Two Lee’s Summit CARES initiatives were recently granted a major boost by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation. At its Nov. 17 annual grants luncheon, the Foundation granted more than $261,000 to area nonprofits to help further their community-oriented programming and missions.
Lee’s Summit CARES received a pair of grants, including $5,000 for its Bridges initiative and $10,250 for Bully Prevention programming.
“Truman Heartland Community Foundation achieves community excellence by connecting local philanthropic families and individuals with area non-profits,” said Rachel Segobia, Lee’s Summit CARES executive director. “Small organizations like Lee’s Summit CARES would struggle to make ends meet without the targeted, localized funding provided by THCF through its donors.”
Bridges is an innovative parenting program that combines the long-running Love and Logic courses, academic involvement and community bonding to reduce neighborhood violence. Qualifying families receive year-round parenting education and access to a parent liaison who helps families navigate school and community resources.
Lee’s Summit CARES I Count Bully Prevention for elementary school students provides in-classroom training for youth in kindergarten, fifth and sixth grades. I CARE Bully Prevention for middle- and high-school students includes a school assessment of policies, procedures and school culture with youth-led curriculum and an awareness campaign.
The secondary educational program is being piloted at Summit Lakes Middle School. The additional funding provided by THFC will go toward expanding the innovative new program into Lee’s Summit middle and high schools.
Mrs. Segobia emphasizes the impact this funding will have on the community. “During the 2016-2017 school year, nearly 3500 elementary students received education on how to identify and respond to bullying and cyber bullying,” she said. “This grant funding will allow Lee’s Summit CARES to follow young people as they move into middle school, where we know cases of physical bullying reach their peak.”
For more information about Lee’s Summit CARES, visit www.lscares.org.
Rachel Segobia, center, accepts two grant checks from Truman Heartland Community Foundation President Phil Hanson and Chairman of the Board Cliff Jones.
ABOUT LEE’S SUMMIT CARES: Lee’s Summit Cares is a non-profit community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence, empowering positive parenting and promoting exemplary character.