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Nurture KC

Happy 2021! Get the new year started off right by utilizing these helpful resources. From quitting smoking, to child-proofing your home, to accessing breastfeeding support, we cover a wide range of topics at nurturekc.org/resources.

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Check out Nurture KC’s latest news and a quick recap of our 2020 highlights at http://conta.cc/3b6LMJM. Thanks to everyone who supported our organization this year. We appreciate YOU!  

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Nurture KC is hiring a part-time administrative assistant. This open position is 25 hours per week in our office — located at 1111 W. 39th Street — from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Duties include: reception/phones, membership maintenance, database coordination and board of directors liaison. We are looking for a good communicator […]

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Distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is one of the most ambitious immunization campaigns ever conducted in the United States. Vaccine maker Moderna appears poised to win authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine just days after Pfizer-BioNTech did the same. The information overload on the vaccine trials and roll out can be overwhelming. We have you covered with one overview on what you need to know. Simply click “read more” below …

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Today, on Giving Tuesday, Nurture KC is asking for the community’s help to rally around our Giving Tuesday 2020 effort and, in turn, the vulnerable families we support through our Healthy Start program. These families have been hit disproportionally hard by COVID-19, as many lost their jobs in the hospitality industry as waiters, cooks, hotel maintenance workers and more.

“Every dollar we raise today stays in KC to help our local families. Every single donation matters and directly helps our moms and babies, who are struggling right now,” says Tracy Russell, Executive Director of Nurture KC. “We have been supporting our families with services throughout the pandemic, such as providing some food and diapers, but it’s just not enough.”

Anyone can give at www.nurturekc.org/givingtuesday2020 and donations are tax-deductible.

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: A day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, this idea has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

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Our November News

Nurture KC News November 30, 2020

November was a busy month for us! Check out our November News , including: 1) How you can support our Giving Tuesday campaign and the families we serve this holiday season. 2) A recap of our recent Legislative Quarterly Meeting where we decided our 2021 policy priorities and learned from speaker Gina Chiala. 3) Why we are advocating for a ban on flavored tobacco products in KC, MO. 4) A look at some new partners for our organization. If you’re not a member of Nurture KC, you can always join here.

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A big thank you to the Wyandotte Angels and the Kansas City Kansas Police Department (KCKPD) for providing groceries to 24 families in our Healthy Start program. Your generosity means so much, especially right before Thanksgiving!

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Our Fall has been busy! This monthly newsletter, covers:

• Learn how your vote impacts our families
• Register for our Legislative Quarterly Meeting
• See our adorable safe sleep contest winners
• Welcome Shelby Ostrom to our staff
• How our Fall flu clinics helped immunize the KC community

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With several school districts heading back to in-person learning this week, the time is right to remind the public to get their flu shots. Nurture KC is offering 10 free drive-through flu clinics throughout Kansas City in partnership with Walgreen’s, which has provided the vaccines. The next clinic is Wednesday, Oct. 7, at St. James United Methodist in Kansas City, Mo. See the entire clinic schedule here.

“Each October the Mid America Immunization Coalition (MAIC), which is an entity of Nurture KC, coordinates free flu clinics for underserved populations within the KC metro,” says Tracy Russell, Executive Director of Nurture KC. “This effort has never been more important than this flu season with COVID-19 cases on the rise across Kansas City. It’s a scary scenario. We want to help people prepare and want everyone to have the chance to be vaccinated if they choose. Quite simply, vaccines save lives.”

Nurture KC shows how immunizations save lives through a new immunization story bank on its web site featuring these local stories:

Andy Marso – “I almost died from Meningitis”
Jenny Dioszeghy – “My infant got Measles”
Curtisha Anderson – “Lupus weakens my immune system and puts me at risk”

“The bacterial infection had released toxins which were burning through my blood vessels. Blood could not get to my extremities. Three weeks later, when I woke up (from a coma), my limbs were in bad shape – essentially rotting away while still being attached to my body,” says Marso. “I’ll never forget when my bandages were removed and I saw what was left of my hands and feet for the first time. Awful doesn’t begin to describe it … Nothing could prepare me for the experience.”

Nurture KC promotes family health through community planning, education, advocacy and collaboration with organizations addressing infant and maternal mortality, immunization and child safety. Nurture KC is committed to health equity for all families – regardless of race, place or circumstance.

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