2018-2019 Centurions Legacy Project: Community LINC

MISSION: Celebrating their 30th anniversary in Kansas City, Community LINC works tirelessly towards the goal of eradicating homelessness in Kansas City. Their systematic approach to removing barriers for families struggling to find “home” results in an 89% success rate. Read that again: 89% of the families who graduate from Community LINC’s program do not become homeless again.

Community LINC has a path to ending homelessness in Kansas City… and it’s working. Serving approximately 500 families each year, Community LINC has directly impacted the lives of over 4,000 families - including over 8,500 children - in their 30 year tenure in Kansas City. By re-housing, stabilizing, and empowering families to become self-sufficient, Communitiy LINC creates a foundation from which families can thrive.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The 2019/20 Legacy Project will benefit Community LINC through a revival of their Elementary Education Center and creating a warehousing and inventory system for the organization’s on-site donation center. 

The Elementary Education Center will offer a space for academic support and tutoring for the hundreds of children Community LINC serves each year, with the goal of addressing the deficiencies that perpetuate the cycle of poverty.  Children’s resilience and life skills, academic assistance, and Mental Wellness Counseling reduce the damage of homelessness and awaken children to new life options.  The space will be converted into a learning environment suited to a modern, STEAM focused curriculum.

The warehousing facility, from which Community LINC furnishes 40 on-site apartments for families in their program, will be re-organized and outfitted with an inventory system Community LINC can use for years to come.   The warehouse is used to store and maintain donated goods from the community of Kansas City.  Provision of an inventory system will allow Community LINC to capture an accurate picture of the organization’s donation needs at a moment’s notice as families graduate from the program (and on-site housing) into permanent homes.

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For more information, please click here or contact Legacy Co-Chairs:  Amy Wright (encompas), Monica Powers (Shawnee Mission Health), or Dan Brown (Hufft Projects) with any questions.

2017-2018 Centurions Legacy Project: Kansas City Community Gardens
MISSION: The mission of Kansas City Community Gardens 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 supports Kansas City’s gardeners as they work to transform the food system, along with their nutritional habits, in backyard and community garden spaces throughout the metropolitan area.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The 2017-18 Legacy Project will work to extend and expand the footprint and capabilities of the KCCG children's learning garden (the Beanstalk Children’s Garden) located in the heart of Swope Park. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Beanstalk Children's Garden, an urban garden that has engaged and exposed over 25,000 children and their family members to the wonders of food gardening over the past decade.
Centurions will assist in building the necessary infrastructure for the garden as well as install fruit trees and berry plants. Additional work will be done to create paths and an extended orchard area with fencing. The ultimate goal of the project is to:
  1. address the problem of children’s limited knowledge and understanding of food plants, nutrition, and the importance of healthy eating habits,
  2. serve as an outdoor classroom for the Giving Grove orchard stewards and apprentices, and
  3. serve as a source of healthy produce to our Swope Park community gardeners – with excess produce being distributed to local food

 2016-2017 Centurions Legacy Project: Turn the Page KC                   

MISSION: Turn the Page KC is an organization started in 2011 by Mayor Sly James whose mission is to mobilize the community to achieve reading proficiency at grade level or above for all third graders in Kansas City, Missouri.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Centurions helped transform Turn the Page KC’s Early Learning Hub, which will serve as a multi-purpose space to provide parents of birth through five-year-old children resources to support early literacy and healthy childhood development.

The transformation of the Early Learning Hub included remodeling the inside and outside of the existing building. Specifically inside, Centurions added new paint colors, large wall graphics, new office carpet and baseboards, new appliances, cabinetry, casework, furniture, office equipment and baby changing stations in the restrooms.



2015-2016 Centurions Legacy Project: Phoenix Family 

MISSION: Phoenix Family empowers people living in low-income housing communities with the on-site support they need to gain stability and achieve self-sufficiency.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Centurions worked at Phoenix’s East Hills location.  The project consisted of updating the facilities that supported their HIKE program, which provides individualized reading instruction to low-income children.


2014 - 2015 Centurions Legacy Project: Amethyst Place

                                            Amethyst Place

MISSION: Amethyst Place works to provide safe and supportive housing to women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their children.

RESPONSBILITIES: Renovation of the basement where Amethyst Place’s childcare center is located. This included demolition and construction of the basement, furnishing the remodeled space, collecting donations, mentoring programs for the mothers, and playing games and eating pizza with the kids upon completion of the renovation.


2013 - 2014 Centurions Legacy Project: Gillis Center



Gillis, Healthy Families, Marillac, Ozanam and Spofford joined together to form Cornerstones of Care in 1998. Through our combined efforts, we provide better prevention, treatment and support services to strengthen children and families in our community.

RESPONSIBILITES: Centurions designed and built a grilling deck, provided a grill and grilling accessories as well as volunteer time throughout the year. In addition, volunteer hours were used to teach young men how to grill and just "hang out" as one would do with their family and friends. Many of these young men have never experienced nor learned the importance of leisure time.  

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