Our philanthropy efforts assist local organizations through hands-on projects and contributions.

Scraps KC

Volunteering at Scraps KC

Kansas City Athenaeum members volunteered at Scraps KC in April, sorting a variety of items the organization received from the public in their conservation efforts of repurposing so fewer unused goods end up in landfills. The items sorted during our service project will be added to the huge selection of unused and repurposed items in the Scraps KC store for the general public to purchase.

Map Bags

Helping the Homeless

Kansas City Athenaeum members have conducted an ongoing project sewing KC Community Bags for The Sewing Labs since 2020.  That agency has partnered with Volunteer KC who prints canvas fabric with emergency resources for homeless individuals. One side of the bag has a Kansas City street map, and the other side lists locations for assistance resources. Our members' involvement has completed 428 bags for the project's distribution to the homeless.

2024 Baby Hats

Meeting Truman Medical Center Needs

Kansas City Athenaeum members have been knitting and crocheting to fill requested needs at University Health Truman Medical Center. More than 2,000 infant hats have been donated since 2021. Members have also knitted and crocheted booties and baby blankets, as well as making flannel receiving blankets and burp cloths. These all support the newborn care needs at the hospital. Other ongoing projects include sewing 88 patient tote bags and 48 infusion pump bags for the cancer center, plus 958 eyeglass cases for the eye clinic.


Sweet Dreams for Seniors

Since 2020 Kansas City Athenaeum has annually supported the Sweet Dreams for Seniors Pillowcase Project conducted by The Sewing Labs. Our members have sewn 480 pillowcases for local senior centers.  Each recipient receives one pillowcase made from holiday fabric and the other from everyday fabric.

Fleece Hats

The Benefits of Teamwork

Kansas City Athenaeum members work diligently to meet community needs. In an ongoing sewing project, yards and yards of fleece have been generously provided by The Sewing Labs for our members to make 677 hats and 178 scarves since 2021. These have been distributed to Amethyst Place, Missouri Girls Town, Operation Breakthrough, True Light Family Resource Center, Veterans Community Project, and the Clothes Closet at Central Presbyterian Church. Fleece was also used to make 40 gift bags for a 2021 Christmas project at Amethyst Place where children could select jewelry to give to their mothers. The jewelry was donated by our members and friends.

Happy Bottoms 2023

Helping HappyBottoms

Kansas City Athenaeum members volunteer periodically at HappyBottoms packaging diapers for those in need. In addition, we also give monetary donations to HappyBottoms to purchase diapers for its distribution program. Diapers are one of the essential needs that low-income families can often not afford on their own. HappyBottoms helps to meet that need.

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.