CEO's Blog:
CSL Doubles Down on Workforce Development
Robots and robotics are everywhere. Just in the last few years, it's become hard to not hear the phrase AI (Artificial Intelligence) at least a few times a day. In fact, there's a website that assesses the likelihood that a robot will take your job. While that's kind of a funny thing to think about, it's really a scary proposition.

Most families that come to CSL have earned income through work. However, the jobs they have are not sufficient to sustain a family, let alone using work as a tool to build wealth and assets. CSL is very committed to our work...
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CSL Part of $10 Million National Grant
An exciting new commitment from the Citi Foundation will ramp up LISC's Bridges to Career Opportunities (BCO) program and help some 10,000 American workers get the training and support they need to take on quality jobs in growth industries like health care. CSL operates LISC's BCO programming in Kansas City, and is the only grant recipient in the metro area.

The funding will enable 40 community organizations, including CSL, across the country to intensify their Bridges work, connecting residents to skills development and jobs, along with financial, health and housing services that improve quality of life.

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Meet Some New CSL Volunteers!
Tom & Becky Clark - CSL Volunteers
Tom and Becky Clark were sitting at home on one of the many snow days of the season when Becky happened to see a Facebook post calling for volunteers at CSL's Noland Road food pantry.

While Tom and Becky have been longtime residents of Independence, they were not familiar with CSL, nor our work. But, they were definitely interested in learning more and getting involved as a way to give back to their community. So they came on in and talked with our team and just last week, worked their very first shift helping our neighbors in the food pantry and they loved it!

They especially enjoy meeting our neighbors and feel like they are making a difference, even if it's simply a kind word or a smile. When asked what they would say to others who are considering volunteering, Tom and Becky replied, "Just do it! Come out and try it. Volunteering for CSL is truly rewarding."
Monthly Giving. Monthly Good. 
The 1916 Club is CSL's monthly giving program that allows supporters to make make sustained gifts through monthly credit card charges or checking/savings account withdrawals.

In 1916, a group of 22 forward-thinking women founded CSL as a way to support children and families in need in our community. More than 103 years later, members of the 1916 Club share the same vision and provide monthly support to ensure that the mission of CSL is met every day.

By joining the 1916 Club, you can be assured that you're doing your part to make our Eastern Jackson County community a better place to live by providing resources for families to achieve economic stability.
This Sunday's, Kansas City Metro Men's Chorus concert benefitting  CSL Scholars   has been postponed to Saturday, March 30th at 2:00 pm due to forecasted inclement weather.

On  Sunday, March 17th, 4:00 p.m. at The Stone Church, the KCMMC will be in Independence for another concert, this time benefitting the Stone Church Neighborhood Dinner. Make plans now to join us for what will be a very special event!

Giving to community causes for 18 years, the KCMMC is both inspiring and fun! We hope to see you at one or both concerts!  There is no charge for admittance at either one; a free-will offering will be taken.  

For more information, contact Dena Morrison, Special Events Manager, at or (816) 912-4485.   

Save-the-Date for these Upcoming Events
Saturday, August 24, 2019  marks the date for the  10th annual event presented by the Coalition of Women Helping Children. This year's  Fashion Show and Brunch  will again be  presented by St. Mary's Medical Center  and hosted at the Adam's Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs.
On  Monday, September 23, 2019,  CSL will host the sixth annual  CSL Golf Classic 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.
Luminous - lighting pathways to change, presented by Edward Jones is slated for Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Intercontinental Hotel at the Plaza. Plan now to join us for a magical night celebrating Community Services League with a delicious dinner, drinks, an exclusive Live Auction and dancing to the sounds of Lost Wax.
Interested in sponsoring a specific event in 2019, or supporting CSL throughout the year? Contact us today for a customized sponsorship package.
Thank You 2019 Corporate Sponsors
We want to thank the Corporate Sponsors thus far who have pledged their support for 2019! Their ongoing support is critical in our mission to help our neighbors in need and we appreciate them very much! It's not too late - you can still become a year-long CSL Corporate Sponsor.

2019 Corporate Sponsors so far are:
  • CBD American Shaman
  • CBD American Shaman Independence
  • Centerpoint Medical Center
  • Central Bank of the Midwest 
  • Comcast/Internet Essentials
  • Commerce Bank
  • Edward Jones Investments
    • Craig Bolger, Doug Hammer, Jon Klassen, Adam Kliethermes, Rebecca Knepper, Corey Long, Michael Rowe, John Skinner and Christy Yager
  • Foster Dental Care
  • Hartsook Companies 
  • JE Dunn
  • St. Mary's Medical Center
  • Stewardship Capital

Questions? Contact Dena Morrison, Special Events Manager, at or (816) 912-4485.

Entrepreneurial  Mindset Training

Do you want to learn how to be an entrepreneur? Have a business idea that hasn't yet been tested in the marketplace?

CSL, in conjunction with the Ennovation Center and the City of Independence, is hosting an Entrepreneurial Mindset Training class at BlendWell Community Cafe. The class is taught by the Small Business Technology Development Center at UMKC.

This experiential learning program will expose participants to entrepreneurial thinking and skills, and help them develop develop their business idea, using a business canvas and testing assumptions with real world experience.

Applications are being accepted now, with 20 slots available. Participants must be available to meet Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 pm from March 28 - May 23. Preference is given to Independence residents. Due to generous sponsors, the cost of the class is only $75.

Deadline for applications is March 8th, and interested participants should apply here. Choose "Entrepreneurial Mindset Training in Independence" as the course.

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