2016 Community Outreach

The KCALA Community Service project for 2016 was to work with Harvesters.  Harvesters is a regional food bank serving a 26-county area in Northwestern Missouri and Northeastern Kansas.  We held two food drives at our August and September Chapter meeting and collected 291 non-perishable food items and surpassed our goal of 250 items.  We also gave Harvesters $50 that was donated by a Chapter member and her law firm. 

In addition to the food drive, 21 volunteers (17 chapter members, 3 spouses and 1 business partner) rose early on Saturday, September 24 to work at the food bank.  In an assembly line format we packed 1,250 snack packs in 2 hours.  Those snack packs will be sent home with children in need of a healthy meal.  It was a fun and rewarding experience.

2014 Community Outreach 

During the spring of 2014, we became acquainted with The Upper Room, a non-profit organization in Kansas City providing quality out-of-school educational programs to low-income families.   KCALA members and business partners visited Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church on four occasions in 2014, to read with children in 1st to 3rd grade as part of their after-school reading program. In addition, KCALA collected over 150 books in December to donate to The Upper Room. We continued our contact with this group in 2015 by assisting with various administrative tasks, such as logging donated books into the online Accelerated Reader Program which is used to assess and track the children’s progress. We look forward to continued support of this thriving organization.




2013 Community Outreach

On September 25, we hosted a fun-filled Bingo Night with Higher M-Pact. We had so much help purchasing prizes, filling take-home bags, and helping at the Community Center. We served pizza, called Bingo, and helped about forty children and adolecents assemble and personalize fall picture frames. Lots of photos were taken, printed, and delivered to Higher M-Pact for the kids to fill their frames.

Higher M-Pact works to motivate and engage at-risk youth through intense, long-term mentoring and positive guidance to break this negative pattern. We help them transform their obstacles into opportunities and create a solid foundation for a successful future. Click here to view the Higher M-Pact website.

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2012 Community Service

This year for our Community Service Project we chose to help Rose Brooks Center - a domestic violence shelter for women and children.  We held a clothing and school supply drive and volunteered at the shelter in August.

As the year came to a close, our final project for Rose Brooks Center was staffing the Holiday Store Saturday, December 8.  As part of the project we collected and unwrapped gifts for the store.  Thanks to all KCALA members who helped with this project.

Thanks you for your support and generosity!


Teri L. Young
Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP
4740 Grand Avenue, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO  64112
(816) 701-1100
(816) 531-2372 fax
[email protected]



2011 Comunity Service Projects


KCALA selected Gillis Center and Tulips on Troost for our 2011-2012 Community Service initiatives. 

On July 21st, with the help of 23 KCALA members and business partners, we were able to make 25 blankets for the kids at Gillis Center.  We were given a "warm" welcome while touring the facility when the kids eagerly showed off their rooms.  Although the torrid temperatures of the summer may have clouded our vision of the cold winter months ahead, it was a good feeling to know with such little effort we would make so many kids happy.  On September 29th, we met to make the remaining 25 blankets; we "wrapped" up this project in good time.

Perfect weather and great participation made for a successful event when we planted tulip bulbs at Meyer Blvd. and Troost Ave. on Saturday, October 15.  We appreciate the assistance we received from business partners, The MajorWestcott Group, Office Essentials, Inc. and Secretary-At-Law.  The colorful results of our hard work were rewarded in March 2012 when the tulips were in full bloom.


To learn more about each organization, click here for Gillis Center and click here for Tulips on Troost.  


Community Service


Community Challenge 2010:  Cristo Rey High School

KCALA Members, Family and Friends Lend a Hand!





Community Challenge 2009: Community LINC is our Partner!


To Stacie and KCALA Volunteers:

I just wanted to personally thank you and your incredible group of volunteers.  You definitely shortened our list.  Your group is hard working and easy to facilitate.  It was a pleasure.  Such projects are a labor of love.  Our residents and staff came in on Monday and welcomed the improvements as a strong message of love and support.  It is this kind of encouragement that keeps us going and puts a smile on everyone's face. 

We have had several groups, small and large, share their time and talents with us.  I am nominating you guys for "Volunteer Group of the Year" for the amount of work done and generous attitude displayed.  Please pass this email on to all of those who are part of the team. 

With many smiles,



Stacie - please pass on our Thank You.  I work with stocking our apartments and was overwhelmed with our early Christmas present.  It was so nice to see the volume of new kitchen utensils, towels, dishes, glasses and pots and pans.  WOW!    Our residents don't often get new and your supply will go a long way.  Your group selected the items we most needed.  I can assure you that you will make many families feel wanted in the coming months.   Our families have been truly blessed.

 Holly Lull, Apartment Coordinator at Community LINC.
(sent by e-mail 11/4/2009)


 WHAT'S IN A NUMBER?  Re-Cap of KCALA's Community Challenge Project 2009


150.  150 volunteer hours were spent working with Community LINC, KCALA's partner for Community Challenge Week.  Volunteer's worked as early childcare and children's life skill leaders assisting babies and toddlers, as well as school age children with their homework while their parents attended life skill and budgeting classes.

25.  25 Volunteers completed 20 property maintenance projects. Completed projects included: the removal of 800 bricks off an apartment building roof, scraped and painted apartment building landings, replaced missing/broken fence boards, framed and installed front sidewalk, repainted yellow posts, reset chain link fence poles in concrete, painted gas pipes, replaced drywall, tested vacuums and replaced belts/bags.  Are you impressed yet?  There's more...

40.  40 KCALA members and vendor partners provided donations that assisted in provided Community LINC with much needed supplies for new residents as well as their ongoing children's programs.

1000.   $1000 of contributions went to purchase the following donations for Community LINC: 8 sets of towels, 80 fruit juice boxes, 6 containers of sanitizing wipes, 119 cheese and cracker packets, 21 bags of popcorn, 50 fruit snack packets, 2 boxes of cookies, 1 trash can, 15 mixing spoons, 5 sets of 45 piece place settings, (2) 24 piece kitchen tool and gadget sets, 7 sheet sets, (2) 21 piece kitchen sets, (1) 15 piece Tub of Tools, (3) 7 piece non-stick aluminum cookware sets, (2) 11 piece non-stick aluminum cookware sets, (5) 12 pieces cooler glasses, (5) 16 piece dinnerware sets, (5) 30 piece food storage sets.....all delivered to Community LINC for their immediate use.

5.  5 apartments will be outfitted with basic essentials thanks to the generosity of KCALA members and vendor sponsors.

1,000,000. 1,000,000 thank you's to all the members and vendor sponsors that donated their time and money to benefit Community LINC.  Community LINC was impressed with the number of projects that we were able to complete and overwhelmed by our generosity.  I want to acknowledge Pam Walker (Office Essentials) and her husband Bill, as well as the Russell Stover hockey team for spending their entire Saturday assisting Community LINC with projects that seemed impossible to accomplish.  The entire Saturday crew rolled their sleeves up and really got to work!   The numbers don't lie.  This year's CCW was a huge SUCCESS!



Stacie Ferschweiler,

2009 Community Challenge Committe Chair 




Message from Hope House - - Community Challenge 2008
Janet Gooch, our Community Service Chair, recently received this letter:

I want to thank you and your staff for the wonderful work project that you did on October 11, 2008. The new shelving is wonderful and will provide my staff a more efficient use of space and an orderly displace of products that we have available to our clients during the upcoming holiday season.

The dedication of you and your staff was evident when I arrived Saturday morning,the group was happily working and I was in awe when I walked into the basement and saw the progress made. I was in even more awe when I arrived Monday morning and went to look at the completed project. It was wonderful to see the shelves stocked and the orderly flow that had been set up for shopping.

The president of Hope House, Mary Anne Metheny, had been in the basement last week to look at the project and when she and I spoke she indicated how impressed she was with the way everything looked and wanted me to ensure that I passed on her thanks for the work that had been done.

I would also like to thank all of the donors who have made this project possible, in the current economy it is getting more difficult to keep things running and operations dollars are being stretched. This wonderful donation of funds to purchase the shelving for this project is without a doubt a gift of love. Please pass on my deepest gratitude to all who have donated their time, talents and dollars to make this project possible.

I sincerely hope that we will have another opportunity to work together again, please accept my thanks and appreciation for all you have done.

Ray Lingrel
Director, Facilities, Hope House


Hope House Project A Big Success!

Beautiful weather and warm temperatures added to make our community service project a perfect experience!  With donations from 20 law firms and five members who paid for new shelving, along with the manpower of our members and vendors, we were able to transform the Hope House basement into a functional gift storage area.  The before and after pictures tell it all!!  A BIG thank you goes out to those who made this possible by contributing money and time.



please click here to view more pictures


Quarterly Lunch ProgramVolunteers are needed to prepare or donate food for Saturday, November 8. We will only deliver the prepared food, not serve it. To find out what items are needed or how to donate, please contact Janet Gooch, 816-983-8501. Our last lunch will be February 21. More information closer to date of each.

Shampoo Collection: THIS WILL COST YOU NOTHING!! Don’t know what to do with all those bottles of unused complimentary hotel shampoo, body wash, lotion? We will collect them at each Chapter meeting and deliver them to their facility. Get the word out to your law firm personnel and let’s shower Hope House with suds! 


Past Presidents Cook! 

In January 2008, our Past Presidents gathered to prepare a meal for the Ronald McDonald House, for families of children who are receiving treatment from community hospitals. This volunteer event has become a tradition for KCALA Past Presidents, who remain dedicated to our community and our organization.   


Many thanks to the Past Presidents who contributed: Chris Sztorch, Bill Migneron, Fran Gentili, Dave Smiley, Judy Wideman, and Curt Boswell.    


Message from Special Olympics of Missouri
Gayla Kellogg, our Community Challenge Co-Chair, recently received this e-mail:
I just opened a lovely envelope with $5,275 and I hardly know what to say.  This is amazing – thank you so much!!
These donations will make our program much stronger.  We appreciate the support, and will begin processing all of the thank you letters right away.  We are also hopeful that ALA and its members will continue to think of SOMO as they choose their volunteer opportunities moving forward.  If we can provide any information to that extent, let me know. 
Thanks again for all the time and hard work you put into this effort.  Both of you deserve a medal for all you’ve done to make this possible!    
Jeremie Ballinger
KC Metro Area Director
Special Olympics Missouri


KCALA’s 2007 Community Challenge Deemed a Success!

KCALA was proud to work with Special Olympics Missouri for its 2007 Community Challenge.  There were two components to our 2007 philanthropic efforts:  a volunteer event and a fundraising campaign.  Although its goals were lofty, KCALA came through with flying colors!

The first component, the volunteer event, required 200 volunteers for Special Olympics Missouri’s KC Metro Area Bowling Tournament in which over 700 athletes compete.  Our KCALA members, vendor sponsors, co-workers, friends and families joined forces to provide the 200 people needed by Special Olympics Missouri.  The feedback from our volunteers was overwhelmingly positive, with several asking to assist with future Special Olympics events.

The second component, the fundraising campaign, challenged each KCALA member to encourage his/her firm to contribute $100 to Special Olympics Missouri.  Our fundraising goal of $800 was far surpassed by the tremendous generosity of 25 firms whose donations to Special Olympics Missouri totaled $5,275.  KCALA sincerely appreciates those firms (listed) whose donations made this fundraising campaign such a success.


Thanks to everyone who participated in:


Armstrong Teasdale, LLC
Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, L.L.C.
Bartimus Frickleton Robertson & Gorny, PC
Baty, Holm & Numrich, P.C.
Blackwell Sanders LLP
Bryan Cave, LLP
Edgar Law Firm, LLC
Foland, Wickens, Eisfelder, Roper & Hofer, P.C.
Gilmore & Bell
Hubbell Peak O'Neal Napier & Leach
Lathrop & Gage L.C.
Levy and Craig
Martin, Leigh, Laws & Fritzlen, P.C.
McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, PC
Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus, PC
Sanders Conkright & Warren, LLP
Shaffer Lombardo Shurin
ok Hardy & Bacon, LLP
Shughart Thomson & Kilroy
Slagle, Bernard & Gorman, P.C.
Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP
Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP
Van Osdol, Magruder, Erickson & Redmond
Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP
White Goss Bowers March Schulte & Weisenfels



Robert Ontman, Director of Facilities, at Community LINC.
(sent by e-mail 11/3/2009)


Community LINC provides transitional housing for homeless families in the Kansas City area.  Their mission is to develop self-sufficient families and communities.  Look them up at www.communitylinc.org

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