CEO's Blog
On April 25, 2018, CSL received news that the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is providing support to help 600 kids achieve more in school by staying in school. The Foundation in Kansas City is granting CSL $300,000 over the next three years ($100,000 per year) to the Family Stability Initiative, a unique partnership with school districts where we work intensely with families to keep kids stably housed and enrolled in their home school all year.

Like me, you can probably remember students that you were in school with that appeared one day, and disappeared a few days or a few weeks later. My oldest son, who is in elementary school, talks about friends that just leave. A local principal told me... Read the rest of this post...
CSL to Open BlendWell Community Cafe
in July
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 will bring 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.

Check out a picture slideshow of our progress! Read a past CEO blog post about the work that went into the making of BlendWell.
60 Barrels in 60 Days!
While school is out for the summer, the 60 days between school years are critical at CSL! Our team is hard at work raising support 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 has kicked off a 60 Days of Summer Campaign to raise support for our upcoming Back to School Fairs!  We've aimed to place 60 barrels at 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. We currently have 57 barrels throughout the area, but your help could allow us to better serve more kids.

Follow us on Facebook to join us in thanking our barrel partners! Interested in joining the Campaign? Contact us today!
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
Start gathering your friends now for The Coalition of Women Helping Children's 9th annual event, "Fashion for Compassion"  a Brunch and Fashion Show on Saturday morning, August 25th at Adam's Point Conference Center in Blue Springs.  This year's event is proud to boast St. Mary's Medical Center as the Presenting Sponsor for the second consecutive year! Emceed by KCTV5's Carolyn Long and featuring community models in fashions from Dillard's, it will be another must-attend event. Sponsorship opportunities available or make your reservation online today!

Sign up today! The CSL's 5th annual Golf Classic is just around the corner. Sponsored again by Central Bank of the Midwest, this year's event will be held at Winterstone Golf Course in Independence on Monday, September 24th. With a 9:00am shotgun start, a full breakfast, lunch, auction items, and prizes, you won't want to miss the fun! Both player and non-player sponsorship opportunities are available.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 3rd for CSL's annual black-tie optional event. The planning is well underway for this year's Luminous Gala: Lighting Pathways to Change. Presented by Edward Jones 
Investments , we will be returning to the historic Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City. 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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