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10.03.2017

Thrive: Celebrating Kansas City's Achievements in Community Development  

We're still beaming with excitement and pride! Greater Kansas City LISC's first annual event, Thrive was a huge success. Over 300 people came together to celebrate our six honorees, enjoy delicious KC eats, and toast to community development in Kansas City. To all of our honorees, sponsors, artists & entertainers, and all the organizations and individuals in Kansas City who work tirelessly to make our city thrive, we say, ‘Thank You!’

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This Is How We Thrive Glenn North

After the gloom of night with all its weeping there was a notion awakened in us that perhaps prioritizing the needs of others could be liberating, cathartic, human. We put our bruises aside and became wounded healers.

Read Glenn North's Poem Here

Meet the 2017 Thrive Honorees! 

Margaret May

Individual Leadership in Kansas City, MO 
Margaret May has served as executive director of the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council (INC) for over 15 years. 

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Steve Curtis

Individual Leadership in Kansas City, KS 
Steven Curtis is the Director of Community Building & Engagement at Community Housing of Wyandotte County and a longtime resident of the St. Peter's/Waterway neighborhood.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Westside Housing Organization

Organization with Greatest Impact
Since 1973, Westside Housing has worked with residents, local businesses, and key stakeholders to build sustainable communities that are safe, affordable, and healthy places where diverse people want to live, work, and play.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
The Giving Grove

Innovative Program 
The Giving Grove has developed a wholly unique program model to address the complex problem of food security in Kansas City communities by training neighborhood and community leaders as volunteer orchard stewards.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Linwood YMCA Expansion Project

Real Estate Project 
The new facility allows the YMCA to serve more people through important programs, such as swim lessons, after-school homework help and mentoring, health screenings, nutrition classes, wellness and fitness programs, community events, and other activities for people of all ages to improve quality of life.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Park Renovation

Best Use of Public Space 
The neighborhood has raised nearly $500,000 to build the city's only embankment slide, a playground, basketball and futsal courts and bathrooms.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE