Not just a soup kitchen

By Deaconess Mandy Caruso-Yahne on November 2, 2016
Director of Community Engagement, Episcopal Community Services

Here at Episcopal Community Services, our motto is “Feeding the Hungry, Changing Lives.” We oversee a network of food programs across the Kansas City metro, including several pantries located in various Episcopal churches and the Kansas City Community Kitchen at 8th/Paseo, just east of downtown. we started getting calls and emails from all over the […]

Literacy KC positions itself as leader in adult literacy education

By Kevin Derohanian on November 1, 2016
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Literacy KC

Thirty years ago, Literacy KC began as a dream and grew out of a passion to help people. A small group of volunteers perceived a need in the community and created a tiny organization to provide literacy tutoring for adults. What began in the basement of a church has blossomed into close to a $1 million […]

~SPOOKY~ HCF associates treat KIPP neighbors to an early Halloween

By HCF Blog Team on October 31, 2016

On Friday afternoon, HCF associates visited our young neighbors at the KIPP Endeavor Academy for an early Halloween treat. Staff had a fun time dressing up and surprising the K-4th grade classrooms, delivering treats and sending the kids off into the weekend with some early Halloween spirit. Program officer Andres Dominguez said it was a good way […]

KCU medical students work with children on healthier lifestyles

By Annette Campbell, MPA, BSN on October 26, 2016
Director, Score 1 for Health, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Imagine being a first-year medical student and having a daily schedule of lectures over subjects such as pharmacology of the neuromuscular junction, radiographic anatomy, smooth muscle physiology and then attending a lab on thoracic spine diagnosis.   After these, you’ll need to study for several hours in preparation for tomorrow’s courses and tests. Perhaps imagine […]

Gardens, gardens everywhere: KC nonprofit helps metro area grow produce

By Sharon Goldstein on October 26, 2016
Community Partner Gardens Coordinator, Kansas City Community Gardens

  Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG) is a not-for-profit organization that assists low-income persons and community organizations in the metropolitan area to produce food from garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, schools and at community sites. We provide free technical assistance and support to home and community gardeners on how to grow and increase […]

Double Up supporter

By Brenda Calvin on October 20, 2016
Program Officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

This interview was conducted by Fair Food Network and republished here with permission. You can read and download a pdf of this interview on their website. Born and raised in greater Kansas City, Brenda Calvin, program officer at Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, is personally and professionally rewarded by her work improving community health. […]

Renew with Question 2

By Jennifer Hurst on October 19, 2016
Director of Communications, Children's Services Fund Coalition

Ashley Burns
Social Media Manager, Children's Services Fund Coalition

On November 8th, Jackson County residents will have the opportunity to vote on a levy tax that will make a big difference for Jackson County children and their families. Too many children in our community are living in crisis. In a recent year, more than 4,000 children have been homeless and wait times for area […]

Opioid discussion now online

By HCF Blog Team on October 12, 2016

Three weeks ago, HCF was proud to sponsor American Public Square’s Dinner at the Square event, The Painful Truth. People in attendance listened to a thoughtful, informed and respectful discussion on opioid abuse and whether Missouri needs a prescription drug monitoring program. Missouri is the only state in the nation without a prescription monitoring program. You can […]

Kansas City needs your help

Mental health behavioral health

By Erica Immenschuh, LSCSW on October 11, 2016
Johnson County Mental Health Center, Adult Services Team Leader

Do you feel safe in your neighborhood? Have you ever experienced or witnessed family violence? Were you bullied by a peer or classmate?  Did you ever live in a home where there was not enough money for food? All of these are examples of adversities that affect us in one way or another. Recent research […]

HealthStart Academy inspires urban students to enter health sciences careers

By Susan Wally on October 6, 2016

In the Kansas City region, people of color are underrepresented in health sciences occupations. Additionally, there are too few candidates to meet the workforce demands of this growing field. According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, health care and social assistance is the highest employment and wage growth industry in Kansas City—but only […]


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