Where We Serve
Gillis, Healthy Families, Marillac, Ozanam and Spofford have united for the next step in their journey together, becoming a single organization – Cornerstones of Care.
Chicktime KC Volunteers monthly with the Tween/Teen Girls at the Cornerstones of Care – Ozanam Campus
421 E 137th St, Kansas City, MO 64145
About Corner Stone of Care- Ozanam
The children and youth in our residential treatment program come to us with many strengths and talents – and also with histories of abuse, neglect, domestic and community violence, multiple foster homes and psychiatric hospitalizations. These traumatic histories can result in attachment difficulties, cognitive impairments, and emotional and behavioral challenges that can lead to failure in families, schools and communities. They come to our intensive residential treatment program for safety, healing and a new beginning to reach their full potential.
Additional volunteer opportunities!
Volunteers play a vital role in achieving our mission. By spending quality time with our youth, tutors and mentors serve as inspiring role models. Through landscaping and painting projects, community groups help us improve our facilities and create comfortable environments for our children.
Whether volunteering as an individual or with a group, our volunteer specialist will match you with an opportunity that fits your schedule and interests. On-site volunteer opportunities are available at all of our campuses.
Become a Mentor
Develop a meaningful, healthy one-on-one relationship with one of our youth. Mentors are encouraged to visit the youth they are paired with regularly in order to provide consistent and reliable support. Common mentor-mentee activities include; playing board or video games, playing outside or in the gym, and doing arts/crafts. Mentors must be 21 years of age and submit to a background check and drug screen. Mentors must attend training and orientation to qualify, as well as make a six month commitment.
Volunteers can provide the necessary tools that will open doors to improved study skills, helping students become life-long learners. Tutors offer not only academic support, but friendships as well. Our most critical need is for tutors to assist current and former foster youth in our Y.E.S. program. .All tutors must be 21 years of age and must submit to a background check and drug screen. Mentors must attend training and orientation to qualify, as well as make a six month commitment.
Campus Companions are groups of fun-loving volunteers who host weekly game nights for youth in our residential treatment services. In the past they have hosted BINGO nights, Lego-building nights, board games and movie nights.
We are seeking groups and/or organizations to commit to providing birthday gifts for all foster care kids for one month. For example, your group would be responsible for buying gifts for all the birthdays in a certain month. Making a child feel special on their special day is a wonderful gift.
This volunteer opportunity includes helping our hard-working maintenance and housekeeping departments with various tasks that include working in our storage closets, sorting donations, painting and washing windows.
Our urban farm and outdoor classrooms offer an exciting new path for youth to explore. Designed to help children learn important academic, life and social skills our gardening and horticulture programs also serves as a calm getaway retreat and therapy space to foster relationships in a natural setting as opposed to an office. We invite groups or individuals to come work alongside our residents and students in various projects.
Fundraising or Special Events
During the calendar year we host a wide variety of fundraising and special events. Event volunteers help in a variety of ways: ticket sales, securing auction items, day of event set up, check guest in, and other fun activities. Learn more about our events here.
Volunteers that take comfort in organization can assist with filing, answering phones, data entry and other tasks. Staff members have multiple duties throughout their work day, and your assistance allows them to directly help children and families even more.
Whether your group would like to assist at one of our special events or programs, participate in a “work day” on campus, conduct an event for the children we serve, sponsor a donation collection or fundraise in support of our programs, we will be happy to welcome you! Volunteer opportunities have included helping out with an installation of a new playground, planning parties for clients, building cottage benches, and assisting staff with agency fundraisers. Group service projects have included yard clean-up, painting rooms, library book drive, planting flowers, building shelves, organizing clothing donations,sorting and wrapping holiday presents,cataloging library books, and collecting food, school supplies, and other needed items. The opportunities are endless!
Financial contributions of any amount have a significant impact in the lives of children, young adults and families in our care. Your generosity allows us to provide the support they need to succeed while providing our wide array of therapeutic services. Together we can provide safety and health to 12,000 children and families in our community.
How Your Gift Makes a Difference :
* Helps to provide therapeutic and education services for a child to return into their school with the skills and resources they need to succeed.
* Creates a sense of joy by providing a gift to a child on their first birthday away from home.
* Assists with a month’s rent and utilities for an apartment that serves as a safe home for a young adult on their own for the first time.
* Contributes to prevention services that can help to break the cycle of trauma and create stronger families and communities.
How to Make a Financial Contribution:
You are welcome to donate online, over the phone, or via mail. If you choose to mail your gift, please include all of your contact information and any special instructions for your donation. Cash gifts provide maximum flexibility for addressing the treatment and care of our youth and for necessary operating funds, but donations may also be designated for specific programs. If you would like to support a specific project, simply include those details along with your contribution. All mailed checks should be made out to “Cornerstones of Care” and sent to the following address:
* Cornerstones of Care Attn: Development 300 E 36th St Kansas City, MO 64111
For individual assistance,or to talk through how we can best help you meet your philanthropic goals, please contact Sara Gardner at 816-508-1704 or Sara.Gardner@cornerstonesofcare.org.
GIVE IN-KIND – DONATING ITEMS
Children and families throughout our community are in need of everyday items. We partner with the community to provide as many supplies and resources as possible to help the children and families in our programs reduce barrier and challenges that may negatively affect the services they are receiving.
Event and/or Holiday-Specific donations:
We have a wide variety of events and holiday-specific in-kind donation needs throughout the year. If you’re interested in donating to a particular event, check out our events page to learn more about an upcoming event in your area.
* Holiday Gifts: During October and November, individuals and groups can sign up to sponsor holiday gifts for children and families. We can also always use gift cards in $25 increments to Walmart or Target.
* Auction Items:
* We are always in need of new items that could be sold during the auction portions of our annual fundraising events. Donors will receive a donation receipt and recognition within our event programs. This can be a great way to highlight the generosity of retailers or promote new services with special packages or gift certificates. Best of all, proceeds from auction sales benefit our more than 10,000 children and families. Contact us to learn more about donating auction items or serving as a volunteer on one of our auction committees.
On-going In-Kind Needs:
Additionally, we always have the following ongoing needs for those in our care:
* Hygiene Supplies
* Board Games and Card Games
* Jigsaw Puzzles
* Coloring and Puzzle Books
* Socks and Underwear
* Pillows & Pillow Cases
* Baby and Toddler Items
As in any home environment, we also have various seasonal needs throughout the year. Below is a list of suggested seasonal items based on our ongoing needs for that time of year.
* January through March – Arts and Crafts Supplies and Sports Balls
* April through June – Beach Towels, Swimsuits, Sunscreen, and Flip Flops
* July through September – School Supplies and School Uniforms
* October through December – Christmas Presents and Winter Weather Clothing
Donation Drop-Off Details:
If you reside in the Kansas City Metro area
You may deliver your donations to any of our main campuses. When you arrive, please check in at the front desk inside and simply complete a donation form and take a copy of it as a receipt for your records. Ask for anyone in the Development Department for individual assistance.