Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Project

An AED Task Force in Northwest MO has been formed to address the limited access to life saving Automated External Defibrillators (AED).  In many rural areas of Northwest MO, when a cardiac arrest occurs, a layperson who has access to an AED can potentially save a life. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the US.  To survive a cardiac arrest the victim must receive life-saving defibrillation from an AED within the first four to six minutes.  The goal is to raise $30,000 to purchase AEDs for areas of NWMO with little or prolonged access to first responders. To date we have $13,770 funds raised. The intent is to have the AEDs in place by Oct 31. 2021.  These AEDs will be placed in community centers, post offices, American Legions, and churches.  The steering team is made up of representatives from MOSAIC hospital, Buchanan County EMS, Eagle Radio, and the Missouri Primary Care Association.  To donate to this initiative please contact Stacey Helfery at the Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri or a member of the AED task force.


Legal Aid of Western Missouri

Legal Aid of Western Missouri is currently in need of funds to hire a new full time attorney at their St. Joseph office for their Family Law and Domestic Violence Program. 

The attorney would provide free civil legal counsel and representation to low-income victims of domestic violence so that they, and their children, can safely and permanently escape abuse. Services include representation to obtain child custody, child support, supervised visitation orders, divorce, and orders of protection. 

Legal Aid of Western Missouri is seeking approximately $60,000 to fund the position.