We stay involved!
Every month we engage with each other and our community. Each member participates in volunteer projects that best fit individual schedules. Here are a few of our recent activities.
Veterans Community Project Donation
Kansas City Athenaeum is very proud to join Team 49, part of the Veterans Community Project supporting 49 Tiny Houses for homeless veterans. Michele Orpin, Director of Development, accepted the donation in February from our Vice President of Philanthropy, Tamara Miller (right). The donation will assist a veteran with case management, health care, utilities and household goods for one year.
Donation to The Sewing Labs
Kansas City Athenaeum donated $10,000 to The Sewing Labs in January. President Virginia Wallace (left) presented the check to Eileen Bobowski, Executive Director, and Lincca Stevens, Co-Founder and Operation/Program Manager. The Sewing Labs conducts sewing classes to train women for higher paying jobs as seamstresses for the garment and mattress industries, as well as coordinating community service needs. The donation will help expand its social media communications, improve coordination with local organizations, and revamp its website.
Athenaeum members displayed signs on November 3, 2020, thanking Suffragists for their efforts in gaining the women’s right to vote. The event held on Election Day encouraged pedestrians to place “I Voted” and “Thank You” stickers on the signs.
Virtual Reassembly Day
Our 127th Annual Reassembly Day Tea on September 9, 2020, was an unprecedented affair. With packages delivered in advance to our members, filled with tea bags and snacks, we “attended” while in the comfort and safety of our homes during this coronavirus pandemic. Our club’s 1918 Reassembly Day Tea was cancelled because of the flu epidemic that year, but modern technology allowed us to persevere in 2020. We’re moving forward with plans for virtual online club meetings and safe innovative community service projects until we can again meet and work together side by side.
19th Amendment Centennial Project
Kansas City Athenaeum donated $200 in Domino’s Pizza gift cards and 30 Suffragists Coloring Books to Missouri Girls Town in August 2020 for the girls to celebrate the 19th Amendment Centennial. GFWC South Kansas City Area Girls Town Club partnered in this project by donating crayons, markers, and colored pencils. MGT staff turned our project into a ten-day activity for the girls, adding extra emphasis on Suffragists’ efforts. Club member Becky Garrison compiled six pages of “American Suffrage Facts” that broadened this learning experience for the girls. Our $200 enabled them to have a pizza party at the onset of the project and another pizza party for the finale.
Black Archives of Mid-America Donation
Kansas City Athenaeum made a donation in January 2020 toward a new permanent exhibit at the Black Archives of Mid-America. The exhibit is called "The Story's In The Soil" with 80 pedestals, each displaying a portrait of a person who was wrongfully lynched in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma or Arkansas. Next to the portrait is a jar of soil dug at the site where the vigilante lynching took place, as well as the victim's biography whose life meant more than the unfairness of a tragic ending.