Organizations We Support
Junior Achievement (www.ja.org/default.asp) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities. JA’s unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, our 382,637 classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.
Arbor Day Foundation-National
Arbor Day Foundation (www.arborday.org) inspires people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. We envision a world where trees and forests are abundant, healthy, and sustainable, and highly valued by all people.
Kansas City Wildlands-Kansas City
WildLands (www.kcwildlands.org) is a coalition of resource professionals, private conservation organizations and conservation minded citizens established to restore and manage the remnants of Kansas City's original landscape. Relatively undisturbed prairie, glade, savanna and forest natural communities still exist on public lands in the metro area, but they need our help. Over time, many such communities have been overtaken by trees and brush, invaded by exotic plants and deprived of the natural processes that maintained them. In addition to a lack of management, these natural communities also suffer from a lack of recognition and appreciation by urban public. an equally important dual goal wildlands coalition is to involve citizens metro community in the care of these lands that represent Kansas City's natural heritage.
Habitat for Humanity-Worldwide
Habitat for Humanity (www.habitat.org) seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Nearly 2 billion people around the world live in slum housing and over 100 million are homeless. Habitat for humanity is needed to help eliminate poverty by providing simple, decent shelter to those in need.
Ocean Conservancy (www.oceanconservancy.org) promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. Through research, education, and science-based advocacy, Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires, and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of the oceans. In all its work, Ocean Conservancy strives to be the world's foremost advocate for the oceans.
Heartland Tree Alliance-Kansas City
Heartland Tree Alliance (www.heartlandtreealliance.org) is your resource in the Kansas City region for information about trees, and ways to take action on behalf of our community trees.
National Wildlife Federation-National
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) (www.nwf.org) works with over 4 million members, partners, and supporters to actively educate, inspire, and promote achievable solutions to everyday Americans in communities from coast-to-coast.
American Cancer Society-National
The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
The Nature Conservancy-Worldwide
The mission of The Nature Conservancy (www.nature.org) it to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
World Wildlife Federation-Worldwide
For more than 45 years, WWF (www.worldwildlife.org) has been protecting the future of nature. The largest multinational conservation organization in the world, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
The Sierra Club's (www.sierraclub.org) members are more than 700,000 of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.
National Parks Conservation Association-National
At the National Parks Conservation Association (www.npca.org), we work every day to ensure our national parks get that vital care and support. They are windows to our past, homes to some of our rarest plants and animal species, and places where every American can go to find inspiration, peace, and open space.
Friendship House - Catherine's Place-Kansas City
Friendship House/Catherine's Place (www.friendshiphousekc.org) mission is to provide a dignified safe haven for individual women and women with their children recovering from alcohol and other drug addictions and to empower them with the skills necessary to sustain their sobriety and become economically self-reliant.
Bridging The Gap-Kansas City
In 1991, Bridging The Gap (www.bridgingthegap.org) opened Kansas City's first volunteer-staffed recycling center. A year later, we organized as a 501(c)(3) agency with the mission: To encourage local and global understanding our interconnectedness and to develop this understanding through community education and action. We soon became a coordinating hub for many diverse environmental projects - from waste prevention to environmental education, from recycling to picking up litter and keeping Kansas City beautiful. Over the years, we've been dubbed "Kansas City's local environmental organization."
American Forests (www.americanforests.org) is the nation’s oldest nonprofit citizens’ conservation organization. Citizens concerned about the waste and abuse of the nation’s forests founded American Forests in 1875. The organization is proud of its historic roots in the development of America’s conservation movement and proud of the new approaches the organization has developed to help people improve the environment in the 21st Century. American Forests’ Ecosystem Restoration and Maintenance Agenda presents our core values and seeks to build support for our policy goals. These goals focus on assisting communities in planning and implementing tree and forest actions to restore and maintain healthy ecosystems and communities. We also work with community-based forestry partners in both urban and rural areas to help them participate in national forest policy discussions. American Forests seeks to broaden awareness of the interdependence of communities and forests through our policy and communication activities with local partners.
Operation BBQ Relief
Operation BBQ Relief (www.operationbbqrelief.org) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation founded in May 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri. On Sunday evening, May 22, a massive multi-vortex EF5 tornado plowed through the southwest Missouri community of about 50,000 residents, killing over 140 people and injuring more than 1000. It left a path of almost total destruction six miles long and over half a mile wide. It is now classified as the second deadliest tornado in U.S. history.The mission of Operation BBQ Relief is to provide compassion and to offer hope and friendship to those whose lives have been affected by disasters across the United States through their expertise in cooking and catering barbecue meals and ability to quickly mobilize their teams into any area where nature disrupts.