We want to thank our many volunteers who could join us Wednesday, April 16th at the Cashew downtown Kansas City to celebrate National Volunteer Month. This time of year is when we celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. A month where we focus on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership, it is not only our moment in time to celebrate our volunteers, but to share ideas, practices, and stories.
“Celebrate Service” is the theme of this year’s National Volunteer Month, which is being celebrated nationwide the month of April. And nowhere is that theme more evident than at reStart, where volunteers provide the expertise, the willing hands and the dedication to provide so many services for our clients.
Outstanding Congregation – New Life Fellowship
Honorable Mention Congregation – Chapel Oaks
Outstanding Corporation – UMB
Honorable Mention Corporation – American Century Investments
Outstanding Youth Service – Tori Bass
Honorable Mention Youth Service – Bishop Miege
Volunteer of the Year – Hannah Bettis
Outstanding Holiday Hero – Tamba Hali
Honorable Mention Holiday Hero – Elizabeth Williams
We are so proud to have a continued partnership with the HALO Foundation, a nonprofit that empowers youth through art. Through the HALO Learning Center of Kansas City, along with volunteers and amazing staff that visit each Monday, our homeless youth within our supportive programs are able to partake in their art therapy classes.
We were excited to attend their 9th Annual ArtReach Auction and learn that they raised $125,000 that will go toward providing a brighter future for homeless, at-risk, and orphaned youth! For us, the night was particularly special because they showed this powerful video featuring one of reStart’s youth resident’s, Oscar. We are thankful each day for HALO and how they empower our youth through art. Learn more at www.haloworldwide.org.
We want to thank Congregation Beth Torah for purchasing, preparing, serving and cleaning up after lunch and dinner every weekend in the month of January, for more than 20 years. Their generous annual donation has made a true impact here at reStart. Supporters and groups like Beth Torah are what can really make reStart function day to day. President and CEO, Evie Craig, spoke at their Sunday School on January 12th.
Congregation Beth Torah is a modern, Reform Jewish congregation dedicated to creating an inclusive, caring community and providing opportunities for Lifelong Learning and meaningful worship. We strive to encourage and promote ethical Jewish Living, spiritual and personal growth, social justice and the continuity of the Jewish people.