LENEXA, Kan., January 22, 2018 – Grantham University awarded $3,000 each to six Kansas City-area charitable organizations at a reception in January at the main campus in Lenexa, Kansas. Grantham employees donate to the community grant fund and a representative employee group selects recipients each cycle.

Grantham Gives Back to local organizations

Jaqua Wilkins and Julius Wells from the Urban League of Greater Kansas City share how the Grantham Gives Back grant will assist their high school ACT preparatoin program.

“Grantham is dedicated to a culture of service and our Grantham Gives Back community grant is an important pillar of our service,” said Scott Andrews, president and CEO of Grantham University. “These six organizations embody the spirit of our community and will continue to make a tangible impact on the Kansas City area.”

The $3,000 grant awarded by Grantham supported Della Lamb’s holiday groceries programs for around 1,200 low-income families in Northeast Kansas City. Della Lamb Community Services provides a network of support services to assist low-income children and families, including: emergency social services, early education child care, refugee resettlement, youth tutoring services and job preparation.

The second grant recipient, El Centro, Inc., serves more than 18,500 members of the Latino community in Kansas City through early education programs, economic empowerment classes, healthcare navigation and advocacy. Funding from the Grantham community grant will provide incentives, materials and training for El Centro’s Financial Literacy classes and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

Offering comprehensive ministry and marketplace response, The Global Orphan Project invests in communities to break the orphan cycle. In March 2015, GO Project launched “CarePortal,” a collaborative network between churches, non-profits and child welfare agencies who work to increase resources available for at-risk children and their families. Grantham’s community grant will equip local leadership to serve the community and mobilize support using the CarePortal software.

The fourth grant recipient is the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, which will use the funds to provide academic coaching and learning resources for 25 economically disadvantaged inner-city students. Founded in 1919, the Urban League’s mission is to “enable African Americans and other disadvantaged persons to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.” The League does so through several strategies, including its college readiness services and ACT Test Prep Courses.

Two additional grant recipients focus on services for military veterans and families. Grantham University was founded in 1951 to help veterans improve their lives through higher education and now proudly serves a broad population of adult learners.

Pets for Vets pairs veterans with a shelter dog that has been rehabilitated to fit the veteran’s lifestyle and specific needs. The organization provides a “second chance” for shelter pets by rescuing and training them for companion care. Heroes United is a support organization for Gold Star Families in Kansas and Missouri that hosts morale events for surviving family members of U.S. service members who were killed in action. With the $3,000 community grant, Heroes United will provide three book scholarships of $1,000 to surviving Gold Star Family members who are full-time university students.

The next grant application cycle for qualified organizations closes April 1. To learn more, visit https://www.grantham.edu/grantham-gives-back-fund-grant-guidelines/.

About Grantham University: Grantham University was founded in 1951 by Donald Grantham, a World War II veteran with a vision to make education achievable for military service members and veterans. Throughout the past 67 years, Grantham’s commitment to serving those who serve with affordable, accessible higher education has evolved into a culture of service that extends to all adult learners. The university’s ability to help students achieve their dreams through education is enabled by its unique approach and devotion to comprehensive student support, and its continual advancement in line with changing technologies.

Accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected distance learning university. The 100 percent online university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate certificates and degree programs.