Committed to Investing in Raytown, Today and For the Future
As young professionals, Allan and Karen Thompson moved to Raytown for the quiet neighborhoods and short commute to work in Kansas City. They fell in love with the area and it wasn’t long before they both began volunteering – at work and at home.
“Initially, we started giving through work,” said Karen, “but when we retired, our volunteering really evolved.”
Both volunteer regularly with the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown and Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP), where Allan serves on the Board of Directors. Allan is also a member of the Rotary Club of Raytown and serves on Board of Directors for the Truman Heartland Community Foundation.
The couple saw first-hand the impact of these area nonprofits on the community and the long-term benefits of programs like KC Scholars and the Job Skills for New Careers initiative, which provide opportunities for disadvantaged populations through education and mentorship.
“Education was important in both of our families,” said Allan, “and it’s such a powerful tool for helping people be able to grow and learn how to help themselves.”
Committed to investing in the future of the Raytown community, in 2017, they joined the Heartland Legacy Society. By including a gift to Truman Heartland Community Foundation in their estate plan, Allan and Karen will continue to support the causes they care about in perpetuity.
“We don’t have any children, but this is a way that our legacy can keep going. We can keep helping people forever.”