Our Charities

 

Meet Our 2016 Charities

 

In its 29-year history, the Harvest Ball Society has distributed in excess of $7.8 million to over 84 charities.

 

Impact Stories

  • Assistance League® of Kansas City

    Assistance League® of Kansas City, is an all-volunteer non-profit organization operating several community based philanthropic programs. These programs provide new clothing and supplies to needy and at-risk children, students and families; support to assault victims; teddy bears to comfort children in crisis; friendship to area seniors and an elementary school curriculum teaching safety skills and awareness. Operation School Bell® and Operation Child In Need are two of Assistance League’s programs that positively impact area school children. Because of generous support from donors such as Harvest Ball Society, we are able to provide new clothing and personal care items for children in elementary and middle schools, identified by the eight local school districts that we serve.

     

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  • A Strong Runner

    Girls on the Run has taught me how to be a strong and confident girl. When I first joined GOTR I was nervous that I wouldn't be good enough or fast enough. None of that mattered because even though I'm not a very fast runner, I had great coaches that told me "run at your happy pace!" 

     
    At the end of each season we run the 5K at Arrowhead Stadium. At the 5K there are tattoos, face painting, hair dye, and all that fun stuff. One year, my Dad ran the 5K with me. I was so excited! He wore a pink bandana and went at my happy pace. My mom also ran the 5K with me one year and wore a pretty tutu. I love running with my family!
     
    At the end of the 5K I earned a medal at the finish line. I wore my medal to school and showed it to all my family. After that, I hung it up on the bulletin board in my room. I'm proud to have my medal from GOTR. The medal reminds me that I can do anything, I am strong.
     
    Last year I moved to a new school. Joining on the Girls on the Run team there helped me make new friends and I really enjoyed my time. I look forward to GOTR every year and it has helped me do things I never thought I could ever do! 

     

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  • Hillcrest Hope

    Kim’s story began some time ago in a place of fear, hurt, and brokenness. Her marriage was ending just as she had learned of the abuse her niece and nephews had been suffering. At this time in her life, she was also starting a new career and starting life over without a spouse. “I was terrified,” Kim shares. “I struggled but kept my head above water for the first two years. I was then in a car accident, causing financial distress, and we moved into a rough area.” Kim admits that while she was not happy with where they were in location, she kept reminding herself that her family was fed, housed, and loved. 

     
    They survived this way for another year, but after experiencing job loss, their only form of transportation disappeared, and Kim began to believe that she may not be the right provider for the children. Yet, those paying attention in Kim’s life saw how hard she had fought to come so far. They surrounded her with support and directed her to Hillcrest Hope.  
     
    Since coming to Hillcrest Hope, Kim and her family have learned and grown. They have learned more than finances; they have learned about how to work as a family. They have grown closer and stronger together. Kim explains that it feels as though they are “finally coming out of the dark,” and that there is light ahead. They have learned to think long-term, realizing that with setting goals and working toward them, anything is possible.  
     
    “I believe that when we leave Hillcrest Hope, that we will be confident knowing that if there are bumps, we can withstand and stay on course. I am not broken anymore. I have ways in which I am still healing but I now know that I can survive and even learn to thrive. I am now stronger and do not fear the future for myself or my children anymore.” 

     

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    Holly

    Holly came to Love INC late November 2015 to apply for assistance with her water bill.  She had fallen on hard times due to missing work to care for her husband who was gravely ill and on disability.  In the meantime, her daughter and four grandchildren moved in with her.  Love INC was able to cover her water bill and enroll Holly’s family in a six month care plan to provide needed hygiene and household products to help them get back on their feet.  By spring 2016, the family was making ends meet.  Holly continues to work, her daughter recently found new employment, and the children are settled and doing well in school.  They express their deep gratitude to Love INC for providing help during a most difficult time.

     

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    Meet Taylor

    When Taylor began attending our evening baking classes she was very reserved; held her head down, slumped over and would not talk much with anyone.  The only verbal interactions observed were between Taylor and her mother during drop-off and pick-up.  After two classes, Taylor began interacting with peers and staff.  As time went on Taylor began coming twice a week with support staff to volunteer in our markets, assist with catering events and joined our evening art program.  Currently, Taylor attends Job Preparation program three days a week and is an employed on the weekends at our Weston market.  We have witnessed growth in Taylor’s confidence, self-determination, engagement in healthy choices and socialization. 

     

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    Meet Taylor (cont.)

    “When you ask me what impact The Farmer’s House has had on Taylor, the word I use is PURPOSE!  It has given her something to look forward to each day.  Something of her very own; friends, goals in life, self confidence, self discipline, a job, people to confide in outside of her family, but most important a PURPOSE… that she is meant to do bigger things in life, touch others hearts not just ours!”

     
    - Taylor’s Mother.

     

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  • Miles of Smiles

    Miles of Smiles is grateful for support from the Harvest Ball Society that helps provide dental care to the kids in the Northland that need it most—kids who are uninsured, underinsured, have limited transportation and resources; the kids who otherwise, would not see a dentist. Because of the Harvest Ball Society, kids like Joe not only have the opportunity to see a dentist, but also have a dental home – with staff that remember them, care about them and follow up to make sure they complete their dental care.

    Joe is 9 years old and afraid to visit the dentist. He did not want to get into the dental chair even to have his teeth cleaned!  The Miles of Smiles team put extra effort into making his visit a great experience. By making him laugh and putting fun sunglasses on him to shield him from the operatory light, the dentist was able to get his teeth cleaned and applied fluoride. He had a lot of fun, and walked away feeling proud about his smile and he felt like he made friends at Miles of Smiles. Joe has to come back to get a cavity fixed, but we are confident he will ease in to the chair without fear, and we look forward to rocking the sunglasses with him again! 

     
    We are glad we can take the time to work with Joe to make sure he gets the care he needs. And we are grateful for support from the Harvest Ball Society that makes that possible.

     

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  • Northland Neighborhoods, Inc.

    Pam is 64 years old and lives alone on $14,000 per year. She has had a heart attack, beat cancer, and is now fighting an auto immune disease that she receives weekly in-home transfusions.

     
    Pam loves her little house in Gladstone. She takes great pride in her home and works very hard to maintain it.  Her home, built in 1951, has a lot of deferred maintenance issues. Her electrical systems in the home are in poor condition. Many outlets and switches don’t work at all. She does not have the money to have her electrical systems repaired and upgraded and worries that her house will catch fire. 
     
    Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. (“NNI”), contracted with a licensed electrician to provide the necessary electrical repairs and upgrades to Pam’s home. The contractor stated that Pam had good reason to worry about a potential fire. 
     
    Pam is very appreciative of NNI and the Harvest Ball Society for the repairs to her home. She is sleeping much better these days!

     

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  • Southern Platte County Emergency Assistance Center (SPEAC)

    SPEAC provides a food pantry serviced by volunteers to low income families in Southern Platte County.  Last year the Harvest Ball Society generously provided funding for a new industrial refrigerator and freezer (shown in the photograph) enabling the pantry to provide nutritious foods, such as eggs, butter, vegetables, healthy fish (tilapia, salmon and cod) and a variety of meats (chicken, beef and pork). 

     
    Recent comments from patrons of the food pantry include:
     
    1. We appreciate that we get to choose what food we want and will use.
    2. Thank you for providing healthy food.
    3. I love salmon and cannot afford to buy it.
    4. I cannot tell you how much your support helped me and my family when I was unemployed.  I now have a job and hope not to need you in the future.
    5. I appreciate the SPEAC food pantry.
    6. Can I really have a beef roast?  I do not know when I last had a roast.
    7. I am not sure how my family would survive without your help.
    8. Thank you for providing food when we need it.
    9. While laid off from work, the pantry was a lifesaver.

     

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2016 Charitable Recipients

 

Assistance League of Kansas City

Assistance League® of Kansas City is an all-volunteer non-profit organization operating several community based philanthropic programs. These programs provide new clothing and supplies to needy and at-risk children, students and families; support to assault victims; teddy bears to comfort children in crisis; friendship to area seniors and an elementary school curriculum teaching safety skills and awareness.  Operation School Bell® and Operation Child In Need are two of Assistance League’s impactful programs.
www.alkc.org

 

Concerned Care, Inc.

Concerned Care has served Clay County residents with developmental disabilities (severe lifelong disabilities including mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism, Down Syndrome, etc.) since 1972. Its 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.
www.Concernedcarekc.org

 

The Farmer’s House

The Farmer’s House is a grass roots organization set in motion by parents of individuals with developmental disabilities.  The FH vocational training programs are located in rural Weston, Missouri in the historic Vaughn’s Orchard retail space.  The mission of this agency is “Embracing, enhancing and supporting the lives of youth and young adults with developmental disabilities.”
www.thefarmershouse.org

 

Feed Northland Kids

Feed Northland Kids is dedicated to developing relationships with funders, volunteers, and the community to ensure sustainability of funding for childhood hunger in the northland.  FNK works to renew “BackSnack Buddies” to provide multi-year support, and generate community awareness about childhood hunger in the Northland through multiple information and fundraising events.
www.feednorthlandkids.org

 

Girls on the Run Serving Greater Kansas City

Girls on the Run began in Kansas City in 2007 and serves girls in fifteen counties throughout the greater Kansas City area in both Kansas and Missouri.  Staff consists of 7 employees; each year we engage more than 1,000 volunteers as program coaches and 5k volunteers.  Two unique programs are offered: Girls on the Run serves girls in the 3rd through 5th grade and Heart and Sole is for girls in the 6th through 8th grade.  Both programs instil self-esteem through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training0while is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff and the community.
www.gotrkc.org

 

Hillcrest Hope Transitional Housing & Support

Hillcrest Hope Transitional Housing & Support is an organization that primarily serves Clay County.  We provide a transitional housing program for families who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness.  They come from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and family structures.  It is our goal to move families from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days. We provide rent/utility-free housing, as well as, the following through a network of community support: auto repair/donation, food pantry, medical assistance, dental work, GED classes, haircuts, glasses, school clothes, work uniforms, etc. In turn, our residents are required by written agreement to work full time and follow the program guidelines.  In addition, many of our families enter our program with very few coping  or parenting skills.  We take a very holistic approach with our families. Our program isn’t just about helping families learn better financial skills, but to learn skills and tools that will help build successful lives.
www.hillcresthope.org

 

HOPE.wrx 

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, Hy-Vee and several churches.  HOPE.wrx is the originator of the Family Pack Program.
www.hopewrx.org

 

Love Inc. of Clay County

Love Inc. of Clay County began in 1990 as a result of several Clay County churches looking for ways to coordinate all of the requests they were receiving for assistance.  Since its incorporation on November 21, 1990, Love Inc. has served more than 50,000 individuals.  The foundation of Love Inc. is its clearing house, which maintains information on resources available to people in need.  Love Inc. provides emergency rent and utility assistance to families facing eviction or the shut-off of their utilities.  Love Inc. provides on –going support for families assisted through a six-month follow-up care plan.
www.loveincofclaycounty.org/

 

Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Liberty, Missouri

Liberty Meals on Wheels was established in June of 1973.  Local community members prepared and delivered a hot and nutritious meal to the elderly and disabled in our community.  In 1986, the organization contracted with Liberty Hospital to prepare the meals to meet dietary requirements.   Today the meals are still delivered by volunteers.  With the help of close to 100 volunteers, we are able to deliver nearly 16,000 meals each year.  In 2011, the organization contracted with the City of Liberty to operate the program thereby providing support staff for the daily operations.
www.libertymissouri.gov/mealsonwheels

 

Metropolitan Lutheran Ministry

MLM’s programs strategically assist families in order to first help stabilize them and then move towards true self-sufficiency.  Community Assistance programs provide basic needs assistance through food pantries, hygiene and diaper distribution, breakfast programs, commodities for seniors, assistance obtaining ID’s and birth certifications, and a Christmas store.  Housing services provides minor home repair, rent/utility assistance and three permanent housing locations for chronically homeless, disabled, and mentally ill individuals.  Finally, the Family Empowerment Continuum program works with the families to provide long-term stabilization through case management, education, and employment services.
www.mlmkc.org

 

Miles of Smiles, Inc.

Miles of Smiles provides dental care for low-income school-age children of Clay and Platte counties in community-based settings using two cargo vans that travel to schools and other agencies.
www.milesofsmilesinc.org

 

Northland Assistance Center

Northland Assistance Center is a non-profit organization providing direct assistance, food, lodging, strengths-based case management, holiday food baskets, and referral services to over 4,000 Northland children, women, and men struggling to meet life's basic needs.
www.northlandasst.org

 

Northland Christmas Store

The Northland Christmas Store is a charitable organization dedicated to providing aid to needy families and individuals in Clay County at Christmas time. The goal is to see that each deserving person or family has ample food and that each child has gifts to open on Christmas morning.
www.northlandchristmasstore.org

 

Northland Health Care Access

NHCA provides primary and specialty medical care for uninsured residents of Clay and Platte counties and for uninsured clients, those not eligible for government programs and the “working poor”. NHCA 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, a network of private physicians.
www.northlandhealthcareaccess.org

 

Northland Meals on Wheels, Inc.

Northland Meals on Wheels helps seniors and handicapped individuals live healthier and happier lives in their own homes, permits convalescing individuals the ability to do so in their own homes, and provides hot meals along with concern and friendship to people who would have to move elsewhere due to health/age issues. Meals are provided whether the person can pay any part of this cost. The cost per meal is $3.25. Some pay, and others depend on donations to assist with payment.
www.northlandmealsonwheels.org

 

Northland Neighborhoods, Inc.

Better housing, better neighborhoods, and better communities. Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to neighborhood improvement and revitalization in Clay and Platte counties. Working with residents and organizations to find resources and solutions for better housing, better neighborhoods and better communities, NNI helps ensure the Northland is an outstanding place to live. Founded in 1996, NNI is the only community development corporation serving the Northland.
www.nni.org

 

Northland Shepherd’s Center

Northland Shepherd’s 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).v
www.northlandsc.org

 

Platte Senior Services, Inc.

The mission of Platte Senior Services is to encourage the independence of senior citizens through socialization empowerment, nutrition and transportation services.  The agency strives to enhance the dignity of seniors by offering programs that stimulate the mind and body and provide needed social support.
www.platteseniors.org

 

Southern Platte Emergency Assistance Center

The SPEAC is an all-volunteer organization established in 1989 by a combined effort of area churches.  Its mission is to help alleviate hunger in Southern Platte County for low and near low income families. Meat, eggs, dry goods, as well as cleaning supplies, personal hygiene and baby items are provided.
www.SPEACpantry.com

 

St. Charles Food Pantry

The St. Charles Food Pantry provides a 3 to 5 day supply of non-perishable food, available to anyone in need living north of the Missouri River.  It is an all-volunteer organization, with approximately 58 dedicated volunteers staffing and stocking the pantry.  It has been in operation for 12 years.

 

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.                                                                  
www.synergyservices.org

 

Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc.

Services provided by Tri-County 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; and youth and children's services.
www.tri-countymhs.org