CEO's Blog - Reasonable Loans Help Move Families Forward
This blog post is a follow-up to a post I first wrote two years ago. I want to keep you apprised of our work that provides alternative loans to families that would otherwise turn to toxic lending operations.

I still don't care for payday lenders, as you can tell through my tone in my September 2016 blog post. However, my rhetoric has softened (just a little), and I've focused my attention on the lack of short-term credit options in America.

When it comes down to it, if a bank charged me... Read the rest of this post...
CSL's BlendWell Community Cafe Now Open!
Now in our 102nd year, CSL is taking a dramatically-different spin on community development. BlendWell Community Cafe, at 10725 East US 24 Highway, is a new way to connect with our neighbors. The cafe will be a place for all people to meet, congregate, and build meaningful relationships. It brings a cultural asset to the Fairmount Business District and US 24 Highway, and will be a place where neighbors can receive employment, financial, and housing support, all over a cup of coffee.

Currently, we have our store manager and five baristas on staff, and we are open 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday. In the coming weeks, our drive-thru will open, and we'll offer some catering services, and our menu will continue to expand. Want to host a meeting in the Vault Conference Room? We're happy to host your next gathering or meeting! Contact our store manager, Ana Reyes , with any questions.

Check out a picture slideshow of our progress! Read a past CEO blog post about the work that went into the making of BlendWell.
New Chief Development Officer Joins CSL Team
CSL is pleased to announce that Cindy Isabel started August 1 as CSL's Chief Development Officer. Cindy most recently was a major gifts manager at Harvesters-The Community Food Network.

Many of our supporters interfaced with Nicole Underwood, who served as CSL's Major Gifts Manager from 2015-18. In June of this year, Nicole became full-time, stay-at-home parent, and we're excited for the next phase of her life!

Cindy with her family
Cindy's new role at CSL marks a commitment to expand our engagement with individual donors, and to use philanthropy to drive innovation and growth in our Integrated Services and Community Initiatives. Dena Morrison, Special Events Manager, and Jessica Kelsey, Development Assistant will work with Cindy on agency-wide development goals. Doug Cowan, President & CEO, and Lynn Rose, Senior Vice President, take on development tasks as a big part of their leadership roles.

"CSL feels like coming home to me," Cindy says about her new role. There are so many good people here doing so many great things for people in our community who need a hand-up regaining control of their lives. It is exciting to be part of an organization that is making a difference in our community."

Cindy and her husband, Dave, have called Blue Springs home for many years, along with their children, Cody and Josh. The Isabels have been involved in many civic, school, and church events over the years.

To connect with Cindy, you can reach her at (816) 491-2011 or via email .
60 Barrels in 60 Days!
While school is out for the summer, the 60 days between school years are critical at CSL! With your support, we've been able to ensure 2,500 students will have the necessary tools to be successful in the classroom in the Fall! Filling backpacks with school supplies, and stocking shelves with brand new pairs of shoes is top of mind at seven CSL locations. 

CSL kicked off a 60 Days of Summer Campaign to raise support for our upcoming Back to School Fairs. With your support, we placed more than 60 collection barrels at area businesses, churches, and other locations across the metro to collect school supplies, backpacks, and tennis shoe donations for this year's Back to School Fairs! Thank you!

Follow us on Facebook to join us in thanking our barrel partners!
Annual Reports
C SL  believes in transparency, and we work to make information available about our operation and our finances. We encourage you to review our Charity Navigator profile where we received a four-star rating (the highest rating available) for the second consecutive year!

Also, check out our 2017 Annual Report for the highlights from Year 101
Please contact our development team at (816) 912-4490 or email us at kelseyj@cslcares.org if you have any questions about our work.

Thanks for your incredible support in 2017 and 2018!  

Upcoming Events
What's new in Fall Fashion? Find out at the Coalition of Women Helping Children's 9th annual event, "Fashion for Compassion"  Brunch and Fashion Show! This year's event is on Saturday morning, August 25th at the Adam's Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs. Presented by St. Mary's Medical Center, KCTV5's Carolyn Long returns as emcee and we'll feature a host of new community models in fall fashions from Dillard's. This year we are happy to welcome CommunityAmerica Credit Union as a new Silver Sponsor. Join them! Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Don't delay - make your reservation online today!

Fore!
CSL's 5th annual Golf Classic , presented by Central Bank of the Midwest, is slated for Monday, September 24th at beautiful Winterstone Golf Course in Independence. With a 9:00am shotgun start, a full breakfast, lunch from Cafe Verona, new games and contests, raffle items, and prizes, you won't want to miss the fun!  Separate prizes and contests for women. Spots are filling up, so sign up today!

Don't play golf?   Both player and non-player Golf Classic    sponsorship opportunities  are available.    Join Central Bank of the Midwest, St. Mary's Medical Center, United Surgical Associates, Edward Jones Investments - Michael Rowe, FA, and our other amazing sponsors and support your neighbors in need at this day of golfing fun!

Mark your calendar! Luminous, Lighting Pathways to Change, CSL's annual Gala presented by Edward Jones 
Investments , will be returning to the historic Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City on Saturday evening, November 3rd. Featuring an exclusive live auction, and culminating with live music and dancing to the sounds of Lost Wax, you won't want to miss this evening among friends.  This year's VIP event in the Chandelier Bar will again be sponsored by Foster Dental Care . New to the 2018 Gala will be a Welcome Reception in the Grand Lobby sponsored by GEHA , and an Impact Story sponsored by Centerpoint Medical Center .  

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