Blue Springs Jaycees
The Blue Springs Jaycees is a volunteer group which serves the community by partnering with local businesses and organizations to make a difference. Members are 21-39 years old and take part in various projects, events and social functions of their own choosing. Members are free to decide how involved they become.
The Jaycees raise money through annual BBQ sales at the Fall Fun Fest and a fireworks tent around the fourth of July.
For more information, call 816-229-1958.
Blue Springs Rotary Club
The Blue Springs Rotary Club is part of District 6040 of Rotary International. The club raises thousands of dollars each year, which it donates to charitable causes. Blue Springs Rotarians are involved with the Rainbow Center, Hope House, the School of Economics, the YMCA, the Community Services League, Hillcrest Ministries, the Blue Springs Historical Society and Boy Scouts. The club not only has a huge effect on the surrounding community, but also joins with Rotarians across the world to serve those in other countries. Former projects have included collecting shoes for children in South America and sending members to assist rural Romanians.
For more information, contact David Witt at 816-655-6555.?
Elks Lodge is a non profit organization with between 600 and 700 members in Blue Springs. The Elks are involved with various volunteer projects. At Christmas time, the lodge buys presents for underprivileged children, it also assists with special olympics each year, hosts fundraising banquets, gives out scholarships, and helps to pay the bills of certain community members who are in need.
Prospective members must be 21 years old. For more information, call 816-229-6081.
The Kiwanis Club in Blue Springs has about 25 members, and is associated with key clubs at local high schools. The organization primarily focuses on children and promotes education in a number of ways. Local Kiwanians raise money for scholarships and organize a Christmas party for the special education class at Blue Springs High School. They also volunteer with the Chicago Street Lights fundraiser and ring bells for the Salvation Army.
For more information, contact John Burke at 816-220-6620.
The Lion’s Club is an international community service organization dedicated to serving those in need. They are known for conducting vision and health screenings, building parks, supporting eye hospitals, awarding scholarships, assisting youth, and providing help in time of disaster.
Locally, Lions are involved with helping people afford eye screenings. They also collect used glasses to be recycled and sent overseas.
Their main fundraiser is a candy sale, which usually takes place outside of Hy-Vee.
For more information, contact President Robert LeVasseur at 816-690-4354.
St. Mary’s Medical Center Auxiliary
The Auxiliary is a service organization which brings support to the St. Mary’s Medical Center and the surrounding community.
Several volunteer-run fundraisers occur each year. the Butterfly Ball is a black tie event, the St. Mary’s Golf classic is a golf tournament, and Violet’s Country Kitchen is a holiday event including a baking contest.
The Auxiliary not only provides service, but also gives $10,000 a year in scholarships to area high school students pursuing degrees in medicinal fields. The money for these scholarships is raised at the annual fundraisers.
For more information about volunteering, call 816-655-5363, or contact Vicky Riesselman at 816-795-8222.
Sunset Optimist Club
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The Optimist Club is geared toward helping local youth. The twenty-eight members of the Blue Springs Optimist Club sponsor fishing derbies, scholarships, essay contests, oratorical contests, and help raise awareness about child safety by donating informational packets to hospitals.
For more information, contact President Bob Eddington at 816-229-0494.