Building Something Better

When the team at Dusty Rhodes Homes learned of the mission of Sleepyhead Beds to provide clean beds and bedding to local children and their families, it resonated in their hearts. 

KAMO Adventures helps veterans

Military service left Doc with deep emotional wounds. A simple act of kindness has him on the road to recovery.

Profile Brings Style, Expertise to Kansas City Homes

When Patty Vidrine and her husband purchased their 1950’s Mission Hills home in 2017, the midcentury ranch required a complete renovation, so their builder brought in trusted Kansas City company, Profile Cabinet and Design.

City Barrel Brewery Brings Hoppy Punch to Crossroads Beer Scene

When you slide up to the bar at City Barrel to survey the tap selection, you may notice intermittent holes on the back-bar wood paneling – evidence of the white oak planks’ past life suspending Monets and Rembrandts at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Today, the reclaimed wood has been reborn, displaying what brewery owners consider to be their…

St. Joseph Medical Center

When St. Joseph Medical Center sold in 2015 to Prime Healthcare, it was not the easiest of times. Misconceptions abounded regarding its financial future and whether its Catholic heritage that existed for well over a century would be abandoned. Fast-forward three years, and St. Joseph Medical Center is not only winning awards for its world-class commitment to high-quality healthcare, it…

Leawood Rotary Club members serve others – and have a good time doing it

Although Nancy Truitt has a special-needs son, she says that he never expects special treatment. All he asks is to be able to enjoy many of the same activities that other kids his age experience.

Providing for Pets

 Article Natalie Fieleke  Ways to help nurture kids’ hearts for animals in need  It seemed like a simple enough plan: Go to the pet store. Purchase fish tank water neutralizer. Go home. But our five-minute visit soon turned into a longer, more emotional trip as my son began naming mice to bring home, and my daughter fell in love with…

Mindy Corporon

 Article and Photography  Mindy Corporon had it all—a successful career as the CEO of a wealth management firm who, as a wife, mother and daughter was leading a happy life living suburban Johnson County. A former Kansas City Chiefs and University of Oklahoma cheerleader, Mindy enjoyed spending time with her family and a vast network of friends she and husband,…

Scraps KC: 
repurposing the community

Kansas City is a community with an essence of giving, a populace that acts when presented with a need, and a sodality that embodies lifting others up when they are down. Pair this with people willing to take a progressive approach in developing creative ways that honor the environment through the reuse of everyday materials, the repurposing of supplies, and…

Dental Care Center of South KC and a Family of FISH

Traveling through life is often compared to swimming through unpredictable waters. Sometimes this journey is easy-flowing, complementary to a relaxed state of mind, and reminiscent of stress-free waves of comfort. But other times this expedition is treacherous, indicative of violent seas, and weathering the torrential tides can seem like an unwavering storm. For many veterans, this is their reality and…

Veterans Community Project

Veterans Community Project was founded on the belief that one homeless veteran is one too many, which is why the nonprofit is on a mission to eliminate veteran homelessness by providing transitional housing and access to exceptional social services. Founders Chris Stout, CEO; Kevin Jamison, chief operations officer; Bryan Meyer, chief legal officer; and Brandonn Mixon, facilities director, are all…

Calling for Causes

George Nigro has been announcing at auctions and chanting for charity since his teens. Still going strong nearly 40 years later, he and his band of brothers spend several nights a week calling for cash in a city full of philanthropists.

The Single Mom KC

The Single MOM KC (TSMKC) is a nonprofit organization that uses the gift of hospitality to create a welcoming and safe environment for single mothers in the Kansas City metro area. They offer love, support and guidance through the following:

Two Problems, One Solution

One in 42. Some statistics show that’s how many kids will sleep somewhere other than their own bed tonight in the Kansas City metro area. Every year, approximately 20 million mattresses and box springs—nearly 50,000 every day -- are dumped in American landfills. Each takes up about 23 cubic square feet and, because most mattresses and box springs are built…

Cool Shades, Kind Hearts

Fairway Eye Center has four Kansas City locations: Fairway, Leawood, Liberty and Raytown. At each location the doctors and staff provide comprehensive vision care and offer eyewear, contact lenses, and laboratory services with a focus on eye health, disease management, and family optometric care. But the doctors and staff have their sights set on making a difference globally as well…

Treating The Whole Person, One Individual at a Time

For Jim Leach, it was a battle with bipolar disease. For Aaron Price, it was a devastating car crash that led to being paralyzed. Each man had a very different challenge that lay before him, but each was able to turn to the same place for help: The Whole Person. This incredible local nonprofit aids people with disabilities so they…

Lazarus Ministries Revitalizes a Downtown Church and the Downtrodden

In 1996, the congregation at Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist, at 205 E. 9th Street in Kansas City, Mo., had shrunk to some three families—a far cry from the hundreds it counted among its ranks in the glory days. The church had been active since 1865, but its community had altered greatly in the ensuing years, from a prosperous, busy…

Community Foundation Makes It Easy to “Grow Your Giving”

When Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or Oprah Winfrey give money to worthy causes, it’s usually millions, or even billions, of dollars. But most charitable giving comes from everyday people in much smaller amounts. And that is at the heart of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

Love Lives Here

There are many moving parts to our organization. I can start talking about socks and foster care and before you know it, we’re talking about organ donation and the dangers of negligent firearms discharge. I’m reminded that just one thing can make a difference.

The Girls Grant Project

“Who’s your favorite Disney princess?” Not exactly the type of question I was expecting as I sat down at a long, crowded table in the conference room of the Women’s Foundation. Just a few weeks earlier, I’d sent off a detailed application for the “Girls Grant Project” not quite knowing what I’d be getting myself into. Advancing to the interview…

A Formula to Inspire Success

If former high school teacher, principal, and well-known educator Susan Wally had a hashtag to describe her life’s mission, it might be #transformation.