CEO's Blog: Impact of Use Tax on Low-Income Families

CSL tries to be very focused on the labor market, and how it affects workers. As one of the largest workforce development/job placement providers in our area, we have to be tuned in to who is growing, what skills are needed, and much more. Some things that we monitor, in terms of industry trends are:
  1. What sectors are in-demand, and what employers in our area offer those jobs?
  2. What industry-recognized credentials are needed to enter in-demand sectors?
  3. What positions allow for vertical advancement?
  4. What sectors offer livable-wage salaries and benefits that can help families invest in themselves and their communities?

While market conditions have lots to do with labor, there are times when public policy is involved with one or more labor sectors. On April 3, 2018, voters in Independence and Blue Springs are taking a look at the concept of adding a Use Tax in their communities, for the purpose of helping to retain local jobs and strengthen city services.

Read the rest of this blog from Doug Cowan, President and CEO of CSL...
Celebrating Bess Truman's Birthday with a "Grounds" Breaking Ceremony at 24 Highway

This year, on Bess Wallace Truman's Birthday, CSL celebrated with a Grounds Breaking Ceremony at our location on 24 Highway.  The newly-renovated location will feature a Community Cafe, and is expected to open this summer!

CSL Welcomes New Class of CNAs

Beginning in February, this incredible group of 10 women began the journey to become CNAs.  All of them are expected to graduate on March 30.  Following graduation, our neighbors will begin work at Truman Medical Center-Lakewood's Long-Term Care Unit.  A second class of 15 students is expected to begin CNA training on April 9 of this year.  
Thank You Lexie Kemp - Student Volunteer at CSL Oak Grove

Volunteer staff are the lifeblood of CSL. Collectively CSL
volunteers save the  organization more than $750,000 annually by giving of their time at our locations and helping us best serve our neighbors.

One of CSL Oak Grove's favorite volunteers is Lexie Kemp.  Lexie is a freshman at Oak Grove High School.  She is in the choir and plays softball PLUS does a lot of volunteering.

Gina Parr, Oak Grove Site Manager has this to say about Lexie, "She started two summers ago, working alongside her grandma, Evelyn Morrill.  During the school year, she comes after school  (when her schedule allows) and helps with any task we ask of her.  She has helped with the setup for our School Supply giveaway and our Christmas store.  She is very critical to the Christmas Auction, coming early and staying all day - from setup to tear down!  She has a very sweet spirit and kind heart.  We are blessed to get to work with her."

Join us in thanking Lexie for her compassion for her neighbors and setting such a positive example for her peers!    Follow Lexie's lead by volunteering at your local CSL office today
CSL Rated 4-Star Charity for  Second Consecutive Year!

We are pleased to announce that CSL was recently 
notified  of  its 4-Star rating issued by Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities!  A 4-Star rating is the highest award given by Charity Navigator and demonstrates both financial strength and a commitment to accountability and transparency.  

According to Charity Navigator's President & CEO, " Only 29% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 2 consecutive 4-star evaluations , indicating that Community Services League outperforms most other charities in America .  This exceptional designation sets Community Services League apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."

You can view our 4-Star rating, which incorporates data from CSL's Form 990, filed annually with the Internal Revenue Service.  " Our rating shows we are good stewards of donor dollars, have growing programs, and are efficient with fundraising and management dollars. This award truly belongs to all of us for our work at making CSL a top-performing organization. I hope you join me in taking great pride in this recognition! ," said Doug Cowan, CSL's President & CEO.

Ooh! 2018 Tickets on Sale Now! 

Don't miss out on the fun!  Join us on Friday night, April 
20th , at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center for the 18th annual Ooh! Outpouring of Hope benefit for CSL, presented by Stewardship Capital .

We are planning a terrific array of wine, beer, and culinary inspirations for you to taste, a fantastic silent auction (something for everyone!), an exclusive live auction , live music, games - grab your friends and head to "Eastern Jackson County's Biggest Happy Hour!"

VISIT THE OOH! WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAIL and check back often - we are updating vendors and auction items daily!

For questions about Ooh! contact Dena Morrison, Special Events Manager, at or 816-912-4485.  If you're interested in b ecoming an Ooh! sponsor or donating an auction item , we'd love to hear from you!  It's going to be another sell-out year!
Interested in sponsoring a specific event in 2018, or supporting CSL throughout the year?  Contact us today for a customized sponsorship package.

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