Dec 172014


The Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health, Inc. (Kansas CAC or CAC for short), is honored and excited to announce that our organization is the recipient for Kansas of the 2014 Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” program.

The following is the announcement that was made on Tom’s of Maine website today (December 17, 2014) at .


We asked you to nominate a nonprofit in your area that’s making a difference for people and the planet and we’re delighted at the response!

After reviewing the nominations, our judges have chosen recipients for $10,000 in Tom’s of Maine sponsorship funding in every state and the District of Columbia. Special thanks to everyone behind the nominations and the nonprofits for creating positive change in communities coast-to-coast.

A little ingenuity can bring lasting, positive change to a community and our 2014 50 States for Good recipients demonstrate how the kernel of an idea can become something everyone is talking about. In November 2014, we awarded one 501c (3) nonprofit organization in every state and the District of Columbia with a combined total of more than $500,000 in project funding. And you helped to choose them! Thanks for your nominations! Each organization will make a difference in their community thanks to your support. Read about them below.

50 States For Good 2014 Recipients
Nonprofit City, State
Friends of Campbell Creek Science Center Anchorage, AK
Druid City Garden Project Tuscaloosa, AL
Lucie’s Place Little Rock, AR
Treasures 4 Teachers Tempe, AZ
What’s Mine is Yours Concord, CA
Phamaly Theatre Company Aurora, CO
hawkwing, Inc. Glastonbury, CT
Common Good City Farm Washington, DC
Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids Hockessin, DE
In Jacob’s Shoes Pompano Beach, FL
Books for Keeps Athens, GA
Giving Back Mentoring Paia, HI
Young Women’s Resource Center Des Moines, IA
Framing Our Community Elk City, ID
Safe Humane Chicago Chicago, IL
HearCare Connection Fort Wayne, IN
Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health, Inc. Wichita, KS
Grow Appalachia Berea, KY New Orleans, LA
Found in Translation Medford, MA
Extra-Ordinary Birthdays College Park, MD
My Place Teen Center Westbrook, ME
Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. Farmington, MI
Manna Market Fridley, MN
St. Louis HELP St. Louis, MO
Stewpot Community Services Jackson, MS
Red Lodge Area Community Foundation Red Lodge, MT
Mothers and Their Children, Inc. Raleigh, NC
Metigoshe Ministries Bottineau, ND
Cross Training Center Omaha, NE
Copper Cannon Camp Franconia, NH
Seer Farms Jackson, NJ
Dental Care In Your Home, Inc. Albuquerque, NM
Goodie Two Shoes Foundation Las Vegas, NV
City Growers NYC Long Island City, NY
Riders Unlimited Oak Harbor, OH
Full Circle Adult Day Center Norman, OK
Libraries of Eastern Oregon Moro, OR
ASAP – After School Activities Partnerships Philadelphia, PA
House of Hope Community Development Corporation Warwick, RI
Palmetto Project – Begin With Books program Mount Pleasant, SC
NAMI South Dakota Sioux Falls, SD
Strings for Hope White Bluff, TN
Elves and More Spring, TX
Karma Bike Shop Magna, UT
Angel Wheels to Healing Virginia Beach, VA
Vermont Woodlands Association Rutland, VT
Growing Veterans Lynden, WA
Faith, Hope, & Love, Inc. Racine, WI
Boys & Girls Club of The Eastern Panhandle – Morgan County Unit Martinsburg, WV
Sheridan Angels Sheridan, WY

The Kansas CAC is a non-profit organization that educates, advocates, and collaborates with community partners on behalf of those with having a lived experience of having a mental illness, and finding success and recovery in their lives.  The CAC was founded in June, 2000, and is recognized by the State of Kansas and SAMHSA as the Statewide Adult Mental Health Consumer Network in Kansas.  Board of Directors, Staff, and Members are persons with a lived experience of having a mental illness.

The CAC works closely with the Consumer Run Organizations (CROs) in Kansas, Wichita State University, University of Kansas, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council (GBHSPC), SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), international partners in Australia, Japan, and the Netherlands, and numerous other agencies and advocacy groups in Kansas and across the US.

The program that the CAC was nominated for that touches lives of many consumers across the state of Kansas is the annual Recovery Conference that the CAC hosts/sponsors each year.  This annual conference has touched the lives of over 1,000 Kansas Adults over the years, and has greatly impacted lives, and helping to make informed choices on Recovery with living with a Mental Illness.  The award money will be used to impact participants who attend the 2015 Recovery Conference in June.

Other programs of the CAC include:  Trauma Informed Care Curriculum (“So You Want to Change the World?”, Leadership in Action Academy, Leadership for Empowerment Academy, “Get Healthy, KS!”, and others.