Empowering our Kansas City communities
Giving back is core to Central Bank of Kansas City’s mission. As a six-decade member of the community, it’s just one of the many ways we invest in Kansas City. Through outreach committee, the Harmon-Huwaldt Project, our team makes personal connections with our those in need in the KC area. We believe that investing in strong communities takes one-on-one, person-to-person action. It also takes strategy, and collaboration with our neighbors. Central Bank Kansas City is proud to be involved with multiple organizations and councils that improve life for many in our hometown.
Memorable ProjectsOne of our first projects was collecting produce and making fruit baskets for the DUMAS Center, a long term care facility on Benton Boulevard—bringing a bit of sunshine to their senior residents.
To honor our friend Eddie Huwaldt, we regularly visit the Kansas City Hospice House. A team of Central Bank colleagues prepare and serve a dinner to the families visiting their loved ones in hospice. We also have crafted handmade “hospice hearts,” which they hang on the door knobs of hospice rooms. We also have served meals at Ronald McDonald House and Bishop Sullivan Center.
During the holiday season, we get busy. Some of our favorite holiday memories are adopting families from area non-profits like Operation Breakthrough, The Children's Place and Catholic Charities. Our cb staff love picking out gifts for the whole family - clothing and toys to brighten their holidays.
Another favorite community activity for Central Bank of KC is collecting items for area non-profits; collecting canned goods for Harvesters, collecting school supplies for Emmanuel Family and Child Development Center, collecting snacks for Garfield Elementary or clothing drives for area shelters. One year, our employees raised money for new books for the two Lead to Read classes at Wendell-Phillips Elementary School.
Commitments to Our Communities
We’re invested in our neighborhood, and that’s why Central Bank of Kansas City is a strong supporter of theNortheast Chamber of Commerce Monthly meetings focus on ways we can make our neighborhood a thriving place to work and live. A Central Bank of KC Officer always serves on the NE Chamber Board. 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 also involved on boards of nonprofits and support local charities individually and through the bank.
Supporting Our Futures
Lead to Read is an organization that we love, because it gets KC kids excited about reading! It connects students in first through fourth grade in Kansas City elementary schools with trusted, caring adult volunteers who read with them to help improve their basic reading skills. In addition to reading, students also make connections with adults who care about them and their future.
The reading mentors provide more than 14,000 hours of one-to-one reading support to nearly 1,100 students every school year. Our staff here at cbkc has been volunteering with Lead to Read for the last 7 years. It is special for us since years ago, we had volunteers that read at Garfield Elementary. To learn more about Lead to Read.
Every year, we support the Back to School event at the Westside CAN center, where children in need can receive donated school supplies so they can start off the school year prepared and confident! This is a favorite event of ours each August.
At Central Bank of Kansas City, We Care About the Community.