Partnerships & Collaborations
Alliance for Economic Inclusion
Moneytalk has been a member of the FDIC’s AEI (Alliance for Economic Inclusion) since our inception in 2012.
The AEI is an FDIC organization comprised of banks, credit unions, non-profits, and for-profit organizations working together to help the low-to-moderate income (LMI) underserved population become banked and financially stable.
Caring for Kids KC
Moneytalk joined the Nieman Elementary School’s Caring for Kids KC team in 2019. Moneytalk joined the Shawanoe Elementary School’s Caring for Kids KC team in 2020.
Caring for Kids KC is an organization working to bring together schools and the local community. The Caring for Kids KC school teams consist of local churches, non-profits, and for-profit organizations. Together these organizations work to provide the schools with the supplies, volunteers, and other support they need to provide the best education opportunities possible for their students.
For the 2020-2021 school year, Moneytalk is working with the other organizations to ensure all students have school supplies. We would also like to ensure each school child has a school t-shirt and yearbook. Any remaining funds will be used to provide meals over the weekend. Please consider donating and sharing our fundraiser to ensure these 1,000 students in poverty can have a good school year.
Christian Brothers Automotive - Shawnee
Christian Brothers Automotive in Shawnee is one of our partners for vehicle safety related repairs.
One of the owner’s is also an officer on Moneytalk’s Board of Directors.
EnVision Center Initiative (both the KCK & KCMO centers)
Moneytalk is one of the founding partners with aStream Village and many other organizations to form the KCK and KCMO EnVision Centers Initiative
EnVision Centers are an initiative developed and funded by HUD (Housing & Urban Development).
Faith Community City Partnership
Moneytalk has been involved with the Faith Community City Partnership (previously named Catalyst) since its inception in 2014.
The churches in the city of Shawnee, non-profits organizations serving in the city, and city staff get together quarterly to discuss the community needs and how we can work together to resolve them. We focus on 4 areas – Community Needs, Emergency Preparedness, Education, and Spiritual Support.
Moneytalk originally was represented on the Emergency Preparedness team as we were active members on the city’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) as a founding member, certified trainer, and advisory board member. Moneytalk has been represented in all of the groups at some point over the years. Currently, we have representation on Education and Community Needs groups.
Moneytalk became an approved partnering organization in July 2020.
Flourish Furnishings accepted many types of donated items in addition to furniture. Partnering organizations have assigned individuals (volunteer or staff) assigned to serve as Case Managers. These individuals verify client need, ensure client understands their responsibilities, coordinates scheduling of “shopping” appointment, and helps arrange transportation of selected items.
This partnership will allow Moneytalk better assist individuals and families in need with housing stability.
Lenexa Optimist Club
Moneytalk has been a member of the Lenexa Optimist Club since 2018.
Optimist Club’s are focused on helping kids. The Moonlight Bike Ride is their one big fundraiser each year. The ride starts at 10 pm and consists of 600+ bicyclist, family friendly, a decorated bike contest, and a ride through the city including the Meritex Caves. The ride ends with Chris Cakes pancakes and sausage back at the starting point. The funds raised are used to support organizations that help kids. Moneytalk’s founder and executive director, Teresa McGarry, has assisted with the bike ride by soliciting sponsors, distributing flyers, folding t-shirts, filling the rider’s packets, distributing the rider’s packets, and being a HAM Radio operator in Lenexa’s Meritex caves.
A portion of the monies raised from the Moonlight Bike Ride are donated to Moneytalk.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the 2020 bike ride has been postponed. Check the website link below for more information and registration for next year’s ride. Contact Moneytalk if you are interested in being a sponsor for the ride.
Moneytalk has been a involved with the MoneySmart KC website of resources since our inception in 2012. We have included many of our financial literacy workshop and volunteer opportunities on this site.
MoneySmart KC is a website, developed through the FDIC’s AEI initiative, to provide online resources to financial educational information, calendar of other organizations financial learning opportunities, volunteer needs, and much more.
Moneytalk provides an 8-week financial literacy workshop series for the students at YouthBuild KC.