sustain a connection between those with ALS and their families, friends, and health-care providers. With several applications available for download that convert text to speech, the iPad can be an important tool for individuals living with ALS, providing them with a means of communicating verbally and helping them participate in family life and personal medical decisions. The iPad is easier to obtain than other communication devices for those with ALS, which often require prescriptions and the approval of insurance companies.
On a typical day at the Turner House Children's Clinic, 35–40 children receive care such as physicals, same-day appointments for sick children, or follow-up appointments. The clinic uses a patient-centered home-practice model to ensure that all its patients receive the highest quality of pediatric care possible.
Turner House serves approximately 4,000 patients each year, with services that include preventive and urgent or acute care, prescription-medication programs for uninsured patients, and bilingual staff members to help serve Spanish-speaking families.
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.
Reach Out and Read Kansas City supports early literacy development in children from low-income families by distributing books during medical examinations. Every year children from birth to 5 years old visit pediatric doctors for vaccinations and checkups. Doctors partnering with Reach Out and Read Kansas City talk to families about the importance of reading aloud to children and give them an age-appropriate book to take home. Volunteers also distribute pamphlets and gently used books in waiting rooms for children to read and take and, when possible, read aloud to children while they wait to model techniques for parents. Reach Out and Read Kansas City gives books to more than 28,000 children every year though partnerships with 49 area clinics. The books mostly go to underserved families and come in 25 languages to reach a wide variety of communities.
Formed by a group of young professionals who wanted to leave a positive mark on their city, SocialHeart raises funds and awareness for Kansas City’s local nonprofit organizations. After two years of careful event planning and volunteering, the group held its first events in 2012, each based on its belief that raising money for a good cause should be fun. To that end, the team coordinates elaborate events throughout the year, such as themed costume parties, date auctions, pub crawls, and brewery tours—all of which benefit local nonprofit groups and clowns looking to socialize without being recognized. SocialHeart also provides social media, marketing support, graphic design, and website or technical support for organizations’ events, as well as organized volunteers for nonprofit events if needed.