The League partners with area organizations that share a goal of improving Kansas City. The JLKCMO provides volunteers and funds to nonprofit agencies in the metropolitan area.
The Community Volunteers & Grants application process for projects in the 2022-2023 League year is now closed. We will begin accepting applications again in the summer of 2022 for projects in the 2023-2024 year (June 2023 through May 2024).
- Contact our Community Volunteers & Grants committee
- Watch the Community Engagement 2021 event recording
- Or see the slides: Community Engagement Breakfast Presentation 2021
Bridging the Gap works to make the Kansas City region sustainable by connecting environment, economy, and community. League volunteers work on various recycling, planting, litter clean-up, and educational activities while helping visibly improve Kansas City communities.
Inclusion Connections brings to light the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. League members work with the Pawsabilities program, assisting members with making dog treats and offering life skills classes. Members act as mentors and help participants build new skills in basic living and job and interview skills.
Lazarus Ministries provides compassion and care for unmet needs for those in the urban core. League members help community members shop for fresh fruits and vegetables and other grocery staples. They also work at the Lazarus Table, preparing and serving meals, and in the Lazarus Boutique, assisting women in picking out clothing.
MINDDRIVE inspires students to learn through mentoring and project-based learning, to expand their vision of the future, and for them to be a positive influence on the community. League volunteers work with teenagers in the learning labs as positive, mentoring adult role models.
Phoenix Family empowers people living in low-income housing communities with the on-site support they need to gain stability and achieve self-sufficiency. League members meet with K-4th graders in after-school and evening reading labs to help mentor struggling readers and to provide homework assistance if necessary.
Solace House provides grief support for children who have lost loved ones. League members work with groups of children, beginning with a pizza dinner. They follow a curriculum as they lead their group, working with the same group of children for the semester.
Wayside Waifs is the largest pet adoption campus in Kansas City and is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. Our volunteers work with children in the youth reading program and other humane education programming like shelter tours and community service projects.
The JLKCMO has partnered with more than 350 agencies and helped found The Children’s Place, Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, Ability KC, Jazzoo at the Kansas City Zoo, Loose Park’s Japanese Garden, and many more. Learn more about our history of service in Kansas City.