Charity & Grassroots in Martin City

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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

The Midwest Classic golf tournament—which was just added to the PGA's Nationwide Tour in December—unleashes a field of 156 pro golfers to tackle the rolling fairways of the Nicklaus Golf Club. The four passes grant access to any of the competition rounds of of this seven-day charity tournament hosted by the Kansas City Crusaders, which raises funds and donates tournament proceeds to Children’s Mercy Hospital. When pro golfers start their scorecards on Thursday, August 18, families are free to stand on the sidelines or take youngsters to a kids' play area for face painting and inflatable sports games. Check the tournament schedule for event details and exact times.

14225 Dearborn Street
Overland Park,
KS
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

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.

6950 Squibb Rd
Mission,
KS
US