On October 17th, host Craig Lubow speaks with Rob Whitten, Executive Director of the Jackson County Children’s Services Fund about their work and the fact that the Jackson County Legislature recently passed an ordinance placing a one-fourth cent tax on the November 8th ballot to fund the Children’s Services Fund of Jackson County Missouri.  Craig and Rob will be sure to inform listeners what the Fund does and why it is so very necessary.


There has been a steady renewal of a funding source obtained for at least 10 years but it comes up for renewal every 3 years.  Advocates for the welfare of children in Jackson County will want to make sure that it gets passed.  A YES vote is critical.

The Children’s Services Fund (CSF) provides financial support to organizations promoting kid’s mental health and social-emotional well-being in Jackson County.  They help our community’s children and families thrive. So do you. Through a tiny sales tax, we can make a big impact together. Voter approved in 2016, the CSF has awarded over $68 million in support of over 100 projects across 77 partners through a sales tax.  Only one eighth of one penny from sales tax will continue this good work.

Rob Whitten has undergraduate and graduate degrees in clinical psychology, as well as being a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri.  He began his work in the children’s services arena as a therapist working with adolescents. Over time he moved from direct practice to clinical leadership before becoming the chief executive for two treatment centers providing services to children, youth and young adults. Rob has a strong understanding of the impact of trauma on children and has worked for over a decade to increase the community’s capacity around trauma-informed care and resilience. As a past service provider, he understands many of the challenges faced by the organizations who seek support from the Children’s Services Fund and is eager to partner with them as they pursue their mission to improve the lives of children in Jackson County.

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Calendar for the week of October 17th:

  • The Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants has a monthly virtual meeting. MO CURE advocates for the human rights of prisoners in Missouri prisons and jails as well as those who have returned to society.   For info call Keith Brown El at 816-377-2873.
  • You can find Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense events at https://momsdemandaction.org/events/.  Open to all, Mothers and others!
  • Do you know about Amendment 4 on the Missouri ballot? This dangerous proposal would strip Kansas City of even more community control over local law enforcement. Join More² in calling voters to urge them to VOTE NO!  There is also phonebank opportunity for immigration issues.  Contact https://more2.org/
  • TUES, Oct. 18th 1 PM, you can attend Empower Missouri’s Clean Slate Town Hall on Zoom. Local and national business leaders will be sharing their support for Clean Slate legislation as a smart business choice for Missouri’s economy. Today, over 1.9 million Missourians from all walks of life face barriers to jobs, education, housing and other basic necessities because they have an arrest or conviction on their record.  https://empowermissouri.org/events/virtual-town-hall-business/
  • WED, Oct. 19th, 5:30 PM, Get Out the Vote Gala at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS, hosted by Mainstream Coalition, tickets required.  https://www.mainstreamcoalition.org/events_public
  • Forum for Missouri House Districts 19/20/21/29 Candidates (Jackson County): 6:30 PM, an online event  LIVE STREAMED & RECORDED FREE registration at https://us02web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_QV0NtlQ1RpmYPZSUzWLTnw All candidates have been invited, but not all have accepted
  • THURS, Oct. 20th, 5 – 7 PM, KC Mothers in Charge Hope and Healing for Survivors of Homicide Support Group meets at 3200 Wayne AVE, KCMO. Call 816-912-2601 or email [email protected] to learn more.
  • SAT, Oct. 22nd, 7 AM, Outpace Poverty 5K/RUN/WALK: Registration begins at 7 am, Race at 8, Avila University, 11901 Wornall Rd, KCMO. Hosted by Catholic Charities – KCSJ Proceeds from Outpace Poverty 2022 benefit the programs and services provided by Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Register https://www.athlinks.com/event/205909
  • A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at https://lawrenceprogressivecalendar.blogspot.com/

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