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CALLING CARDS: HILLCREST SUPER HERO WALK

In this Calling Cards edition, we have a super volunteer outing for this weekend as well as donation needs. So, let’s get started.

HILLCREST EJC SUPER HERO WALK FOR THE HOMELESS

When you were a kid, how many times did you dream of being a super hero? Were you Batman, Superwoman or your own personal champion? More importantly, how many times did you save the world?

Well, here’s your chance to do both — be the super hero you always dreamt of while saving the world at the same time.

This Saturday, May 17, starting at 9 a.m. Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Eastern Jackson Countywill host its annual Super Hero Walk for the Homeless. The event — which will be held in Unity Village at 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, Mo. — still needs volunteers, walkers and/or donors. Thus, there are numerous ways to support the nonprofit, which helps homeless families realize their dream of self-sufficiency.

And if dressing up as your favorite super hero doesn’t get you excited, which I don’t know why it wouldn’t, they’ll also have live music, face painting, food and prizes for walkers. A little something for all ages. Here’s how to participate: contact Cotton Silvis at sivilsc@hillcrestkc.org to volunteer,follow this link to donate or click right here to sign-up and walk in the event.

No matter what you choose, remember this — super heroes care more about others than themselves. If we volunteer, we can all be super heroes.

Hillcrest EJC also recently released its needs list for May. It includes: fabric softener sheets, Tylenol and Motrin, cold medicine for adults and children, coffee and coffee filters. Donations can be dropped off during office hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 936 SE 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Mo. If you can’t make these hours, contact Pearlena Campbell at pearlena@hillcrestkc.org to work out a drop off time.

EXIT STUDENT MINISTRIES AT HILLCREST PLATTE

The first thing I saw was a small, uncovered trailer jammed with lawn mowers, rakes and leaf blowers. The next image was a small garrison of high school students armed in work gloves and yard sacks swarming the back yard of six different housing units.

On April 12, 30-plus members of the Exit Students Ministries from Northland Cathedral put in two and a half hours of yard work at the housing units of Hillcrest Transitional Housing – Platte. From weed pulling to raking to hedge trimming, the youth group gave the homeless organization a deep spring cleaning.

While several thoughts ran through my head, one rose above the rest: seeing society’s youth volunteer makes you feel good about the future — and proud.

Thank you to Jerome Sack and all of the Exit Student members for their willingness and hard work. If you’re interested in getting a youth group involved with a community service project around town, let us help. Contact us at thecallkc@gmail.com or 877-203-5848.


CHANGE TAKES TIME, COMMITMENT AND LOVE

Valentine’s Day weekend was a hectic one for our volunteers.

To begin with, dental students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City spent the entire week preparing valentines for family charities around the city. On the afternoon on Feb. 14, the young adults then delivered the cards to mothers and children at Synergy ServicesMother’s Refuge,Hillcrest Transitional Housing Lee’s Summit and Hillcrest Transitional Housing Platte County.

In total, the students created and passed out 121 Valentine’s Day cards. Just an amazing showcase of kindness towards those in need.

On the following day, we had a group of eight young adults get together at Hillcrest Platte to wash and paint the charities’ hallways. Over a three-hour span, the group cleaned six apartment unit walkways as well as painted a trifecta of bannisters, window trims and door jams.

While the process wasn’t glamorous, it was certainly appreciated.

“Please pass along our thanks for the people who made the Valentine’s Day cards and the group that cleaned and painted the halls on Saturday,” Hillcrest volunteer manager Kendall Welch said. “Both items took some time and we really appreciate that. Halls look and smell so much better and the resident children were glad to get a card.”

These two volunteer outings are perfect examples of how little moments of love can make big impacts. Change takes time and only comes about after hours of commitment, dedication and compassion.

Thus, improving our communities is not just one large event that instantly creates heaven on earth. Instead, it’s hundreds of small acts of kindness — such as washing down a homeless shelter or making holiday cards for those who couldn’t afford them — that bring about true change.

If you want to make your community a better place, do so with actions. No matter how small or large, you can make a difference. Here is how — contact us at thecallkc@gmail.com.

HOME IMPROVEMENT AT HILLCREST

As our outreach continues to grow, we don’t want to lose sight of the volunteers who have already committed to improving their communities.

With that in mind, our next scheduled volunteer event is open to the public and is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. We are calling it our “Original 12 outing” since many of our first ever volunteers have already signed up for it. However, the opportunity is open to all.

Here is the skinny. We will be giving the housing units atHillcrest Transitional Housing of Platte County a heavy duty cleaningAfter which, we are tentatively scheduled to help the children currently residing at the homeless facility paint the walls with their hand prints. Needless to say, if everything works out, we are very excited about what the results could look like (especially if the kids have as much fun as we think they might).

Anyhow, only a few spots remain for this outing. Supplies will be provided, though we will need to borrow a sturdy ladder for the event. If that changes, participants will be notified. Also, please wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes.

If you wish to sign up for the outing, you can do so here. To learn more about Hillcrest Transitional Housing, which offers local homeless shelter, food and guidance withina disciplined, 90-day educational program, chase this link.

Lastly if you wish to join our monthly mailing for upcoming volunteer news and outings, or would like to schedule an event for yourself, please contact us at thecallkc@gmail.com.