A legacy of enduring philanthropy.
In its 26-year history, the Harvest Ball Society has distributed in excess of $6.5 million to over 60 charities. The following charitable agencies will receive support from the 2013 Harvest Ball Society:
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2013 Charitable Recipients
Angel Flight Central
Angel Flight Central is a nonprofit 501 (c-3) that serves people in need by arranging charitable flights for access to health care and for other humanitarian purposes with the help of volunteer pilots. This service is available to individuals who are in financial distress and must reach medical treatment outside of their geographic area. Angel Flight Central also provides humanitarian travel such as camp flights where children with special needs such as HIV/AIDS, burn victims, heart disease or cancer can attend summer camps as well as emergency relief flights during the time of natural or manmade disasters. Angel Flight Central’s office is located in Clay County at the downtown airport.
Assistance League of Kansas City
Seven philanthropic programs: Assault Survivor Kits (personal care kits to victims of sexual assault); I'm In Charge (child safety education); Operation Child in Need (formerly Foster Child Program), Operation Hug (teddy bears to comfort children in crisis at hospitals and police stations), Operation School Bell (new clothing and supplies for children), Senior Outreach (friendship and support to residents of senior care centers) Children's Mercy Northland Volunteerism Project (activities, care and comfort in waiting room area).
Autism Works, Inc.
Autism Works was established in 2011 to provide resources and support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families exclusively in the Northland and surrounding counties. While other autism programs and services are offered in the Kansas City Metro area, there was a significant gap in services in the Northland. Autism Works programs offer a wide range of activities and services to support and serve children and families including social skills classes, creative arts clubs, field trips including swimming, horseback riding, science and theatre focused trips, family dinner outings and support groups. Autism Works serves the whole family.
Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics - Children’s Mercy Northland
Regional pediatric medical center providing comprehensive and specialized care to children of western Missouri and eastern Kansas. Services are provided to all children, regardless of ability to pay. CMH Northland offers 21 pediatric specialty clinics with 36 exam rooms and four specialized high-acuity treatment rooms. Full service laboratory opened in December 2010.
Clay County Clothes Closet
Founded in 1959, this all volunteer organization receives referrals from schools, churches and social services agencies to provide new clothing to children. Children receive 2 new pair of pants, 2 new shirts, new winter coat, new shoes, socks, underwear, caps, gloves, and as much good, clean, used clothing as needed.
Concerned Care, Inc.
Serving Clay County residents with developmental disabilities (sever lifelong disabilities including mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism, Down Syndrome, etc.) since 1972. Mission is to maximize the capability of individuals with developmental disabilities to manage their own lives and minimize their dependence on others. Services include Group Homes, Individualized Supported Living arrangements, Apartment Programs and Therapeutic Recreation Programs.
The Farmer’s House, Inc.
The mission of The Farmer’s House, Inc. is to provide a community integrated hands on work environment that provides youth and adults with developmental disabilities practical vocational skills so that they are better prepared to seek competitive, community integrated employment. The Farmer’s House Market, Seeds of Change Garden and Flour Sack Baking Kitchen utilized by The Farmer’s House vocational training program are located in rural Weston, Missouri in the historic Vaughn’s Orchard retail space.
Gilda’s Club Kansas City
Gilda’s Club Kansas City is a unique community providing social and emotional support for people of all ages living with all types of cancer, along with their family and friends—from early diagnosis to post treatment and beyond. Gilda’s Club is named for comedian Gilda Radner who died from ovarian cancer in 1989. Gilda’s Club provides a warm and welcoming home-like setting where anyone impacted by cancer can share experiences, find support and learn how to live well with cancer. Gilda’s Club Kansas City is located at 21 W. 43rd Street, Kansas City, Missouri.
Harvesters – The Community Food Network
Regional food bank. Collect food and household products from community and industry sources, distribute products, and provide nutrition services through a network of nonprofit agencies. In addition, offer leadership and education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and generate solutions to hunger. Childhood Hunger Initiative (BackSnack program, Kids Cafe, Kids in the Kitchen); Project STRENGTH; Harvesters Senior Mobile Food Pantry
Heartland Habitat for Humanity
Heartland Habitat for Humanity strengthens families in the Northland by creating affordable homes and opportunities for low-income families to build equity and independence through home ownership. Since 1987, Heartland Habitat for Humanity has built or rehabbed more than 50 homes in Platte and Clay counties in Missouri. HHFH also supports families and the general public with a financial education program called CommonCents, designed to build the financial capability of clients so they may remain in safe, decent, affordable housing and become financally stable.
Hillcrest Transitional Housing
Hillcrest Ministries was founded in 1976 in Clay County as a transitional housing program designed to move homeless families to self-sufficiency. In 1999 a second affiliate was formed to serve families in Eastern Jackson County. In 2002, a third affiliate was formed to serve Platte County families. In 2004 a fourth affiliate was formed to serve Wyandotte County families. While remaining separate tax exempt entities, all four affiliates share the same program and methods which result in homeless families moving to self-sufficiency. Hillcrest is a high-accountability program that provides rent-free, utility-free housing, a food pantry, life-skills counseling (budgeting, nutrition, employment, parenting, and community living), and professional services (mechanics, doctors, dentists, barbers) to homeless families.
Hope.wrx (pronounced "hope works") is an all volunteer organization that serves at-risk, unemployed, homeless and hungry residents through a family food program, food pantry, clothes closet and partnerships which include support to an inner-Northland elementary school, MAAC-Link, LINC counselors, Harvesters, HyVee and several churches. It is the originator of the Family Pack Program.
MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault)
MOCSA exists to lessen the ill effects of sexual assault and abuse through prevention, education, treatment, intervention and advocacy.
Miles of Smiles, Inc.
Provides dental care for low-income school age children in community based settings; two cargo vans that travel to schools and other agencies.
NorthCare Hospice & Palliative Care
Provides end-of-life care to individuals with life-limiting illnesses and a prognosis of six months or less. Provide education, support and bereavement services to their families. Mission is to offer excellence in care, comfort and support to those experiencing a life-limiting illness so they may embrace life until death with dignity.
Northland Assistance Center
A faith and community based collaborative providing emergency assistance services to Northland families that was founded in 1980 by coalition of pastors from Baptist, Christian, Methodist and Presbyterian churches in NKC. Families are provided with a combination of food, financial aid, crisis intervention, strengths-based case management and referral information. Limited financial assistance for utilities, rent, prescriptions, transportation, etc.
Northland Early Education Center
Focus is to provide early education and/or therapeutic intervention services for children with special needs and children who are typically developing from birth to five years old, in fully inclusive classrooms. Ensures all children, regardless of their developmental level or socioeconomic status, have access to nationally accredited early education and therapeutic intervention services that create a foundation for future learning success, which they will carry with them throughout their lifetime.
Northland Health Care Access
Provide primary and specialty medical care for uninsured residents of Clay & Platte counties for uninsured clients/not eligible for government programs; the “working poor”. Programs include: Health Care Resource Line, Women's Pre-natal care and delivery, Urgent care for children, primary care clinics in Platte County, SUR Northland Health Center, and Northland CARE/MetroCARE program network of private physicians.
Northland Meals on Wheels, Inc.
Goal is to help seniors and handicapped live healthier and happier lives in their own homes and to permit convalescing individuals the ability to do so in their own homes. Provide a hot heal along with concern and friendship to people who would have to move elsewhere due to health/age issues. Meals provided whether the person can pay any part of this cost. Cost per meal is $3.25 - some pay, others depend on donations (such as Harvest Ball Society) to assist with payment.
Platte Senior Services, Inc.
The mission is to encourage the independence of seniors through socialization empowerment, nutrition and transportation services. Programs include a “Meals on Wheels” service and programming at a Senior Center.
Salvation Army Northland & Excelsior Springs
The organization provides food and clothing assistance, emergency rent and utility assistance, summer day camp for children, individual and family crisis counseling and referrals, Christmas toys and food programs. The Corps is comprised on the main location on North Oak Trafficway and three Red Shield Service Centers in Liberty, Excelsior Springs and Ray County.
Shepherd’s Center of the Northland
The center serves adults age 60 and older with Life Enrichment Programs (Adventures in Learning, Break Time Club, Learning & Laughter); Home Programs (Handyman, Grocery Van, Call Check, Friendly Visitors, Personal Shopper); Health Services (Care Call, Grief & Loss Support Group, CLAIM, Transportation, Caring Hearts, Fit for Life).
Southern Platte Emergency Assistance Center
SPEAC is an all-volunteer organization established in 1989 by a combined effort of area churches. Mission is to help alleviate hunger in Platte County for low to near-low income families. SPEAC supplies food and other necessary items from food drives, food purchase program from local stores and Harvesters Food Bank.
St. Charles Food Pantry
The St. Charles Food Pantry provides a 3-to-5 day supply of non-perishable food to anyone in need living north of the Missouri River. It is an all-volunteer organization with approximately 36 dedicated volunteers staffing and stocking the pantry. The Pantry has been in operation for 11 years and is a ministry of the St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Kansas City, North.
Synergy Services, Inc.
Synergy Services delivers a comprehensive array of violence prevention and intervention programs to over 33,000 people across the Kansas City metro. Synergy’s programs focus on homeless and runaway teens, abused and neglected children, battered women, and families struggling to overcome trauma and hardship. Synergy operates many programs in the Northland including: 24-Hour Crisis Hotlines, SafeHaven Women’s Center Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter and Homeless Youth Campus.
Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc.
Services include assessment of client needs; independent living support through housing, transportation and employment; Clubhouse program; compulsive gambling counseling; 24 hour crisis line; day program with social and recreational activities; in-patient/crisis stabilization; medication clinic; outpatient services including individual and group therapy; substance abuse treatment; jail services; Drug Court services; youth and children's services; Community 2000 youth drug and alcohol prevention program.
Women’s Employment Network
Serves women age 18-62 who have a high school diploma or equivalent, who are unemployed, underemployed, new or returning to the workforce, and displaced homemakers. The Dimensions Program is a five-week employment readiness and career transition training program focusing on self-esteem and personal responsibility.