Help Wanted: Americorps VISTA member to serve as community organizer

Kansas City's Urban Neighborhood Initiative is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA member to serve as a community organizer beginning in early November 2015 and continuing for one year.

Once selected, the AmeriCorps VISTA member will work to build the capacity of 9 neighborhood organizations in collaboration with the Urban Neighborhood Initiative, a nonprofit organization established to revitalize neighborhoods in Kansas City’s urban core.

The UNI Neighborhood Organization VISTA will:

Fresh Produce Available at Ivanhoe Farmers Market

The Ivanhoe Neighborhood Association invites you to attend their farmers market held every Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. through September 25th at 3700 Woodland Avenue.

Available for purchase: fresh tomatoes, collard greens, beets, potatoes, herbs, berries, squash, zucchini and onions, all grown locally and chemical free. Enjoy live entertainment, artisan crafts, a kids play area and free lemonade. The event will be moved indoors during times of heat advisories.

Urban Neighborhood Initiative Receives Safe Communities Grant From Menorah Legacy Foundation

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) has received a Menorah Legacy Foundation grant in support of the organization’s Safe Communities initiative. Safe Communities will focus on eight square blocks of the Historic Manheim Park neighborhood selected based on crime statistics. The initiative is designed to fight crime and create healthy, livable communities through increased law enforcement presence and community organizing and engagement. The project is a collaborative effort between the Urban Neighborhood Initiative, Manheim Park and the Kansas City Police Department.

Urban Neighborhood Initiative Receives Grant for Connecting Neighbors Project from the William T. Kemper Foundation

The William T. Kemper Foundation has awarded the Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) a grant in support of its Connecting Neighbors project. The Connecting Neighbors project will work to eliminate the digital divide by harnessing a three-pronged approach: access to computers, wireless technologies, and technology skills training for disadvantaged communities in the UNI service area.

Community Members Expand Skills by Becoming Certified In Mental Health and First Aid

On May 26 and 28, more than twenty participants from community based organizations participated in an eight hour Mental Health First Aid training course facilitated by the Urban Neighborhood Initiative.

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Participants acquired skills, resources and knowledge to help individuals in need or in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help resources.

UNI Welcomes Eight Little Free Libraries in Competition

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative service area is home to eight new Little Free Libraries designed by teams from the Pillars, the young professional arm of the American Institute of Architects – Kansas City.

Early Learners Registered for UNI Literacy Programs on Read UNIted Day

On Saturday May 22, 120 volunteers canvassed 2,000 houses in the UNI to spread the word about two United Way Programs – The Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) and Success By 6 – now available in the Urban Neighborhood Initiative service area thanks to UNI fundraising efforts.

UNI Expands Service Area Borders

The UNI has expanded its service area and now covers from 18th to 52nd Streets and Troost east to Prospect Ave. UNI’s previous boundaries were 22nd Street to 52nd Street and Troost to 71 Highway. The board voted to make this change based on the fact that Prospect is a major corridor in the urban community and a more natural boundary for UNI efforts. In addition, the expansion allows UNI to include all of the Wendell Phillips and Ivanhoe Neighborhoods that were previously only partially included.

UNI Sponsors Vacant Housing Conference

On Friday March 27, 2015, the Urban Neighborhood Initiative sponsored Vision 2020: Transforming Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places at the KCP&L Energy Center in downtown Kansas City.

Participants came from a range of organizations including but not limited to neighborhood organizations, the City of Kansas City including the Land Bank, the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, nonprofit and for profit financial institutions, community development organizations, developers, and faculty from the University of Kansas City.

KC Star: Sleek modern designs will guide new Manheim Park neighborhood housing


In 2013, Kansas City set out to transform the abandoned and decrepit Bancroft Elementary School into beautiful apartments, complemented by ultramodern apartment buildings next door.

Now, the neighborhood is headed to the next level.

Six local architecture firms are teaming up to bring the same revival to a model block in the Historic Manheim Park neighborhood, mixing sleek contemporary new houses with the century-old existing homes across from Bancroft in the 4300 block of Tracy Avenue.


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