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Veterans Community Project - November

Veterans Community Project, founded in 2016 provides housing for veterans experiencing homelessness in an innovative community made up of tiny homes. The tiny homes provide everything he or she needs to live with dignity and safety, new furniture, appliances, housewares, bedding, and utilities, free of charge. More importantly the Village is a sanctuary and an emotional space needed for the veteran and VCP’s Veteran Support Services team thoroughly address the underlying causes of his or her homelessness. This is done at the VCP Outreach Center that provides a variety of support services including food and hygiene kits, counseling referrals, employment support groups, dental care, and much more to the residents.

When the veteran is ready, VCP assists him or her in securing a permanent housing solution. Not only does the veteran take the entire contents of the tiny house with them, they take the ongoing support of the village as well.


Operation Breakthrough - December

Operation Breakthrough, incorporated in 1971, provides a safe, loving, and educational environment for children in poverty and empowers their families through advocacy, emergency aid, and education. They care for more than 700 children aged 6 weeks to 18 years with more than 70% living below the federal poverty guidelines. 

Their programs include an early childhood and additional educational services with hands-on learning experiences, supportive teacher interactions, and language rich environments. Along with medical resources like an on-site dental clinic, a full-service medical clinic with doctors, nurses, mental health professionals who help with check-ups, and sick visits, and other therapy programs for both the children and their families.


Giving The Basics - January

Giving The Basics mission is to bring improved health, hope, and dignity to struggling children and adults through the procurement, fulfillment, and distribution of hygiene products. Products include shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, and much more.

Since its launch in 2011, they have teamed up with over 700 locations, including local schools, pantries, police departments, and senior centers to distribute much-needed hygiene products that are not covered by government assistance to those in need in the Kansas City metro. They are now reaching over 400K people on a regular basis. They believe every person deserves to have an opportunity for dignity and being able to feel and look clean and presentable which can drastically change the trajectory of that person’s life. 


Wayside Waifs - February

Wayside Waifs is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets and preparing pets and people for the bond of their lives. Wayside is the largest pet adoption campus in Kansas City, in 2019 Wayside adopted more than 5,800 animals in loving forever homes. Wayside does not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for animals in our care. Only animals suffering from significant medical issues or those that pose a danger are humanely euthanized. Wayside Waifs is proud to be a part of Kansas City’s no kill community.


Operation BBQ Relief - March

Operation BBQ Relief, founded in 2011, responds to various natural disasters across the country and internationally by answering the call to feed displace families and first responders. During their first response, they were able to serve over 120,000 meals in a 13-day period. This experience of building a network to feed individuals in need has been their inspiration. They want to provide comfort to those in need by connecting, inspiring, serving, and educating in communities far and wide.

To date, Operation BBQ Relief has provided over 10 million meals following natural disasters, COVID-19 response, and through The Always Serving Project, benefiting the homeless, first responders, veterans, and members of the military.


If you would like to support any of these organizations furthermore, please contact Mick Deaver -