Kansas City Volunteer-Staffed Recycling Center Funding Threatened!

[tweetmeme]As a supporter of BTG, I want to pass along this information:

For 19 years, Bridging The Gap volunteers and staff have been an essential part of the Kansas City Community Recycling Center experience. Bridging The Gap, in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, recruits, trains and manages a dedicated corps of volunteers – more than 600 a year – to help their fellow Kansas Citians divert valuable material from area landfills.

Bridging The Gap’s helpful volunteers provide many benefits to Kansas City recyclers. They provide assistance to patrons needing extra help, information about how to recycle and information on how to live a greener life, helping Kansas City reach its goal of becoming one of the greenest regions in the country. Bridging The Gap volunteers and staff are the smiling face of environmental action in Kansas City.

The expertise of Bridging The Gap’s staff and the relationships they’ve developed over the years make it possible to accept materials for recycling and reuse that go beyond those collected through Kansas City’s curbside recycling program, such as Styrofoam™, compact fluorescent light bulbs, egg cartons, ink jet and toner cartridges, scrap metal, household items for donation, cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, packing materials and more.

But the funding for that assistance and expertise is threatened. The current Kansas City, Missouri budget proposal does not include funding for Bridging The Gap to operate the Recycling Centers, but only enough for a bare-bones approach using City staff. This loss would adversely affect the service the citizens of Kansas City have come to expect at their Community Recycling Centers.

Please help keep Bridging The Gap operating the Community Recycling Centers.

How you can help:

SHOW UP. Please attend and express your opinion at one of the following budget hearings:

  • Saturday, Feb. 20, 10:00 AM–Noon
    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 11 E. 40th St., Kansas City, Missouri
  • Thursday, Feb. 25, 6:00-8:00 PM
    Plaza Middle School, 6501 N.W. 72nd St., Kansas City, Missouri
  • Saturday, Feb. 27, 10:00 AM–Noon
    Shoal Creek Police Academy, 6885 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Wednesday, March 3, 7:00–9:00 PM
    Hillcrest Community Center, 10401 Hillcrest Road Kansas City, Missouri

CALL the City Council at 816-513-1368.

E-MAIL the City Council. E-mail addresses may be found at www.kcmo.org, then click on the “City Officials” button, then “City Council.”

We appreciate any assistance you can give us in getting our message heard by City officials. Thank you for your continued support for volunteer-staffed, Bridging The Gap-operated Kansas City Community Recycling Centers.

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