Sharing a few wish lists for Lee’s Summit nonprofits

ColumnistMay 18, 2017 

From board members to board games, toothpaste to TP, the list of needs for our area nonprofits in Lee’s Summit are seemingly always present.

As we wrap up the school year, vacations start and inevitable state and federal cuts are forecast for some organizations, the wish list for organizations that are dedicated to helping others in and around Lee’s Summit needs to be shared and acted upon.

Here are a few urgent needs:

One Good Meal: Three board positions (and a fourth this summer) are open for this organization that delivers more than 100 meals a day to those most in need. The group meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of the month. With the ever-growing senior population, the need for services at One Good Meal may see increases in the coming years – thus driving the need for simple monetary donations as well.

Pro Deo Youth Center: The organization making an enormous difference in the lives of our teens in Lee’s Summit needs small prizes to give away at their upcoming Summer Fest fundraiser, June 10. The event is open to everyone. Pro Deo is also looking for summer interns, which could be an incredible opportunity for local college students.

Hillcrest Transitional Housing: Putting families on 90-day plans while they take care of housing and some basic needs couldn’t be a better cause in our community. Hillcrest needs personal items for women, including razors, shaving cream, makeup, paper goods and cleaning supplies, as well as (always) volunteers for the thrift store.

Hope House: Perhaps the most well-known of our area organizations making a gigantic difference each day to give women and families hope in extreme circumstances, Hope House is taking a hit from withheld federal funding, translating to a massive need for funds. The group is also in desperate need of canned fruit, paper towels and toilet paper.

Coldwater: The 8-year-old organization that started out providing a clothes closet and food pantry now serves hundreds of our kids in need of summer meals and the popular “back snack” program, among other services. They are looking at needed expansion into a new building on donated land acreage. A capital campaign is underway, which is the greatest need. Summer volunteers are needed to pack and deliver lunches for children in three Lee’s Summit neighborhoods most in need.

Lee’s Summit Cares: Federal funding cuts could wipe out up to 40 percent of LSC’s budget in the coming months. As noted by this and other social service organizations: the time is now to have a community conversation on what that means and how to engage in this realm in the future. With that, LSC could use volunteer hours to help with administrative and office work, donation of storage space and a subscription to the Journal of American Medical Association.

Lee’s Summit Social Services: The long-standing food pantry, thrift store and community assistance program in downtown Lee’s Summit can always use volunteer hours throughout the building. Urgent needs include bottled water, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, diapers (size 1 and 2) and canned meat. The back-to-school store will be here before we know it, so the organization will need ear buds, dry-erase markers and Sharpie pens.

It goes without saying that any of these organizations would be thrilled with one-time and monthly monetary gifts. But as we clearly see, the gift of volunteer hours, talented board members and some essentials we take for granted are also high on the list.

Each of these organizations can be found on Facebook and through a basic online search.

One item, one dollar, one hour of time means a whole lot to every one of them.

Lee’s Summit resident John Beaudoin writes about city and civic issues, people and personalities around town. Reach him at .

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