PatientsVoices was recently awarded a Phase I SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation. They proposed creating a domain specific software application that provides systematic and specific patient feedback for improving patient satisfaction ratings.  It will quickly provide hospitals with dynamic, detailed snapshots of improvement categories from...

Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri (GSKM) recently received a grant for $5,000 from the Union Pacific Foundation to help build the pipeline of female leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Girl Scouts STEM programs focus on helping girls develop critical thinking skills to discover their potential and realize their options for careers paths through hands-on, inquiry-based learning on a wide variety of STEM topics.

Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) was recently awarded a $68,650 grant from AmeriCorps Foundation to support five AmeriCorps members. Metro Lutheran Ministry will have the five AmeriCorps members provide financial literacy services, employment services, housing repair, housing repair education, nutrition education, community gardening, and food delivery services primarily in Kansas City, Missouri with limited services in Kansas City, Kansas. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will have been responsible for improving individuals’ financial knowledge, helping clients become employed, assisting seniors with maintaining safe housing, and increasing food security for economically disadvantage individuals.

Developing Potential Inc. was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the H&R Block to upgrade their telecommunications system. Developing Potential Inc. (DPI) received the grant to replace its aging and disjointed telecommunications system with a modern, unified system.  This project will enhance DPI’s ability to deliver services to individuals with developmental disabilities in Jackson County, MO, and will result in enhanced health and safety for individuals served.

Court Appointes Special Advocated (CASA) of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties recently received a grant for $25,000 from the Walmart State Giving Foundation to help provide Program Coordinators, training materials, and supplies. Program Coordinators (PCs) supervise and guide CASA Volunteers. PCs have years of experience in the child welfare system and understand how to access resources available to children and families in crisis.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) was recently awarded a $2,500 grant from the OneOK/ One Gas Foundation to support its Child Advocacy program. The Child Advocacy program provides volunteers to advocate for children involved in the court systems of Johnson and Wyandotte counties due to abuse, neglect, or other forms of maltreatment, and to children involved in the court system of Johnson county due to divorce-related issues such as custody or visitation disputes.

Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) recently received a grant for $10,000 from the Sosland Foundation to support renovations to the Northland Community Service Center. In 2015, a new Service Center for MLM will be built to increase MLM's ability to serve the Northland community. The new Northland Service Center will be a visible and strong anchor in North Kansas City, and a beacon to those in economic crisis who need a lifeline.  A new 4,300 square foot Service Center will be created through a renovation of the former sanctuary of St. James Lutheran Church.  Over 3,460 square feet of the former sanctuary will be renovated for the new Service Center and an additional 840 square feet will be added through construction to the existing space.  This Service Center will have locations for food storage, three offices for case management, a reception and waiting room for clients, a bathroom, additional storage space, and room to grow.  A dock and ramp will be added to aid food deliveries.