Welcome to Starfish Project Foundation!

What do we need most?
Support to meet the basic needs of keeping our doors open to all of those we serve. Ways to do that: monthly donations, sponsorships, have your printing done with Sand Dollar Print Shop and complete your CE’s for social workers and mental health professionals at Sand Dollar Learning Systems.

Who are we?
A fully qualified 501c3 non-profit founded 2014, in Olathe Kansas.

What do we do?
We connect Lives, Resources and Acts of Kindness. We don’t focus on one type of person or problem, we focus on the true needs of our community and encourage others to do the same thing. Together We Are Making a Difference!

Some of our accomplishments:

  • Social work practicum site for KU, Washburn University and University of Phoenix
  • Approved provider for the KS Behavior Science and Regulatory Board to provide CE’s for social workers and mental health professionals
  • Host agency for SER International
  • 2021 Olathe Mayor’s Children’s Fund recipient
  • We are community partners with OATC and Hope alternative schools
  • Registered with the Presidential Awards to help students get their community service hours to graduate  
  • Registered with local courts for court mandated community service hours
  • Leadership Olathe Alumni

Some of the populations we serve:

  • Homeless and at risk of being homeless
  • The hungry
  • Foster children
  • Those with mental and/or physical disabilities
  • Veterans
  • Women and their children fleeing from domestic violence situations
  • Animal rescues
  • Partner with local churches
  • Those that want a safe place to volunteer
  • Individuals and families suffering a loss from a fire

Some of the programs we offer:
Our community center, The Beach acts as the connecting point of everything we do. Within those walls we provide community service to those of all ages and abilities, in conjunction with local pantries-food donation coordination, limited case management, an arts program KC Art Angels, a pot luck meal and haircuts once a month and resource coordination. Raleen’s Kids –providing toiletry bags for 300+ homeless students. Community partner for OATC & Hope School. Collect and distribute school and science supplies for our inner city partner Whittier School. Blessing bags and homeless mats for our homeless. Work with locals businesses to provide community service for their employees.

A growing list of community organizations we work closely with sharing and redistributing resources:

  • New Hope Food Pantry
  • Shawnee Community Services
  • Olathe School District
  • Bailee’s Closet
  • Grace Church
  • Kids TLC
  • Willow Tree Supports
  • JCDS
  • DCCCA
  • The Compass Experience
  • Life Centers
  • reStart
  • Hillcrest Transitional
  • Catholic Charities
  • Salvation Army
  • Tom’s Mission
  • Veteran’s Center
  • El Centro
  • Inclusions Connections
  • Lake Mary
  • Girl/Boy Scouts
  • American Legion
  • Pathway to Hope
  • Project 10/20
  • GateWay of Hope
  • KVC
  • EMT’s, Police and Fire Departments
  • Johnson County Mental Health

Looking to volunteer with us?

How can I Donate?

If this is the first time you have joined us, welcome! Our website is two-fold. Our site is a FREE non-profit directory website. If you or someone you know is in need of goods (example free food or clothing), services (example housing or utility assistance) or just a hand up, you are in the right place. Above you will find a search bar in red. Click on the category field and scroll down until you find what you need help with and do a search. You will get a full listing of all the agencies that have registered on our site. This can be done from any computer or mobile device. Our goal is to connect folks with the services they need. If you are looking to make a donation (example clothing, furniture or household items), select “wish list” in the search dropdown. This will pull up a list of registered agencies that take those donations. We give free landing pages to 501c3 non-profits. If you don’t find your non-profit listed, click here to find out how you can get your free listing. Be sure to also do a Wish List landing page, so folks can find out how to donate to you. The rest of our website is filled with information about our organization and how we connect in our community. Here at Starfish Project Foundation we love Paying It Forward and sharing your stories of kindness. To get your own set of cards or to share your story to us, please submit to contactus@starfishproject21.org. Want to see what others are doing? Check out our Be Kind Club. We love hearing from you, please be sure to submit your own stories. Together We Are Making a Difference!

The Parable of the Starfish
 
One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.
Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir”.
The old man chuckled aloud, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”
The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said, “I made a difference to that one!”
 
Spread Love With The Starfish Project.

“There is something very special in each and every one of us. We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference. And if we can become aware of that gift, we gain through the strength of our visions the power to shape the future. We must each find our starfish. And if we throw our stars wisely and well, the world will be blessed.” – Author Unknown These are just a couple of the ideals that helped to bring Starfish Project to life. People helping people whether volunteering on your own or through an organization, neighbor helping neighbor, etc. so that we all live happy, fulfilling lives in a loving and peaceful world.