Philanthropy Archive

Literacy KC

Changing Lives Beyond Words

Kansas City Athenaeum presented a $10,000 check to Literacy KC in August 2021. The donation helped expand their program with the purchase of 15 new laptops, including software, for their students' use.  This helped with virtual learning, GED classes and workplace credentialing.

JVS

A Welcoming Community

Kansas City Athenaeum presented a $6,000 donation to Jewish Vocational Service in August 2021 to support their program helping refugees and immigrants settling in our area. The organization aims to engage and encourage people to achieve social, cultural and economic integration in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

Face Masks

Protective Face Masks

Kansas City Athenaeum members devoted thousands of volunteer hours in their homes in response to COVID-19 protection needs.  With fabric provided by The Sewing Labs, our members produced more than 4,100 face masks in 2020 and 2021. These were distributed to day care centers, schools, senior centers, and other places making urgent requests.

The Sewing Labs

Donation to The Sewing Labs

Kansas City Athenaeum donated $10,000 to The Sewing Labs in January 2021. The organization conducts sewing classes to train women for higher paying jobs as seamstresses for the garment and mattress industries.  The Sewing Labs also coordinates community service needs. The donation helped expand the organization's social media communications, improve coordination with local organizations, and revamp its website.

Coloring Book

Suffragists Coloring Book Sponsor

Kansas City Athenaeum donated $3,300 in January 2020 to enable the Kansas City Public Library to print 5,000 Suffragists Coloring Books in celebration of the 19th Amendment Centennial. The coloring book was given free to children at the library to educate them on the efforts of eight Kansas City women in their pursuit to gain the right to vote.

The coloring book can also be downloaded from the library’s website at https://kchistory.org/coloringkc/19th.

Kansas City Athenaeum promotes educational enrichment, volunteer service, and philanthropic endeavors.

Members have made lifelong friendships working together in our program combining personal enrichment and community service.