Vaughn-Trent Community Services, Inc.
300 Oak Street, Suite B
PO Box 75
Bonner Springs KS 66012
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 441-0461
Mission Statement
The purpose of Vaughn-Trent Community Services, Inc. is to assist people with basic needs within USD #204 (Bonner Springs/Edwardsville school district).
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rachael Nickerson
Board Chair Mr. Charles Grant
Board Chair Company Affiliation USD #204
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1989
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The purpose of Vaughn-Trent Community Services, Inc. is to assist people with basic needs within USD #204 (Bonner Springs/Edwardsville school district).
Background Statement
Vaughn-Trent Community Services, Inc. is a social services agency that serves residents of USD #204 (Bonner Springs & Edwardsville). We were incorporated in 1989, but we can trace our roots back to 1965 when we first distributed Christmas baskets. The agency is named in honor of the late Marion Vaughn, mayor and civic leader (Bonner Springs, KS) and the late Lindy Trent, mayor and civic leader (Edwardsville, KS).
Impact Statement
2017 Accomplishments:
  1. Distributing 200 Christmas baskets to low income families.
  2. Providing $11,455 of utility assistance to low income residents.
  3. Providing 10,755 pounds of food to residents.
  4. Launched a new Case Management program to help connect clients with additional services.
2018 Goals: 
  1. To increase utility assistance by offering a larger amount of assistance per family.
  2. To strengthen partnerships with local schools to ensure students are having their basic needs met.
  3. To see a decrease in repeat client because they no longer need assistance.
  4. To distribute 200 Christmas baskets to Bonner Springs and Edwardsville residents.
Needs Statement
  1. Funding for Utility Assistance Program – We are only able to provide $100-150 per household for utility assistance each year. Unfortunately, many bills cannot be paid with this amount and our clients cannot always pay the remaining balance. We would like to be able to assist with up to $200.
  2. Non-perishable food –VTCS depends on donors to provide food for our pantry. Though we gladly accept all non-perishable food donations, there is often a need for high protein foods.
  3. Funding for General Operations –VTCS has a great need for unrestricted funding. We struggle to pay for rent, utilities, and staff salaries. We need a second part-time staff member to work at the center, but cannot afford one.
  4. Marketing Assistance –VTCS serves many people, but we believe that we are still missing several potential clients. We also believe that we are missing potential donors because they do not understand our goals or even know that we exist. We would like to create marketing materials, but we are lacking in staff time and funds.
  5. Volunteers - Since our agency operates with few paid staff members, we depend on volunteers to operate. We would benefit greatly from having some volunteers with specific skill sets such as IT, marketing, building maintenance, or fundraising.
Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
We serve USD 204 which includes Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, and a small portion of Kansas City, Kansas.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
My name is Charles Thomas and I was appointed Board Chairperson of Vaughn-Trent in April of 2014. However, my acquaintance with the Vaughn-Trent organization goes back to its inception. Before retirement, I was an attorney in private practice and was asked by a group of dedicated civic leaders to help incorporate a new charitable organization. I gladly donated my time to do this.
The purpose of that new charity was to help low income families who resided within the boundaries of Unified School District 204 in Bonner Springs and Edwardsville, Kansas. As Attorney for the School Board since the mid 1970’s, I knew that the area encompassed by USD 204 was a relatively high poverty area where many good people and their children were wanting for the bare necessities; food, water, electricity, and gas for their furnace. This segment of the Kansas City area was, and still is, greatly underserved and Vaughn-Trent strives to meet these needs.
Historically, a large portion of the Vaughn-Trent income has comes from donors within the community, but times are changing. When the economy struggles two things happen; the need for services increases and the amount of giving decreases. We have had much more demand since the economic downturn, and less funds to meet that demand. We have even had to cut into our reserves which are quickly depleting. We have had to adjust the amount of utility assistance available to each eligible family, but this is a poor solution. If we are only able to provide assistance for a portion of the bill, the family still has to pay the remaining balance and this is not always possible. We need to end the spend down of our reserves, and to increase our cash position to meet the demands that today’s economic conditions. We are addressing this issue by planning new and different fundraising events, approaching local businesses, and applying for grants.
Despite our financial struggles, we have been able to provide assistance to many people in USD 204. Over the past 12 months, we have distributed over 12,000 pounds of food, paid out over $12,000 in utility assistance, given Christmas baskets to 200 households, provided school supplies to over 450 children, and averaged 35 households a day for free breads and pastries. Bonner Springs and Edwardsville have had some tough times, but we are a strong community that will continue to support one another as much as we can.
Charles Thomas
Board Chairperson
One of VT’s main services is food assistance. This program is available to all financially qualifying people that reside within the boundaries of USD #204 – Bonner Springs/Edwardsville. The amount of food distributed depends on the size of the family.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Short-Term Success Our short-term goal is to alleviate hunger for individuals and families in our area. When families receive a bag from our food pantry they are given a wide variety of food necessary for proper nutrition.
Long-Term Success
Over time, we hope to see fewer and fewer repeat clients. We hope that through our assistance, and often times the assistance of other agencies, they are able to become more financially secure and not need our services.
Program Success Monitored By
For our Food Assistance Program we monitor the following:
• Pounds of food distributed
• Number of households served
• Number of new households served
Examples of Program Success
We encountered a client when she was applying for food assistance. During her financial assessment, it was discovered that she was in an abusive relationship resulting in many health problems. Not only were we able to meet her immediate need for food, but we were able to teach her about how to end a violent relationship. We believe that when a client feels confident that he or she will not be hungry for a few weeks, then they can focus on meeting their other needs. In addition to providing food, we try to provide education and referrals to other social services agencies.
Description Vaughn-Trent provides a utility assistance program for individuals and families that are in immediate need. They must first participate in an intake interview and provide a photo ID for the “head of household” and Social Security cards for all other people residing in the home. A financial assessment is conducted and proof of income is required. Assistance is only available to those who financially qualify and can bring us an official utility shut off notice.
Category Housing, General/Other Housing Expense Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Short-Term Success The short-term success of this program is achieved when consumers are able to keep their water, gas, or electric services. This short-term goal is especially important in the very hot and very cold months of the year.
Long-Term Success Our goal is to help our clients during difficult times. By assisting them with a utility bill, we hope that they are able to put their funds towards remaining bills and other necessary expenses.
Program Success Monitored By
We track the following information to monitor our success:
• The dollar amount of assistance provided each month and year
• The number of households served
• The number of new clients, rather than repeat clients
Examples of Program Success
We recently encountered an older woman who needed assistance paying her gas bill. She said that she had 6 people in her household and she was the only adult. We discovered that her son was in jail and she had decided to take in all 5 of his children so they would not end up in foster care. Taking on 5 extra people very suddenly was challenging despite the fact that she had a job. She was confident that she would be able to provide for the children after she had a few weeks to adjust her spending. She came to us with an urgent need for utility assistance and we were happy to help. Once this need was met, the children were warm and the grandmother was able to focus on finding a higher paying job and filing for state assistance for the children.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Rachael Nickerson
Term Start Oct 2014
Compensation $0 - $50,000
Experience Rachael Nickerson has been the Executive Director of Vaughn-Trent since October 2014. She was previously employed as the Volunteer Coordinator at the City of Shawnee, Kansas and a Research Project Coordinator at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Rachael completed her undergraduate and graduate education at KU in the field of Social Work.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 10
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Charles Grant
Company Affiliation USD #204
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Mr. Peter Eggebrecht Edwardsville Christian Church
Ms. Jeannine Gallagher USD #204 (Retired)
Mr. Charles Grant Bonner Springs Methodist Church (Retired)
Ms. Jane Hanks Springs Properties
Ms. Mayzell Hickmon Childcare Provider
Ms. Tillie LaPlante City of Bonner Springs
Ms. Jonetta Mellott Bank Midwest
Ms. Kristin Moulin
Mr. Clausie Smith Former Mayor, Chieftain Editor (Retired)
Mr. Charles Thomas USD #204
Mr. Richard Tomlin
Ms. Chris Wood USD #204 (Retired)
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 6
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $70,608
Projected Expenses $70,480
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$33,053$27,581$33,994
Administration Expense$102,100$103,148$118,018
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.130.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses24%21%22%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$60,947$66,120$49,824
Current Assets$56,722$58,249$49,824
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,022$1,131$2,374
Total Net Assets$58,925$64,989$47,450
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities28.0551.5020.99
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Vaughn-Trent Community Services, Inc.
Address 300 Oak Street, Suite B
PO Box 75
Bonner Springs, KS 66012
Primary Phone (913) 441-0461
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rachael Nickerson
Board Chair Mr. Charles Grant
Board Chair Company Affiliation USD #204
Year of Incorporation 1989