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Claudia Buford Added 6/22/15 Family Conservancy, Kansas City, KS The Family Conservancy (formerly Heart of America Family Services) - Describes the KIWANIS STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Developmental Support 913-342-1110
Shelia Rancatore

Added 6/09/15

Cornerstones of Care and Healthy Families Foster Care in the Greater Kansas City Area - Discusses Foster Care and Child Abuse Neglect in the 30 county area in NW Missouri.  Cornerstones of Care is a resource for clubs to connect with needy  families for special holiday (and other) support.  There are 2,300 licensed Foster Homes in Missouri serving over 13,000 children.  More Foster Homes are always needed!  healthyfamilies4kids.org Foster Children 816-508-6248

Shelia.Rancatore email

Scott Harris

Added 2/20/15

Boys & Girls Clubs Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City - To create awareness of the services provided to the children living in the inner city. Developmental Support 816-452-0134

Andrea Shelton

Added 10/19/13

One by One Project, Grandview, MO

One by One Project is empowering communities through awareness to end sex trafficking and to give young adult and minor victims hope of a new life through providing specialized services.  andrea@onebyoneproject.org

Abuse Prevention 816-388-0663


Melissa Pulis

Added 3/18/13

Child Life Dept, Children's Mercy Hospital Child Life Department - Child Life specialists strive to reduce the stress and anxiety accompanying hospitalization and other aspects of health care.  Child Life Specialists prepare children for medical tests and procedures by using dolls, pictures and words to help children understand their medical experiences. Child Life staff are also available to provide age appropriate activities and to support patients and families throughout their hospital stay.  Child Life specialists explain what to expect and teach coping skills to patients.  web site Health 816-234-3757



Lois McDonald

Added 7/2/11

Midwest Foster Care & Adoption Assoc Foster and Adopted Children - MFCAA is the premier children and family charitable solution in the Midwest dedicated to support and advocacy for abused and neglected children and the families caring for them.  We are currently licensing foster/adoptive homes in Jackson or Clay counties in Missouri and  those willing to accept sibling groups, children 12 years or older, or children with special behavioral or medical needs.  mfcaa.org Foster Children 816-350-0212
Kim Johnson ReDiscover Mental Health Services - Lee's Summit, MO What's the Secret?  - a class given to 1st graders on preventing sexual abuse Abuse Prevention  816-246-8000
Carla Cosgrove City Union Mission - KCMO CUMCITO Summer Camp Program  Developmental Support 816-474-9380
Amy Addison Downs Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City, Shawnee Mission, KS Downs Syndrome


Developmental Support 913-384-4848
Dr. Benjamin Missouri Parks Association Urban Population Outreach Program, St. Louis, MO The Urban Population Outreach Program takes inner city kids ages 6-16 (families, too) to the state parks for educational and recreational purposes.  Kiwanians are needed to provide financial support, volunteer as guides, help select children, and invite the children to speak about their experiences at a meeting. Developmental Support 314-725-8314
Rev. Kelly Demo Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, Kansas City, KS

Christian Foundation for Children and Aging -

We help families in developing countries put food on the table and send their children to school so

that together, we can end the cycle of poverty.

Developmental Support 913-904-8273 kdemo@cfcausa.org
Cynthia Blair Osborne Books Books Kids Love to Read Education 816-587-2441
Christopher Hope Dictionary Project of Kansas City MO The Dictionary Project - a part of a nationwide effort to provide free dictionaries to third grade school children,  This is a very rewarding and worthwhile program that many local Kiwanis clubs are participating in already.  For more information you can visit their website at www.dictionaryprojectkc.org.  Elementary Education 816-274-8670
Sonny Wilson Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund (SAFE) -- to assist dependent spouses and children of law enforcement, firefighting or emergency response personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty  Financial Assistance 816-960-6800, extension 236 
Steve Hamilton

Added 10/24/09

Grief Support Network Support for Grieving Children Mental Health Steve Hamilton, 913-648-1520 


Dr. Sarah Hempl

Added 10/01/06

Children's Mercy Hospital Child Obesity Health (816) 983-6764
Chris Link Olathe Sunrise Kiwanis Key Leader Program Leadership Development 913-829-3312
Vicki Brown Heartland Therapeutic Riding Club - Bucyrus, KS Helping disabled children ride horses Therapy 913-897-3939