Category Archives: News

Local news covers our job site visit to Olsson Associates

Last week Olsson Associates hosted our Green Works’ Excelerate students for a job site visit where the students had the opportunity to talk to Olsson employees, tour their offices, and try their hand at designing bike routes from midtown to the River Market.

Shayla Patrick with WDAF Channel 4 came along and captured the fun! Click to see the video

We surpassed our year-end matching goal!

Thanks to everyone who donated to Green Works at the end of the year and helped us surpass our year-end matching goal. A handful of funders agreed to match year-end contributions to Green Works in honor of our 10 year anniversary. Thanks to our supporters we were able to take full advantage of the matching opportunity! We’re looking forward to the New Year and the start of several new elective programs at our classroom space.

New Funders and New Programs

Green Works recently received funding from the Clif Bar Family Foundation to support our ECOS program. This is a great fit for a number of reasons including the fact that Clif Bars are our students’ favorite classroom snack!

We’ve also received funding from the H&R Block Foundation to support our financial literacy program, and our new digital literacy program and the Green Works Lab. These programs will take place over the winter and the upcoming summer break. 

We are honored to have the support of the H&R Block Foundation and the Clif Bar Family Foundation!

Green Works awarded $1500 from Shawnee Mission East Junior Board!

lancerLast winter Mary and Kate met with Shawnee Mission East students who were researching Green Works for a program called Junior Board. In the spring we were in attendance at the high school when four different groups of students gave presentations on their chosen nonprofit. The students presenting on Green Works won second price! And that resulted in a $1500 cash gift we received last week during a Shawnee Mission East pep rally. Thanks so much to our student team – Iman, Natalie, Hazel, Jacob, Juliana and Owen. We appreciate your interest and your support of Green Works!   

State Farm supports Green Works

On Friday our staff met with Kevin Gamble who presented us with a $10,000 grant from State Farm. We are so grateful for their ongoing support. State Farm supports all our programs including environmental education, service learning, workforce development and financial literacy. We received our first grant from State Farm in 2009. Green Works is growing and thriving because of our long-term funders like State Farm!

Green Works wins Yelp Foundation Grant thanks to you!

We are excited to YF_20160114_Badge-01share that Green Works won a $3,000 grant from the Yelp Foundation, thanks to votes from community members in the Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest! Thank you so much to everyone who voted and supported us. This grant will go a long way towards our work educating urban youth and helping them transition from high school into post-secondary education and the workforce. #YFGivesLocal

A new storm drain manhole cover design for KCMO!

Our founder, Kate Corwin and Mike Buster had the winning design for the new KCMO storm drain manhole covers! The design includes rock art animals to remind people of the Native Americans and their respect for the environment.

We hope this new design helps people remember that whatever is on the ground ends up in our waters. And what ends up in our water ultimately ends up in us.