The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri: women building better communities.
For the 2018-2019 League year, the Hope and Healing Kits Committee has partnered with Rose Brooks and Newhouse domestic violence shelters located in Kansas City. The opportunities within these shelters further our Mission of developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We are able to respectfully volunteer our time and resources to create Hope and Healing kits which are distributed to the women and children who seek protection atthese shelters.
Inside the adult kits are essential personal care items, along with extras such as journals and loofahsponges. For the children, the kit includes fundamental care items and special smallgifts like coloring books and toys. The goal is to provide hope to these families in times of great distress. They often are fleeing their homes in search of safety and need to leave everything behind. Our Signature Programming initiatives prove to be more important than ever as these shelters serve the most vulnerablefamilies. We are able to take donations and funds dedicated by our generous JLKCMO members and allocate them where they are needed most.
So far this year we have organized and delivered 60 adult kits and 20 childkits. We have volunteered for fundraising initiatives, including Newhouse’sMonster Dash 5K and House Party Gala, and dedicated ourselves to holiday and spring events for the shelters. It is exciting to see the direct impact we can make as a mighty League, and I am proud to not only be a JLKCMO member but to be able to bring light through Hope and Healing Kits.
-Elizabeth Blakemore, Hope and Healing Kits Committee