Shawnee Community Services
11110 W 67th Street
Shawnee KS 66203
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 268-7746
Fax 913- 268-8886
Mission Statement
The mission of Shawnee Community Services is to offer a hand up to the less fortunate in the Metropolitan area. This hand up includes deep compassion, food, clothing, emergency financial assistance for shelter, utilities, health care and advocacy.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Sylvia Terry
Board Chair Mr. James M. Sheeley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Attorney
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1982
Former Names
services limited
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer There are many ways to donate.  Walk-in with cash, check, credit / debit card.  Mail a check.  Online at, use the donate button through a credit card or PayPal.  We take all kinds of in-kind donations of food and good, usable household items.  There are a number of volunteer opportunities available either at our location or offsite.  To volunteer please call or come in for a brief interview so that we can determine the best opportunity for you or your group.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The mission of Shawnee Community Services is to offer a hand up to the less fortunate in the Metropolitan area. This hand up includes deep compassion, food, clothing, emergency financial assistance for shelter, utilities, health care and advocacy.
Background Statement
After years of volunteer work Evelyn VanKemseke knew the needs of her community. In 1983 she founded Community Center of Shawnee, Inc. She got 10 families together to purchase 15 acres in western Shawnee. The property had 2 buildings and lots of potential!
They got busy quickly and began designing their ideal complex. It would have a pool with a retractable cover, a community center, small theatre, basketball court, kitchen and a library. It would house after school daycare, art and recreational programming. Shawnee Community Services is a 501 © (3) not for profit, non-governmental organization without religious affiliation. Their motto is working together to make the future bright.
SCS first provided after school day care. When they found children were going to bed hungry they solicited grocery stores to donate bread and peanut butter. This was the beginning of addressing hunger in the community.
The pool became a reality with the help of SCS volunteers that went door to door to get the votes needed to pass the bond issue. The Board donated the land for the pool. SCS continued to work towards having a community center.
When staff noticed the families needed clothes, they began taking donations and provided the clothing without charge to anyone in need. Evelyn helped the families budget, stretch their groceries and plan ahead. She met with churches, other organizations and governmental agencies to brainstorm solutions to the problems of poverty in the community.
By 1990 the City was ready to develop the Civic Centre and the SCS property was a prime location. SCS moved their operations to the current location. The building was an old convenience store with no room to continue the day care. They focused on food, clothing and emergency assistance and quickly outgrew the space. They raised funds to purchase an adjacent property for a future building.
In 2000 SCS set a bodacious goal of ending hunger in the Metro area by 2020. A key component of the plan was to build a 10,000 sq. foot building. As they worked to raise the proposed $1 million, costs spiralled. By 2010 costs estimates reached $2 million. And the old building was quickly deteriorating. They did a quick redesign of 5,000 sq ft. With $500,000 raised and Metcalf Bank financing for the balance, ground was broken. On May 6, 2013 the new building became a reality.
Shawnee Community Services has achieved much in 35 years. Our challenge is to make our operations financially sustainable while continually adapting to the needs of the community.
Impact Statement
  1. Increased pantry capacity by another 10% (33% prior year)
  2. Additional increase to the grocery recovery program 
  3. Converted Free Bread Aisle to Our Daily Bread by adding deli, fresh produce, pizzas, sandwiches and more…
  4. Provided free clothing, free shoes, free furniture and household goods
  5. Provided three free books to each child on each visit
  1. Hire additional employees and recruit more volunteers
  2. Repair and/or replace computers, phones
  3. Put in place long term financing for mortgage and pay down principal
  4. Increase assistance to help prevent homelessness
  5. Reduce food insecurity in the Metro
Needs Statement
  1. Additional volunteers & shoppers
  2. Add one staff person $10,000
  3. Business plan
  4. New donors
  5. Cover the receiving corral for additional storage space
Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
In 2000 Shawnee Community Services set a bodacious goal of ending hunger in the Metro area by 2020. A key component of the plan was to build a 10,000 sq. foot building to enable better storage, collection, processing and distribution of large quantities of food and clothing to those in need.
Working with architects and contractors they designed the new facility. The estimated cost was $1 million. A major fundraising campaign was begun. In 2008 with a major downturn in the economy and costs spiralling, SCS pressed on. By 2010 cost estimates had climbed to $2 million. A determination was made to scale down to a smaller building. The new design provided 5,000 square feet at a cost of $1 million. With over $500,000 raised and commitments from subcontractors for reduced fees or donated work, SCS moved forward and Metcalf Bank stepped forward with financing for the balance.
Ground was broken in April 2012 and on May 5, 2013 the new building opened. With more than double the original space, there was a “real” pantry equipped with walk-in freezer and refrigeration, warehouse and receiving space, offices and resale space! This was a major success.
This has enabled SCS to dramatically scale up food and other donations along with the grocery recovery programs. Previously volunteers and staff collected food daily from stores and restaurants, now significantly increased pickups require many volunteers and 2 box trucks making pickups 6 days a week. Pickups start at 7 am and run to 9 pm.
New challenges include needing many more volunteers and more staff to manage the growing donations and increased operational expenses. To address these challenges we have taken on extra duties including scouting grant opportunities. Our Volunteer Coordinator also increased her duties spending an increased time networking and recruiting volunteers. Together we are also recruiting golfers, sponsors and prizes for our annual fundraising golf tournament.
Among other challenges are the needs to raise funds to payoff the existing mortgage providing more funding for operations, hire more staff including a Development Director, grow garage sales revenues and find additional grant sources as we continue to increase our capacity.
We have achieved a lot in our 33 years of operations even as the need has grown and changed. We are challenged to answer the need and make our operations financially sustainable.
  • Once monthly pantry box assistance consisting of canned and boxed staples, frozen proteins, fresh produce, cookies, eggs and dairy as available.
  • Emergency pantry assistance on an as-needed basis. These boxes are made available for clients of Johnson County and Wyandotte County mental health workers along with requests from local hospitals for patients facing hunger when released.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success Our clients say how much they appreciate the quantity and quality of food they have to serve to their families. They indicate they are learning to utilize new items in their meals. They are especially grateful that we have been able to include fresh produce and more protein.
Long-Term Success
Although we know that some seniors and families with disabilities in our program will be ongoing clients our goal is to help clients with their short term needs due to loss of job(s) or health concerns that cause great strain to family budgets.
Program Success Monitored By We receive frequent feedback from our clients and the social workers involved in our program that we are fulfilling the most basic of needs for people who would otherwise be unable to eat themselves or to feed their families.
Examples of Program Success
A young, single mother with cancer recently passed leaving 4 young children for her mother to care for. She left no funds to help with their care as every asset she had was used up caring for her before she passed. This grandmother has not yet been able to get qualified for any assistance for the grandchildren and came to us for emergency help with food and clothing. She has a low paid, hourly job herself and this is a huge strain on her budget and beyond her ability to provide all their needs. 
A single mother with 5 children was diagnosed with breast cancer and the doctors were asking $4,200 before they would proceed with the biopsy. She has an hourly job that does not provide health insurance and she came to us having to decide whether to pay rent or buy food! We not only were able to help her with food but we helped her with advocacy to find where in the Metro area she could get help with treatment options.
Advocacy is often a part of the services we provide. Many of those coming to us find themselves in this position for the first time and don’t know where to turn and what types of assistance are available.
Description Recycling: Waste not, Want not - is our model and we recycle everything possible from food, clothing, household goods, appliances and furniture for free and at garage sale prices. In addition we recycle aluminum (especially soda cans), cardboard, newspaper, plastic and tin. The funds from this recycling help pay our utilities.
Category Environment, General/Other Recycling
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success People and businesses from throughout the community don’t throw away things they no longer need but rather donate these items for reuse, resale and recycling.
Long-Term Success
With recycling free clothes, shoes and coats we help our clients and their children with their basic needs for clothing. With the garage sale pricing on other household goods, appliances, furniture, and seasonal items, we help them stretch their budgets and provide items they would otherwise be unable to obtain. The aluminum recycling helps them help us continue to offer services in our community.
Program Success Monitored By Clothes and household recycling is very successful as we have a steady stream of clients that have continued to grow and grow over the years. People continuously thank us especially for children clothes as this is particularly expensive because children outgrow their clothes so fast. The Aluminum recycling provides us with needed income that pays our water bills and contributes to our other utility bills.
Examples of Program Success We are able to provide clean used coats to our clients because several dry cleaners in our community donate freshly cleaned coats (and other clothes) that are abandoned by their patrons. People are so grateful for great looking items that they are proud to wear.
The reading nook is outfitted with small chairs and filled with age appropriate, good condition donated books for our youngest clients. Each child is encouraged to take one book on each visit. Often there is a small toy to encourage them to take the book.
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success Kids rush to the book nook looking for new books. Their parents thank us for providing books that they would otherwise be unable to supply.
Long-Term Success
The goal is to engage young children in learning to read. Helping them prepare for school and/or to increase their ability to read.
Program Success Monitored By We hear regularly from parents and grandparents how much the kids enjoy looking at the pictures, reading the books and asking the adults about what they’ve read or to help them to read the books.
Examples of Program Success Having had the program in place for many years, we now have older children and teenagers come back to report how much they appreciated the books and how it encouraged them to read.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Sylvia Terry
Term Start Jan 2016
Sylvia Terry has been the Executive Director at Shawnee Community Services for 18 years under Founder/CEO Evelyn VanKemseke (deceased).
Former CEOs
Ms. Evelyn M VanKemsekeOct 1982 - Nov 2015
Senior Staff
Title Executive Director
Title Volunteer Coordinator
Title Receiving Manager
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 100
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan No
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. James Sheeley
Company Affiliation Retired Attorney
Term Oct 1983 to Apr 2019
Board Members
Mr. Lanny BachtleCommunity Organizer
Mr. Ronald D. CaveRetired
Ms. Vicki CharlesworthCity of Shawnee Deputy City Manager
Rev. Craig GibsonPastor Shawnee Presbyterian
Ms. Lindsey HalesCentral Bank of the Midwest
Mr. Nick JordanSecretary KS Dept of Revenue
Mr. Robert A. Knight C.P.A.Vision 360 Resources
Mr. Greg SeeleyRetired
Mr. James M. SheeleyRetired Attorney
Mrs. Sylvia TerrySCS
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $272,000
Projected Expenses $269,000
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$50,707$28,320$30,126
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$248$257$187
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$20,575$26,050$8,318
Revenue In-Kind$969,711$842,469$701,126
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,233,747$1,089,411$904,069
Administration Expense$46,008$45,865$65,491
Fundraising Expense$34,330$44,774$43,726
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.970.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%92%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,237,379$1,261,940$1,311,072
Current Assets$34,288$29,324$43,907
Long-Term Liabilities$488,340$515,780$527,637
Current Liabilities$25,235$18,584$15,699
Total Net Assets$723,804$727,576$767,736
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.361.582.80
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets39%41%40%
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 Comments An audit is scheduled annually but not completed before August 15th.  The Form 990 is prepared at the same time.
Other Documents
Organization Name Shawnee Community Services
Address 11110 W 67th Street
Shawnee, KS 66203
Primary Phone (913) 268-7746
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Sylvia Terry
Board Chair Mr. James M. Sheeley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Attorney
Year of Incorporation 1982
Former Names
services limited