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Every year more than 6,500 animals enter Wayside Waifs, incapable of surviving on their own. They're injured or sick, mothers with babies, or orphans too young to feed themselves. But the shelter takes them all in. It even outsources?entrusting the youngest and most vulnerable to foster families who care for them and dote on them until they're old enough and socially ready to seek adoption.

At that point, the animals move back to the shelter. There they enjoy all the privileges of an adopted pet: dogs go on lengthy walks around a 50-acre campus, hear soothing spa music indoors, and play in a 5,000-square-foot fenced-in agility park; while cats lounge on towers in the sun room, sleep on plush beds in cage-free kennels, and play iPad games with a volunteer. As a result of this loving treatment, the animals are happy and healthy once it's time to move in with new families.

3901 Martha Truman Rd
Kansas City,
MO
US

With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24x36 pieces are under $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.

14549 Metcalf Ave
Overland Park,
KS
US

The only children's psychiatric hospital in Johnson County, Marillac Center provides a comprehensive range of mental-health services for children up to age 17, including hospitalization, residential treatment, and therapeutic education. To help traumatized or injured youth recuperate, recover, and reclaim their lives, Marillac uses a therapeutic model of care that helps children understand trauma and its impact on them.

Marillac's psychiatric hospital admits youth 24/7, including those in need of emergency assistance to stabilize an unsafe situation. In 2011, the hospital served 1,382 children and their families, and of those who reported suicidal ideation and self-harming behavior upon admission, a 99% decrease in those behaviors was observed upon discharge, according to Marillac's annual report. The organization also runs a residential treatment facility that serves children and adolescents in need of long-term, intensive treatment that cannot be provided in a hospital setting.

8000 W 127th St
Overland Park,
KS
US

Janette Fennell was locked in her own trunk with her husband—forced there at gunpoint—thinking only about her child. Their 9-month-old had been in the vehicle with them before the carjacking, but now they didn't know where he was and what kind of danger he was in. After escaping, she was fortunate enough to be reunited with their son, and she found her life's purpose. In the years following, she led a successful campaign to institute internal trunk-release mechanisms in all vehicles manufactured in the US. But this victory was just the beginning.

During the campaign, parents had contacted her to help with other incidents: cars being knocked into gear and children being left in overheated vehicles. So Janette made it her mission to inform the public about nontraffic motor-vehicle accidents and to help protect children from the dangers of automobiles. Today her organization, KidsAndCars.org, works to prevent more than 200 annual child deaths caused by such tragedies as backovers, heat stroke, and power-window strangulations. And KidsAndCars.org goes beyond advocacy too—it also collects data on fatalities and helps survivors deal with their grief through volunteer support systems.

See how Groupon helps you discover local causes and lend a helping hand to projects big and small at the Groupon Grassroots blog.

7532 Wyoming Street
Kansas City,
MO
US

Since 2010, Sleepyhead Beds' team of volunteers has collected new or gently used beds and bedding to give to children in need—working with the belief that all children deserve a good night’s sleep. The volunteers pick up donated mattresses, and then transport them to the organization's warehouse for sterilization before delivering the beds to the children. In 2011, Sleepyhead Beds delivered approximately 1,800 beds to Kansas City–area children.

4741 Central #244
Kansas City,
Missouri
US

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.

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Kansas City,
MO
US