Giving Tuesday!

Today is Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world through acts of giving. In light of COVID-19, our communities are in need of generosity and unity now more than ever.

Below are some organizations in Kansas City we encourage you to check out and consider supporting!

Guadalupe Centers

campaign imageHelp raise funds to support COVID-19 efforts, including housing and utility assistance, food pantry, meal deliveries for seniors, and virtual learning support for the charter school student body for Latino families in our community.

Donate here!

Cultivate KC

Home - Cultivate KCHelp families who are struggling to secure food during COVID-19, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, by donating to Cultivate KC. This organization provides local produce grown with care to food pantries in order to help nurture our community.

Donate here!

Shepherd’s Center of KC Central

Support seniors in the community. Shepherd’s Center addresses emotional and physical needs, such as loneliness and hunger, and helps care for one of the most vulnerable populations during COVID-19

Donate here.

Community LINC

Help families experiencing homelessness in our community re-house, stabilize, and become empowered. Community LINC seeks to end homelessness and support families in need, especially those severely impacted by COVID-19

Rent Party with Community LINC — Uncover KC

Donate here.

 

Your kindness and generosity will help countless individuals and families struggling in our community! We are stronger together. Please consider giving today!

JCCC Kindness Challenge

Calling all JCCC students and employees! Check out the JCCC Kindness Challenge below! If you are not formally connected with JCCC, I hope you’ll still be inspired by this challenge and maybe start one of your own.

JCCC Kindness Challenge

The staff, faculty, and students of JCCC have already done amazing things to give back to their communities during this crisis. Kindness is so important to keeping our community strong during this time of need. Let’s keep it up!

Honors and Community-Based Learning has teamed up with the JCCC Kindness Club to propose a challenge. How many acts of kindness can JCCC do by the end of the (current) Kansas City stay-at-home order – May 15th? Let’s reach 100 acts!

Below is a list of ideas. We hope many of these acts are already integrated in your routine; if not, here is an incentive to spread kindness in your community in small ways. If you do any act of kindness from the list or beyond, send me an email (tkaraim@jccc.edu)! I will keep track of all of our good deeds and reveal the final tally after the deadline! Feel free to send me pictures as well or post on Social Media (#JCCCKidnessChallenge). Follow Community-Based Learning for updates on the challenge on Instagram – @jccc_cbl.

Please only do the tasks that are safe, healthy, and feasible for YOU.

Ideas:

  • Send a letter to someone in need
  • Safehome – Notes of encouragement for clients and direct service staff at Safehome can help spread some love! Letters can be mailed to Safehome, PO Box 4563, Overland Park, KS 66204-0563.
  • Santa Marta – Become a pen pal to a senior citizen. Reach out to Rachel Schuckman for more information: rschuckman@santamartaretirement.com
  • Make masks to give to friends, neighbors, or local hospitals
    • Click here for instructions on how to make your own mask
  • Send food to medical, emergency, or any essential workers
  • Call your grandparents!
  • Give blood
    • Two agencies to give blood at in Kansas City are the Red Cross or Community Blood Centers
  • Donate to local organizations
    • Here’s a great list of organizations making a difference in KC right now
  • Volunteer at a food pantry
    • Harvesters is a great place to start. Here’s a link to their list of food pantries.
  • Volunteer remotely
    • Subscribe to this blog and keep checking back for new ideas!
  • Leave notes or treats for delivery drivers
  • Write encouraging messages with sidewalk chalk
  • Advocate for an agency on social media
  • Support local businesses by buying gift cards
  • Buy groceries for a family in need 
  • Leave a nice tip at a local restaurant 
  • Send/leave a kind note to a neighbor 
  • Go for a walk and pick up trash along the way 
  • Create an appreciation post for someone

Let Tara Karaim know if you have questions at tkaraim@jccc.edu. Let’s do this!

Kansas City Resource Drive!

Many of the churches in Kansas City have hosted food drives over the past few weeks since the shelter in place order was issued. Over that time, the need at local pantries has grown exponentially.

On Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM, metro-area churches will collaborate for a major food and resource drive benefiting food pantries who are experiencing unprecedented demand due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This metro-wide resource drive will benefit these local Community Partners: · Avenue of Life, Kansas City, KS · Mission Southside, Olathe, KS · Shawnee Community Services, Shawnee, KS · Freedom Fire, Kansas City, MO · Calvary Community Network, Kansas City, MO · Feed Northland Kids, Liberty, MO · Raytown United Food Ministry, Raytown, MO

Resource Drive Report | COVID-19 Response — Westside Family Church

Drop off your items at any of the following locations closest to you (there is no need to package items, simply take them directly from store to site if you want).

DROP OFF Locations:
  • Kansas City, MO · Colonial Presbyterian Church, 9500 Wornall Road
  • Liberty, MO · Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 N. State Route 291
  • Raytown, MO · Connection Point Church, 10500 East 350 Hwy
  • Kansas City, KS · Westside Family Church, 3001 N. 115th Street
  • Lenexa, KS · Foundry Church, 8835 Lackman Road · Westside Family Church, 8500 Woodsonia Drive
  • Olathe, KS · Journey Bible Church 13700 W. 151st Street · Christ Community Church, 21835 College Blvd · Olathe Christian Church, 1115 South Ridgeview Road
  • Overland Park, KS · Life.Church, 9800 West 135th Street · OP Church of Christ, 13400 West 119th Street
  • Shawnee, KS · Community Life Church, 6424 Vista Drive
ITEMS LIST:
FOOD STAPLES

· Bread
· Tortillas
· Instant Oatmeal
· Peanut Butter & Jelly
· Ramen Noodles
· Rice
· Pasta & Sauce
· Macaroni & Cheese
· Vegetable Cooking Oil
· Sugar Cane/Brown Sugar
· Dried Beans
· Applesauce
· Granola Bars
· Bags of Chips
· Potatoes, Onions
· Fruit (Apples & Oranges are best)
· Canned Goods
· Beans (Black/Refried)
· Chile Sauces
· Stew/Soup
· Meat (Tuna, Chicken, etc.)
· Vegetables

LAUNDRY SUPPLIES
CLEANING SUPPLIES
PAPER PRODUCTS

· Toilet Paper
· Paper Towels
· Diapers/Pull-ups
· Wipes

PERSONAL HYGIENE

· Feminine Hygiene Items
· Toothbrush
· Toothpaste
· Shampoo
· Conditioner
· Lotion
· Deodorant
· Hand Soap / Bar Soap
· Hand Sanitizer

For more info, visit this webpage. As always, stay healthy and safe!

Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude

For our last post of National Volunteer Week, we’d like to recognize Operation Gratitude. We appreciate all of the deployed troops, first responders, and emergency medical personnel working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us in saying thank you to them!

Operation Gratitude is sending out care packages to deployed troops as well as first responders that include letters from those who appreciate their hard work and sacrifice in helping keep us safe. The mission of Operation Gratitude is to forge connections between civilians and  Military and First Responder heroes through volunteer service projects, acts of gratitude, and meaningful engagements in communities nationwide.

Ship Care Packages to Deployed Troops

Show your appreciation with letters, notes, or drawings expressing your gratitude for their service. Check out their website for details and instructions on how to mail your packages.

Celebrate Earth Day with Bridging the Gap!

Happy Earth Day! We live on an incredible planet. I am sure that we have all experienced its beauty in some way and have felt appreciation for the splendor that surrounds us. Participating in sustainable measures is critical in allowing future generations to experience the same benefits and beauty of our earth.

One of the leading organizations in the Kansas City metro that focuses on environmental and sustainability issues we face today is Bridging The Gap.

If you are passionate about sustainability and want to do something to help take care of our amazing planet, consider volunteering with Bridging The Gap. In the midst of COVID-19, please only volunteer if you feel healthy and it is safe for you to leave your home.

Bridging The Gap (@BTG_KC) | TwitterBridging The Gap makes the well-being of their volunteers, staff, partners, and communities a top priority, during the COVID-19 outbreak and always. They are closely monitoring the situation and adapting volunteer workdays to reflect the latest guidelines from the CDC and local governments.

With that in mind, there are a couple ongoing opportunities to volunteer!

Volunteer at the Pleasant Valley Recycling Center

· Wednesday – Saturday
· 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Volunteer at the Red Bridge Recycling Center

· Wednesday – Saturday
· 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Pick a location, a day and time that works for you and make a difference in the efforts of our community to live sustainably.

Visit Bridging The Gap’s website for further details on volunteering.

Hope Faith Ministries Volunteering

In honor of National Volunteer Week, here’s another great opportunity for you to give back! Please only do so if you feel healthy and it is safe for you leave your home.

Hope Faith Ministries works to alleviate homelessness and poverty in Kansas City, Missouri by providing basic necessities and assistance, as well as, providing critical services and programs to empower individuals experiencing homelessness and at-risk individuals to become self-sufficient and independent. Hope Faith Ministries is a non-denominational, Christian based organization that accomplishes this mission through a variety of programs and services.

Volunteer | Hope Faith Homeless Assistance Campus

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, volunteer opportunities with Hope Faith Ministries have changed. However, help is currently needed in the following areas:

Kitchen: Preparing food and packaging sack lunches for guests.
Delivery Drivers: Transport supplies and food where they need to be in a safe and efficient manner.
Dispatchers: This position can be done remotely. The dispatcher’s role is to assist in matching needs to available resources, and providing logistic support to drivers while they carry out deliveries. A device and internet connection are necessary for this role.
First Aid Tent: We are seeking medical professionals and students to assist in the Farmer’s Insurance First Aid Tent. To sign up for this volunteer opportunity, please click here.

Volunteer | Hope Faith Homeless Assistance Campus

To schedule a time to volunteer or for more information, please contact: Brittni, Development Coordinator: volunteer@hopefaith.org, (816) 298-6134.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all volunteers must fill out the COVID-19 Waiver form before volunteering. All volunteers will be questioned about their recent health and their temperature will be taken before entering Hope Faith’s campus for the safety of our community.

Green Works Virtual Volunteer Opportunity!

Edit as of 4/21 – Elaine Warren notified Community-Based Learning that she has already received enough volunteers for this opportunity. However, if you’d like to join their volunteer list or help in another way, please feel free to reach out.

Happy National Volunteer Week! Although it may be difficult to get out and volunteer in your community, we encourage you to find ways to volunteer as safely as possible. One such way is through virtual volunteering.

Green Works in Kansas City has an opportunity for you to volunteer and still make a positive impact while at home. Since 2007, Green Works has been empowering Kansas City’s Future leaders to care for our environment, contribute to our economy, and create healthy communities.

They are currently looking for volunteers to create hand-written notes of encouragement for their students who are grappling with adjusting their schedules during quarantine, completing school-work, and who are struggling with their overall emotional well-being amid covid-19.

Here’s how it will work:

  • Email Elaine Warren at elaine@greenworkskc.org to let her know you’re interested
  • You will receive 2 names and mailing addresses of Green Works students
  • You hand-write and mail your messages to the students by Friday, May 1 (this is the suggested date because some seniors could be out of school as early as May 11)

The impact of meaningful words can go a long way in uplifting someone! These students would greatly appreciate your encouragement during this uncertain, stressful time.

KC STEM Alliance | Green Works in Kansas City

In the spirit of National Volunteer Week, we are going to post every day this week! Happy volunteering!

Virtual Volunteer Opportunity at Goodwill

Looking for a way to volunteer to support those impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Goodwill is looking for virtual volunteers! Sign up today for an opportunity to serve individuals impacted by COVID-19.

COVID-19 has threatened lives and disrupted our economy. Individuals need employment and economic support now more than ever. Goodwill has established a text line to provide one-on-one support for individuals in need; this resource will provide guidance and information in the areas of accessing unemployment benefits, filing taxes in order to receive economic impact payments, setting up a bank account, performing job searches, developing digital and essential skills, and receiving connections to other community resources.

You can help respond to these questions, providing real-time support to individuals in need. The text line has built in answers and resources. Volunteers will be available to provide additional, individualized services as needed and will focus on referring individuals to other non-employment related community resources.

To learn more, check out the volunteer position description, or email Goodwill at gvolunteer@mokangoodwill.org.

Global FC Mentor Opportunity!

Global FCGlobal FC (Futbol Community) is a non-profit organization in North East Kansas City. It originated as a community development project as the hysteria around refugee resettlement was brewing in our country and around the world. Global FC became a response in Kansas City on how to bridge the gap between debating, protesting and actually implementing action in the local community.

Their  programming supports first generation refugee and immigrant youth with the tools to overcome obstacles to success by providing resources, opportunities, and most importantly relationships. Through primary programs of soccer, education, and mentoring, the household approach to youth development and high family engagement component makes Global FC unique.

Volunteer | Global FC

Here are two ways that you can help remotely:

Online Engagement Mentors:
Mentorship at Global FC has evolved to continue engagement with youth in various safe ways. Mentors have become a much needed voice of encouragement and accountability in the midst of the loud noise of fear. Some ways that mentors are engaging online right now include:
  • Maintaining strong lines of communication allows our team to be aware of the immediate need for food and to ensure resources get to the most vulnerable as fast as possible.
  • Sharing important information about how to stay physically safe and mentally strong during this pandemic.
  • Offering an ear to listen as a person of support and accountability to ensure our kids can be successful in this new learning climate.
  • Coming up with creative challenges or new ways to engage the group of youth in a positive and fun way
  • Reciprocal cultural exchange – learning about youth and their rich cultures as you teach them about yours.
We must stay mindful of the reality that First Generation Immigrant and Refugee Youth (FGIRY) have experienced complex traumas including war, resettlement, persecution, and loss of loved ones. Unhealed wounds and trauma are often unaddressed as youth are forced to adapt and survive in their new host culture in America. Outlets such as school and soccer provide an escape from responsibilities beyond their age and to simply be a kid. With both of those outlets temporarily and abruptly removed, traumas and behavioral issues may quickly resurface. Positive and encouraging mentor voices are needed now more than ever. YOUR voice can be a force for transformation, healing, and to breathe life into our city! Consider joining our ENGAGEMENT team at Global FC Community. For more information, please reach out to patricia@branch-global.com.

Online Tutors:

Our Education Program has quickly jumped into action by asking the questions, How do we evolve our efforts to ensure our youth can succeed in the transition to learning from home? And how do we ensure our youth are being held accountable to their studies? Volunteer support and our strong family engagement efforts have proven invaluable during this crisis, harnessing credible relationships with students and strong lines of communication with families. Therefore, we have taken our partnerships with Kansas City Public Schools and various charter schools to the next level by locking arms to bridge schools and homes. We are still learning and adjusting as we carry out online engagement, but here are the responsibilities our online education team is taking on while checking in with students three times a week:

  • Provide accountability ~ Tutors are part of a village of volunteers surrounding each student, continually reinforcing the importance of their studies, staying on top of their workload, and asking for help. In addition to the credible voice of volunteers, we also leverage the game of soccer to ensure youth are being held accountable to their studies. Soccer will begin again; we remind them of that. 🙂

  • Ask for an update on what’s going on in their life currently ~ How is home? Schoolwork? Health? Food? Interests?

  • Restate expectations

  1. Students check the chat AT 2 pm every MWF

  2. Complete the activity provided by our Curriculum Developer

  3. Ask for help if needed

  4. Respond to messages

  • Ask about the activity ~ Have students started? Where are they in the process? What have they learned so far? What parts make them curious?

  • Assist with schoolwork ~ As students and tutors interact over various points of the check-in, youth are voicing their needs and concerns about schoolwork, and tutors are readily available to provide guidance.

Consider joining our ONLINE TUTORING team at Global FC Community. For more information, please reach out to celeste@branch-global.com

Happy Mentoring!

Shepherd’s Center KC Needs Your Help!

Did you know that 1 in 12 seniors in Kansas City didn’t have enough food to live healthy lives BEFORE Covid-19?

Kansas City’s parents and grandparents, neighbors, aunts and uncles who were already isolated are now at risk of starving without the daily meals that organizations like Shepherd’s Center KC delivers through selfless volunteers.

Shepherd’s Center KC is still delivering hot nutritious meals, fresh fruits and vegetables form Healthy Harvest at Truman Medical Center, and toilet paper and incontinence supplies directly to homebound seniors in their homes.

The meals delivered 5 days a week are sometimes the only meals that clients receive in a day. Shepherd’s Center volunteers form deep bonds with their senior clients, and are often the only human contact that they receive. It is now even more important for these volunteers to check on their seniors routinely!

Shepherd’s Center is in need of volunteers who are willing to deliver meals during this demanding time.To learn more, contact Bobi Hallak, Volunteer Manager at bobi@sccentral.org.

Shepherd's Center of Kansas City Central | Nonprofit Member ...Shepherd’s Center is also in need of donations. Due to Covid-19, the funds from donors that Shepherd’s Center depend on are severely diminished from even a month ago, leaving Shepherd’s Center and other similar organizations that provide essential services to the most vulnerable populations in Kansas City scrambling to continue to make the difference that only those on the front lines can make.

Help feed Kansas City’s most vulnerable seniors for a day, a week, or a month. $100 helps Shepherd’s Center feed 10 vulnerable seniors, and delivers toilet paper and adult incontinence supplies for 1 day. $10 supports one senior for a day. Please consider making an emergency donation.