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Updates from Truman Heartland's President & CEO


Phil Hanson shares information on charitable giving trends and how the Truman Heartland Community Foundation is partnering with individuals and organizations across the region to benefit the Eastern Jackson County community.

Paying It Forward by Giving Back In the Community

There are many things to be thankful for as we reflect back on the past year and what it has brought us. One of the best ways to show gratitude for all of the blessings we share is to give back to your community.

One way Truman Heartland is leading this movement of giving back is through our “Boomers Get Connected” initiative. This initiative is focused on assisting Baby Boomers who are near or already in retirement in finding volunteer opportunities in the communities they love. This program provides a reliable source of volunteers for local non-profits while keeping Baby Boomers engaged and active in their retirement years.

Through our partnership with the United Way of Greater Kansas City, we have nearly 100 volunteer opportunities in Eastern Jackson County posted on the United Way Get Connected website. These opportunities include special volunteer needs for charitable organizations during the holiday season and a number of them are great family volunteer opportunities.

On October 1, we officially started our promotion of the program. I am asking for your assistance in helping spread the word with the Baby Boomers in your network. Click here to read about Boomers Get Connected right here on our websiteYou will find information on how Boomers can easily sign up on the free volunteer portal provided by United Way and discover where their talents and time can be utilized to make a difference in our community. Please share this link with Boomers you know and also print out the flyer that you will find on this page and share it. If you need a number of these flyers to use with a church group or another organization you are involved with where Boomers are found, please stop by the office and Cheryl will give you as many as you need. We recently provided 600 to a church to put in their bulletin.

We are advertising on Facebook. If you have not already liked us on Facebook please click here to do so. When you see an ad for Boomers Get Connected on Facebook, please share it with your friends and ask them to also spread the word.

Our goal is to connect 600 boomers with volunteer opportunities between Oct. 1, 2017, and Oct. 1, 2018. That’s approximately 10 percent of the 500 baby boomers reaching retirement age every month in our Eastern Jackson County community. With your help spreading the word, I believe we can hit that goal and surpass it and I will keep you posted on our progress in future newsletters.

If you have a group that you think should hear from us, please contact me and I would be pleased to meet with them and help them get connected. I can be reached at hanson@thcf.org or phone 816-912-4181. 

We have many things to be thankful for this holiday season, and one at the top of my list is living in a great community where people care about one another and give of their talent and time to their community.

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