Central Bank of Kansas City has created a new Community Outreach Committee called the Harmon-Huwaldt Project. One of our first projects involved collecting fruit and making food baskets for the DUMAS Center, a long term care facility on Benton Blvd. For our second project, we really wanted to honor our friend and colleague, Eddie Huwaldt by serving Kansas City Hospice House. We started by creating handmade hospice hearts that they will hang on the door knobs of the rooms in the Hospice house. We delivered the hearts as well as a homeade dinner of multiple pans of lasagna, bread and dessert for the families visiting loved ones at KC Hospice House. A team of seven delivered and served the food that evening.
Central Bank has been a strong supporter of our area and the Northeast Chamber of Commerce for many years. There are monthly meetings that focus energy on how to make our neighborhood a thriving place to work and live. Bill Dana, President and CEO of Central Bank is very involved in local organizations and the banking community in his various chair positions. Other officers in the bank are involved on boards of non-profits and support local charities individually and through the bank. Below you'll find a few more ways that Central Bank is involved in the community.
Every year, Central Bank adopts a home through the Christmas in October Program. Employees donate the second Saturday of the month of October and help a needy homeowner with repair tasks in their home. Many of the people we have helped are on disability or are elderly. They are so excited when we bring our team to help paint, rake leaves, and make other much needed repairs around their home.
During the holidays, we have collected canned goods for Harvesters, collected gifts for City Union Mission, and helped out a disabled customer with donations of food and gifts. One year, employees raised money for a gift of new books for the two Lead to Read classes at Wendell-Phillips Elementary School. Please subscribe to our e-newsletter to learn about all of our outreach efforts.
Lead to Read is an organization that connects trusted, caring adult volunteers with kids in urban elementary schools (grades 1-4) to help improve their basic reading skills as well as showing them that people care about them and their future. Sarah Cousineau, Marketing Officer at the bank, volunteers every Tuesday during her lunch hour to read to first graders at Wendell-Phillips Elementary. To learn more about Lead to Read, please visit their facebook page.
Central Bank has partnered with many Hispanic organizations including the Mattie Rhodes Center, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Guadalupe Center, El Centro, Harvest of America, Westside CAN Center, and HEDC, the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation. We have been involved in the annual Back to School event for the Westside CAN Center, where school supplies are given to needy children in the community.
All of these organizations help Central Bank be a part of the community in a big way. There are other organizations not mentioned here that are very important to Central Bank as well, where we donate time and resources. Remember to sign up for our e-newsletter to learn more. At Central Bank of Kansas City, we care about the community.