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Grantham University Awards More Than $30,000 in Grants to Local Non-Profits

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In it’s first round of community grant awards, Grantham awarded of $32,350 in grants to 11 non-profit organizations around the Kansas City metro area. The grants are awarded through the Grantham Gives Back Fund, which is funded primarily by Grantham employee donations and matched by the University. This year, more than 150 Grantham employees donated to the fund, providing 10 winners with $3,000 each and one winner with $2,350.

The grant winners are:

  • Veronica’s Voice: Veronica’s Voice helps women and girls caught in the cycle of commercial sexual exploitation through services for victims and education, advocacy and legal work to target the demand and avert entry into the cycle of abuse in prostitution.
  • Center for Developmentally Disabled: Center for Developmentally Disabled (CDD) provides residential care services and day habilitation to adults with developmental disabilities in the greater Kansas City, Missouri, area. CDD’s programs include PALS University, which teaches community living skills such as shopping, recreation and socialization skills, and supported living and group living.
  • WDAF-TV Love Fund for Children Inc.: The WDAF-TV Love Fund for Children bridges the gap in youth services by partnering with advocates to fulfill unique, unmet needs of children across Kansas City. The Love Fund provides children with therapeutic tools, medical equipment, eye exams and glasses, clothing, shoes, beds and bedding, baby items, personal hygiene items and more.
  • Horses & Heroes, Inc.: Horses & Heroes, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides free equine therapy to military, first responders and their family members. The organization specializes in alleviating trauma that has affected the brain, body, emotions and behaviors including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Pawsitive Tails Dog Rescue: Pawsitive Tails is a not-for-profit organization focused on finding forever homes for dogs and puppies in the Kansas City area and Topeka. Pawsitive Tails provides medical care, including exams, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, for the animals, and the organization’s volunteers foster pets in their homes until a permanent home is identified.
  • Kansas City Autism Training Center, Inc.: Kansas City Autism Training Center (KCATC) is a private, licensed child care facility specializing in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders. KCATC uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to optimize learning environments for children with autism spectrum disorders. The organization provides treatment for children between the ages of two and a half and 12 and parent training and support.
  • Starfish Project Foundation: The Starfish Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people in-need with resources. Rather than focus on one specific need, the Starfish Project partners with community organizations and donors to provide an individualized response to community members’ needs.
  • Hillcrest Transitional Housing: Hillcrest Transitional Housing offers homeless families, singles and youth a disciplined educational program within a caring, supportive environment. Hillcrest’s primary objective is to move clients from homelessness to self-sufficiency by addressing the total life situation of the homeless families they serve.
  • Harvesters-The Community Food Bank: Harvesters is a regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 760 nonprofit agencies including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others. The organization also offers education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and teach about good nutrition.
  • Della Lamb Community Services: Della Lamb Community Services focuses on empowering individuals and families to meet the challenges of education, employment and achieving self-sufficiency. Della Lamb provides low-income families with early education, child care, youth services, adult services, adult education, transportation, emergency social services, international refugee services, Elementary Charter School education, back-to-school supplies, Thanksgiving groceries and Christmas groceries and gifts.
  • American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation: The American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation provides the organizing, fundraising and coordinating efforts needed to build a memorial and museum in the Kansas City area by September 2024 that commemorates America’s Fallen Warriors during the War on Terror. The memorial and museum will honor those who served, educate the public about the sacrifices made to protect our freedom and serve as a sacred meeting place of hope and remembrance.

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