We are working diligently to prepare for our Thanksgiving meal distribution. Sign-ups for families in need of meals end Thursday, November 10, with 65 families already signed up. There are three ways you can help: 1) Shop for all the ingredients needed (turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, side vegetables, bread and dessert) and bring to CAC before Thursday, November 17th; 2) donate $50 to fund a meal for a family of 4-6 and we will do the shopping; or 3) CAC can match you with a family to deliver the food directly to their home.
The Holiday Store is set for December 12-16 and we are now collecting donations of gifts, stocking stuffers and gift wrap. We are also signing up anyone interested in volunteering during the weekend of the holiday store. We are looking for elves to guide families through the store, pack food baskets and stock shelves. Shifts are 9am-12pm, and 12-3pm each day. Sign up for one shift or two; come for more than one day. The festivities create their own rewards and the ability to help make the holidays a bit brighter for others is heartwarming!
In order for us to have enough gifts to share with families, we are asking for donations from our supporters. A list of suggested items is below, but please don’t be limited to this list. Any gift you would enjoy receiving is an example of the type of gift area families would enjoy. And, if you don’t care for shopping, monetary donations can be used to purchase items for you. We can also use donations of food that could be provided for a holiday meal—potatoes, gravy mix, canned vegetables, desserts, etc.
Suggested Gift Items:
Toys and Games (all ages)
Household Items (lamps, dishes, pots and pans, rugs, towels, etc.)
Household Appliances (crock pots, coffee pots, can openers, etc.)
Wallets or Purses
Blankets or Linen Sets
Electronics (MP3 players, radios, walkmans, etc.)
Sports Items (footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, baseball gloves, etc.)
Stocking Stuffers of all types
Whether you are donating food for Thanksgiving, gifts for the store or time to help these programs run, please contact our office for more information, 816-763-3277. And thank you for
The Results Are In—
We want to share the results of our 40th Anniversary Celebration, our first ever annual fundraising dinner. Over 200 people attended and the program exceeded all expectations. As we looked back over 40 years of service in the area, we were honored to have Mary Russell as our guest. Mary Russell was one of our original board members and community leaders from 1976.
The evening was full of surprises and new information and included a bittersweet moment with the well wishes for Carol Bird Owsley on her retirement after 33 years at CAC. In addition to a personal proclamation from the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Councilman Scott Taylor and Kevin McManus announced that Friday, September 30, 2016 was designated Carol Bird Owsley Day.
Thanks to our sponsors, attendees, and those that donated or bid on silent auction items, we netted approximately $20,000 that will go a long way toward helping the community. We anticipate that next year’s event will be even more successful. We are so appreciative of your support of our mission in south Kansas City.
Sponsors of the 40th Anniversary Celebration included:
Presenting Sponsors – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City
Kansas City Power & Light Ruby Sponsor - Swope Health Services Pearl Sponsor - City of Kansas City, Missouri Community Sponsors - Otto Service
The Talmadge Group
Kansas City Missouri Councilman Kevin McManus
Grade A Tree Service
The Martin City Telegraph
A heartfelt thank you to all our sponsors and those that attended our event!
With the retirement of Carol Bird Owsley effective October 31st, we are excited to introduce April Diaz as our new Executive Director. April has a Master’s degree in Social Work, a Master’s in African Studies, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Sociology all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds advanced Certificates in Nonprofit Management, Fund Raising Management, Nonprofit Board Education, Mediation and Human Services Management. Prior to coming to CAC, April worked in donor relations at the United Way of Greater Kansas City. Other experience she has includes serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA (“Volunteer in Service to America”), as the Assistant Director of a community center in Illinois, and as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Children and Family Research Center at the University of Illinois. She has been very active in the nonprofit world for over 10 years, and she is honored to now have the opportunity to lead CAC. Feel free to contact April directly to set up a time to meet her and she will gladly buy you a cup of coffee! (816) 763-3277 x 103, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Way To Go, Partner--
CAC was fortunate to partner with Faulkners’ Ranch and Pumpkin Patch last month. Customers of Faulkners’ that came to their Pumpkin Patch the weekend of October 22/23 and donated warmwear, received $1 off their admission. Fully driven by FaceBook advertising, we were excited to receive over 150 items of gloves, hats, scarves, and coats! We thank Faulkners’ for supporting us in this way, and we are grateful to their customers that donated these items. Yee haw!
The Second Annual SKCCC 5K Run/Walk--
Thanks again to the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce for hosting its second annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 5, with proceeds benefitting CAC. Approximately 50 runners participated in the event and CAC board and staff volunteered in various capacities. Do you like to run? Or is walking great exercise for you? Look for this event next year and sign up—a great way to help out CAC!
Meet Sue Cushman—Sue is one of five dedicated volunteers that sort, hang, and organize clothing donations in our clothes closet. Sue dedicates two days a week at CAC, and also takes clothing home to mend and clean. “It’s not right that torn or dirty clothes go through our closet,” Sue says. “I’m happy to make these items wearable for those that need them.”
Sue and her husband, Sam, help in other ways as well. Whether clearing out recycling, or setting up for special events, they always have a smile and a nod to keep the donations moving at CAC!
Interested in volunteering? Contact Pam Meek, 816-763-3277, x108.
All our volunteers go through an interview process, to make sure that the opportunities available match their passion. We want to make these tasks rewarding to all.
Meals on Wheels Drivers – We are currently in need of drivers to deliver meals to 10-15 homebound seniors once a week. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community for only 1-2 hours of time. Must have a valid driver’s license and car insurance and a background check is completed.
Food Pantry Volunteer – We have an opening in our pantry for a volunteer to pack food for clients on Thursdays. This takes about 3 hours of time, and you must be able to lift 20 pounds.
Donation Pick Up Drivers – We have certain organizations that donate to us on a regular basis, where pick up is needed monthly. Do you have about 2-3 hours of time once a month to help us bring food and clothing to our office? Must have a valid driver’s license and car insurance.
Other Ways You Can Help –
Financial Donations - Your financial contribution allows us to assist area families in many ways. From rent or utility assistance, needed transportation, home maintenance issues and help with unexpected needs, your donations help your community. You can send us a check or donate through our website, www.cackc.org, or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cackc
If you want to make a sustained difference in our community, please consider joining the Circle of 40. The Circle of 40 is a new giving program for people who donate $40 or more each month to CAC. The reasons for monthly giving are numerous:
- It allows CAC to better plan for financial cash flow, and provide more sustainable programs
- It is easier on you to give smaller amounts monthly as opposed to one larger annual donation
- It reduces administrative costs of fundraising
- It is easier for you, so you don’t need to remember to donate!
Food Pantry – We are in need of green beans and corn. These canned vegetables provide the basis for many of our clients’ food choices. If you can take up a neighborhood collection or bring some yourself, any food donations are appreciated. Thank you!
We have refrigerator and freezer space available for meat, cheese,and other products you may want to donate.