KC Metro Cares April 2013

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I Don’t Have Autism. You Do. The Shaw Family Page 10

Child Abuse Prevention Month Sunflower House Page 19

Event Coverage New Member

Shaken, Not Stirred Bacchus Foundation Ball Page 9

Launch Party KC Metro CARES Magazine Page 21

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Table of Contents


Membership Directory KC Metro Cares members


Letters from the Editor and Publisher


Yours in Health Monthly health & fitness column


Event Coverage: Shaken, Not Stirred The Bacchus Foundation 58th Annual Ball


10 I Don’t Have Autism. You Do. 11 Welcome New Member Kansas City Autism Training Center

12 Healing Homes, One Family at a Time House of Hope

13 Finding Success as a Boomer Entrepreneur Kauffman FastTrac

16 Integrity Home Care 18 The HALO Foundation Helping Art Liberate Orphans


19 What to Do if a Child Tells You About Child Abuse Sunflower House

21 Event Coverage: Launch Party KC Metro CARES Magazine

22 Kids CARE Amazing Children Doing Wonderful Volunteer Work in KC

23 Dear Amy Monthly Advice Column

24 Volunteer Spotlight Kris Fabrizius

27 Calendar of Events Charity Events for April


28 CARES Website Launch 31 Games Fun Stuff


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Amy Michael Publisher

Steve Rittmaster

Phil Dellasega Creative Director Tom Mezzacapa Graphic Design Sharna Rittmaster Editor

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profits that are registered as 501 (c)3 organizations.

Children’s Miracle Network

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The goal of CARES is to give non profits a center for non profit communication and awareness. Not just there; but an annual marketing program that cover the online and print resources that are needed to truly communicate with the community. CARES is a com-

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The following persons or businesses have sponsored our members: • Dr. Nancy O’Reilly PsD • Hendrick Buick•GMC•Cadillac • Arsalon Technologies

database, interactive robust calendar, resources for assistance with the print magazine to share stories of hope, details on upcoming events and photographs of past events and what they have accomplished. You can receive details of membership by calling 913-890-3133 or emailing editor.op@goicare.com to

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the great ways that KC Metro CARES by sharing your mission and your needs with them.

Sponsor: Arsalon Technologies

Dear Non-Profit,

We want to talk to you! Kansas City Metro CARES Magazine focuses on non profits and bringing awareness of the impact they make in our community. Does this sound like something you want to be involved in? Call today for an appt, 913-890-3133!

P.S. Visit our website at www.goicare.com and while you are there sign up for our FREE iCARE Package!



Letter from the Editor Hi Friends, April is a very busy month for awareness. Some April themes included in our current issue include: Cancer awareness, autism awareness, and child abuse



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prevention.As you flip through this issue keep an eye out for articles on these topics. I would like to introduce and welcome our newest member, Kansas City Autism Training Center, sponsored by Arsalon Technologies. They are located in Prairie Village and provide special-


ized training and education for children with autism. We are very excited to have them as members and to help promote the wonderful work they do. Early in March, some of you might have seen that the morning TV show Better Kansas City on KCTV5 in-


vited me to share information about this magazine. It was my 3 minutes of fame one early morning! Thank

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you KCTV5 and Better KC! Kelly Jones, my interviewer, helped ease my nervousness with her amazing positive energy. Being in the front of the camera on LIVE TV is a surreal experience, especially for a first timer! The day after my TV appearance, non profits from around KC, magazine supporters, family and friends all attended our big KC Metro Cares launch party. We had a very generous turnout of about 65 guests. Cares

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Hello Everyone! Spring is finally here! We are so excited to experience the warmer weather with our nonprofits here in the Kansas City Metro area! As we continue to grow it's even more important that we get to know you all. If you're a nonprofit we want to hear from you! Send in some photos of a recent event to share with our readers and let us know about new events that you have coming up! Send your press release to our editor at editor.op@goicare.com. Our goal is to continue to


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increase nonprofit communication and awareness in the community so please share with us! Please enjoy the April issue of Kansas City Metro CARES Magazine as we share stories of hope, awareness about child abuse, event coverage, health articles, kids volunteer stories and so much more. Thank you for your readership and for caring about the community in which you live.

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April is National Cancer Awareness Month! Before I start I would like to dedicate this article to a dear friend and loved one whom passed this last year from cancer. Lilly, you are loved and missed every day.

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This month’s topic covers a very important and concerning subject of Cancer. April is National Cancer Awareness Month. We have all been affected by this disease through a loved one. We first must understand about this dangerous disease in order to prevent keep ourselves and loved ones from harm.

We must lead the charge against Cancer by providing awareness and supporting non for profit charity events. Please reach out to Kansas City Metro Cares if you have an event that you would like to mention that works with the fight against this disease.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) cancer is the leading cause of death on the planet. Cancer accounted for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008. Lung, stomach, liver, colon and breast cancer cause the most cancer deaths each year.

Here are some helpful tips that can help prevent from cancer to occur in your life. First, get your body mass index checked by a health care professional to know your increased risk of cancer. Second, keep a food journal to see if you are getting enough fruits and vegetables in your daily nutrition. Third, exercise on a daily basis by walking a little more or creating ways to be active with your family or friends. Finally get checked regularly for any signs of cancer. I had a client tell me his brother was experiencing pain for about 4 months and never checked it out. He finally went to the hospital for this pain and found it was cancer that had progressed. Unfortunately it took his life. I beg you to keep healthy and PREVENT this disease as much as possible.

Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer causing 22% of global cancer deaths and 71% of global lung cancer deaths. Cancer causing viral infections such as HBV/HCV and HPV are responsible for up to 20% of cancer deaths in low- and middle-income countries. About 76% of all cancer deaths in 2011 occurred in low- and middleincome countries. Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue rising, with an estimated 13.1 million deaths in 2030. Estimated new cases and deaths from cancer in the United States in 2013: New cases: 1,660,290 Deaths: 580,350 Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. Cancer is not just one disease but many diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Most cancers are named for the organ or type of cell in which they start.

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The Bacchus Foundation

58th Annual Ball The Name is Bond….James Bond. James Bond, the name alone conjures up images of exotic destinations, beautiful people and fast cars. This year the Bond franchise turned 50 years old releasing the new movie Skyfall, a special edition issue for Life Magazine, and a slick presentation at the Oscars, but Kansas City may have been the location of the coolest Bond party of the year, the 2013 Bacchus Ball! The Bacchus Foundation decided to spice things up for their 58th Annual Ball and completely revamped the style of the event naming it “Shaken Not Stirred!” Playing up the theme, the Ball featured casino games, martini ice bars, Bond Girls, a Miami vacation getaway, and a sponsor lineup straight out of a Hollywood Premier including Aston Martin, STL Motorcars, The Fontainebleau Miami Beach and many others. It was definitely not your ordinary Kansas City black tie event. “It was the coolest entrance to any event I’ve ever been to in town” said Nick Hoffman, an attendee of the event, “six Aston Martin show cars lined up alongside a red carpet all under a heated tent with Bond music playing, and that was just outside the party! It was by far the best party in town!” The event was held Saturday, March 2nd at the Carriage Club and sold out more than 3 weeks in advance. “This year our organization has gone through some much needed changes, and we wanted this event to be the hottest ticket in town” stated Tom Houlehan, President of the Bacchus Foundation. “There was a lot of hard work and thousands of volunteer

hours that went into planning the event, and thankfully it turned out even better than we expected.” Better is an understatement, according to the Bacchus Foundation it was the most successful event in the organization’s 58 year history! “We have never sold out any event that far in advance and once we did, we received hundreds of emails from people wanting to purchase tickets” said April Ballard, Bacchus Ball Chair. “We were also very appreciative of the support from Holly Starr and her husband John Thomsen as our Honorary Ball Chairs, they were wonderful people to work with!” “We have set a new standard for ourselves and will be looking to build on the success of the Ball for our future events,” said Houlehan. Additional sponsors for the event included Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Dark Horse Distillery, Mazzarese, Country Club Bank, Kansas Speedway, Lansing Trade Group, Grand Prix Global Concierge, Quinn Plastic Surgery, Internet Builders Consulting, PAS Technologies, Brier Payne Meade Insurance, CRB Consulting Engineers, Ink Magazine & 95.7 The Vibe, Cognios Capital, Reece & Nichols Southgate, Smallcakes Cupcakery, ICG Networks, and Tom & Jerry Inc.

For people unfamiliar with Bacchus, it is the oldest philanthropic, young professional’s organization in Kansas City and is run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. Each year Bacchus selects a local 501c3 to grant funds to. All funds are raised through a series of Bacchus events held throughout the year and all events are open to the public. This year Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City was selected by Bacchus for their annual grant. For more information about The Bacchus Foundation, their events and to view more pictures of their Bond style party go to: www.BacchusKC.org.


I Don’t Have

You Do. Autism. Two things invariably happen when someone learns Meg and I

choice for kids on the spectrum. She has come a very long way.

have a daughter with Autism. First comes the question, “when

None of it would have been possible without the help of peo-

did you find out about Maddie’s Autism?” I think this has some-

ple who had been through this before, often when the word

thing to do with the fact that awareness is building around the

Autism wasn’t in the vernacular.

massive increase in diagnosis of children over the past twenty years or so. Or they just don’t know what else to say to us. Surprisingly, “that sucks,” just doesn’t seem to come up often.

Last summer, Meg found a camp for families of kids with Autism, offering programing to both kids on the spectrum as well as their “typical” siblings. After a family horseback-riding

The second thing? They look down at my sweet little 7 year-old Maddie

trip, Maddie informed us, “when I grow up, I’m going to work

and say, “HI MADDIE, HOW ARE YOU?” as if she’s deaf. After I explain

with all the animals.” Yes, she can walk, talk and is potty

autism doesn’t really affect hearing, the conversation usually turns into

trained. Add making dreams and plans for the future to her list

one of education. Does she go to school? What kind of therapies does she

of accomplishments.

do? Stuff like that. We try not to bore people with an account of the struggles and triumphs that got us to wherever we are now.

Maddie has taught us a lot, like my new belief that we all probably have a little Autism in each of us. Every weird quirk, every

And there have been many. Autism crashed into our life before Maddie’s

need to do something in a very particular way we can’t neces-

second birthday – exactly the time when Adam, our youngest, was born

sarily articulate, puts us somewhere on the spectrum. It has

prematurely and had to spend about three weeks in the NICU. Josh, our

helped me have patience when dealing with all sorts of people;

oldest, had just turned three. Recently relocated from Boston, we were

kids, clients and especially those I don’t like. We told Maddie

still feeling our way around, making friends and trying to have a night

that she has Autism. “I don’t have Autism, you do!” she shot

out here and there. Suddenly we were submerged in a world of special


needs specialists and therapies and educating ourselves on every piece of research and treatment that might yield some promise. We swung from conversation to conversation with doctors, teachers and other parents trying to figure out what to do next. If parenting comes without a manual, try it with autism. What scarce resources we could identify were rarely helpful. Some told us to alter her diet. Some told us she’d outgrow it. Some told us she would never walk, talk or be potty trained. Each encounter left us a little smarter, albeit increasingly frustrated. We stormed out of more than one doctor’s office in a rage befitting Maddie’s worst tantrum. We debated having Meg move back to Boston with Maddie where the treatment options were more established. Mercifully, we were fortunate enough to be introduced to a few people who have had an unrivaled impact on Maddie’s life and the rest of the family. We began a home-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program with one of the (very) few licensed experts in the area. We found some amazing teachers and graduate students to help with the therapy (we call them ‘paras’). And we successfully got her into the doctors of 10

Why argue? She’s probably right.

Kansas City Metro CARES welcomes new member What is your mission? The mission of the Kansas City Autism Training Center (KcATC) is to provide professional, research-based intervention, training and education for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

What kind of Volunteer opportunities do you have? How can someone get involved? KcATC offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. • Internships for those interested in working with children, learning to deliver intervention or educational programming • Cleaning and organization • Assistant with fundraising events, event planning • Accounting & data entry support • Share your talent! If you love to sew, garden, or build things we can use your help! To get involved please contact Kim Harrington at kharrington@kcatc.net

Specifically, who/how do you help the community? KcATC provides full-time (35 hours/week) and part-time (20 hours/week) treatment for children between the ages of two and a half and twelve. Our doors are open year-round, providing 1:1 Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services that are customized for each child. KcATC also offers children on the autism spectrum opportunities for inclusion in our 2 preschool classrooms for typically developing children. In addition to providing center-based intervention, KcATC offers in-home therapy and support in community programs. Parent training is provided no less than once a month and is individualized to meet the needs of the family.

Could you tell a short story of someone you have helped? Feel free to change names if necessary. Brian was four years old when he was enrolled in KcATC. He had fewer than 25 words in his vocabulary and was unable to express his wants and needs. He often engaged in tantrums that interfered with his education and everyday life. Brian was not fully toilet trained and only enjoyed playing with toys related to the Disney movie Cars.


After receiving about 1 year of part-time intervention at KcATC, Brian was toilet trained and able to participate in our preschool classroom without support. He could communicate his wants and needs using multiple word sentences and could build friendships with peers in his class. After two and a half years of intensive services at KcATC, Brian graduated from the program in September of 2012. He is now enrolled in a private school where he attends kindergarten in a regular classroom with 16 other students. He is learning in this environment without the support of a paraprofessional and without an IEP.

Any upcoming events? The 2013 Arsalon Golf Classic to benefit the Kansas City Autism Training Center will be held at Blue Hills Country Club on Monday, May 20th. For additional information please contact Ron Johnson at ron@kcatc.net.

If you could thank one person/business in the community that has shown that they CARE, who would it be and why? The Kansas City Autism Training Center, Inc. (KcATC) would like to thank Gary Hall and Bryan Porter with Arsalon Technologies. Comprehensive evidence-based treatment for children with autism is intensive, expensive and effective; requiring typically a one to three year treatment commitment. The health care industry is beginning to offer coverage for therapy, but families are still required to shoulder a significant share of the cost. As a result, the stakeholder support we receive through fundraising and increased awareness from Arsalon is critical to achieving our mission and goal. Arsalon is the primary sponsor for three of our main fundraisers to support scholarships and expansion of services: The Arsalon Golf Classic, Taste Foundation Gala, and the Friends and Family events. We are proud to be associated with Arsalon and look forward to working with them in the future to continue to increase awareness and support for the Autism community.

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Healing Homes One Family at a Time The road of parenting is never straight and narrow. Instead, it’s often windy with curves and turns we cannot even see. And in some cases our path requires a U-turn. Mistakes happen and poor decisions yield wrenching consequences. Turbulent teenage years can throw a family into turmoil and a child into despair. When the warning signs are not heeded, the effects can be devastating. s An estimated 8% of 12-to17 year olds or (2 million young people) experienced at least one major depressive episode during the past year, yet only 39% receive treatment. s Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 10 to 24 year-olds. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) s In the majority of adolescent suicide victims, 63% had psychiatric symptoms— including depression—for more than a year before their deaths. However, studies tell us that few teens seek help or disclose their suicidal thoughts. While 15% of high school students consider suicide, less than one in five communicate these thoughts to parents. And – up to 60% of teens who attempt suicide do not disclose their actions. The solution is clear. Early intervention in the lives of hurting teens is key. Intervention can save a life, foster higher educational achievement, prevent crime and delinquency and reduce teen pregnancy. Long range benefits continue 12

with more financial security and brighter futures. Marilyn Thomas, founder and executive director of House of Hope Kansas City, started the residential home and treatment program for girls ages 13-17 with the ultimate mission to heal hurting hearts and unite divided families. “Since I was a young girl, my heart has had a soft spot for struggling children,” said Thomas. Every child, no matter how troubled, angry or depressed, was created as one-of-a-kind, and has been given a purpose in life. At House of Hope it’s our goal to teach them to realize this, and when they do, they just thrive,” Thomas added. Since its opening in 2007, House of Hope Kansas City has helped over 300 teenagers and parents become healthy, thriving family members where bonds strengthened and lives now flourish. Teenagers who come to House of Hope are often struggling with normal teenage problems like rebellion, or defiance—and some are dealing with depression, sexual promiscuity or drug or alcohol abuse. One parent recalled the story of her daughter when she was 16 years old. She was lost, filled with sadness and anger. “After she came to House of Hope we found notes where she said she wanted to end her life, so we

really feel like this saved her life. The light at House of Hope brought hope into her life and encouragement, which has allowed her to excel and move forward and go to college,” said the parent, “and we’re very proud of her.”

“Our whole mission is to restore the teenagers back to their families and the parents back to their children.”

House of Hope broke ground early in the year for a new “Life Center” that will include an art center, library, exercise room and larger space for Hope Academy, the school for girls living in the home. The new building is expected to open in October.

---Marilyn Thomas, Executive Director

Healing the heart of one can impact the lives of many. If you would like to invest in the transformation of children’s lives by donating or volunteering, please contact House of Hope Kansas City at 913.262.8885 or visit www.houseofhopekc.net.

Finding Success as a Boomer Entrepreneur by Michele Markey, Vice President, Kauffman FastTrac

When you hear the word “entrepreneur,” what image springs to mind? If you are like many, your immediate thoughts go to Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs. The faces of entrepreneurship we are most familiar with are those of successful, brilliant young men who are tech-savvy newsmakers. In reality, however, today’s entrepreneurs are a much more diverse group including those who might have been traditionally been considered “ready for retirement.” Baby boomers, people born before 1965, are significantly redefining the marketplace as they launch and grow businesses, bringing with them a wealth of experience, talent and passion. In fact, research conducted by the Kauffman Foundation finds the percentage of firms created by Americans ages 55 to 64 grew more than any other age demographic, up 6.6 percent to 20.9 percent in 2011 vs. 14.3 percent in 1996. So what’s motivating this movement to entrepreneurship by baby boomers? There are a variety of reasons including a need to replace or supplement income, a desire to boost a retirement nest egg, or even a belief that the time has come to give life to a long-held dream. For many boomers, the next chapter of their lives represents an opportunity to turn in their corporate badge and hang their own shingle. My organization, Kauffman FastTrac®— dedicated to providing the education, tools, resources and information to help entrepreneurs start and grow successful companies — is working to address the unique needs of boomer entrepreneurs. In collaboration with

AARP, three pilot courses of FastTrac NewVenture™ for the Boomer Entrepreneur will be offered this year for baby boomers residing in New York City, Southern California and South Florida. We’re confident the program will soon find its way to your community, too. In the Kauffman FastTrac® courses, we discuss many areas to consider when starting a business. The following are five tips baby boomers may want to think about as they consider business ownership: 1. As a baby boomer, you have wonderful work and life experiences from which to draw. Your varied backgrounds, experiences and perspectives all serve as a solid foundation for business success. Start by outlining the individual strengths and areas of expertise you bring to the table. 2. Just as there are strengths, there will also be areas where you are not as strong, perhaps website design or social media marketing. Not to worry–none of us are masters at everything. For those areas where you have less experience, consider building a network of others who can offer the proper advice, talent and perspective.

5. Consider how to finance your business. There is not one right answer – no “one size fits all approach.” There are considerations based upon your particular situation, so it is important to investigate a variety of potential funding sources and get guidance from a financial professional familiar with your situation. No matter your age, there has never been a more exciting time to investigate business ownership. In the immortal words of Mahatma Gandhi, “You may never know what results come of your action, but, if you do nothing, there will be no result.”

3. Speaking of building a network, now is the time to get focused on building a robust one! Think beyond friends and family. As a business owner, you will need to cast a wide net. It is important that you invest yourself in the entrepreneurial community, learning the “who’s, what’s and how’s” of your local business scene. Consider attending a business networking event. You may meet just the right person to provide you with long-term financial, legal or IT advice. 4. Plan for the lifecycle of your business. While it may sound crazy, as you are planning your business you should also be developing your

Michele Markey is the Vice President of Kauffman FastTrac, the leading provider of learning curricula that equip aspiring and existing entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and networks to start and grow successful businesses. Kauffman FastTrac was created by the Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation whose mission is to advance entrepreneurship as a key to growing economies and expanding human welfare.


exit plan. Boomers, unlike the 20-something crowd, don’t want or have 30 years to build a business. Your business “on ramps” and “off ramps” are likely much closer together. Having a solid exit strategy is especially critical if you hope to use proceeds from the sale of your business to boost to your nest egg. One or two missteps can severely cripple your retirement funds, so plan carefully.

Michele Markey

Recognized as an opinion leader, Michele has been a guest contributor for MSNBC, MarketWatch, Bloomberg News, AARP and many other national and local publications. Michele has been a featured expert for the American Management Association and has worked with hundreds of businesses to develop their business growth strategy including American Airlines, University of California-Berkley, The Gap, Sprint and Coca Cola. Additionally, Michele serves on the Chief Learning Officer Intelligence board. Michele holds undergraduate degrees in political science, social studies, education and psychology and a master’s degree in business. Follow Michele on Twitter at @SheVenture. 13

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Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us once again this year for the 2013 Arsalon Golf Classic to benefit the Kansas City Autism Training Center. The beautiful and challenging Blue Hills Country Club will be hosting the event on May 20th. Lunch will be provided and we are continuing the popular concept shop. More details to come. We look forward to seeing you there! For additional information please contact Jenny Regan at jregan@kcatc.net (913)432-5454




HALO provides opportunities for American youth to learn about volunteerism and philanthropy by seeing the world through the eyes of the less fortunate.

The HALO Foundation, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., empowers youth in the greatest need to become contributing members of their communities. HALO stands for “Helping Art Liberate Orphans”. Orphans supported by HALO are provided food, water, shelter, clothing, education and art therapy. HALO supports 11 orphanages located in Mexico, India, Uganda, Kenya, Nicaragua and two Learning Centers in Kansas City, Mo. and Jefferson City, Mo. HALO is unique in that it provides for both the physical and emotional wellbeing of the child. HALO aspires to develop the child into a contributing member of society through art therapy and vocational training. In addition,

HALO was founded eight years ago by Rebecca Welsh as a response to the vast needs she witnessed while on an International mission trip. Rebecca discovered that while the need to provide for orphans was great, so was the desire by people to help. HALO has allowed many people to use their skills to provide vocational opportunities as well as meeting the basic needs of orphans and at-risk children. This serves the child in the present as well as the future. The HALO Foundation offers extensive programming, but is able to operate with minimal staff due to its large and committed volunteer base. With the help of its supporters, HALO has committed to enhancing the living conditions and providing art therapy for orphans worldwide. HALO depends on its volunteers and donations for support of its programs. It encourages everyone interested in helping HALO to use their gifts and talents to help HALO reach and expand its mission. By donating to HALO, a person can provide food, water, shelter, clothing, education, and art therapy directly to orphans worldwide. With a donor’s commitment, HALO-supported children can follow their dreams.

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An adult’s reaction to a child’s disclosure is very important. Children need to know that breaking the silence about abuse is the right thing to do. If a child’s disclosure is handled with support and care, the child can learn to heal and feel safe again. In addition, taking action and reporting the abuse is critical to protect the child and possibly other children.

DO… Believe the child. Children rarely lie about abuse. Tell the child he/she has done nothing wrong. “It’s not your fault.” Praise the child’s courage in telling you. Be supportive. Tell the child you will do what you can to help. Ask limited, open-ended questions, like “What happened?” or “Who did it?” Let the child use his or her own words to tell the story. REPORT the abuse. You do not need “proof” to report abuse. Reports of suspected abuse or neglect should be made anytime.

DON’T… Show feelings of shock or horror to the child. Correct the child’s words about what happened or the names for body parts. Criticize the child, the family or the abuse. Remember, many children care about the abuser, but want the abuse to stop. Interrogate the child. The child will have to tell the whole story to the authorities after the report.

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This section is dedicated to our community active youth. I know that we have amazing children doing wonderful volunteer work here in Kansas City. I want to read about your rewarding experiences helping others! Send your stories to me at editor.op@goicare.com by the 5th of every month as a word document of 200 words and please include photos. 22

Hello, my name is A.J., and I volunteer at The Pet Connection, an animal shelter for dogs and cats without homes. I foster dogs until they find good homes. It really pays off, because some dogs will have to be killed unless I foster them; and they can be sweet, like my favorite foster, Grizzly. Grizzly is a special needs dog, he was traumatized when he was little so he became scared of everything. The Pet Connection found him, and adopted him out. The people they adopted him out to did something to scare him even more, and they returned him. By the time we started fostering him, he was scared of everything, he wouldn't even come out of his crate. I liked him because he had this... charismatic gift. Now, he accepts treats from my hand, and begs for me to pet him. He is a great dog. If you foster dogs, you may find an awesome dog like Grizzly, and get to know lots of dogs.

Talia My name is Talia, and I’m a seventh grader from Leawood, Kansas. I love tumbling, cheerleading and socializing with friends. While surfing the web, I discovered Talia Joy Castellano who is a girl my age living in Orlando who is battling two types of cancers. She has received national attention and has been featured as an honorary Cover Girl and appeared on the Ellen show. Her courage and positive attitude is amazing. Her passion for makeup has helped her deal with the side effects of chemotherapy like losing her hair. She says, “Makeup is my wig!” I was really impressed with her positive approach to dealing with her cancer and identified with her name, as there aren’t a lot of girls named Talia! On May 4, I’m going to celebrate becoming a Bat Mitzvah at the Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah. As part of this milestone, I’m asked to do a “mitzvah project”. In Hebrew, mitzvah means good deed. I contacted Children’s Mercy Hospital and learned they have a teen lounge for patients in Kansas City who are going through chemotherapy and need support. Often, littler kids are given teddy bears and toys, but the teenagers need things to help encourage them as well. I’ve been saving my babysitting money and buying new items such as nail polish, lip gloss, journals, and board games to donate to the teens at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Other items suggested include: cd’s, movies beauty supplies, art kits, hand held video games, gift cards to discount stores and movie theaters. My parents, grandparents and other family members are helping me collect items too. If you or a business you know, would like to help me with my goal of providing items for the teen lounge at Children’s Mercy Hospital donations are welcome. I decorated a collection box in the lobby at The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah 12320 Nall Ave Overland Park, KS 66209, (913) 663-4050. I am excited to be able to brighten the days for teens in our community.

Monthly Advice Column


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Dear Amy: What is your opinion on chores, allowances and how children should spend the money that they make? My husband and I have different ideas about this, and agreed to ask for a professional opinion. Thank you,

Cathy (mother of two) Cathy: I am actually asked that question on a regular basis. Here is my take on the chore/allowance dilemma.... First of all, I believe that all members of the family (yes, including the little ones) should have chores (I prefer to call them responsibilities). Keeping their room clean, helping to set the table, taking out the trash.....these "responsibilities" should not be paid. Kids contribute, because they are part of the family. However, I do think kids should have the oppurtunity to earn money for extra chores (such as washing the car, raking the leaves, shoveling snow). Notice that I mentioned the chores that keep them active and outdoors! By earning some money, they learn early budgeting skills (as well as math!) and the value of the dollar. It also teaches them a healthy work ethic at a young age. Next, here is my advice on what to do with the money that has been earned. I believe in the "theory of thirds". No, it's not a scientific theory..just something that I made up. What does that mean you ask? It means that 1/3 of the money goes into savings (a piggy bank), 1/3 goes towards something that your child would like to buy and 1/3 goes into a charity bank. Once the charity bank is full, let him/her decide where to donate the money. Now you have taught your children four important lessons: 1)That a family works together, and everyone has responsibilities within the family, 2) The importance of a strong work ethic, 3) The value of the dollar, and how to save money and 4) The importance of charity (there are so many wonderful charities in the Kansas City area), and helping others. Keep the questions coming!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Kris Fabrizius by: Sharna Rittmaster

Where do you volunteer? More specifically, what do you enjoy the most from helping your organization?

I have been on the Board for the Kickin For Kids 3v3 Soccer Tournament since 2005. The tournament is all about healthy kids helping sick kids. By participating in this tournament youth are helping seriously ill children to get the care and treatment that they need. All of the proceeds from this tournament go to Children’s Miracle Network, which supports the local children’s hospitals. In 2008 we added Annual Kickin for Kids Auction in conjunction with the tournament which raises several thousands of dollars yearly. I also coordinate volunteer activities with Re/Max Best Associates (my office) for Children’s Miracle Network throughout the city such as the IHOP National Pancake Day and other local businesses supporting Children’s Miracle Network. I also donate a portion of my commission on every sale (buyers and sellers) to Children’s Miracle Network

Even with over 2-million people living in the KC Metro, it is still a small town community when it comes to helping others in need. This city finds a way to come together to help others less fortunate.

Why do you choose to volunteer?

How long have you been active volunteering?

I started working with this charity when I got into real estate 12 years ago. RE/MAX is the exclusive real estate sponsor of Children’s Miracle Network. I got involved immediately becoming the ambassador for my office and coordinating fund raising events. What gave me a strong passion for this specific charity was my neighbor was pregnant the same time as I and lost her son at 8-days old. I knew how fortunate I was to have a healthy child and vowed to help those who did not. Volunteering is ultimately about helping others and having an impact on people’s well being.

Hearing the children’s stories about how our donations helped saved, healed or changed their lives. Every year Children’s Miracle Network has a “champion child” from every state that has a remarkable medical story. To hear the stories from these amazing children that have gone through more challenges than I could ever imagine, gives me the passion to do more. Whether they suffer from asthma or life threatening illnesses, I know that all the money I help raise stays 100% local. What are you most passionate about in the community?

I have been involved with Children’s Miracle Network for 12 years, but actively volunteering in other aspects and charities since high school. How does volunteering affect you personally? Volunteering gives me a sense of achievement and motivation. It also gives me a better perspective on life and how blessed I am. I am very passionate about Children’s Miracle Network and those who know me are very aware of this. Volunteering is about giving your time, energy and skills freely…it is a choice we have. I have a strong desire and enthusiasm to help. From your experience, what are some major benefits to getting involved in the community? Volunteering helps strengthen your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests…I feel better connected to my community and others I have had a chance to interact with. I have also shown my children the same benefits. At an early age for both Matthew and Ali, I got them involved in Kickin For Kids, delivering stuffed animals to the children’s hospitals, walking in honor of various charities and donating lose change when available. By giving back to the community, I am trying to show them first hand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help others and enact change. What else do you enjoy in your spare time? Hobbies? I enjoy being with family and friends, going to the lake, exercising, watching KU basketball, Royals and Chiefs.



Each year there are hundreds of local children and families from all backgrounds that must seek help for anything from healing broken Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Greater Kansas City is thrilled to be working hard every day to save and improve the lives of these cal Center Pediatrics. To help save sick and injured children in your community, please donate to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Greater Kansas City

To learn more about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Greater Kansas City and how to donate, please to go www.cmnkc.org. Join with these partners to support local children in the Greater Kansas City area:


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Union Station. The Science of Rock ‘n' Roll exhibition provides a fresh look at the history of rock from the perspective of science and technology. See how music has shaped the tools of rock--and how those tools have changed the music. See website, www.unionstation.org , for times and prices.

1 | 8:30a

Kansas Hispanic Day at the Capital in Topeka Kansas. At the end of the day, we hope that you will walk away with valuable information and resources that you can take back to your community. We encourage those who attend to return home and hold important conversations with their family, friends and community regarding health care, education, business, the importance of voting and how the effects of poverty are connected with each. KHLAAC is a resource not an advocacy group. KHLAAC

5 | 6-9p

Join the thousands that explore the galleries and shops in the Crossroads Arts District for one of the nation's largest art walks.

6 | 8a-noon

Black Powder & Frontier Revolver Shoot Out. Test your skills on the favorite targets of Buck and Dingus, aka Frank and Jesse, and win a prize. Two contests in one. Cap and Ball Revolver and/or Frontier Cartridge Revolver. Replicas OK. Try to dress accordingly. To be held at the James Farm. Sponsored by the Clay County Parks and Recreation Department and The Friends of the James Farm.

7 | 5-7p

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City. Annual Match Appreciation Banquet at the Ritz Charles - 9000 W 137th Street, Overland Park, KS. Join us for one of our most anticipated events of the year. Matches will walk the red carpet, pose for paparazzi, enjoy pre-show entertainment, receive a match length award and watch as the year's biggest honors - Big of the Year and Lifetime Friendship award are handed out. Dinner provided - dress in your Sunday's best.

13 | 10a-10p

Worlds of Fun. The park kicks off its 39th season! After spending the day conquering acres of thrilling rides at Kansas City's amusement park, relax and enjoy the warm summer breeze surrounded by stunning light. The sparkling beauty of Worlds of Fun at night comes alive with the addition of Snoopy's Hot Summer Lights, an impressive light and sound experience starring everyone's favorite PEANUTS characters and their summertime adventures, new in 2010. Visit website, www.worldsoffun.com , for prices.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City. Back by popular demand! Big Splash was a huge hit last year for hundreds of our Bigs, Littles,

supporters and friends. Great Wolf Lodge only provides this opportunity to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Tickets range from $10-$20 and 100% of the proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Tickets are on sale now. Purchase your tickets at kcbigsplasheventbrite.com. Bigs, use the code BIG for $5 off each ticket.


African World Documentary Film Festival. For more information please contact: 785-864-3745, kasc@ku.edu http://www.africaworldfilmfestival.com/ Department: Kansas African Studies Center Ticket Cost: Free Wednesday April 17, 2013 All Day Wescoe Hall, 3139 & 3140

17 | 10a

Hats Off to Poetry With Dr. Seuss Storytime Children's at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Topeka 6130 SW 17th St Topeka KS 66615 785-273-9600

18 | 6p

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City. Man 2 Man with Eric Berry - Featuring Guest Bill Self at Arrowhead's Northclub. Men's only event, $300/ticket includes in depth interviews and meet and greets with Berry & Self, open bar, scotch tastings, dinner, cigar emporium, locker room tours and a reverse raffle with a chance to win $5,000.

23 | 6:30p

23rd Annual Kindest Kansas Citian Awards Dinner at 28 Event Space 1300 W. 28th Street, KC, MO 64108. The memorable and inspiring program highlights the impact of kindness around our community. The family-friendly evening includes a light supper catered by Piropos Restaurant, hosted bar, auction, music and free valet parking. For ticket or sponsorship information, visit www.synergyservices.org or call816.505.4797.

20 | Noon

The Kansas City Rowing Club is holding a 2 1/2 hour session to teach the rowing basics at the Wyndotte County Lake, Boy Scout Cove. Spring is almost here and this is a great way to get in shape for the Summer. No experience is required. The camp is open from ages to 13 through 60+. For registration see: www.kcrowing.com "Join KCRC" tab.

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OPRMC is supporting the March of Dimes this year by putting together a walk team for March for Babies, Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m. at the Power & Light District. Our goal: $3,000. To reach this goal, we need a minimum 15 people to walk and raise $200. Registering online is simple: Just view our team page and follow the prompts. Raise $200 and get an official March of Babies t-shirt to wear the day of the event www.marchforbabies.org/s_team_page.asp?seid=1875058

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Our website is brand new and offers many exciting new tools! If you are a volunteer, you can create a Volunteer Profile and choose your schedule, share your skills and choose which non profits you would like to work with most! The “Social Profits” (our term for our non profit members) will get a notice that you have chosen to work with them and will reach out to you when they need your skill. You can also find information on events and can even filter the event by type, date and Non Profit. If you would like a subscription delivered to your door, please sign up and we will add you to our next mailing. It is only 20.00 per year! You can sign up for weekly newsletters that will keep you up to date on what is going on in the community as well. Visit goicare.com to view our past issues online. You can also check for Gift Cards for a Cause, an exciting new program that helps us continue to serve the community and share CARES while saving money on things you buy already. It’s a win win! Do you have a story to tell? Email the editor and we would love to share it! Thank you for being a part of such a caring community! Sincerely, Amy Michael Publisher CARES Magazine




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