With the NAIA Gives program, NAIA employees are encouraged to take time off during business hours to give back to the community, allowing our employees to live out the NAIA core values - Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship and Servant-leadership.
Lendsey Thomson and his wife Alisha started fostering dogs in Oklahoma after the devastating tornado that hit Moore in 2013. Since that time, the Thomson’s have fostered nearly 200 dogs in Oklahoma City through the Bella Foundation and in Kansas City, Missouri through the Great Plains SPCA. Lendsey is pictured here with Kiko, a pit bull mix found inside a sealed plastic container with his siblings at just a few weeks old. The Thomson’s fostered Kiko first and ultimately decided to welcome him full time to their pack of two other rescue dogs. Lendsey wants you to know the rescues are full of vibrant, beautiful dogs that would love nothing more than to be saved by you!Read more
More information about these organizations:
The Great Plains SPCA mission is to drive change in our community through innovative programs that promote adoption, outreach and a better life for pets and the people who love them. Learn more: www.greatplainsspca.org.
The Bella Foundation's mission is serving as a lifeline of support, hope, and care for the people of Oklahoma and their pets. Learn more: www.bellaspca.org.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lori Hemphill has volunteered her design skills and website expertise to several small churches, helping them set up their virtual worship services. From creating custom graphics, to setting up YouTube channels, to monitoring the weekly livestreams. Lori enjoys helping these churches and other small non-profits during these unusual times. Over the years, she has donated much of her time to help her own church, Reformed Presbyterian Church of Shawnee, with their web design and publishing needs.
Leah W. McCormack, Vice President of Business Development and Eligibility Services, joined the Kansas City Civic Orchestra (KCCO) Board in the 2019-20 season in her pursuit to give back to the non-profit and art worlds. The KCCO’s solid 60-year history drove her to want to be involved.Read more
About Kansas City Civic Orchestra:
The Kansas City Civic Orchestra is an all-volunteer orchestra that is comprised of amateur and professional musicians with one thing in common – a love for music! Learn more: www.kccivic.org/.
Lynn Parman serves on the Board of Governors for Missouri State University. Appointed by Governor Parson to serve a six-year term to a nine member board that has full authority to adopt all the rules and regulations for the guidance and supervision of the university. She loves that she has the opportunity to give back to her alma mater that has made such an impact on her life. Lynn has been serving in leadership roles for non-profit organizations in and around the Kansas City Area for the majority of her career.Read more
Board of Governors for Missouri State University:
Missouri State University is under the general control and management of the Board of Governors, which according to statutes of the state of Missouri, possesses full power and authority to adopt all needful rules and regulations for the guidance and supervision of the university. More on the board of governors: https://www.missouristate.edu/bog.
Josh Smith and Marc Plummer
Josh and Marc assembled supply and care packages in their home to give to families in need during the novel coronavirus crisis through the organization, Freedom Fire Urban Ministries. They were able to provide assistance to 8 families.Read more
About Freedom Fire Urban Ministries:
Freedom Fire’s mission is strengthening the young people of the inner city by equipping them to guide the community spiritually, economically and socially. More on Freedom Fire: https://www.freedomfire.org.
Paige is on the Stephanie Waterman tennis foundation board. This foundation's mission is to provide opportunities through tennis, for underserved children throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, to better themselves through a positive learning environment that promotes academic excellence, personal responsibility, character development, and leadership skills. Paige’s passion is tennis – she loves to coach, play and being on the foundation giving youth an opportunity to learn and play the long life sport of tennis.Read more
About the Stephanie Waterman Foundation:
More information on the Stephanie Waterman Foundation here: https://swftennis.org/.
Mike has volunteered for the past four years as a softball and basketball coach in the KC area.
Mike also puts on three high-level softball tournaments each summer as a fundraiser for the Madison Higgins Memorial Scholarship fund, which awards a college scholarship to a college bound softball player. This June will mark the sixth annual scholarship award.Read more
About the Madison Higgins Memorial Scholarship fund:
More information on the Madison Higgins Memorial Scholarship can be found at longlivemaddi.com.
Hannah participates in the Liberty Meals on Wheels program. At a young age, Hannah was introduced to the program when her Grandma Fischer had Hannah volunteer with her for a local Meal on Wheels program. Now Hannah enjoys delivering meals and doing safety checks in Liberty, Mo., with her friend Hailey Kellerstrass, coordinator of the program.Read more
About Liberty Meals on Wheels:
Liberty Meals on Wheels delivers much more than just a meal to its recipients. At the core of the service is a nutritious meal, friendly visit and safety check for seniors living within the city limits of Liberty. In 2019, an average of 67 meals per day were served compared to 59 meals in 2018. Additionally in 2018, Liberty Meals on Wheels served 16,370 meals to 142 unduplicated clients over 243 days!
The new year brings a new program aimed to help recipients with furry friends. In 2020, Liberty Meals on Wheels partnered with Great Plains SPCA and launched Meals on Wheels Loves Pets Too program. Learn more at https://www.libertymissouri.gov/1528/Meals-on-Wheels.
Dan participates in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Kansas City. Dan and his little - Michael - like to go to sporting events, play video games, and watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies.Read more
About Big Brothers Big Sisters KC:
STANDING TOGETHER TO DEFEND POTENTIAL
Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City works to clear the path to a child’s biggest possible future by matching them with a caring, adult mentor in a one-to-one friendship. “Bigs” help “Littles” ignite, empower and defend their potential by standing with them. Last year, 99% of the Senior Littles graduated high school, 83% reported improved self esteem and 71% reported improved grades since being matched. Learn more at bbbskc.org.