2017-2018 Centurions Legacy Project: Kansas City Community Gardens

MISSION: The mission of Kansas City Community Gardens is to assist low-income households and community groups in the Kansas City metropolitan area to produce vegetables and fruit from garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, and at community sites. KCCG supports Kansas City’s gardeners as they work to transform the food system, along with their nutritional habits, in backyard and community garden spaces throughout the metropolitan area.


RESPONSIBILITIES: The 2017-18 Legacy Project will work to extend and expand the footprint and capabilities of the KCCG children's learning garden (the Beanstalk Children’s Garden) located in the heart of Swope Park. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Beanstalk Children's Garden, an urban garden that has engaged and exposed over 25,000 children and their family members to the wonders of food gardening over the past decade.
Centurions will assist in building the necessary infrastructure for the garden as well as install fruit trees and berry plants. Additional work will be done to create paths and an extended orchard area with fencing. The ultimate goal of the project is to:
  1. address the problem of children’s limited knowledge and understanding of food plants, nutrition, and the importance of healthy eating habits,
  2. serve as an outdoor classroom for the Giving Grove orchard stewards and apprentices, and
  3. serve as a source of healthy produce to our Swope Park community gardeners – with excess produce being distributed to local food


2016-2017 Centurions Legacy Project: Turn the Page KC



MISSION: Turn the Page KC is an organization started in 2011 by Mayor Sly James whose mission is to mobilize the community to achieve reading proficiency at grade level or above for all third graders in Kansas City, Missouri.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Centurions helped transform Turn the Page KC’s Early Learning Hub, which will serve as a multi-purpose space to provide parents of birth through five-year-old children resources to support early literacy and healthy childhood development.

The transformation of the Early Learning Hub included remodeling the inside and outside of the existing building. Specifically inside, Centurions added new paint colors, large wall graphics, new office carpet and baseboards, new appliances, cabinetry, casework, furniture, office equipment and baby changing stations in the restrooms.


2015-2016 Centurions Legacy Project: Phoenix Family 


MISSION: Phoenix Family empowers people living in low-income housing communities with the on-site support they need to gain stability and achieve self-sufficiency.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Centurions worked at Phoenix’s East Hills location.  The project consisted of updating the facilities that supported their HIKE program, which provides individualized reading instruction to low-income children.


2014 - 2015 Centurions Legacy Project: Amethyst Place

                                            Amethyst Place

MISSION: Amethyst Place works to provide safe and supportive housing to women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their children.

RESPONSBILITIES: Renovation of the basement where Amethyst Place’s childcare center is located. This included demolition and construction of the basement, furnishing the remodeled space, collecting donations, mentoring programs for the mothers, and playing games and eating pizza with the kids upon completion of the renovation.


2013 - 2014 Centurions Legacy Project: Gillis Center



Gillis, Healthy Families, Marillac, Ozanam and Spofford joined together to form Cornerstones of Care in 1998. Through our combined efforts, we provide better prevention, treatment and support services to strengthen children and families in our community.

RESPONSIBILITES: Centurions designed and built a grilling deck, provided a grill and grilling accessories as well as volunteer time throughout the year. In addition, volunteer hours were used to teach young men how to grill and just "hang out" as one would do with their family and friends. Many of these young men have never experienced nor learned the importance of leisure time.  

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