The well-being of today's children affects the future vitality of our community. Young children who enjoy positive early experiences are better able to develop the skills that prepare them for school. Children who arrive at kindergarten prepared to learn perform better throughout school and complete more years of education. The Baldwin City Library is central to providing quality free and accessible PreK experiences for all families. With the addition of a state of the art interactive projector to our library, we will be able to provide hundreds of learning games to our youngest patrons. The projector can read movements of participants so they can stomp, jump, wave, and move their way to growing their minds, exercising their bodies, and enjoying the process of learning. Your support of our technology needs will make a difference in the long-term educational success of children in our community. A video example of the type of projector we're seeking is here:
The Watkins Museum of History, operated by the Douglas County Historical Society, promotes civic engagement through the stories it shares about Lawrence and Douglas County history. But how do we identify what stories to tell? And how do we turn pieces of history into a coherent narrative? The act of telling a story often starts with a collection of historical artifacts or photographs. In 2021, the museum received a significant collection of photographs depicting the everyday lives of Black families in North Lawrence. In these images, we see generations of family celebrations, community fellowship, vacations, and careers. These photos are remarkable in how they capture the vibrant and close-knit community in North Lawrence. To turn these notable pieces of history into a story, we need staff to process the collection, record relevant information in our database, write a script based on the historical content, and design an exhibit. Your donation helps us tell the stories of these Black families by funding the staff time required to document and share this important history, turning a box of photographs into a complete exhibit.
High school students with an interest in art have so few opportunities for their skills to be nurtured and their interests taken seriously. Studies have shown the arts dramatically impact a young person's academic and personal success. Meeting these needs and challenges directly, the HANG12 program at the Lawrence Arts Center has transformed lives by actually paying students for the work they do, enabling them to generate income at the same time they receive hands-on training in business skills. Unfortunately, due to a revenue loss brought on by COVID-19, the component of the program where the students receive compensation for their work is in jeopardy. Your contribution, of whatever amount is possible, will directly impact HANG12 students by allowing them to be paid for their hours of hard work. As participant Sam said, "the experience of getting to do something so real and applicable to life" is precious. By giving to this program, you will help emerging artists and leaders find their voice; showing them first hand that a career in the arts is possible!
"Light Up Lecompton" is the theme for the this year's Giving for Good Campaign. We are looking into placing 9 LED landscape lights for the mural which will run in the evenings and shut off in the mornings. We are also looking into purchasing a new refrigerator to replace the one which is leaking water in our hallway. We are needing outdoor electrical outlets for the west side of our building to provide lighting to our gazebo.
Since 2012, the Lumberyard Arts Center has been changing lives of emerging artists by providing art scholarships to Baldwin City high school graduating seniors pursuing postsecondary degrees in the arts. The scholarship award is for $1,000, and is renewable for up to four years. Your donation will ensure the continuation of this program. Thank you for considering a gift to support our local high school graduates' realization of their dream of a career in the arts. "The scholarship I've received from the Lumberyard Arts Center not only partially funded my degree in music but pushed me to continue my development as an artist. Music has allowed me to travel the country, expand my musical knowledge, and most of all shaped me into the person I am today. Without this scholarship, all of the opportunities I've received would have never been possible." – Megan Lawrenz, Lumberyard Arts Center Scholarship recipient
History can be lost as fragile documents deteriorate and microfilm equipment ages. The Santa Fe Trail Historical Society is linking arms with the Baker University Archives and the Baldwin City Library to digitize important local historical documents. With this project, documents in both the Baker Archives and Baldwin City Library Kansas Room can endure beyond their physical forms and reach a greatly expanded audience online, promoting learning and engagement with local history and historical sites. Our project leverages the expertise and equipment already owned by the Baker University Archives and funds student interns to provide a learning experience guided by professionals at the archives and library. Your donation empowers us to digitize and catalog 100 pieces of history!
Penguins don't fly, but their hearts soar with the Penguin Project at Theatre Lawrence. Kids who have disabilities (artists) partner with typically-developing peers (mentors) for a fully staged musical performed live on stage for the community. Your donation will not only help furnish costumes and hire qualified staff, but will spotlight kids with special needs as the exceptional individuals they are.
As a result of elevated social unrest due to issues of racial injustice, in 2020 the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence launched an initiative to elevate support for our members of color, as well as our staff members of color, to help them cope with the social-emotional effects of racial trauma. In order to provide an elevated level of support, we established a new partnership with Sophic Solutions LLC, a Kansas City-based change management consulting firm that provides management solutions with a specific emphasis on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Through this outstanding partnership, the Boys & Girls Club is providing specialized training to ensure that our staff mentors are delivering an optimal mentoring experience for our youth who have been traumatized by racial injustice issues. Our staff trainings with Sophic Solutions so far in 2021 have made an indelible impact on our entire staff and, most importantly, our youth. Your investment in this project will allow Boys & Girls Club to continue this important work in partnership with Sophic Solutions in 2022 and beyond. Our team is committed to doing our part to address and confront the systemic racism that has plagued our society for far too long. With your help and support, we can transform young lives and break down racial barriers.
With over 92 children in Douglas County waiting for a safe and caring adult to serve as their Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, we are in need of funds to support the costs of recruiting, supporting, and training new volunteers. The $5,000 from this campaign will allow us to provide a trained, safe, and caring adult to two children on our waiting list. Please support our CASA Volunteers and lend hope a helping hand for children in foster care.
The Baldwin Education Foundation, established in 2003, helps secure financial support for the students, faculty, and staff of Baldwin City USD 348. The goal of the Foundation is to promote excellence in education by encouraging teachers to take innovative approaches to public education, recognizing students for academic achievement, and providing long-term support for school programs. We work collaboratively with business leaders, service organizations, educators, parents, and residents of our community. We strive to enrich student experiences, reward teachers for their innovation and excellence, and make our schools the very best! In addition to academic support, the Foundation provides school social workers the funds necessary to meet students' immediate and emergency needs, such as food, clothing, shoes, and health and hygiene products so students can come to school clean, confident, and ready to learn. With your support, we can create a better future for our students and our community.
Because quality, reliable childcare is unaffordable for many families in our community, the Ballard Center works to ensure that all children, particularly those who are low‐income, have access to an affordable high-quality early childhood education. Families in crisis are not turned away from Ballard's early education program during times of financial stress. While Ballard's tuition is the lowest among centers in Douglas County, the full cost of tuition still amounts to 31% of a family's income for those earning at or near the poverty level. Childcare is a crucial workforce support; without it, parents cannot go to work and support their families. Childcare subsidies can make a world of difference to families in need. The Ballard Center would like to raise $5,000 to provide partial childcare subsidies for 10 families. Easing the financial burden for overstressed families results in more stable and secure families and the opportunity for children to learn at the Ballard Center.
Families with young children face challenges like at no other time in their lives. Current early childhood systems are outdated and disjointed. Douglas County has an opportunity to create a new vision for our early childhood infrastructure with the development of an early childhood community center in the Lawrence Public School District's Kennedy building. This project is an unprecedented community-based collaboration to create a welcoming hub of support to wrap around the entire early childhood community. Children, families, and early childhood care and education professionals will all benefit from a Family Resource Center to facilitate access to community-based social services, a Provider Academy to strengthen the early childhood care and education infrastructure, and innovative strategies to increase accessible, affordable and available high-quality child care and education opportunities for all Douglas County children. We are dreaming BIG and want you to dream with us! Your gift will jumpstart our efforts to make this innovative model a reality. Our children are the future of Douglas County. There is no other investment as worthwhile or with as much promise.
Peaslee Tech is requesting funding to purchase a sawmill and planer in support of our partnership with the O'Connell Youth Ranch. The equipment will enable Peaslee Tech to mill wood that is being donated on a recurring basis by Brown Industries. The wood will be made usable for building furniture. Young men from the O'Connell Youth Ranch will be trained by Peaslee faculty to build furniture. The furniture will be sold and funds will be applied to accounts for the young men who build the furniture to support their education when they leave the Ranch at age 18. Peaslee Tech will be donating 75 hours of instruction to the project to be matched by O'Connell Youth Ranch.
Your donation supports the Eudora Schools Foundation's Cardinals Care Fund - a student emergency fund - created to assist principals, counselors, social workers, and WRAP workers in meeting urgent, immediate and basic necessities of Eudora students, to ensure that the student's physical, social and emotional needs do not stand in the way of their success in school. This program helps fill needs unmet by any other source. ESF administers financial assistance for emergency needs such as: food, clothing, medical, transportation, utility and housing. Of course some request are unique and fall into no specific category. All request are vetted by appropriate school district administrators.
Young people learn life skills through opportunities to engage in practical learning experiences. The Friends of Raintree Montessori Market sponsorship program provides support for students to learn and implement the practical skills necessary to develop, launch and run a market business. Your donation helps raise $5,000 to pay for the resources for students to learn and gain practical experience with writing business plans, handling supply and demand management, learning human resources skills, finance skills and general business operations and management skills while putting into practice the practical academic and life skills they learn through Montessori education. Students will bring their entrepreneurial ideas to life in a community market.
Student journalism creates amazing leaders -- young people who become top reporters, community leaders and advocates for truth. To encourage these courageous teenagers, KSPA awards scholarships to students from schools of every size -- from 1A to 6A -- to make college possible. Many of these students return to Kansas as professional reporters, making the state a better place to live with their journalism. Join us in supporting students who care about truth in their communities and have the courage to report it.
Some children in our community are without running water or a mattress on which to sleep. Others are without shoes, socks, underwear, or maybe even toothpaste. Our goal is to make sure our school social workers, counselors, nurses, and psychologists have funds available to meet immediate and emergency needs such as these so students can come to school clean, confident and ready to learn. Since 2018 Lawrence Schools Foundation has provided more than $400,000 in I C.A.N. funding to help meet these needs, which became heightened during the pandemic. Thanks to you, the funding has helped with bus passes and bike tire repair so kids can get to school, hotel accommodations, grocery gift cards, mattresses, household and hygiene items, prescriptions, clothing, laundry, sports equipment/ shoes for participation, tutoring/pod classrooms while students were remote, masks and other PPE supplies, and the community meal program. Our goal is to provide school social workers, counselors and school psychologists within the Lawrence Public Schools funds necessary to meet the immediate and emergency needs of students so they can come to school clean, confident, and ready to learn. Will You Be A Classroom Angel?
Together with you, the Kansas Land Trust will forever protect these 70 acres of prairie and woodlands serving as a green buffer along the southern border of Clinton Lake. Conserving this land protects the water quality in Clinton Lake and safeguards our drinking water supply. Shielding this natural landscape from future development provides a biodiverse habitat for wildlife. Preserving a scenic lake shoreline enhances the viewscape for recreational visitors of Clinton State Park. Your investment leaves a beautiful conservation legacy for future generations.
As Douglas County pet owners experience increased economic insecurity, they are struggling to provide basic, essential veterinary care for their pets. While basic, essential veterinary care can feel like an unaffordable luxury when there are other bills to pay, without it Douglas County pet owners are facing debilitating emergency veterinary bills and only the options of surrendering their beloved pets, putting them to sleep unnecessarily, or worsening their financial circumstances. The Lawrence Humane Society recognizes the importance of the bond between people and their pets. Your gift of $100 or any amount that is meaningful to you will help us raise $5,000 toward the Lawrence Humane Society's Crisis Pet Retention program which works to keep people and pets together by providing basic, essential veterinary care to pets whose owners are financially struggling. Your donation will ensure that we will be able to provide essential veterinary care to nearly 100 pets whose owners cannot afford their care, and in doing so, your donation will ensure that these Douglas County pet owners are able to allocate more of their own resources towards other essentials such as food, housing, and their own health care.
Dental disease is the most common chronic illness for children in the United States. About 20% of children age 5-11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth, often causing dental pain severe enough to impact their ability to learn at school. Your gift will help provide our dental professionals with the supplies they need to bring free dental services directly to children in Kansas schools. Donate today and know you are making a huge impact in the lives of children in our community. As a result of your contribution, all children in our community will have access to comprehensive dental care, helping them be successful and confident at school.
For thousands of new families in Douglas County, diapers, one of the most basic necessities of parenthood, is out of reach. Not only are diapers expensive, but families receiving federal assistance through programs like WIC or SNAP are unable to purchase diapers with those funds. Helping families obtain diapers is more important now than ever before. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents have had to make the difficult decision to stay at home due to the rising cost of childcare and basic needs. As folks re-enter the workforce, parents must ensure they have an adequate supply of diapers not only at home, but also in childcare settings, where it is required to provide diapers. Along with the rising costs of childcare, the average family must have a supply of 8-12 diapers per day, per child. According to the National Diaper Bank, 57% of parents experiencing diaper needs who rely on child care said they missed an average of four days of school or work in the past month because they didn't have diapers for their children. Those four days could be the difference between paying rent or maintaining employment. Through the Just Basics program, Just Food alleviates this burden for families in Douglas County by providing a monthly allotment of diapers along with their supplemental food needs. Just Food is the sole diaper bank in Douglas County and is a member of the National Diaper Bank Network. This network allows Just Food to access diapers in bulk at a discounted rate. Despite doubling diaper purchases this year, demand still exceeded the inventory. This giving season, we're asking that you ensure that babies in Douglas County stay covered. Your gift not only keeps children clean, dry, and healthy, you are empowering families to regain financial security. Donate today to keep Douglas County covered one diaper at a time.
Every winter, Lawrence Meals on Wheels volunteers brave the cold weather to deliver hot nutritious meals to their homebound Lawrence neighbors in need. There are some days, due to extreme weather such as ice, that deliveries just aren't possible. If it isn't safe for our volunteers to be out delivering, our clients might not have another meal option for that day. With your donation, our staff and volunteers will purchase goodies and supplies to stock our Blizzard Bags. With each Blizzard Bag we will provide 3 - 4 shelf stable meals, snacks and winter accessories to each of our clients before winter weather happens. Your donation will ensure that no matter what the weather brings, your Lawrence neighbors in need will have the food and supplies they need till we can get back to regular daily deliveries.
No one likes to ask for help. Especially if it is something you were able to do in the past. Simple tasks like getting in and out of the shower, dressing, grocery shopping and meal preparation can keep us from remaining in our homes. Too many of our friends and neighbors live behind closed doors and struggle with personal care, nutrition, and more, afraid they may have to leave the comfort of their own home. Your gift will help Trinity raise $5,000 to hire additional, amazing caregivers to assist friends and neighbors waiting to be served. With your donation Trinity In-Home Care can open the door to a life of independence for more Douglas County residents. You are truly improving life for those who need a helping hand. On behalf of our clients, we thank you for your caring heart.
More than one in three Kansans have experienced domestic abuse; this is significantly higher than our national average, and social isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic is intensifying interpersonal violence. It has never been more crucial to enable adults and children within our local communities to recognize unhealthy relationships and develop tools for prevention. Claire's Community will provide those critical tools to build healthy relationships via support, training, vocabulary, and participation from all levels of the community. With your support, Claire's Community will train a supportive network of mentors educated in abuse prevention to help kids and adults 1) recognize the red flags in relationships; 2) understand the part that power and control play in abuse; and 3) prevent relationship abuse, trauma, or a tragic ending. Claire's Community will create connections and save lives.
If we have learned anything over the past 18 months, it is that we are able to adapt, continue to learn new things, and even thrive. At Cottonwood, we have tried to manage with science, thoughtfulness, risk mitigation, transparency, and compassion as we continue to seek ways to create safe work and living areas for the people we support. Through this work, we have discovered real opportunities to create greater accessibility in both our residential sites and our work areas. As the people we support age, their support needs change and we must provide them with safe and accessible supports. With your help, we will be able to create a more accessible environment for all persons-supported. Please help us reach our goal again this year. Each gift, no matter the size, is important. We thank you in advance for your generosity in helping us to continue to fulfill our mission: To help people with disabilities shape their own future!
Permanent, supportive housing is a continual need in Lawrence. FPL has been awarded a grant to pilot a new program to acquire and purchase permanent supportive housing for families served by FPL right here in our community. Your donation will help us raise $5,000 towards the community match needed for the success of this grant so that we can start this program. Thank you for investing in your community.
In Kansas, someone dies by suicide every fifteen hours, and twenty more attempt suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in people ages 15-44 in our state. Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ offers assistance to those struggling with mental health issues and thoughts of suicide through our counseling center and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call center. Additionally, we train people through various programs to recognize the signs of suicide in others and how to help them. In order to make these trainings more widely accessible and affordable to Douglas County citizens, we are seeking support for scholarships for training participation fees. For every Douglas County citizen receiving this life-saving training, we provide support, love and kindness for those in need of help. With your donation, you can help save a life.
As temperatures become frigid, homeowners and renters struggle to keep their houses, apartments and mobile homes sufficiently warm and safe. Inadequate weatherization not only affects the warmth and comfort of a home, but can have a direct impact on a family's health and finances. With your support, Lawrence Habitat will distribute 200 weatherization kits full of helpful tools to keep the outside elements at bay. Help us keep our community healthy, warm and safe this winter.
In 1985, LINK's founders understood that while hunger is satiated by food, eating in community nourishes the soul. The spirit of this mission was completely undermined by the pandemic. Leaving our guests to eat their meals outside cut across the heart of our fundamental purpose. We saw close up, the hardship many people face. We felt it. Still our guests thanked us, then turned their backs to walk up the stairs to eat outside, with their to-go meals, water bottles, milk cartons, and fruit. Some even balanced a coffee amidst their lunch and belongings. This reality fuels our push to create a new lunch experience, that gets folks out of the weather and back into a safe and healthy dining room. Our cost per meal has risen by 65 cents due to safety measures imposed by the pandemic. We aim to raise this difference which we project to be $8700.00 this year. Giving for Good will significantly help us reach this goal. These funds will make it possible to serve lunch safely in the LINK dining room again. Let's welcome folks back in. Let's be human again. Let's take a load off together.
Seniors can become isolated when they can no longer drive themselves. SRC's Senior Wheels restores their freedom. Your donation helps raise $5,000 to pay Senior Wheels drivers to safely take seniors where they need to go.
With a downtown location that has been maintained since the early 1900's the Social Service League has always had an intimate relationship with local homeless and at-risk citizens. Our thrift store provides excellent, clothing, linens, housewares, books and small appliances to men, women and children on free vouchers. Last winter (for the first time) we offered brand new washable wool blankets, reflective emergency tarps and new winter boots for the homeless. Our building is in need of plumbing renovations, and a washer and dryer, so we may sanitize and maintain hygienic donated products for our most vulnerable community members. We are currently either having to dispose of some quality donations, or have volunteers clean things at home. With your support, we can provide clean, essential needs to our neighbors. This will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the work we are able to do.
Seniors who own their own homes are often living on a fixed income and are unable to keep up with regular home maintenance. Helping Hammer Senior Home Repair provides friendly, qualified repair services by licensed contractors at an affordable sliding-scale rate to serve our growing senior population. Your donation in any amount will help TTH leverage $5000 in support. This $5000 will provide significant home repairs for 25 low income senior households. Thanks to your support, Helping Hammer is providing affordable home repair to our most vulnerable and valued community members. Seniors are now aging in place with confidence in the homes they've come to know and love.
Your gift of $ 500.00 allows the Arc to continue to provide person centered & empowering case management which helps individuals and their families to navigate complex systems. Our fellow citizens with developmental disabilities will have an independent advocate, who will support them to pursue their individual goals and overcome barriers to living their best life.
We provide shelter, transitional housing, and community case management to domestic violence and human trafficking survivors in Douglas, Jefferson, and Franklin Counties. We have offices in all three counties, as well as two emergency shelter buildings, and two group transitional homes, which are all staffed. Our aging server makes it difficult for staff at all of our sites to do their daily work. Entering grant-required data in our database, for example, at times takes hours rather than minutes due to the slowness of the outdated server. This in turn decreases the amount of time staff have to work with survivors. In addition, our current outdated server hardware creates potential security risks, and increases the likelihood of crashes or a server failure. A new server will ensure that The Willow's confidential client data is secure, will safeguard our day-to-day operations, and will maximize the amount of time that staff have to work with survivors in crisis.
The Eudora Community Navigator program is launching its second year of supporting access to social services throughout Douglas County for our neighbors in need. The program is a partnership between the Eudora Community Library and the United Way of Douglas County. The Community Navigator is a part-time paid position. The office is located at the Eudora Community Library. In year-one of the program, the Community Navigator’s successes include developing a comprehensive list of community resources, trained library staff to help make connections and track interactions, and outreach and engagement throughout the community. This program is all about expanding access to information, services and opportunities for underserved communities within the Eudora area. The Library is becoming a trusted place for community gathering and dialogue by using its spaces to foster social well-being and community development. Your support will ensure this position will continue to be funded, and the critical services provided to our most vulnerable citizens will continue to be accessible and available.
Get ready for Dottie, Lawrence Public Library's new bookmobile that will hit the road in 2022! This new outreach vehicle will bring books, movies, computers, storytimes, book clubs, and job and career resources to underserved neighborhoods in Lawrence. Help get Dottie ready for the road! Your gift will support giveaway books for kids, programming supplies, and other essential equipment to ensure that this exciting new service gets off to a great start.