A Christmas Message from Lauren Solidum, President & CEO

The challenges that many families experience today are similar to those that Mary and Joseph faced on their journey to Bethlehem. Families in need are searching for hospitality; someone to welcome them and treat them with love and dignity. They need help to feed, clothe and shelter their children. Most of all, they want the knowledge, skills and [...]

2022-12-14T13:34:26-06:00December 14, 2022|

Ways to Give This Holiday Season

This Christmas, we lift up our hearts with gratitude for generous donors such as yourself. Your compassion, kindness, and trust in our mission enables us to put love into action and fund over 30+ programs that serve the most vulnerable populations in our communities. If you feel so inclined to give back this holiday season, [...]

2022-12-14T13:34:08-06:00December 14, 2022|

Snow Ball Provides Ongoing Relief to Communities in Need

OVERLAND PARK, KS – The Overland Park Convention Center will be hosting the 49th Annual Snow Ball benefiting Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas on Saturday, January 21, 2023. Kevin and Pam Kramer and Nelson and Marcia Newcomer will serve as the evening’s Presidents and Honorary Presidents, respectively. The black-tie gala will include a cocktail [...]

2022-11-21T14:44:20-06:00November 21, 2022|

14th Annual STA Food Drive Raises Critical Funds & Donations

For over a decade Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School has organized an annual canned food drive benefiting Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. All donations go towards re-stocking our Hope Distribution Center warehouse, which supplies food to all seven of our Family Support Center food pantries and the Resource Bus program that serves our rural [...]

2022-11-11T14:19:25-06:00November 11, 2022|

Thanksgiving Turkey Drives Feed Families in Need

Over 2,500 frozen turkeys and holiday trimmings are expected to be collected for families this Thanksgiving, thanks to the generosity of community partners, parishes across the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, and the wealth management company, Creative Planning! Local parishes and Creative Planning host annual turkey drives the weekend before Thanksgiving. During the drives, [...]

2022-11-11T14:19:33-06:00November 11, 2022|

Atchison Kindness Carnival Bears Fruit . . . and Protein and Diapers

Monthly parish-based collections generate thousands of pounds of critical food and hygiene donations for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and literally serve as a lifeline for the needy who patronize our eight food pantries. But daily donations from individuals and families who feel compelled to contribute and serve are just as essential. If you want to get [...]

2022-10-17T13:14:13-05:00October 17, 2022|

Talented Volunteers Carry Out the Mission of CCNEK

Hope Hero Shout-Out Jim was a recently retired project manager. Looking for opportunities to give back, he came across a volunteer opening within our Facilities department. When Jim came to the administrative office, for the official volunteer interview, he saw a verse from the Gospel of Matthew up on the wall. “For I was hungry [...]

2022-10-17T13:14:15-05:00October 17, 2022|

Help Catholic Charities Fight Hunger, One Family at a Time

by Lauren Solidum Special to The Leaven “For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things” (Ps 107:9). In Kansas, one in every 10 people is food  insecure, meaning that they are unsure where their next meal will come from. This figure includes over 100,000 children. In a country like the United [...]

2022-10-17T13:14:19-05:00October 17, 2022|

Putting Love Into Action

In Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict XVI describes the “unbreakable bond between love of God and love of neighbor” (no. 16). The experience of God’s love, he says, should move us to love our neighbors, in whom God is present. In the same way, Pope Francis notes: “A prayer that does not lead you to [...]

2022-09-20T10:29:04-05:00September 20, 2022|