Jackson County Donates $18,000

A sunny day of golf is making it possible for some children and veterans to sleep a little more comfortably this winter.

The 2nd Annual Frank White, Jr., Invitational Golf Tournament raised $18,000 making it possible for Jackson County to donate $9,000 each to the Veterans Community Project and Sleepyhead Beds. A field of 29 teams played in the tournament September 15, at Fred Arbanas Golf Course. Silent and live auctions brought in nearly $6,000 and 25 hole sponsors added to the total revenue.

Check_donation2The Veterans Community Project (VCP) is on a mission to eliminate veteran homelessness by providing transitional-housing and enabling access to exceptional 360-degree service solutions. Focusing first on the Greater-Kansas City area, VCP aspires to use Kansas City as the blueprint for achieving similar successes in cities across the United States. The organization has a long-term goal of eliminating Veteran homelessness nationwide.

VCP is a Missouri nonprofit corporation founded by Kansas City Veterans who were frustrated by rampant homelessness throughout the Veteran community. The organization is dedicated to supporting every man and woman who took the oath for our country. We are determined to make a difference in the lives of homeless veterans, a task accomplished by the community for the community.

A specialized community of tiny-homes is currently being built with onsite services to provide housing stability and to address the underlying cause of the veteran’s homelessness.

Check_donation3Since 2010, Sleepyhead Beds has delivered more than 5,000 donated, gently used, and recycled beds to Kansas City metro area children in need of a comfortable place to sleep. That has given Kansas City children more than 3 million restful nights of sleep. These beds are recycled and delivered free of charge to families in need. It is the only organization in the Kansas City who is focused solely on this mission.

Sleepyhead Beds is a non-profit, charitable organization founded by past executive director and current board member Monica Starr. Monica saw first-hand the significant need for beds for the Kansas City metro area children while working with foster youth families. With two part-time employees, a truck and some warehouse space, Sleepyhead Beds was born and during its first year provided 1,200 beds to Kansas City area children. The organization has grown to include an executive director and 10 volunteer board members. In 2015, more than 2,000 children and parents received bed and more than 150 tons of waste was diverted from landfills.