Current Year Recipients


The Mission of Amethyst Place is to support women, recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their children by providing safe, drug-free housing and individualized services to promote healthy families. We help at-risk, low-income families overcome significant trauma and develop essential life skills. The Vision of Amethyst Place is that families will successfully transition to drug-free, independent housing and healthy community living.


Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child (EPEC) is a 501(c)3 organization which utilizes an innovative model to address homelessness and generational poverty through its principal program, The Grooming Project, a certified pet grooming school in Kansas City, Missouri. Our students, single mothers with a history of trauma and homelessness, are given a clear pathway out of poverty through hands-on job training in the high-pay, in-demand trade of pet grooming, along with much needed support services to address their unique histories, circumstances, and needs. Training in pet grooming is supplemented with classes in budgeting and soft skills, case management, and job placement services. The comprehensive nature of The Grooming Project program gives students the skills, experience, and support they need to break the cycle of poverty and change their children’s futures quickly, moving from homelessness to self-sufficiency in under two years.



Since 1991, Women Build volunteers from all walks of life have come together to build stronger, safer communities. Our neighborhoods are comprised largely of women and children and they are also the populations most likely to be affected by poor living conditions. Our Women Build events provide the opportunity for women to take a proactive step in serving their communities through volunteering to work on-site to build homes, providing funding to help complete the construction of the homes, or recruiting others to volunteer in completing the home projects.



Founded in 1989, Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG) is Kansas City’s leading resource for home, community, and school gardens. We increase equitable  access to healthy food for neighbors across the city by removing financial barriers for those who wish to grow their own food and shape life-long health habits by providing opportunities for children to engage with fresh fruit and vegetables from a young age.

Our work is primarily focused in the urban core, where residents often live in neighborhoods where gas stations outnumber grocery stores. We are the only organization in the city to offer many resources for growing, including rental plots, low-cost plants and seeds, tilling services and free gardening and cooking workshops. KCCG currently supports a city-wide network of 670 school and community garden and orchard sites, 2,548 home gardeners and the Beanstalk Children’s Garden, a unique field trip destination where children discover how and where their food is grown. In 2020, our services impacted more than 37,400 households.  



Rightfully Sewn creates jobs and opportunities in Kansas City through the business of fashion. Our ten-week Seamstress Training Program opens up the possibility of full-time, well-paying work for individuals with obstacles to employment. The program covers safety, machine maintenance, and basic and intermediate sewing and alteration skills on conventional and industrial sewing machines; advanced alteration and tailoring skills; and production management skills. There are more than 100 open seamstress positions in the Kansas City region. Our vision is to lay a path to a contemporary version of Kansas City’s 20th-Century golden era of garment design and manufacturing.



The Sewing Labs is an inclusive and welcoming community teaching the legacy of sewing for employment, entrepreneurship, and enrichment. The Sewing Labs focuses on women who find themselves in at-risk situations yet welcomes everyone. The Sewing Labs vocational programs interrupt at-risk cycles through jobs skills training, community formation, and perpetuation of the sewing arts. Students are trained on both domestic and industrial equipment and provided a certification upon completion. The Sewing Labs is uniquely positioned and partnered in Kansas City with employers who are actively seeking trained stitchers. The Sewing Labs role is to connect trained students with these employers or encourage students to seek a path of entrepreneurship.




Wildwood Outdoor Education Center believes that learning and growing outdoors matters. Wildwood provides unique, transformative summer camp experiences to children across the Kansas City area. Campers spend a week catching frogs and fish, singing camp songs, swimming, canoeing across the pond, and reading and learning in an immersive, supportive camp setting.  More importantly, campers learn to overcome challenges, gain independence, increase their problem-solving confidence, and build relationships. They achieve measurable outcomes leading to lifelong personal and economic success. Instead of summers spent indoors, Wildwood opens the opportunities of the expansive outside.



Women’s Employment Network (WEN) was founded in 1986 to meet the employment needs of low-income women in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. Celebrating 35 years, we continue our commitment to helping women establish, define, or re-define their career direction. WEN is built on the belief that when you give women the support to build a foundation for their futures, potential, and well-being, you also strengthen the foundation for the entire community. WEN combines employment preparation with financial coaching to assist them in preparing to enter or re-enter the workforce, providing an on-ramp to long-term financial stability. Through a proven curriculum and personal and professional workshops, our dynamic, experienced staff guide women on a path to self-discovery that creates self-acceptance, empowerment, and self-confidence.