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Organizations Helping the Heartland

When a service organization reaches a significant point in its history, it is only fitting that their service to the community be recognized by us. For that reason, the Heartland Service Award was created – as a special award in recognition of the board, staff and volunteers of the organization and their years of service to their community.

Community Services League

THCF recognizes Community Services League (CSL), in their 100th anniversary year with the special recognition of the Heartland Service Award. CSL was founded in 1916 by a women’s Bible study group that included former First Lady Bess Wallace Truman. From the Great Depression to the Great Recession and beyond, CSL has aided families and individuals in need with emergency services for food, clothing and shelter.

Today, CSL operates 11 service locations in eight suburban Jackson County communities. In 2015 alone, CSL assisted more than 15,000 local residents through its four programs: Emergency Assistance, Work Express, Housing Counseling, and the Financial Opportunity Center. CSL is a partner agency of United Way of Greater Kansas City, a HUD-certified housing counseling agency, and a USDA food distribution site.

Past Recepients of Special Awards

Heartland Service Award, 2015 – Independence Young Matrons
Founder’s Recognition, 2012 – Carol Sue Bass, Kyle Conway, Lloyd Uptegrove, Carole Roper Park Vaughan & Luva Vaughan
Community Partner Award, 2012 – Community of Christ
Heartland Service Award, 2011 – Rotary District 6040
Silver Legacy Award, 2007 – Harry S. Truman Library & Museum


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