Giving Tuesday Ideas!

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Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.  Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a way to encourage people to do good. It is now an independent nonprofit focused on inspiring others to do good whether that means donating to charities or helping out a neighbor! Learn more about #GivingTuesday on their website.

Here are some local organizations you might consider donating to today:

Home Page - Goodwill AkronGoodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas

  • Goodwill empowers people to discover their potential and adapt for the future through the power of work.
  • Help Goodwill accomplish their mission by donating to Goodwill’s Holiday of Giving Campaign!


Freedom Hoops


  • Creating disciples on and off the court. 
  • Freedom Hoops is looking for donations to help raise $7,500 to cover all costs for 15 young men to go to summer camp!
  • Donate Here!



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  • Rise Against Hunger is growing a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives, and responding to emergencies.
  • This Giving Tuesday you can help by donating money to Rise Against Hunger and provide meals to those in need! Donate here.
    • $250 provides 700 emergency meals
    • $120 provides treatment to a child facing malnutrition 
    • $75 provides a child a year of meals
    • $60 provides a food basket for an at-risk family

Happy #GivingTuesday!

JCCC Giving Tea

Johnson County Community College – COLLEAGUE 2 COLLEAGUEAttention JCCC staff and faculty! This popular JCCC tradition is looking a little different this year. Although you won’t be able to drink tea and wrap presents together this year, JCCC will still be collecting your holiday donations! All you have to do is view the various wish lists down below, make your purchases, and bring your new and unwrapped items to campus!

JCCC’s Holiday Giving Tea committee will be hosting an on-campus, drive-through, collection event.

Location: Regnier Center Parking Garage

Date & Time: Tue. Dec. 1st | 1-3pm

Can’t make this date? You can leave your donations in a bin in CC 115 – Campus Police. Now through Dec. 1st!

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Online Wish Lists:

Care Beyond the Boulevard (homeless outreach)

  • Greatest Needs: Antibiotic ointment, AA or AAA batteries, blankets, cold medicine (any kind), hand and foot warmers, ibuprofen and protein snacks

JCCC Cav Cupboard (food pantry/hygiene products/school supplies)

  • Greatest Needs: Baby food, diapers, hats, gloves, scarves, canned meat/fish and boxed meals

Kansas City VA Medical Center

  • Greatest Needs: Denture cleaner, disposable razors, large cans of regular coffee, men’s coats sizes XL to XXXXL, restaurant gift cards, $10 Walmart® or QuikTrip® gift cards

JCCC Gives (holiday help for students/faculty/staff) Wish Lists and Donations

  • In-person monetary donations to JCCC Gives can be made Dec. 1 at the collection event or in COM 309. Mail checks to Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., c/o Box 7, Overland Park, KS 66210.

Have questions? Contact Michele Clark at

Sponsored by the JCCC Foundation.

Happy Holidays!

How to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

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Protests have erupted across the United States this past weekend after the death of George Floyd. People from Seattle to New York have gathered to stand against police brutality – Kansas City, Topeka, and Lawrence included.

If you are wanting to support the protestors and the fight against police brutality, you can help by donating to or getting involved with the groups below:

George Floyd Memorial Fund– “This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George.  A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.”

 Minnesota Freedom Fund–  “The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing.”

Black Lives Matter-“Join the Movement to fight for Freedom, Liberation and Justice by signing up for updates, supporting our work, checking out our resources, following us on social media, or wearing our dope, official gear.”

Kansas City Community Bail Fund– “Our mission is to give those who cannot afford bail a fighting chance at getting a positive outcome in their case rather than be persuaded to plead out through the use of a revolving fund.”

National Police Accountability Project– Brought to you by the National Lawyers Guild, NPAP “is a non-profit dedicated to ending law enforcement abuse through legal action and educational programming.”

Campaign Zero– “The comprehensive platform of research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.”

Here are two petitions to be aware of as well:

  • Civil rights group Color of Change launched a petition asking that all the officers involved in Floyd’s death are brought to justice. Find it here.
  • The “Justice for George Floyd” petition on already has 11.5 million supporters. That sends a big message. Find it here.

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 (! 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.


  • 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:
  • 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 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

· 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


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


· 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!

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

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.

How to help Safehome during Covid-19

Safehome provides a healing atmosphere where survivors of domestic violence can gain inner strength, build self-esteem, explore options, and establish a life free of violence.  Safehome’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling, and prevention education in our community.

Safehome, now more than ever, is in need of support. Many of the clients they serve are part of populations that are being impacted particularly hard by Covid-19 restrictions. Increased safety concerns and added economic pressure to already poor financial situations is, unfortunately, the reality for some families in the community.

They would greatly appreciate your support to help sustain resources for outreach clients, residents and children relying on Safehome during this difficult time. Donate now here.

If you are unable to give monetarily during this time, notesImage result for safehome kansas cityof encouragement for clients and direct service staff at Safehome is another way that you can help out and spread some love!

Notes and letters can be mailed to Safehome, PO Box 4563, Overland Park, KS 66204-0563.

Let’s spread some hope and encouragement during this difficult time. Sending a positive message and letting someone know you care can truly go a long way in uplifting them! We’re all in this together.

5 Ways to Help During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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As all of us are experiencing the difficulties that have arisen due to the Coronavirus, there are many of us who could either use or lend a helping hand. Amid social distancing practices, there are still ways to get involved and provide support to the community. Here are five organizations that could use your help!

Phoenix Family

One of their primary needs is making sure that families and seniors have the basic pantry supplies needed while schools are closed, and public transportation is now a high health risk. Financial support is the best way to help because the situation is ever-changing, and it gives flexibility to meet whatever the greatest needs are at that time. Click here to donate.

However, if you would like to shop for Phoenix Family, they also greatly appreciate gifts of goods for their pantries. Here are the things that families and seniors need most:

1. Non-perishable food: canned soups, meats, vegetables and fruit, pasta and sauce, and cereal
2. Diapers
3. Depends
4. Toilet
5. Tissue
6. Hand soap
7. Detergent
8. Dish soap

Donations can be left at the backdoor of the Main Offices (3908 Washington, Kansas City, MO 64111) between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.


Image result for harvestersVolunteers at Harvesters are still needed! They are critical to the work done in Harvester’s ability to feed others. Volunteers are essential to sort and repackage millions of pounds of food each month.

Harvesters is closely following the recommendations of the CDC to help stop the spread of germs and have posted CDC guidelines in public areas as a reminder to those coming to the food bank.

If you are not able to volunteer, you can donate food or money! Click here to learn more. Donate nonperishable items in the Harvesters barrels at any Price Chopper or Dillons store. Or hold a food drive and bring donations to Harvesters. The most needed items include: canned meats, rice, pasta, canned soup, canned fruits or vegetables and cereal.

Animal Shelters

Animal shelters need help too! Although Great Plains SPCA is reducing the number of volunteers on site at this time, they are continuing to expand their foster network to help provide additional care for their animals. If you are interested in fostering any of their pets, please reach out to

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With this in mind, KC Pet Project could also really use help in fostering. This would be a fun option to keep you company during social distancing practices! Check out their website for more information.

Also, a reminder that according to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that companion animals have been infected or could spread coronavirus (COVID-19).

American Red Cross

Image result for american red crossAnother way to help is to donate blood. There is currently a severe blood shortage due to the Coronavirus! An unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations has led to a blood shortage. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Follow this link to find a drive near you.

Supporting each other during a crisis such as this one can bring us together in solidarity to get through it. Stay well!

Know of other organizations that need help? Comment below!

Written by Ethan Bilyeu, Community-Based Learning work study student.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday or #givingtuesday is a movement that was started in 2011 in hopes of creating a national day of charitable giving. Fighting against the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to give back during the holidays. There are so many amazing nonprofits that deserve your donation, but here are just a few to consider:

Freedom Hoops

Freedom Hoops uses basketball to mentor and transform urban youth in Kansas City. Their numbers continue to grow, and they need a 15-passenger van to help transport their young men to Freedom Hoops’  basketball, mentoring, and leadership development programs. They are looking to raise $25,000 to purchase the vehicle. Conservatively, this would provide 2,500 rides next year. Click here to donate now!


The mission of Safehome is to break the cycle of domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children in our community. How your donation makes a difference:

  • $25 can help an individual take the first step to self-sufficiency by paying for transportation to support groups, housing, & legal appointments
  • $75 can provide one therapy session for a survivor in need
  • $250 provides a victim of domestic violence legal representation in obtaining a protection order
  • $1,000 provides an apartment security deposit for a family leaving the shelter

Click here to donate now!

Cultivate KC

As you eat well this holiday season, don’t forget to be thankful for the people that make those meals possible: farmers. Local farmers grow the produce that will be showcased on many tables across the metro this Thanksgiving. But they also work tirelessly to ensure that our community has access to fresh, healthy produce year-round.

Farmers like husband and wife Swa Dit (above) and Mee Nge of Ra Mat Dar Farm, who learned to grow food and operate a farm business at Cultivate KC’s Juniper Gardens Training Farm. Since graduating from the training program, Swa Dit and Mee Nge have opened a restaurant, Sone Ze Ya, in the Historic Northeast area where they serve traditional Burmese cuisine using many ingredients they grow themselves.

Give today and help grow and support more farmers and farm families like those of Swa Dit and Me Ngee, who are dedicated to growing food  and strengthening Kansas City’s food community and food system.

Happy Giving!