Whether it is a food and blanket donation to the Animal Shelter, a donation to the City’s growing arts classes or the sponsorship of a memorial bench in one of our parks, our residents have shown, time and again, that they are some of the most generous in the region.

To help support that generosity, the Raymore City Council this past January voted to form the Raymore Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit aimed at supporting those programs where our residents have a special vested interested.

The Council formed the foundation to specifically support special projects in the Arts Commission, Parks & Recreation Department, Police Department and Animal Shelter. Residents have always been able to donate, but with the foundation, each donation will come with a tax deduction and recognition from the City for their kindness.

One of the first major campaigns that will be undertaken by the foundation will be fundraising for the new inclusive playground at Hawk Ridge Park that will provide a play space for all children regardless of physical or sensory disabilities. It would be the first inclusive playground in Cass County and one of only three in the entire Kansas City metropolitan region.

“The foundation will be a key partner in helping us fundraise for the additional amenities,” Parks & Recreation Director Nathan Musteen said. “A playground that welcomes all children is simply the right thing to do for our residents and the region.”

To make a donation or to learn more about the Raymore Community Foundation, contact Communications Director Mike Ekey at 816-892-3109 or MEkey@Raymore.com.