Community Assistance Council
10901 Blue Ridge Boulevard
Kansas City MO 64134-2757

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 763-3277 103
Mission Statement

Community Assistance Council empowers individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency through the delivery of direct emergency assistance, education and advocacy.

CEO/Executive Director Rachel V. Casey
Board Chair Mr. John Sharp
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired City Councilman
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1976
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Community Assistance Council empowers individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency through the delivery of direct emergency assistance, education and advocacy.

Background Statement During the Christmas season of 1972, two churches in the Hickman Mills area, Ruskin Heights Presbyterian Church and Longview United Methodist Church, joined together to help some of their less fortunate neighbors. They began with a food pantry supported by donations from their congregations. It was evident, however, that there was an ongoing need for a food pantry. With the organization and opening of a year-round food pantry, the need for other services became apparent. In 1974, Community Assistance Council was formed by a larger coalition of churches in the belief, that by working together, they could better serve their neighbors. Community Assistance Council was incorporated on September 13, 1976, as a private, not-for-profit, emergency assistance agency. The services were provided by volunteers until 1983 when the first staff person was hired. Community Assistance Council has grown as the needs in the area have grown. Schools, organizations and individuals within the area provide both financial and in-kind support.
Impact Statement


  • We increased partnerships with local churches, businesses and organizations.
  • We served more individuals in 2017 than 2016.
  • In partnership with Food Equality Initiative, we have the first pantry for persons with food allergies and celiac disease.


  • Focus on diversifying and increasing funding. Increase number of grant applications and fundraising activities/events.
  • Create efficiencies that would allow us to serve more clients more services without increasing staff or fixed expenses.
  • Improve outreach, connections and awareness in the community.
  • Continue to explore new avenues for volunteer recruitment.
  • Explore capacity-building options including space, staff, equipment and transportation needs.
  • Consider implementing programs such as life skills classes or employment classes.
Needs Statement
  1. Unrestricted funding to meet the increasing needs of families in the community.
  2. Volunteers to pick up, sort and shelve donations and to fulfill pantry and clothing pickups. Also need volunteer for general front office, janitorial and garden help.
  3. Donations of nonperishable food items and personal care items.
  4. Volunteers to serve on Board committees to help monitor and improve programs and finances and to help plan and execute special events and fundraisers.
Service Categories
Human Services
Food Banks, Food Pantries
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
CAC serves the southern area of Kansas City, Missouri, primarily south of 87th Street and the Hickman Mills School District. CAC serves all of 64134, 64137, 64145, 64146, 64147 and 64149, and part of 64030, 64114, 64131, 64132, 64138 and 64139. Most of CAC's clients come from 64134, 64137 and 64138.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The Community Assistance Council has served a vital need in the south Kansas City area since its founding in 1976. CAC is the only agency physically located in southern Kansas City that assists struggling, low income families. CAC partners with Harvesters to provide food, the Food Equality Initiative to provide gluten- and allergy-free foods, Happy Bottoms to provide diapers, Giving the Basics to provide hygiene items, Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet to help with medical equipment and medicines, in addition to rent and utilities assistance and strengths-base case management to help clients work toward long-term self-sufficiency which may include coordinating educational programs and employment assistance. Unfortunately, the need for assistance from CAC is growing at a rapid pace and many clients have to be turned away, due to CAC's insufficient resources. The Board meets regularly and strictly oversees all operations and budgeting via planning, budget, personnel and governance committees. In addition to meetings, the Board attends annual retreats to develop and monitor the agency's strategic vision and plan. CAC continues to be an essential, vibrant organization, and with additional funding CAC could become even more strategic in its efforts, turn away fewer clients and use its efficiencies to expand its services to better serve our community.
This program is targeted to prevent homelessness by assisting families with critical emergency services and Strengths Based Case Management to help them stabilize their living situation. These services include:
  • Housing assistance - rent and utility assistance
  • Emergency medical assistance through a partnership with Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet
  • Food pantry services
  • Clothes closet - particularly for school or employment
  • Educational classes targeting basic life skills 
Program Budget $0.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Families, Homeless
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success This program will assist participants in preventing eviction/foreclosure or a disconnection of utilities.
Long-Term Success Families or individuals in this program will maintain a stable living situation. 
Program Success Monitored By Use MAACLink database to see if clients continues to need services.
Examples of Program Success
  • In calendar year 2017, food pantry services were provided to 3,840 individuals.  The value of food provided was $129, 156.60.
  • Homelessness was prevented by assisting 211 unique individuals with $ 20,241.68 in utility assistance and 59 individuals with $11,213.04 in housing assistance. 
  • Through our partnership with Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet, we were able to assist 75 individuals with $ 27,578.07 in emergency medical assistance such as prescriptions, eyeglasses, hearing aids, durable medical equipment and emergency dental services.
  • Good, used clothing valued at $ 50,769 was selected by families.
Supportive services are provided to older adults to help them stay in their home and community.  These services include: 
  • Meals on Wheels in partnership with the Mid America Regional Council.  As the volunteers deliver the meals each weekday at noon, they also provide a well-being check and report any concerns to our program coordinator.
  • Emergency medical assistance such as prescriptions, durable medical supplies, emergency dental care and diabetic supplies.
  • Food pantry and clothes closet services.
Program Budget $20,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success
Older adults are able to remain safely in their homes.
Long-Term Success Through supportive services, area senior citizens are able to remain self-sufficient in their homes.
Program Success Monitored By
Program results and numbers are monitored through the MAACLink database.
Examples of Program Success
  • In 2017, through our partnership with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), we provided 6,194 hot noon meals valued at $27,253.60 to 37 area residents.
  • In 2017, MARC implemented changes to the Meals on Wheels program by giving recipients the option of receiving cold meals for the entire week on one day or continue to receive hot meals throughout the business week. The majority of our recipients opted to continue with hot meals.
  • Most of the recipients have been in our program for an extended period of time. Very few leave our program to go to a long-term facility.
  • We have been asked by the MARC (the Area Agency on Aging) to take on additional meal recipients and continue to work to increase the number of volunteer drivers so that we can increase the number of meals provided.
  • These programs provide both emergency services and longer-term support for economically challenged residents in southern Kansas City, MO, particularly rent and utilities assistance, and strengths-based case management to help frequently returning clients work toward self sufficiency.
  • In partnership with Harvesters-the Community Food Network and area churches, we coordinate the BackSnack program for students in the Hickman Mills School District. We were also the nonprofit partner that facilitated the mobile food pantry coming to Ruskin High School in Hickman Mills.
  • Educational classes on a variety of subjects are available to clients and to the community in general.  These classes can include topics such as budgeting, low-cost nutritious meal preparation, job search, etc.
  • We have computers available for area residents to use for resume preparation, on line applications and job search.
  • We have volunteer opportunities, including community services opportunities (school or court-ordered) for residents to serve in their community.
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success
Families or individuals will be able to avoid the upheaval, including possible homelessness, relocation, children changing schools and loss of deposits, when CAC can help provide rent assistance; families will be able to avoid the loss of deposits, disruption in basic functioning and additional costs of setting up new utilities when CAC can provide emergency utilities assistance. Families can keep healthy food on the table, and stretch budgets to meet other needs, when CAC provides food through the monthly food assistance program. Keeping babies, through Happy Bottoms diapers, and mostly elderly through Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet, healthy, are also indicators or short-term success.
Long-Term Success
Families or individuals will receive short-term assistance needed to prevent a crisis and receive educational or supportive services that will allow them to develop the skills or resources to become self-sufficient. Our strengths-based case manager particularly works with frequently returning clients to help them identify barriers and opportunities for them to work toward becoming self-sufficient.
Program Success Monitored By
Program results and numbers are monitored through the MAACLink database.
Examples of Program Success
  • In 2017 we served 1,062 unduplicated children and 761 households, representing 2,454 unduplicated individuals with critical services.
  • CAC was the nonprofit partner of the Harvester's Mobile Food Pantry delivery of a full semi-truck of food to Ruskin High School (Hickman Mills School District).
  • CAC connected with families at open houses for Hickman Mills School District, Kansas City Police Department South Patrol, Blue Ridge Library, to name a few.
Many of these programs overlap with others to help families and individuals become self-sufficient.  The foundation for the self-sufficiency programs begins with Strengths Based Case Management.  This program is designed to assist families who are homeless, near homeless or are in chronic economic crisis.  Families or individuals commit to a minimum of 6 months in the program.  During this period, they assess their strengths and develop goals to build on those strengths and improve any areas they feel are weak.  The Case Manager helps them determine steps to achieve self-sufficiency. Educational programs include low-cost, healthy cooking, budgeting, gardening, etc.
Category Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Short-Term Success
Families involved with Community Assistance Council will learn new skills to improve their living situation and encounter fewer "crisis" moments.
Long-Term Success
Those participating in programs will require fewer emergency services.
Program Success Monitored By
Program results and numbers are monitored throught the MAACLink database.
Examples of Program Success
Families receiving services through CAC request services less often.
CEO Comments Community Assistance Council started as a food pantry and has worked very hard through the years to develop programs that meet the changing needs in the area. We have a Board committee, Client Services, that reviews ongoing programs and evaluates the need for new programs. We continually talk with our clients and solicit their input regarding programs they believe would be helpful.  One of our challenges includes tracking clients to see if our services have made a significant impact in their lives.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Rachel V. Casey
Term Start Apr 2018
Compensation $0 - $50,000
Experience Rachel Casey has worked in nonprofit communications, fundraising, administration, programming and grantwriting for 30 years, with organizations from the Kauffman Foundation to providing consulting services to nonprofits with no full-time staff. She served as interim director of the Grandview Assistance Program, CAC's sister pantry and human services agency in Grandview. She has served on the Grandview C-4 Board of Education, including two years as president, and has been involved in many school organizations, as well as Grandview and South Kansas City Chambers of Commerce
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Co-CEO Experience
Former CEOs
Damion Alexander -
Carol Owsley July 1983 - Oct 2016
Senior Staff
Title Strengths-Based Case Manager
Title Chief Financial Officer
Title Program Coordinator
Title Emergency Assistance Case Manager
Paid Full-Time Staff 4
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 20
Paid Contractors 0
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 5
Caucasian 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 6
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Hickman Mills C-1 School District, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, South Kansas City Alliance, Mid-America Regional Council, Harvesters - The Community Food Network, South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet, LINCWorks, Vocational Rehabilitation, Full Employment Council
Agency of the YearHarvesters - the Community Food Network2016
Excellence in Nonprofit LeadershipSupport Kansas City2013
Greater Kansas City Compassionate Capital Fund Collaboration Project - a capacity building projectMidwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership2010
Network Partnership Pantry AwardHarvesters - the Community Food Network2009
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
Community Assistance Council has been serving low-income families in South Kansas City for over 40 years and currently has a budget of  $543469. Remarkably, it remains very much a community-based and community supported organization. We receive most of our in-kind donations and unrestricted funds from local churches, organizations, schools and individuals. Most of our volunteers live in or have strong ties to this community. We are the only agency located physically in the southern Kansas City area. The agency is committed to addressing the dramatically increasing needs of the people living in this community. Community Assistance Council is very proud of being able to adapt programs to meet the changing needs of the community.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. John Sharp
Company Affiliation Retired City Councilman
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Board Members
Rodney Bland McDaniel Hazley Group  
Pastor Darron Edwards United Believers Community Church
Candace Gordon Carestaf, Favorite Healthcare Staffing
Bill Humenczuk
Reverend David McDaniel Holmeswood Baptist Church
Representative DaRon McGee Missouri House of Representatives
Zangi Miti
Lisa Moore Paseo Baptist Church
Judge Martina Peterson 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County
John Sharp Retired City Councilman
Douglas Smith Doug Smith and Associates
Nicole Williams Hickman Mills (C-1) School District
Nicole Williams Hickman Mills School District
Reverand Steve Williams St. Luke's United Methodist Church
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 8
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments
Community Assistance Council has served low-income families in southern Kansas City for over 40 years. The needs of our area are more widespread and more complex than in previous times. Our largest challenge is finding the funds to support the activities necessary to meet the needs of the community. CAC is also outgrowing its current office space. But there is also tremendous opportunity with the business growth in our service area of south Kansas City. CAC has undergone some staffing challenges in the last year plus. But now we have a full staff of experienced nonprofit professionals who are committed to bringing CAC full capacity to this community.
Fiscal Year Start June 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End May 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $543,469
Projected Expenses $547,802
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 5/31/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/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$145,590$189,918$260,083
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses($222)$123$68
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$17,341$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$222,847$230,324$226,316
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$511,966$497,874$561,929
Administration Expense$73,512$69,901$64,196
Fundraising Expense$11,745$12,732$16,012
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.931.071.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%86%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%3%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$299,461$335,998$297,191
Current Assets$220,364$262,478$227,213
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$29,886$23,418$24,773
Total Net Assets$269,575$312,580$272,418
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.3711.219.17
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --City of Kansas City, Missouri $193,976
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Ruskin Heights Lutheran Church $60,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Admin $47,162
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments Our budget includes in-kind donations used to serve clients, as well as in-kind donations of discounted rent or services.
Organization Name Community Assistance Council
Address 10901 Blue Ridge Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 641342757
Primary Phone (816) 763-3277103
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Rachel V. Casey
Board Chair Mr. John Sharp
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired City Councilman
Year of Incorporation 1976