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Civic-minded Volunteers Needed

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown invites you to join out committed group of volunteers in helping provide services to Seniors living within the boundaries of the Raytown School District. Most volunteers work a set schedule of approximately three hours, one day per week.

  • Office Volunteers. Open shifts: Tuesday 1 – 4 pm; Wednesday 9 – 12 & 1 – 4; Thursday 1 – 4; Friday 9 – 12. This job involves answering phones, scheduling rides for medical appts., giving information from resource book, give information about upcoming events.
  • On-call Wheels that Care Drivers. Scheduled at least 48 hours in advance, when one of our seniors needs a ride to a medical appointment. Time needed varies, appointments average one hour plus travel time.
  • Substitute Meals on Wheels drivers. Regular driver positions are currently filled (generally one day per week). Substitute drivers are needed when a regular driver is ill or unavailable. Prepackaged meals and beverages are picked up from a central location and delivered to clients within the boundaries of the Raytown School District.

All volunteers must pass a background check. Drivers also must have a valid drivers license, and a licensed and insured vehicle. Training provided.

For more information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator by email: volcoordinator@sbcglobal.net or by phone: 816-356-9000.

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown Seeking New Director

Seeking an energetic, motivated individual to serve as Executive Director of Shepherd’s Center of Raytown. This half-time (20 hour per week) position will work closely with the Board of Trustees to provide strategic leadership, manage staff and volunteers, and oversee the successful operation of our services for Raytown Seniors, including the Meals on Wheels program. Qualifications include experience working with nonprofit, public sector, or community organizations. Bachelors degree (preferred) or commensurate experience in public administration, human or social services. To apply, please submit resume and a list of three references to: jdowning2300@yahoo.com

Shepherd’s Center Annual Garden Tour

Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus Concert to benefit Shepherd’s Center of Raytown

Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus

Concert to benefit Shepherd’s Center of Raytown

Saturday, November 5, 2016
4:00 pm

Blue Ridge United Methodist Church 
5055 Blue Ridge Boulevard 
Kansas City, Missouri 64133 


Race for Hope Focuses on Children in KC and Around the World

Although the May 16, KC Northland Race for Hope is about running and exercise, it’s also a tale of local people who want to help children throughout the region and around the world.

Much of the story involves Rachel and Gary Chaney, a Kearney couple whose volunteer work in Haiti and Zambia are leading them to lengths that some may find extreme. For them, it’s literally a calling.

The two—she’s a nurse and he’s a nurse practitioner—began volunteering for two weeks each year in Haiti about the time their now seven-year-old daughter was born. Through Rachel’s mother, who is president of All God’s Children Clinic of Hope in Zambia, they have begun stints there more recently.

“We just saw the need,” Rachel Chaney says today. “They asked us to do a healthcare mission, basically a ‘suitcase medicine clinic.’ We thought, ‘Why not?’”

The idea of an organized run to raise funds was Gary’s. “He’s been a runner in the past and saw the clinic’s work for orphans and children as a natural,” she said, noting the clinic’s region in Zambia has one of the largest populations of orphans in the world.

A year ago, the couple sat down with a small group to brainstorm. Among them was Craig Williams, a Liberty resident and avid runner, who noted that the Northland has yet to host its own major half-marathon. Williams also suggested additional charities related to children, including the Kansas City Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Northland Early Childhood Education Center. Rachel also suggested Feed Northland Kids, which she had worked with through her church.

“We wanted to have a focus,” Chaney explained. “I grew up going to Northland schools, and my sister is a North Kansas City School District teacher. The more vulnerable the children are, the more I want to help.”

Organizing the event has been daunting, but it’s, again, only part of the story. Williams is dreaming of hosting a larger event next year, a full marathon, and the Chaneys are planning to move to Zambia in August. Together with their children, Leah, 7, and Luke, 5, they will stay until a new clinic is completed.

“This is the first time I’ve bought one-way tickets,” she laughed. “We’re committed until the clinic is built, but someone’s already donated a well. We’ll just see how long it takes.”

The Kansas City Northland Race for Hope will begin at Sam’s Club near Highway 152 and Flintlock Road at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16. Courses include the half marathon, a 5K and a 50-yard “Hero Dash” for children. Both children and adults are encouraged to dress in their favorite superhero costumes. More information is available at www.raceforhopekc.com.


Rachel Chaney (right) is a Kearney nurse who is organizing the May 16 Race for Hope Kansas City to raise funds for needy children, including those who use a clinic in Zambia where she has worked and plans to reside beginning in August.


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Gary Chaney of Kearney relaxed a moment with one of his patients during a recent visit to All God’s Children Clinic of Hope in Zambia. Chaney, a nurse practitioner, will move there with his family in August, after he and his wife finish organizing the Kansas City Race For Hope May 16.

Raytown Artist’s Association applications for $500 Scholarship

The Raytown Artist’s Association is now accepting applications for the $500 Scholarship which will be awarded to a 2015 Senior who is planning to pursue a visual arts degree.  Seniors from Raytown South,Raytown HS, O’Hara, and Blue Ridge Christian may apply. Interested students should see their counselor for an application or request one from RAA at 816-356-3543.  Deadline for submission is March 13.  The Award will be presented at the April 16th RAA meeting.

Meals on Wheels program also checks up on people during cold weather

KMBC Channel 9 (channel 12 on Comcast)  recently did a segment on the Raytown Meals on Wheels program’s program of checking up on seniors whenever it is bitterly cold.  KMBC does not make provisions for embedding their videos, so to learn more, click on the link below.


Raytown Three Trails Kiwanis Installs New Officers

On October 9, 2014, the Raytown Three Trails Kiwanis Club held their annual installation of new officers. The new officers Brenda Gustafson, President, Elaine Schulze, Past President, John Benson, Vice President, Mary Lee Skitek, Secretary, Carrie West, Treasurer, at-large board members, Martha Cockerell and Darryl Pitts were installed by our Lt. District Govenor Gary Logan. Many thanks were extended to our outgoing President, Elaine Schulze for her vision and tireless efforts to change the lives of children in our community. “I’m excited for our new year,” said Brenda Guststafson, new club president. “ We have many new ideas for helping the children in our community.”kiwanis 2014installation

pictured from left to right. Mary Lee Skitek, Elaine Schulze, John Benson, Darryl Pitts, Brenda Gustafson, Gary Logan

During the installation ceremony, the club reflected on the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis this year. The club has taken to heart the role of servant leaders and our mission; “Focusing on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time.” Kiwanis is home to the largest youth service programs in the world. Our local club empowers school students, elementary through college, by teaching leadership through service to others. This year the club will sponsor three Raytown High School students for student leadership camp as well as sponsoring college scholarships for our High School Seniors.

Raytown Service Projects

Our Youth Programs include:

· Key Club,for high school students, is the oldest and largest service organization for teens, teaches leadership through service to others.

· Builders Club for middle school students, provides students with opportunities to develop leadership, improve self-esteem, increase civic engagement and learn life skills through service.

· Kiwanis Terrific Kids for elementary students provides students the opportunity to develop leadership potential and create strong moral character.

A few of the other local service projects our club sponsors are Pumpkins On Parade, Teen Moms Club,Mothers Day Project (donating items for REAP that are not covered by WIC) Parents As Teachers, Relay for Life, Young Child Priority, Raytown School Foundation, Summer Lunch Program, Boys and Girls Club. Raytown Project Grad (both high schools). Cave Springs Historic Site and Nature Trail and Embracing Education.

We also volunteer and donate to support Kiwanis’ national and international service programs. This year we:

· Helped raise almost $1 million for children’s cancer research through Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

· Raised over $6000 for the Eliminate Project. This project will make a profound and historic impact on MNT(maternal neonatal tetnus) a disease that kills one baby every nine minutes. We have partnered with UNICEF to help implement immunization activities to eliminate this disease. Globally, Kiwanis has raised over $110 million to make this goal a reality.

We raise funds for these projects through our Annual Golf Tournament and our Annual Trivia Night.

Kiwanis clubs, located in 80 nations, help their communities in countless ways. Each community’s needs are different—so each Kiwanis club is different. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen. Our vision partners include landscape structures, creating innovative playground equipment; Nickelodeon, inspiring kids to take action and make a difference in the world; the U.S. Army’s Key Leader program, helping high school students to improve performance on standardized tests.

Raytown Three Trails Kiwanis meets twice a month at noon at the UMB Bank on Raytown Road.

Shepherd Center Book Sale

Thursday September 18:   4 PM to 8 PM
Friday September 19:       9 AM to 5 PM
Saturday September 20:   9 AM to 1 PM

(sack sale $5 a sack)
Hundreds of books available at the amazing low price of
hardbacks  $1.00    paperbacks  50 cents

A sack lunch will be available for you to buy on Saturday.   Cancelled

Backed goods and drinks will be sold instead of the sack lunch while supplies last.

Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church  6429 Blue Ridge Blvd.
(across from Blue Ridge Elementary School)

You will find a box in the Beatitudes Room for your donations for the sale.   Don’t miss this wonderful event.  Please share this information with your friends and neighbors.  If you have never been, you will be amazed at the selection and number of books.  All proceeds go to help Shepherd’s Center

Summer Lunch Program Fundraiser


Raytown Summer Childrens Lunch Program needs our help

The Raytown Summer Childrens Lunch Ministry does not have enough funds to complete its mission of providing free healthy lunches to low-income children in Raytown for the period between the end of Summer School and the start of the Fall semester. This is the seventh year for the program and the need exceeded their expected 600 children, an aditional 200 more children have shown up.  They need your help.

RaytownOnline.com is adding them to the Ads for Charity program. Any donation of at least $20 gets not one, but a two month ad on RaytownOnline.com for free. Please make the donation directly to the charity and tell them it is part of RaytownOnline.com’s Ads for Charity.  The ads run in the left hand column on the website and the highest donation gets the top location.

The Raytown Summer Lunch Ministry is coordinated by Raytown Christian Church in conjunction with the following…

Blue Ridge Bible Church
Blue Ridge Boulevard UMC
Blue Ridge Christian Church DOC
Gas Mart Convenience Store
Eastgate Christian Church DOC
Laurel Hills Elementary School Staff
Peace Lutheran Church
Raytown C-2 School District
Raytown Retired Teachers Association
Raytown High School National Honor Society
Raytown UPS Store
Sterling Acres Baptist Church
Blue Ridge Presbyterian
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Kansas City Men’s Chorus
Lake Lotawana Optimist Club
Raytown Hy-Vee
River Church
Southwood United Church of Christ
St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church
Taylor Business Group
Pink Hill Properties

More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at their website http://raytownsummerlunch.info/

This recent program ran on KCTV5 and we thank them for providing the code to embed their video.

Annual Garden Tour & Luncheon on June 17

We would like to invite Raytown and surrounding areas to our 17th Annual Garden Tour & Luncheon on June 17.  The Garden Tours are 9:30-1:00 and again 5:30-8:00.  The Garden Tour Luncheon is being held at Raytown Christian Church and is from Noon till 2:00.  Tickets are sold separately and are priced as follows:  $10 for the Garden Tour and $7 for the Garden Luncheon.  The tickets can be purchased at the Raytown Hy-Vee (9400 E 350 Hwy), Kamps Flowers (8709 E. 63rd Street) and at the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown office (7900 Blue Ridge Blvd.).


Past Garden Tour Photos

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Raytown Farmers Market looking for volunteers

Vegetables_clip_art_medium We have a job for any age group. Possible duties will include set up tear down, flier distribution, assistance in children and adult education areas and much more. Is your group or organization looking for a community service project? Please contact Elisa our Market Manager at RaytownFarmersMarket@gmail.com to get yourself or your group’s time setup

Attention local musicians, do you want to expand your exposure? Raytown Farmers Market is looking for all types of musical entertainment, blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, rap, polka, and many more. Family friendly musicians who would like to play during one of our market days should visit our website raytownfarmersmarket.com for our entertainer application. Please send this along with a CD that has a sample of the music you will be performing to:

Raytown Farmers Market
6222 Raytown Trafficway.#254
Raytown, MO 64133


Senior Expo 2014

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Raytown Police to Host Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

The Raytown Police Department will be hosting CERT training, beginning May 5, 2014. The free training will be hosted in anticipation of forming a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Raytown. The CERT Program teaches volunteer citizens disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the area in which they live. The training includes basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. With the training learned in the classroom, and during exercises, CERT members may be better prepared to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace when professional responders are not immediately available to help after an event. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. For more information about CERT, please visit http://www.ready.gov/citizen-corps.

Classes will held at the Raytown Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Rd, Raytown, Missouri, on Monday and Wednesday nights, beginning May 5, 2014. Classes will be from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM each evening. There will be final examination, required for certification, on Saturday, May 31st. Anyone can apply, but the minimum age for participants is 17.
Register online at http://bit.ly/1jwztVc. After registration, an application and background check must be completed to qualify.

Contact Marilyn Fleming at 816-737-6018, or csu@raytownpolice.org for more information.

Raytown Farmers Market Coming Soon


Raytown, MO  Raytown Farmers Market is currently looking for volunteers. We have a job for any age group. Possible duties will include set up tear down, flier distribution, assistance in childrens and adult education areas and much more. Is your group or organization looking for a community service project? Please contact Elisa our Market Manager at RaytownFarmersMarket@gmail.com to get yourself or your group’s time setup

Attention local musicians, do you want to expand your exposure? Raytown Farmers Market is looking for all types of musical entertainment, blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, rap, polka, and many more. Family friendly musicians who would like to play during one of our market days should visit our website raytownfarmersmarket.com for our entertainer application. Please send this along with a CD that has a sample of the music you will be performing to:

Raytown Farmers Market
6222 Raytown Trafficway.
Raytown, MO 64133

Tenth Scholarship Fund-Raiser for RHS/SHS/HCC students

Tenth Scholarship Fund-Raiser for RHS/SHS/HCC students   –   Sat., April 5   –   11:00 – 3:00
Location:  Raytown South HS Cafeteria (83rd St./south entrance)

300+ Shopping Items – 11-2:00

     Gift certificates: The Store meat bundle, Salty Iguana, 54th Street Grill, Applebees, IHop, Cheddars, haircuts, oil changes, eye & dental exams, swimming. . .

       Tickets: Quality Hill Playhouse, American Heartland Theatre, Starlight. . .

          Definite Needs:  New RHS/SHS apparel & laptop case and handcrafted items, sports memorabilia, toys, jewelry, antiques, collectibles, household . . .

             We love donations & will pick-up:
Landers 356-4493; Hinken 537-6133; Morris 353-3155; Smith 833-2097; Barnes 935-3844; Settergren 356-1436; Bell 756-3888  

Grilled Lunch $6 – 11-2:00
all-beef dog or bratwurst (sauerkraut… wheat/white bun), side dish, pop or water & cobbler or cake w/frozen custard 

Silent Auction (select items) – 11-12:30 
Easter baskets and baskets of MU, Monaco’s Hair Care & KC Symphony items 

Grand Drawing (flier attchd) – 2:45
Tickets for Grand Drawing: $1 ea. or 6 for $5 (free ticket by showing RQS badge). Need not be present at 2:45 drawing time to win.
$150 gas card; 2 Starlight tickets (select from 5 shows); ‘Spinning Dots’ quilt made by Retiree Joan Ochoa;
Albin’s sapphire pendant/chain valued @ $350; Bernard Martin framed print; collectible Barbie in pkg.

Another commitment on April 5?
Donations gratefully accepted, payable to Raytown Educational Foundation. Memo line: Scholarship Day. 10750 E. 350 Hwy., Raytown 64138

Thank you
Raytown Retired Teachers & School Personnel Assoc.
Raytown Educational Foundation – Raytown Historical Society – Raytown Quality Schools – Raytown Businesses & Patrons
for donating services & items to make this event a success.
$185,000 (84 scholarships) awarded


Silver Bells Community Christmas Party

Silver Bells Community Christmas Party. Celebrate Christmas with lunch, entertainment and friendship. 

A community Christmas party for adults 55 and older will be Tuesday, December 10 from 11am – 1pm at Raytown Christian Church, 6108 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, MO.

Cost for this event is $5 per person and will include lunch, entertainment, pictures with Santa and door prizes. Entertainment will include the dynamic performer Gino Bueno, pianist Nathan Bergan, gospel singer Zenbio Smith and more.

All tickets must be purchased in advanced by December 5 at the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown, 7900 Blue Ridge Blvd in One Spirit United Methodist Church or cash only at Raytown Hy-Vee, 9400 E. 350 Highway.

Please contact Patty Stock at the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown at 816-356-9000 with questions or for additional information.

Raytown Soldier surprises family for Thanksgiving – KCTV5

Raytown Soldier Michael Zavodny made it home for Thanksgiving with some help from Operation Homefront. For more on this click below to read the story and view the reunion video on the KCTV 5 website.

Soldier surprises family for Thanksgiving – KCTV5.

New Dwayne Bowe Foundation fundraiser video

The Bowe Foundation fundraiser was a great event for Raytown and this video has some nice footage and photos that were not seen in previous articles. For all you Chiefs fans out there, enjoy.

Health Care Information, how to take advantage of Obama Care

Oct. 29th meeting at city hall about what you need to know to take advantage of Obama Care.


Souper Saturday, November 2

shepcenterRaytown.21594645_logoWhat’s better than hot, homemade soup on a brisk November day?  You can enjoy this fall treat any time between 11 am and 2:00 pm Saturday, November 2, at One Spirit United Methodist Church, 7900 Blue Ridge Blvd in support of the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown.

Choose between homemade ham and bean or vegetable beef soup, accompanied by cornbread, crackers, dessert and a beverage, all for $7.00 per person.  Kid’s Meals are $3 with a hot dog instead of soup. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown Office, 7900 Blue Ridge Blvd or the day of the event. 

All proceeds will go to support Shepherd’s Center of Raytown programs and services for older adults in the community.  Call 356-9000 with questions.

Over 800 Pumpkins On Parade at Cave Springs Park Trails

pumpkins-paradeOn October 19, the Three Trails Kiwanis Club will be busy lighting 800 pumpkins for the fourth annual Pumpkins on Parade along the trails of Cave Springs Nature Center and Park. This free event will run from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. At the end of their Halloween hike, visitors will be tempted with kettle corn, hot dogs, cotton candy and many other tasty treats. There will also be games and activities for children.

The pumpkins are being carved by local students, youth groups, churches, community artists and members of the public. The event has doubled in size since its inaugural in 2010. More than 2,000 individuals visited our Parade last year. “Pumpkins on Parade has quickly become one of the community’s largest, and most anticipated events,” notes Martha Cockerell, club president. “Our club has adopted Cave Springs as a service project and we assist in maintaining the grounds and planting. The center is one of the area’s hidden jewels, and Pumpkins on Parade is often a first visit for many that attend.”

Sponsorships provide the funds to purchase the pumpkins for the event. Each sponsor gets a special carved pumpkin for their business or organization.

Because October is also National Fire Safety Month, the event provides space for the local fire department to educate and interact with families regarding fire prevention and safety. The department distributes coloring books, hats and badges to children and lets them explore a large fire truck.

Carvers and sponsors are still being accepted. If you are interested you can contact us by calling (816) 356-1625 or faxing at (816) 737-5048.

The Shepherd’s Center Annual Used Book Sale

The Shepherd’s Center of Raytown will hold its annual Used Book Sale September 26-28.

Thursday, September 26                 3 pm to 8 pm
Friday, September 27                       9 am to 5 pm
Saturday, September 28                        9 am to 1 pm


Blue Ridge Presbyterian – 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd. (Across from Blue Ridge Elementary)

Hardback and paperback books will be available for purchase from many categories – mystery, fiction, non-fiction, children, travel, gardening, religious & more!  This year we have extended the sale one additional day to include evening hours on Thursday, September 26.

All proceeds support the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown, a non-profit organization that provides programs and services for the older adults of the Raytown community.

If you have books to donate or would like to volunteer to sort books prior to the sale, please contact the SCR office at 356-9000 by Friday, September 13, 2013.


The Annual Shepherd’s Center Garden Tour (home 5 of 5)

The final home in the Shepherd’s Center Garden tour is the Ridgeway home of Clint Cassing.  The backyard features a koi pond and a very nice gazebo.





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