The theme for Women’s History Month is, “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence,” which truly defines KidsTLC’s founders, JCYM Johnson County Young Matrons!
Rather than build a clubhouse to host luncheons and bridal showers, this incredible group of strong, caring women raised funds to fill an unmet need in our community. They heard and answered the desperate cry for temporary housing for neglected and abandoned children waiting to be placed in foster care. KidsTLC (known then as T.L.C.: Temporary Lodging for Children) received its 501c3 nonprofit designation on this day in 1971 and opened the doors of the first home in 1972.
While KidsTLC has grown significantly over the years and now focuses on mental/behavioral health, autism and family support services, we remain committed to fulfilling the mission of these visionary women by transforming lives in our community!
So, during Women’s History Month, on the anniversary of our nonprofit status, KidsTLC recognizes and thanks JCYM for their selfless care and endless support!
Johnson’s County Gazette
August 10, 2018 Issue
From Dee Ann Attaway, JCYM Publicity Committee
Johnson County Young Matrons invites women in our community to go to its website at www.jcym.net, and watch the two minute video that walks you through its philanthropies. JCYM’s mission is to promote a positive future for members of our community through volunteerism, financial support and education. Working on behalf of its philanthropies, JCYM’s 250 members give 20,000 hours annually. JCYM has given more than $3,000,000 to organizations in our community since its beginning in 1961.
Coming up on September 12th is JCYM’s Informational Tea for women who may be interested in learning more about the organization and joining. In addition to the hours members donate to its philanthropies, there is a fun component which includes opportunities to make new friends and spend time in numerous social activities. For information about the Informational Tea, contact Membership Chair, Barb Cook at 913-908- 9993, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rodrock Foundation Announces Sponsorship by Johnson County Young Matrons
Posted in the April, 2018 Issue of the Rodrock Foundation Newsletter
Johnson County Young Matrons, JCYM, was organized in 1961 by fifty-one women. It is an all-volunteer women’s non-profit service organization dedicated to philanthropic and educational service to Johnson County. Over the years, JCYM has contributed over $3,000,000 from fundraising events to a wide variety of organizations and over 20,000 volunteer hours annually. What makes JCYM unique is that 100% of our fund-raising proceeds go to our philanthropies.
JCYM Gives Back to Community
Philanthropy has been the foundation of JCYM from the beginning. JCYM has offered support for numerous philanthropies, often creating programs to fill needs that are identified in the community. This was first illustrated when, in 1972, members voted to donate the money they had been saving for a clubhouse to meet an urgent need for emergency shelter for children. Members purchased a home, staffed it, and Temporary Lodging for Children, now Kids TLC was born.
A second example of recognition of a community need was the sponsorship and partnership in 2018 of the Rodrock Foundation, dedicated to children aging out of the Foster Care System, as JCYM’s newest philanthropy. JCYM members will volunteer for a variety of Rodrock Foundation projects such as the Christmas Holiday Party, monthly birthday parties, high school graduation celebrations, care packages for Foster Youth going to college and filling back packs for the beginning of school in the fall.
In addition to these projects, JCYM’s over 200 members provide support to six other philanthropies through financial donations, over 60 service projects annually and educational scholarships. Currently, JCYM focuses on the following organizations:
Kids TLC, Inc.
Evergreen Living Innovations, Inc.
Friends of Shawnee Indian Mission
Growing Futures Early Education Center (formerly Head Start of Shawnee Mission)
Johnson County Christmas Bureau
Darol Rodrock Foundation
Through these organizations JCYM provides support ranging from infants at Growing Futures to senior citizens at Evergreen Living Innovations.