You can help: Do good and feel good

by Cathi Hahner

The United Way office has recently had requests from people needing help with yard work because they are unable to do it themselves and simply cannot afford to pay the commercial rates. Nonprofits are also looking for that additional assistance to keep up with the facilities during the summer months. If you have a few extra hours to help, it would mean so much to these folks. You might consider doing it as a family group or a small group from church or work? Doing physical labor outside is a good way to not only do good for others but to do something very good for you.

You might start by looking around your neighborhood. Is there a neighbor too busy making ends meet, caring for a loved one or just physically unable to tackle the lawn and gardens? Maybe you and your family can help get the property in shape. You feel good because you helped someone; and you feel good because you got your hands dirty, a dose of vitamin D, burned up some calories and you improved the neighborhood. Not a bad exchange for a couple hours of work outdoors. You can also check with your neighborhood association. They might have some neighborhood work days planned. Neighbors working together to help each other and to help maintain common or public areas in the vicinity is a great way to build community.

The struggling nonprofits in our community often need the help of volunteers to do outdoors maintenance or help in the community gardens. Their facilities and grounds need to be kept risk free and inviting to the staff and clients. Check with your favorite non-profit to see if they need your help. You can also call me if you don’t know of a local non-profit.

The Boy Scouts have Camp Naish near Edwardsville. A facility that is big and used by many area Scouts always needs sprucing up. For more information on how you can help with projects go to team. They have a list of established work days.

For information on how you can give, advocate and volunteer, contact Cathi Hahner at 913-371-3674 or at Visit the web site for volunteer opportunities at

Cathi Hahner is the director of volunteer services at the United Way of Wyandotte County.

Faith news

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The Evangelical Free Church of America will hold a youth challenge conference from July 6 to 10 in Kansas City, Mo. Nearly 5,500 youth are expected to attend. About 5 percent of the total attendees are expected to be from the Kansas City area. They have scheduled volunteer work while here.

Grandview Christian Church, 8550 Parallel Parkway, is collecting canned goods for Help 3:17, a local food pantry.

Grinter Chapel United Methodist Church Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. June 28 at 7819 Swartz Road. The meal includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert: Adults, $8; kids under 10, $4.

The International Body of the Church of God in Christ, headquartered in Memphis, will hold its Auxiliaries in Ministry convention June 30-July 4 in the Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, Mo. The convention will draw delegates from outside the region as well as church members from Kansas City, Kan., and Mo.

“Scripture Study, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling,” a regular weekly series facilitated by pastoral minister, Heather Neds, is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. This weekly Bible study group is based on the upcoming scripture readings from the Common Lectionary. There will be time for reflection, sharing and journaling. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Living Water United Methodist Church, 3001 N. 115th St., plans an evening Vacation Bible School July 13-17 for preschool through fifth grade children. The theme is “Weird Animals.” To enroll, visit or call 913-400-7203.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th, is planning a rummage sale July 16-19. The sale may include clothing, household items and tools.

An Italian dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at St. Patrick Catholic Church parish center, 94th and State Avenue. The dinner is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Salad, lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs, homemade Italian cookies with coffee, tea and lemonade will be available. Donations are $9, adults; $6, children under 10.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., will observe the third Sunday after Pentecost June 29. Services in English will be at 10 a.m. with services in Spanish at 1:30 p.m. Members will be urged to invite guests using social media.

Slight chance of storms in forecast today

Today there will be a slight chance of thunderstorms, followed by a chance of strong storms on Saturday.

A 20 percent chance of storms and rain is in today’s forecast from the National Weather Service. The high will be 87 degrees, and winds will be from 11 to 17 mph with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight, there is a 30 percent chance of storms.

Storms are more likely Saturday, with a 60 percent chance of rain and storms.

Storms on Saturday may be strong to severe, especially in the evening, the weather service said. The primary threats will be large hail, damaging winds, and locally heavy rainfall.

During the day Sunday, the weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

A 30 percent chance of showers and storms returns Sunday night.

On Monday, there is a 50 percent chance of rain, with a high near 90.