*denotes previous award recipient
Autism Works – Social Skills Education for Youth (K-12) with Autism Spectrum Disorders ($5,000)
Founded in 2010 in Liberty, Missouri, Autism Works serves individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Their Social Skills Education program offers a variety of practices to strengthen focusing skills and attention span, increase self-expression, improve language, and build sensory integration skills.
Cornerstones of Care – Healthy Families Home Visitation Program* ($10,000)
Cornerstones of Care provides an array of quality preventative, treatment, and support services for low-income children and their families. The Healthy Families Home Visitation Program is a child abuse and neglect prevention program that provides fragile families with voluntary, in-home education and parenting support during their child’s most significant developmental stage, from prenatal to age three. This program will serve an average of 50-60 families per year in the Liberty Hospital service area.
The Coterie – The Dramatic Health Education Project* ($5,000)
The Coterie is a professional theatre for families and young audiences, which seeks to open the lines of communication between races, sexes, and generations. It offers mainstage performances as well as educational outreach programs. The Dramatic Health Education Project is a workshop given by professional actors and students from the UMKC School of Medicine and KU Med to improve knowledge of STDs/ HIV and discourage high-risk behaviors. Over 400 teenagers in the Liberty Hospital service area will experience this program.
Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center – Outdoor Adventure Program and Facility Support* ($6,850)
The Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center was founded 55 years ago and provides leadership, educational, and recreational programs and facilities for youth that foster character development and a learning laboratory to help youth help themselves. This grant will fund several facets of the Outdoor Adventure programs, including repairs and improvements to the outdoor swimming pool, and support of the Radical Challenge program. This program uses a mental strength based approach in working with youth to collaborate, problem-solve, detect strengths, and take positive risks. Over 2,500 youth will benefit from this project, the majority of whom are from the Liberty Hospital service area.
Feed Northland Kids – Sustaining and Expanding the BackSnack Program in the Northland ($10,000)
Feed Northland Kids exists to work toward solving hunger among the children of Clay and Platte counties in Missouri. The funds requested will provide packets of shelf-stable, high-protein, kid-friendly food for 40 newly identified high-risk students in the Liberty Hospital service area for the 2018-19 school year. Students participating in the program are reported to have significant improvements in grades, behavior, and overall health.
In As Much Ministry – Health and Nutritional Well-Being* ($10,000)
In As Much Ministry provides food and emergency services to low-income and homeless persons, with the goal of improving the general health and welfare of families and individuals in need. The LiveWell grant funding will allow the organization to increase food purchases and milk vouchers, as well as expand offerings for special dietary needs including: gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free which are a crucial health component for a growing number of clients. The grant will increase the food budget by 15 – 25% and help meet the needs of over 4,000 people in Clay County.
Liberty Community Health Action Team – LCHAT* ($5,000)
The Liberty Community Health Action Team (LCHAT) is a partnership among the City of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department, Liberty Hospital, Liberty Public Schools, and the Clay County Public Health Center. LCHAT is a community health coalition whose mission is to create a community in which the healthy choice is the easy and preferred choice. In the last year, key outcomes included: policy changes in food options and their nutritional value in Liberty Public Schools, inclusion of health and physical activity in park rejuvenation plans, and adoption of the Trails and Greenways Master Plan revision.
Liberty Meals on Wheels – ($5,000)
The Liberty Meals on Wheels mission is to provide balanced, nutritious, and appealing meals to seniors, people with disabilities and disadvantaged populations. The requested funds will be used to provide monies for a contingency fund needed for emergency support for recipients who appear to legitimately need subsidized meals. The $5,000 grant will be able to subsidize 1,538 meals for seniors in the Liberty Hospital service area.
Northland Shepherd’s Center – BreakTime Club* ($5,000)
Northland Shepherd’s Center’s mission is to improve the lives of older adults while helping them to age in place. BreakTime Club generates a double-benefit for the Liberty Hospital community. It offers a social opportunity for frail, low-income seniors (some with physical or mental limitations) in a safe, enriching environment, as well as a weekly break for full-time caregivers while knowing their loved ones are in a secure, caring setting. Both generations cite a reduction of mental stress and improved quality of life from this program. BreakTime club over the last year recorded over 500 visits – and average weekly participation of around 40 caregivers and 40 seniors.
Smithville R-II School District – District Wide Vision Screening ($7,931)
Managed by the Parents as Teachers program staff and health services, Smithville R-II School District administers vision screenings to over 1,400 students between kindergarten – seventh grade. The Spot Vision Screener provides specific information for six different vision issues, and will provide reliable and objective assessment in a less time-consuming, or efficient manner. The Spot Vision Screener will be utilized by all 6 schools in the district.
Synergy Services, Inc – Children and Youth Health Clinic ($10,000)
Synergy Services strives each day to provide a lifeline to families and individuals in crisis. Funding for this project will be used to expand the current Medical, Dental, and Health clinic to better serve children ages 0 – 5. The grant will help provide equipment, supplies, and exam room necessities to meet the needs of over 180 identified infants and children in this age range needing services.
The Call KC – Education Initiative* ($10,000)
The Call KC creates positive social change by connecting compassionate individuals with local organizations in need of their time and energy. The Education Initiative will improve Clay County’s overall health – mind, body, and soul – by increasing active community service among its youth. The grant will fund a dedicated staff person to manage weekly volunteer efforts through Liberty-area groups such as Liberty Hospital, Liberty Public Schools, and William Jewell College with the goal of filling 2,000 – 3,000 volunteer opportunities and improving the health and quality of life of those in the community.
Tri-County Mental Health Services – Trauma Awareness* ($10,000)
The mission of Tri-County Mental Health Services is to provide preventative and recovery-oriented mental health and substance use services in an integrated approach that addresses one’s emotional and physical well-being. The LiveWell grant will support a program to help increase the effectiveness of services provided by increasing awareness of trauma and its impact on those served by the organization, the staff, and community. Funding will be provided for: educational materials about trauma-informed care for the community, providing learning opportunities with expert speakers, and promoting a welcoming environment within the facility, including learning and resiliency activities inside the agency. Tri-County Mental Health Services will serve at least 500 staff at their organization as well as police departments, school districts, primary care and other services providers. In addition, over 8,000 individuals assisted by these agencies will benefit from their training on trauma-informed care.