By: AdminTags: Bike Month, BPU, community gardens, Feed-a-Family, Girl Scouts, minor home repair, RISE, Rosedale Master Plan, Summer Youth Employment
Dec 22, 2016
Thanks to support from the Rosedale community, a lot was accomplished in 2016. Here is a look back at some of the most meaningful moments we shared with you this year.
- We hit the ground running in January with the Reading Inspirational Stories to Empower (RISE) program. In 2016, 17 volunteers read stories about the Civil Rights Movement and social justice issues to 37 elementary and middle school classrooms. For 2017, we already have 63 classrooms signed up to participate! (To sign up as a volunteer reader, give us a call at 913-677-5097 or email email@example.com. As of this post, we still need about 40 volunteers.)
- In 2016 the Rosedale Girl Scouts troop really took off. Troop 1685 participated in a 5K run, sold cookies, volunteered at animal shelters, created tons of art, and a whole lot more. Thanks to the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri for partnering with us to empower Rosedale girls!
- Rosedale celebrates its history this year with our second historical exhibit, “The Land We Live On.” About 50 community members joined us to learn the many ways our community’s infrastructure has changed. From changing boundary lines and street names to urban development, Rosedalians explored our community’s story through urban planning.
- In May, RDA celebrated Bike Month, thanks to partnerships with BikeWalkKC, Mid-America Regional Council, Boulevard Drive-In, and the Brain Injury Association. Staff members and volunteers taught bike safety, repaired bikes, handed out free bike helmets, and community members rode their bikes to watch “The Princess Bride” under the stars.
- RDA also highlighted its community gardens this year with a garden party in April and a community cook-off in July. Both events were hosted in Rosedale’s community gardens and helped introduce more residents to all the things the gardens can offer. 2016 also included the planting of an orchard and rain garden at Fisher Park, a butterfly garden at Early Street, and the launch of the Christopher Webb Community Garden. Thanks to Kansas City Community Gardens, the Giving Grove, Prairie Ecosystems Management, and our terrific volunteers for making it all happen!
- In June, the community came together to discuss the results of the Rosedale Community Survey at “Dinner with your Data.” Over 90 residents RSVP’d for the event and the evening was full of valuable discussions to help RDA determine our community’s priorities.
- Over the summer, the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities supported another great year of Summer Youth Employment. Thanks to the BPU’s support, 11 Rosedale youth were placed in local businesses for their first job.
- RDA’s Minor Home Repair program repaired 10 homes in 2016 thanks to Christmas in October, the University of Kansas Hospital, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and our amazing volunteers.
- Volunteers, businesses, and residents stepped up once again in November for our annual Feed-a-Family program. Thanks to the many donations that we received and people willing to meet the need, we were able to help 46 families – which was a little over 200 people.
- Finally, in December the Unified Government’s Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to adopt the Rosedale Master Plan. After obtaining feedback through the Rosedale Community Survey and more than 10 community meetings about the plan, this was a huge achievement for Rosedale – and it happened because of you.