March Matchup

See below to read about the organizations participating in the KCP&L March Matchup tournament. You may return to the voting page here.

After the Harvest

To prevent hunger by rescuing fresh, nutritious produce that would otherwise go to waste and distributing it to organizations feeding hungry individuals, families, children and seniors.

Allied Arts Council

The Allied Arts Council, the second-oldest arts council in Missouri, annually raises funds to support the arts in St. Joseph, Mo. Creative Arts Production, Performing Arts Association, RiverSong, St. Joseph Community Chorus, Saint Joseph Symphony and Allied Arts Council applied for and were approved for funding. In addition to providing much needed dollars to nonprofit arts organizations, the Council produces community arts programs, including the St. Joseph Sculpture Walk, Artscape, and Trails West! ® Festival. It promotes public awareness, and provides service and support to its member agencies. 

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is one of Missouri's oldest professional regional theatres and is the most imaginative, varied, satisfying professional theatre experiences in Mid-Missouri! In 1961, in a historic old church, the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre began entertaining audiences. Now housed in a beautiful, intimate 408-seat theatre, Lyceum audiences truly are a part of the action. Professional actors, directors, designers, and technicians from across the country take residence in Arrow Rock for several months to bring our audience outstanding musicals and plays. Join us for our 56th Season, filled with incredible music, uproarious laughter, powerful tears and suspenseful intrigue. 
Bishop Sullivan Center Bishop Sullivan Center provides a variety of services to low-income families. We operate two food pantries and a soup kitchen. We help people find work; in 2015 we helped 363 people find employment. We provide many forms of aid: financial assistance for utility bills or rent, beds for children, and air-conditioners for the elderly.

Boonslick Regional Library

Boonslick Regional Library is a regional library in Mid Missouri serving over 27,000 patrons system wide. Established in April 1953, the Boonslick Regional Library (BRL) provides public library services to the citizens of three counties: Benton County, Cooper County and Pettis County (excluding the City of Sedalia). The Pettis County facility, located in Sedalia, is the largest library and serves as the administrative headquarters for the library system. The administrative headquarters includes the following services: outreach services, reference and interlibrary loan, technical processing and computer/network services for the library district. Other libraries in the system are the Benton County libraries located in Cole Camp and Warsaw; and the Cooper County library located in Boonville.
BoysGrow BoysGrow is a not-for-profit agency providing mentoring, entrepreneurship skills, and positive male role-models for inner-city boys ages 14-16. BoysGrow literally broke ground in the Spring of 2010 and is a year round farming and business program that provides valuable personal and business tools to our youth through organic farming and the sales of our products. The program is volunteer supported, staff guided, but youth driven. We strive, with staff guidance and direction, for the boys to take pride in their crops and products to ensure the success of the program. This will in return create self-pride, identity, and belonging, not only for the youth to the concept of the BoysGrow name but to himself, his fellow workers, and the positive and successful environment they have created.
Bridging the Gap Bridging The Gap is greater Kansas City's premier environmental organization, with 1,500 volunteers, a half dozen programs and dozens of workdays and events. Each year BTG plants some 1,000 trees, restores and maintains 450 acres of local prairies, engages 40 local businesses in its Green Business Network, cleans up hundreds of tons of recycling and litter, and conserves water and energy. Bridging The Gap helps to protect Kansas City's magnificent natural resources, lay the groundwork for a thriving green economy, and provide healthy habitats for all species in the web of life–this year, with special emphasis on monarch butterflies!

Child Protection Center

CPC opened in 1996 to serve as a child-friendly, safe place where children and adolescents who are alleged victims of child sexual and serious physical abuse can make their statement about the abuse. This statement is called a forensic interview or extended forensic interview, depending on the age and level of development of the child. Our goal is to do the best we can to find out what happened in a manner that is respectful of the child and as comfortable as possible for children and their families.

Community Assistance Council

Community Assistance Council offers emergency assistance to area residents in south Kansas City to help prevent homelessness. They have a food pantry and clothes closet, open M-F, and offer rent and utility assistance, as well as counseling with caseworkers (by appointment). Partnerships with other organizations allow CAC to provide medical assistance with prescriptions, eyeglasses, dental work, and diabetic supplies, as well as offering a front yard garden providing fresh produce to our food pantry. Seasonal programs, such as school supplies, fans, Holiday Store and Thanksgiving food are also available to area families.

Community Café

The Community Cafe is a soup kitchen in Sedalia. It was created by a high school student in 2006, and nearly ten years later it is still managed by high school students. Though guided by an adult advisor and a community board, students are the backbone of the system. The purpose of this organization is to feed those that are unable to obtain food for themselves. The Cafe opens its doors Monday through Friday from 4-6 and welcomes any and all guests. Food is provided by community groups that volunteer through churches, schools, or families. Their selfless contributions are vital to the success of The Community Cafe and undeniably appreciated. The Cafe needs youth who are willing to take a stand and help others.

Coterie Theatre

The Coterie provides professional classic and contemporary theatre, which challenges audience and artist and provides educational, dramatic outreach programs in the community. We seek to open lines of communication between races, sexes, and generations by redefining children’s theatre to include families and diverse audiences. Each year, The Coterie takes on the challenge of fostering creativity and using art to stimulate important conversations for over 90,000 young adults and families across Kansas City.

Della Lamb

Della Lamb Community Services was founded in 1897 as a Methodist Mission to provide child care for poor, working mothers. Today, we provide low-income families with early education, child care, youth services, adult services, adult education, transportation, emergency social services, international refugee services, Elementary Charter School education, back-to-school supplies, Thanksgiving groceries and Christmas groceries and gifts.

Don Bosco

The Don Bosco Senior Center promotes the emotional, physical and economic well-being of older adults by providing a hot nutritious meal, 5 days a week. Transportation, fellowship, and activities that promote health, education and recreation. Clients are eligible for services if they are over 60 years of age or are physically or mentally disabled with an assigned case manager. Don Bosco also has the largest Meals on Wheels Program in the metro, serving those seniors who are homebound. More than 85% of our clients are considered low income and a significant number reside in low-income senior housing.

Giving the Basics

We are a hub in Kansas City to provide free personal care hygiene items not covered by food stamps. Imagine waking up in the morning going to school or a job without toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, and the ability to wash your clothes with laundry soap? We supply over 23,000 people monthly in shelters and pantries and 10 school districts.

Green Hills Women's Shelter

Green Hills Women's Shelter is a program for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Green Hills Women's Shelter provides both residential and non-residential services to victims in nine primary counties in Northwest and North Central Missouri. The Green Hills Women's Shelter residential program is designed to be a 90-day program with follow up services being provided to the victims for up to 6 to 9 months after leaving the shelter, upon their request. The non-residential program is structured so victims may receive services up to one year. All services provided by the Green Hills Women's Shelter are voluntary, and the victim has the option of discontinuing services at any time throughout the process.
 

Higher M-Pact

Higher M-Pact’s is having a life-changing impact on the lives of high-risk urban youth by mentoring and restoring hope, through practical, quality programs. Our programs create opportunities for development and socialization through three impact areas: Leaders of Tomorrow, Project Restoring Hope, and Bridging The Gap. Our vision is to transform today’s high-risk urban youth into tomorrow’s leaders; leaders in their families and community.

Johnson County Museum

The Johnson County Museum, a program of Johnson County Park & Recreation District, operates the Johnson County History Museum and the 1950s All-Electric House in Shawnee, Kansas, and the Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton, KS. The Museum offers long-term and changing exhibits, children's history exhibitions, online resources, school, youth and Scout programming, lectures and walking tours, and special events. The historic collections include more than one million photographs, 18,000 3-D artifacts, and 300 cubic feet of archival material. The museum serves 40,000 visitor’s onsite and nearly 100,000 people through online resources available at www.JoCoHistory.org.

KaBOOM!
Orrick Park Project

KaBOOM! is the non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. KaBOOM is working with Orrick City to build a new park.

KC Community Gardens

The mission of Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG) is to assist low-income households and community groups in the Kansas City metropolitan area to produce vegetables and fruit from garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, and at community sites. KCCG began in 1979 as the Metropolitan Lutheran Ministry’s “Community Garden Project,” an initiative started to help low-income families save money on grocery bills.

KC STEM Alliance

KC STEM Alliance is a collaborative network of educators, business partners and related organizations working together to inspire interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers to generate a robust workforce of related professionals in the Kansas City region.

Mattie Rhodes

Mattie Rhodes Center provides a holistic approach to individual Today, Mattie Rhodes Center offers a comprehensive, holistic continuum of care designed to meet the physical, emotional, and mental health needs of our community. We also take seriously the importance of teaching, preserving and celebrating the Latino culture.

MO River Relief

Swinging east straight through the Kansas City is the Missouri River, the longest waterway in North America. The Missouri River provides vitally important ecological services to the lives and livelihoods of people who live in the Kansas City area. Most people living in Kansas City are not aware of their dependence on the river. As a result, this section of the waterway is neglected and often mistreated with pollution. Missouri River Relief connects people to the river by conducting clean-ups of trash along the islands and shores. This activity is rewarding, especially for Kansas City students, and can create a sense of appreciation and ownership of the river.

Noyes Home

For more than 120 years, the Noyes Home has been a place where a child who is facing a family crisis feels safe, and can just be a child, until the family is able to get back on its feet. The Noyes Home is a place where a family facing eviction or a job loss can talk about their next steps with professionals while their children are cared for with kindness and compassion — for a few days, or a couple of weeks, while they find a solution. It’s where a teen finds friendship, security and a positive environment to continue attending high school if a parent has become incarcerated or is unable to care for him.

Phoenix Family

On any given day, Phoenix Family serves more than 6,000 people in low-income housing communities. We help children, families, seniors, and people with special needs improve their self-sufficiency and stabilize their lives by providing supportive programs in communities where they live. Phoenix Family improves the economic status of people we serve, transforms neighborhoods, and transforms lives.”

Powell Gardens

Help Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden, give area school children, most at risk of developing poor health habits, the opportunity to experience food “from seed to plate” and gain an understanding of the role of food and exercise play in a healthy lifestyle. Our signature educational program for grades 3 through 5 meets state standards and teaches children with fun and interactive activities in the Heartland Harvest Garden. The Harvest Garden is the nation’s largest edible garden, where every tree, shrub, flower and groundcover is part of the story of where food comes from. From watching seedlings sprout to discovering the plants used in their favorite treats, children see, smell, taste, and touch then leave with a new way to think about food. Your vote provides area school children the opportunity to participate in Good To Grow free of charge and provides their schools with the bus transportation to Powell Gardens.
 

PREP-KC

PREP-KC is here to create and implement at-scale strategies to improve college and career preparation for Kansas City's urban students. Working with 5 bi-state urban school districts and 3 charter schools serving nearly 50,000, mostly low-income students, PREP-KC is supporting a more rigorous K-12 math curriculum, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit while in high school, and developing powerful connections between students and real world businesses and industries.

Second Harvest

Second Harvest Community Food Bank is a nonprofit food Distribution Center, which allows us to help the families, individuals and seniors across our 19 county region. We distribute food through direct service programs and through a network of more than 100 Partner Agencies located throughout our service area. Last year, Second Harvest distributed 5.9 million pounds of food.

Sunflower House

Sunflower House is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) as an official Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) that is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse while providing a place to tell and heal for those children who have suffered abuse in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Turn the Page KC

The mission of Turn the Page KC is to mobilize the community to achieve reading proficiency at grade level or above for all third graders in Kansas City, Missouri. Turn the Page KC was founded by Mayor Sly James in 2011 as an initiative to raise the reading proficiency of third graders, which at the time was only 33%. Volunteer and community organizations began to rally around this mission. In 2015, test scores showed that 3rd grade reading proficiency in Kansas City is now at 49% and appears to be on the rise. Turn the Page KC focuses on three specific issues that contribute to 3rd grade reading success: school readiness, summer learning, and school attendance.

Urban Rangers

Our Mission is to prepare at-risk inner city youth for responsible and productive futures through a program of disciplined work experience and service in their community, leadership development and individualized planning for post-High School careers.

Women's Employment Network (WEN)

Since 1986, WEN has been a leader in providing employment preparation and career transition services to women throughout the metropolitan area. WEN offers job-search training and resources, individualized coaching, financial education, professional case management, and other resources to help women obtain economic independence through sustained employment. WEN is also a proud partner of the OneKC for Women alliance with the Women’s Business Center and Women’s Capital Connection. By working together as OneKC for Women, these partner organizations are able to better achieve a common goal: empowering women to achieve financial independence

Youth Excited
About Sports

Youth Excited about Sports (YES) exists to teach the fundamentals of life to youth, incorporating Christian values such as sportsmanship, teamwork, cooperation, fair play and character-building while having fun. Our vision is to create an atmosphere where kids love to learn and have the opportunity to realize their physical, educational and spiritual potential.
Della Lamb Community Services was founded in 1897 as a Methodist Mission to provide child care for poor, working mothers. Today, we provide low-income families with early education, child care, youth services, adult services, adult education, transportation, emergency social services, international refugee services, Elementary Charter School education, back-to-school supplies, Thanksgiving groceries and Christmas groceries and gifts.
Della Lamb Community Services was founded in 1897 as a Methodist Mission to provide child care for poor, working mothers. Today, we provide low-income families with early education, child care, youth services, adult services, adult education, transportation, emergency social services, international refugee services, Elementary Charter School education, back-to-school supplies, Thanksgiving groceries and Christmas groceries and gifts.