CCON was organized in 1994 with the purpose of providing a network of services for the greater Kansas City community. It was created because of one congregations desire to see change within the Kansas City community. The founders understood that a churches responsibility is not only to provide activities and programming for its membership but also to provide an agenda for the community. An agenda that will motivate, mobilize and create a unified community. An agenda that uplifts and develops our youth for tomorrow and provides love through encouragement and compassion for all people.
CCON's first task was in developing a response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Partnerships were developed with the major AIDS service providers in the area to learn more about the disease and its affect on the community. Calvary Temple Baptist, through its non profit organization became one of the first African American churches in the region to effectively deal with HIV/AIDS prevention education.
CCON was organized in an effort to bring a network of services to the KC community. We accomplish this by creating an agenda that mobilizes, empowers and educates people from all walks of life.
CCON is a growing organization with
a bright future.
Partnerships with UMKC researchers
are providing bight hopes for the organization in our attempts to influence health
disparities in the Kansas City metropolitan area and beyond. Our participation
in two NIH funded projects will allow us to be on the cutting edge of research
for years to come. Both projects Taking it to the Pews (TIPS) and the KC Faith Imitative
provide us with the opportunity to continue our work with African America
church to influence health. TIPS works with HIV/AIDS and KC Faith works with
heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Utilizing local congregations to deliver culturally
sensitive and appropriate tools and resources to change behavior and save
After almost six years of
operations, the Calvary Community Wellness Center continued to attract new
participants and spark interest in partnerships among agencies and businesses
in the Midtown area of Kansas City. The community garden at the Wellness Center
was expanded to provide access to healthy food for a nearby food pantry and to
individuals who patronize the Wellness Center. KC Fun & Fitness Day
continues to attract and help scores of people and encourage health through structured
fitness activities along with health screenings and information.
CCON's youth development program,
Helping Youth Plan for Excellence (HYPE), continues to recruit new youth
members as previous participants transition into college and/or the workforce. The
Kansas City and Hickman Mills School District have been valuable partners in our
efforts to reach youth. Our youth continue to amaze and educate with the dramatic
stage play entitled The Lot. Last year over 2200 high school aged youth
attended the performance at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Efforts to diversify and strengthen
our board are creating a favorable position for CCON's future. We have
assembled a talented and dedicated team of board volunteers. Our fund development advisory group, made up
of key leaders from KC's philanthropic community, helped us to look at new
strategies for funding our vision.
Participants’ Engagement in
Ribbon of Hope Award, recognizing commitment and accomplishments in the
Named Father of
the Year in 1999 by the Kansas City Royals and the National Fathering Center.
Wasserstrom Award recipient
Black Health Care
Coalition award recipient
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