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

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 763-3277 103
Fax 816- 763-5785
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
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Cash donations are welcome and can be provided by mailing a check or donating online. In-kind donations of non-perishable food, toiletries and cleaning supplies are accepted. Donations of gently used clothing and small household items are also welcome as are donations of new, seasonal items such as school supplies and gift items for our holiday store. Volunteers are always needed. Volunteer opportunities include sorting, shelving and preparing food donations, office help with reception duties or other administrative tasks, garden volunteers during the growing season and holiday store assistance.
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 for increased donations, volunteers and exposure.
  • We served 3,379 unduplicated individuals in 2018, nearly 1,000 more than 2017.
  • We increased the number of clients served with food, emergency rent, emergency utilities assistance, diapers and medical supplies.
  • We are now a fully client choice pantry, supporting client dignity and healthy choices and minimizing waste.
  • We increased community partnerships with other nonprofits, churches, civic organizations and businesses. 


  • 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 or employment classes, senior or single mom activities.
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
Geographic Area Served Narrative 64030 within Hickman Mills School District, 64114 85th Street south, 64131 85th Street south, 64132 85th Street South, 64134, 64137, 64138 85th street South (Kansas City only), 64139 85th Street south, 64145, 64146, 64147 and 64149
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 provides this range of services for struggling, low-income families. CAC partners with Harvesters to provide food, 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 case management to help clients work toward self-sufficiency which may include various referrals and interventions. 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 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 to help them stabilize their living situation. These services include:
  • Housing assistance - rent and utility assistance
  • Temporary emergency housing (one week)
  • 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 $450,000.00
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 and provide other services that meet immediate food or medical needs, as well as providing clothing and other documents to help toward education and employment.
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 2018, food was provided to 3,031 unduplicated individuals. The value of food provided was $124,025.
    • Homelessness was prevented by assisting 407 individuals with $46,780 in utility assistance.
    • Homelessness was prevented by assisting 125 individuals with $34,038 in housing assistance.
    • Through our partnership with Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet, we assisted 214 individuals, increased from 75 in 2017, with $44,829.44 in emergency medical assistance such as prescriptions, eyeglasses, hearing aids, durable medical equipment and emergency dental services.
    • Good, used clothing valued at $32,684 was provided to nearly 2,000 individuals.
Supportive services are provided to older adults to help them stay in their home and community.  These services include:  
  • Emergency medical assistance such as prescriptions, durable medical supplies, emergency dental care and diabetic supplies.
  • Food pantry and clothes closet services.
  • Other resources and referrals.
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
Program Frequently Assessed 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
Approximately 20% of CAC's clients are 55 or older. 
  • These programs provide emergency services and other support for economically challenged residents in south Kansas City, MO, particularly rent and utilities assistance, and resources and referrals to help clients work overcome barriers and work toward self sufficiency.
  • CAC is a key partner in Impact Hickman Mills and Impact Center school districts programs to reduced student homelessness.
  • CAC was the nonprofit partner that facilitated the mobile food pantry coming to Ruskin High School in Hickman Mills.
  • Developing a series of classes on a variety of subjects to be 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 service 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
Program Frequently Assessed 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 information about resources or referrals, or educational services that will allow them to develop the skills or resources to become self-sufficient.
Program Success Monitored By
Program results and numbers are monitored through the MAACLink database.
Examples of Program Success
  • In 2018 CAC served 1,522 unduplicated children from nearly 1,000 households with critical services.
  • CAC is a critical partner with Impact Hickman Mills and Impact Center programs to reduce student homelessness.
  • 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, South Kansas City Chamber, South Kansas City Alliance.

CAC’s programs primarily address immediate, emergency needs. However, CAC intends to be more proactive and comprehensive in assessing the needs of clients and helping provide the information that can help clients access other services and overcome barriers. For example, CAC can help clients get a driver’s license or ID, or access and fill out a SNAP or Medicaid form, or find transitional housing, or connect with health services. While CAC cannot provide long-term intensive services in a lot of areas, CAC can help clients find and follow up on resources that can help them overcome barriers on the path toward self sufficiency.

Category Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Individuals and familieswill find and stay engaged in resources that will help them overcome barriers and work toward self sufficiency.
Long-Term Success
Those clients 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 emergency 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
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
Co-CEO Experience
Former CEOs
Damion Alexander-
Carol OwsleyJuly 1983 - Oct 2016
Senior Staff
Title Programs Coordinator
Experience/Biography Julie has significant in social services, including Harvesters and in the state of Kansas.
Title Strengths-Based Case Manager
Title Emergency Assistance Case Manager
Title Receptionist
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 60
Retention Rate 50%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 3
Caucasian 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 5
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, Center School District, Impact Hickman Mills and Center programs, Kansas City Police Department - South Patrol, South Kansas City Alliance, South Kansas City Chamber, Grandview Chamber, Harvesters - The Community Food Network, Kansas City Medicine Cabinet, Happy Bottoms, Giving the Basics, City of Kansas City Mo., LINCWorks, Vocational Rehabilitation, Full Employment Council, many churches and neighborhood associations
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  $641.645. 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 with this range of services physically located in south Kansas City. 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 BlandMcDaniel Hazley Group
Madeleine CardarellaFederal Public Defenders, Western Mo. District
Ronna Holloman-HughesFederal Public Defenders, Western Mo. District
Bill Humenczuk
Reverend David McDanielHolmeswood Baptist Church
Representative DaRon McGeeMissouri House of Representatives
Anna Marie MerrittShook Hardy & Bacon
Zangi MitiUMKC
Judge Martina Peterson16th Circuit Court of Jackson County
John SharpRetired City Councilman
Teresa TannerHickman Mills School District
Pastor Cassandra WainwrightHeaven Sent Outreach Ministries
Reverand Steve WilliamsSt. Luke's United Methodist Church
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 7
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%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
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, 2018
Fiscal Year End May 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $641,645
Projected Expenses $641,645
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 5/31/2018, 2016, 2015: 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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$136,407$0$145,590
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$112--($222)
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$34,004--$17,341
Revenue In-Kind$282,184--$222,847
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$470,992--$511,966
Administration Expense$128,771--$73,512
Fundraising Expense$4,235--$11,745
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.93--0.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%--86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$269,738--$299,461
Current Assets$266,218--$220,364
Long-Term Liabilities$0--$0
Current Liabilities$17,175--$29,886
Total Net Assets$252,563--$269,575
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities15.50--7.37
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%--0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount $136,404-- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $71,740-- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $36,906-- --
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.
Other Documents
Annual Report2017View
Annual Report2015View
Annual Report2013View
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