2015 Chip In Recipients
Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center (ESMYC)
Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center has touched the lives of more than 1 million young people over the past 53 years. ESMYC provides leadership, educational and recreational programs to school-age youth. ESMYC programs identify individual strengths and improve peer/family interactions. An average of 850 volunteers per year create a learning laboratory in which youth can practice communication skills, strengthen emotional competencies (patience, adaptability, etc.) and develop leadership skills. These community-based programs create healthy citizens who give back to their communities.
Rebuilding Together Clay County (RTCC)
RTCC's Safe at Home program strives to create safe and healthy living environments for veterans, seniors and people living with disabilities. RTCC accomplishes this goal by installing home safety and accessibility modifications, such as wheelchair ramps. low-rise steps, accessible showers, toilet risers, grab bars and handrails. Since 2001, skilled and trained volunteers have provided essential repairs and safety modifications to more than 450 homes.
The Farmer's House
Dedicated to planting seeds of encouragement, support and hope, The Farmer's House provides a variety of programs for adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities (our Farmers) at two sites in the Weston, MO, area. A supportive, positive environment serves as the foundation for programs that help participants acquire and retain vocational, transitional and recreational skills. Through exploration and participation, Farmers gain hands-on skills from community-integrated programs structured around small business models.