Our philanthropy efforts focus on assisting local organizations through hands-on projects and contributions. Here are our most recent projects.
Protective Face Masks
Athenaeum members have devoted hundreds of volunteer hours in their homes in response to COVID-19 protection needs. From April 2020 to January 2021 those efforts have produced more than 2,800 face masks which were given to The Sewing Labs of Kansas City to distribute to schools, nursing homes, day care centers, and other places making urgent requests.
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 and their pursuit to gain the right to vote. Due to this year's COVID-19 limitations, Girl Scouts were able to use the coloring book as an at-home activity to earn their "Votes for Women" badge.
The coloring book can also be downloaded from the library’s website at https://kchistory.org/coloringkc/19th.