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The Family Conservancy

The Family Conservancy helps prepare at-risk children for success in school and life. Programming supports families, caregivers and teachers in providing quality early education opportunities and mental health services for Kansas City’s youngest children in poverty. These services are designed to create the greatest impact during the child’s greatest time of need so that every child has the opportunity to achieve a lifetime of success. 

Address: 444 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101 (For donation drop offs, enter from State Ave. between 4th and 5th streets.)

Registration Requirements: All girls participating as a Girl Scout in these activities must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to programapprovals@gsksmo.org.

How to register/Questions: Contact Jamie at jconnerly@thefamilyconservancy.org for more information or to schedule donation drop off    

 

YOU SCHEDULE IT! OPPORTUNITIES:

Books for Babies

 All levels

Books for Babies collects and distributes new and gently used books to Kansas City’s youngest children in poverty (aged newborn to three-years-old). Board books and Spanish-language books are the greatest need.

The first three years are crucial for a child’s literacy development, yet a growing number of young children are not exposed to the vocabulary needed to develop these skills. Simple everyday interactions, like reading to a child, is proven to increase a vocabulary and school success, however, on average, there is only one age-appropriate book for every 300 children in poverty.

You can help change these statistics by hosting your own Books for Babies book drive. Here’s how:

  • Host a Books for Babies party – invite your friends and families to bring books. Provide snacks and refreshments in return!
  • Add a book drive to an existing get-together: book club, playdate, birthday party, etc.
  • Door-to-door collection – spread the word to your friends, family and neighbors and offer to pick them up!
  • Partner with your local book store/retailer and host an in-store book drive
  • Get creative! We’re always looking for new ideas!

Mother of all Diaper Drives

 All levels

Mother of All Diaper Drives collects diapers, wipes and laundry detergent for families in need. All items are donated to The Family Conservancy’s Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids program, which serves mothers who live in local housing authority sites (where the average income is around $5,000.) These mothers earn “Baby Bucks” they can exchange for the donated items by taking parenting classes. These parenting classes teach moms (and a growing number of dads!) about how to bond with their babies, developmental milestones for children, and other keys to raising successful children, such as exercise and nutrition.

Items Needed:

  • Diapers - sizes newborn, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and pull-ups (larger sizes are the biggest need)
  • Baby wipes
  • Laundry detergent - 46 ounce bottles are best for transporting and dividing equitably
  • New or gently used books for children ages birth to three (board books & Spanish language are the biggest need)