CEO's Blog: CSL Breaking Ground on New Building!

Three years  ago, CSL undertook a different approach to assessing needs in a community . We went directly to the people we served, and we asked them what they wanted, and how we could work together to achieve their goals. That simple act has changed so much about our work.

In CSL's traditional service catchment area of Eastern Jackson County, the Northwest Independence/Sugar Creek area has the highest rates of poverty indicators. Consider these statistics from the 64053 zip code (all courtesy of United States census data):

Read the rest of this blog from Doug Cowan, President and CEO of CSL...
Donors Made the Difference in 2017!

2017 was a phenomenal year of impact for Community Services League! Because of your investment of time and resources in our mission, we were able to celebrate these incredible accomplishments:
  • We served more than 15,000 neighbors in our Eastern Jackson County communities
  • We began work at two new CSL sites - one in Excelsior Springs and one at Hawthorne Place Apartments in partnership with Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH)
  • We launched a second micro-branch of Holy Rosary Credit Union
  • We completed a fundraising campaign to renovate our 24 Highway location in the Northwest Independence/Sugar Creek area
  • We became nationally-certified to serve our disabled neighbors wanting to reenter the workforce
  • We were named Harvesters' Agency of the Year for excellence in impact
  • We established the Dr. Cliff and Patty Mohn Early Education Initiative at Hawthorne to connect early education resources at local school districts to families in need
It was a year of changing lives forever in the battle against poverty.  Here are a few more ways your gift helped families served by CSL
Thank You 2017 Corporate Sponsors
We want to thank all of our donors including our 2017 year-long Corporate Sponsors one last time! Their ongoing support was critical in our mission to help our neighbors in need and we appreciate them very much!  2017 year-long Corporate Sponsors were:

Central Bank   (CSL Golf Classic Presenting Sponsor); St. Mary's Medical Center (Coalition of Women Helping Children Fashion Show Presenting Sponsor); Edward Jones Investments (Luminous Gala Presenting Sponsor);  GEHA ; Stewardship Capital (Ooh! Outpouring of Hope Presenting Sponsor); Foster Dental Care (Luminous VIP Reception Presenting Sponsor); and Commerce Bank/Commerce Bank Mortgage Company .

Interested in becoming a CSL year-long sponsor? Check out our 2018 Sponsorship opportunities or contact Dena Morrison, CSL Special Events Manager, at morrisond@cslcares.org or (816) 912-4485.
Thank You Ken and Dottie Littlejohn - Faithful Volunteers in Blue Springs

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.

Ken and Dottie Littlejohn are two such supporters; they have been v olunteering at our Blue Springs office for the l ast three years! They came to us office ready to lend a hand in our warehouse and assist neighbors in need. Ken has overseen the warehouse for the last few years, keeps it organized and running, and takes great ownership in his work. He oversees the annual Community Unity Week event, ensuring that the more than 45,000 donations received from the Blue Springs School District are sorted and processed. Dottie is such a pleasure to have in the office as she provides kindness to our neighbors and greets each as if they are family. She enjoys making sure the office is tidy and inviting for all who come through the doors; she even caters lunches (including her famous chicken salad) for the team when special events are hosted onsite.

Both Ken and Dottie bring love and compassion to serve our local neighbors, and we are beyond grateful for the difference they make in our organization.  Join us in thanking Ken and Dottie , and follow their lead by volunteering at your local CSL today
Did You Resolve to Volunteer this Year?
Volunteers Needed for the 2018 Tax Season!

Each year, CSL serves hundreds of clients by providing a free tax preparation service through the  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Individuals and families making $60,000 or less are eligible to use this service. Last year, 184 returns were prepared resulting in nearly  $150,000 in refunds  thanks to the hard work of volunteers.

As we begin to prepare for the 2018 tax season, CSL's Financial Coaching team needs your help! If you're interested in learning more about volunteering, please contact Financial Coaching Manager Valentine Reid. You can volunteer to serve as a tax preparer (in-person or virtually), greeter, or intake specialist! Training is provided to all participants.

Are you interested in other volunteer opportunities at CSL? Contact our Major Gifts Manager, Nicole Underwood, today.
Save-the-Date for 2018 Events

For more information, contact Dena Morrison, Special Events Manager, at morrisond@cslcares.org or 816-912-4485.   

Saturday, August 25, 2018 marks the date for the 9th annual event presented by the Coalition of Women Helping Children. This year's Fashion Show and Brunch event will again be presented by St. Mary's Medical Center and hosted at the Adam's Pointe Conference Center.
On Monday, September 24, 2018 CSL will host the annual Golf Classic event, presented by Central Bank, at Winterstone Golf Course in Independence!  Last year's event was a sell-out so save-the-date to join us for what promises to be a spectacular day of golf and support for CSL.
On Saturday, November 3, 2018 CSL will be returning to the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland for the annual Luminous Gala: Lighting Pathways to Change, presented by Edward Jones! Save-the-date and plan to join us for an impactful evening celebrating life change in Eastern Jackson County.  Visit our online photo gallery for pictures from last year's event!  
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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