Westside Community Action Network
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2038 Jefferson Street, Kansas City, MO  64108
Office: 816.842.1298  Fax: 816.842.1241  E-mail: info[at]westsidecan.org


  • Earth Day at the Westside… the Bestside! ¡Día de la Tierra en el Westside... el Mejor Vecindario!Page 8A. DOS MUNDOS • Volume 44 • Issue 17 • April 25 - May 01, 2024, Link
  • The I on Society, Whether or not Jorge Coromac and the volunteers and donors..., The Independent, January 13, 2024, Link
  • Westside CAN celebra su navidad comunitaria, Dos Mundos, Vol 43, Issue 51, December 21- December 27, 2023, Link1, Link2
  • KC’s Westside CAN & does, by Clara Reyes, DOS MUNDOS, Page 2A, Vol 43, Issue 4241, October 19, October 10 - October 25 October 16, 2023, Link1
  • A THRIVING WESTSIDE: WESTSIDE CAN’S ROLE IN KANSAS CITY’S EVOLUTION,Featured in the September 30, 2023 issue of The Independent.  By Monica V. Reynolds Link1, Link2
  • Westside CAN hosts 22nd Back-to-School Pep Rally, August 4, 2023, Do Mundos, Link, Link 2
  • Students get fresh supplies at 22nd Annual Westside Back-to-School Pep Rally, KCTV5, By Grace Smith Published: Jul. 28, 2023 at 7:59 PM CDT, Link
  • Mobile Consulate of Guatemala on the Westside! Consulado Móvil de Guatemala en el Westside!, Dos Mundos, Volume 43, Issue 17,  April 2023, Link
  • Enjoying/Disfrutando Halloween in Kansas City, Kansas City Hispanic News, Nov. 3rd, 2022, Vol. 26 #8, Link, Link2
  • The state commission advocating for Hispanic Missourians quietly disappeared, even as the population continues to grow KBIA | By Kassidy Arena, Published October 5, 2022, Link, Link2
  • Missouri once had a Hispanic Commission. Why does it no longer meet? missouribusinessalert.com, October 5th 2022, by Skyler Rossi, Senior Digital Editor, Senior Digital Editor at Missouri Business Alert Link , Link2
  • Jorge Coromac,Royals, Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat, 09/20/2022, Video Link
  • Kansas City Mayor Lucas wants $33 million to bolster KCPD's community policing, KCUR | By Celisa Calacal, Published March 10, 2022 at 10:30 AM CST - Link Link2
  • University Health partnered with TACC and Westside CAN Center to provide Covid-19 Moderna booster vaccine to seniors of the Westside., Dos Mundos, December 16, 2021, Link1 Link 2
  • Westside Can Center Serves As Anchor For Latino Community In Kansas City, Missouri, By: KSHB-TV, Sarah Plake, Posted at 10:00 AM, Sep 15, 2021 and last updated 6:46 PM, Sep 15, 2021  Link PDF Video
  • Westside 20th Back to School Pep Rally for Westside’s students Pre-K to 12!, KC HISPANIC NEWS, 05 DE AGOSTO DE 2021, Link
  • Westside CAN Center, 2021 MPRA Award Recipient, Apr 20, 2021, Video Link or Full Video Link2
  • COVID-19 vaccinations for Hispanic population in Kansas City lags behind other groups, KCStar, BY KATIE MOORE, MARCH 23, 2021, Link 1
  • Westside CAN Center lead the 2nd COVID-19 doses, JUEVES, 18 DE MARZO DE 2021 I PERIÓDICO BILINGÜE KANSAS CITY Vol. 24 #27 kchispanicnews.com, Link1
  • First round of COVID-19 vaccines came to KC Westside neighborhood, JUEVES, 11 DE FEBRERO DE 2021 I PERIÓDICO BILINGÜE KANSAS CITY Vol. 24 #22 kchispanicnews.com, Link 
  • WCAN Pet Clinic-Drive thru, Saturday Nov. 7th, 2020,   Link
  • Pruebas #COVID19 gratis por parte de Truman Medical Centers en el Westside CAN Center, Telemundo ,June 14, 2020,  Link
  • KCPD officer partners with nonprofits to feed dozens of families in need, FOX 4, May 12, 2020, Video Link
  • City of Kansas City, Missouri, Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department, 2019, Video Link 1 
  • School supplies handed out to Westside youngsters, Alan Shope, KMBC 9 News Reporter, July 25th, 2019, Link
  • List reveals where KCPD responded to most in 2018, by William Joy, KMBC News Reporter, Jan 9, 2019, Link, Link2
  • New police chief seeks to engage community in fight against crime, by Joe Arce & Corbin Crable, August 31st., 2017, Link
  • Get your garden started with free seeds from the library, by Matt Stewart, FOX4 News, April 5th, 2017, Link
  • Meet Officer Rick Salzman: CAN Center’s newest member, by Stephanie Valle and Joe Arce, Kansas City Hispanic News, 28 July 2016, Link1, Link2 
  • One Kansas City Police Officer's Take On Police-Community Relations In KC
    By Andrea Tudhope, July 24, 2016 Audio-Link1, Link2, Link3 
  • Community Member Prevents Murder of Police, How did one community member prevent police from being murdered? The Arbinger Institute, July 2016, Video
  • D´latinos - El Consulado de Guatemala realizó su consulado móvil este fin de semana, Univision-Kansas City, June 28th 2016, Video
  • Westside CAN Police Officer Matt Tomasic Retires, BY JOE ARCE AND DEBRA DECOSTER, Kansas City Hispanic News, 07 July 2016, Link
  • Meritorious Award KCPD - Officers Tomasic and Villalobos June 2016, Video
  • Read Kansas City police officer’s poem on being a Mexican-American cop, by Mary Sanchez, 15 June 2016, Read more here: Link Link2
  • KCPD, roll call at Westside CAN Center, by JOE ARCE AND JERRY LAMARTINA, KCHN, 05 November 2015, VOL19NO08, Link1, Link2
  • KC police officers lead a St. Patrick’s Day flash mob in Westport, BY LISA GUTIERREZ THE KANSAS CITY STAR, 03/17/2015, Link1, Link2, Video Link1
  • New Westside leader has been to war zones and built coalitions after natural disasters, By JESUS LOPEZ-GOMEZSPECIAL TO THE STAR, 03/03/2015, Link1, Link2
  • Guatemalan tapped to lead Westside CAN Center, Dos Mundos, January 29th, 2015, By Jesus Lopez-Gomez, Link1, Link2, Link3 
  • Presence of late West Side leader Lynda Callon still felt clearly, Kansas City Star, November 27th, 2014, by Mary Sanchez, Link1, Link2
  • Colleague Remembers Kansas City Community Activist As Mentor And Friend, KCUR, October 13th, 2014, By Laura Ziegler   Link1
  • Westside community mourns loss of a leader known for promoting service,Posted 10:41 pm, October 13, 2014, by Molly Balkenbush, Fox4KC, Link1 
  • With death of Lynda Callon, Kansas City loses best community organizer, Kansas City Star, October 13th, 2014, by JILL TOYOSHIBA, Link1 Link2
  • Lynda Callon, a force on Kansas City’s West Side, dies, Kansas City Star, October 12th, 2014, by Mary Sanchez, Link1, Link2
  • Kansas City workers pick up illegal signs, part of city-wide sign sweep, KSHB41 News, Lisa Benson, 7:47 PM, Sep 5, 2014, Link1, Link2
  • After zero tolerance failed, K.C. police empowered migrants (part one), August 28, 2014, Al Jazeera America, by Chris Bury, Adam May, AMERICA TONIGHT, Upon Request
  • After zero tolerance failed, K.C. police empowered migrants (part two), August 28, 2014, Al Jazeera America, by Chris Bury, Adam May, AMERICA TONIGHT, Upon Request
  • Mayor Sly James On Ferguson, Profiling And Diversity, 2:10 pm, Mon August 25, 2014, By Cody Newill, Link1, Link2, Link3 (34:15 min.) 
  • KC area parks install Little Free Libraries to promote literacy, Posted 6:32 pm, August 18, 2014, by Judy Le, Link
  • How KC police are combatting illegal immigration, KSHB41 News, Jadiann Thompson, 8:09 PM, Jun 19, 2014, Link1, Link2
  • A Working Partnership - Day 27, New York Times, June 13th 2014, by Join Damien Cave and Todd Heisler, Link1, Link2, Link3 
  • 10 up-and-coming neighborhoods around the USA - The Westside neighborhood ,  Link1, Link2
  • Women Who've Changed the Heart of the City, April 2014, City Union Mission, Link1, Link2
  • Julie Robinson starts seed library to facilitate home gardens, April 12, By CINDY HOEDEL, The Kansas City Star, Read more here: Link1, Link2, Link3
  • Marder Award Recipient, Cultivate Kansas City 2013 Annual Report, Link 
  • Good to Grow: Help for urban agriculture is available from the Kansas City Brownfields program, By Andrew Bracker, Brownfields Coordinator, City of KCMO, Newsletter of Cultivate Kansas City February—March 2014, Link
  • Congratulations to Lynda Callon who was awarded the James I. Threatt Courage Award, News from City Hall, City Communications Office, City of Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 13, 2013, Link1, Link2
  • City helps neighborhoods tackle graffiti on their own, FOX4 News, JULY 13, 2013, BY BARRETT TRYON AND KATIE FERRELL, Link1, Link2
  • Facing a ‘pollination crisis,’ beekeepers swarm to aid hives, Posted on Wed, Jul. 03, 2013, By RICK MONTGOMERY, The Kansas City Star, Link1, Link2, Video Link 
  • Violent Crime Commission makes recommendations for KC, FOX4 News, POSTED 10:51 PM, APRIL 29, 2013, BY ABBY EDEN, Link1, Link2
  • Like bees to honey, all sorts of hobbyists attracted to beekeeping, HOUSE + HOME section, March 1, 2013, By MARTY ROSS, Special to The Star, Read more here or Link 
  • Metro Hispanic Leaders Cautiously Optimistic About Immigration Reform Plan, POSTED 6:20 PM, JANUARY 29, 2013, BY JOHN PEPITONE AND JASON M. VAUGHN, Link1
  • What makes Lynda Callon a Local MAKER, Published by KCPT on January 11, 2013, Link1 
  • Tony Aguirre Center Holiday Party, Saturday December 8th, 2012, The Kansas City Star Mingle Community Faces, by Steven Yates, Link 
  • Example of how effective community policing can be, Published on Nov 2, 2012 by KansasCityPolice, Video Link
  • Alta Vista Students Help Clean Up Graffiti on Westside, Posted on: www.fox4kc.com, September 20, 2012, by Jason M. Vaughn and Macradee Aegerter, Video Link
  • Julie Robinson,  “Let's Do This For Our Libraries” of our Westside Kansas City Public Library, Google, August 2012, Link
  • Westside bookclub helps young women build confidence, By: Jenna Hanchard, 16 August 2012, 41 Action News KSHB, Link
  • Julie Robinson of our West Side Kansas City Public Library, KCTV-5 News, August 2012, Video Link 
  • Marcella Morales-Gaona - 2012 GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARD Recipient at the National Night Out Against Crime, Tuesday, August 7, 2012, Link
  • Amador Family-Westside Residents, “Let's Do This For Kansas City”, Google video, July 2012, Link
  • "Homeland: Immigration In America", KCPT-19 Public Television, July 26th, 2012, http://explorehomeland.org/,  law of the land Video Link
  • MLB All-Star Week Projects Benefit Entire Community and Several KC Parks Facilities, KC Parks & Rec Newsletter, July 2012, Vol6, Issue 6, Link 
  • Lynda Callon receives award, Lynda Callon recibe premio, By Lilia Garcia Jimenez, Dos Mundos, May 10th, 2012, Link
  • Treasures of Mexico in Kansas City, Mexico’s Kansas City Consul Jacob Prado opened this exhibition of 30 works from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Friday at the Consulate. Prado also presented Lynda Callon of the Westside Community Action Network Center with the Ohtli Award for her contributions to Mexican and Mexican-American communities. May 4th, 2012

    Read more here: http://mingle.kansascity.com/photos/2012/150-anniversary-of-the-battle-of-puebla/#storylink=cpy
  • I grew this! Readers share a bounty of garden photos, By TIM ENGLE, The Kansas City Star, August 30th, 2011, Link, Link2
  • School's In at the I.H. Ruiz Branch, Library Life, August 25, 2011, Link, Link2
  • Parks Spotlight: Jarboe Park, KCMO Parks and Recreation eNews, August 2011, Vol 5 Issue 7, Link
  • Mr. Eugene Takes Care of the West Side, Pay It Forward, Fox 4 KCMO, August 15th. 2011,  Link
  • Good Neighbor Fernando Garcia Hernandez received from Mayor James at the August 2nd "Night Out Against Crime event, Link
  • News story on Jarboe Park, KC Parks: Kansas City, MOKCPR Marketing's Channel, Heidi Downer, Saturday June 18th, 2011, YouTube Link
  • Westside Community Garden Deters Crime, by Tom Christiansen, KSHB41 News, Monday, April 18th, 2011, Link or File
  • Garden deters crime, creates community, Informant, The Kansas City Missouri police Department, April 2011, Link or File
  • Neighborhood Garden Helps Calm Area Crime, By Sandra Olivas, KCTV 5 News, Wed, April 06, 2011, Link or Article
  • Community policing works, By MARY SANCHEZ, The Kansas City Star, Wed, Feb. 09, 2011, Link
  • Free Flu Vaccinations, By Maria Reyes, Case Manager, January 2011, BARRIO BULLETIN e-Newsletter
  • When Club Oasis went down, it took the West Side's hard-earned trust with it,
    By Mandy Oaklander, The Pitch, published: January 20, 2011, Link
  • Childhood friends reconnect, keep West Side memories alive, By ERIC ADLER, The Kansas City Star, Posted on Fri, Dec. 24, 2010, Link
  • Kansas City finest officers, Villalobos and Tomasic, by joe arce y jose faus, VOLUME 14 NUMBER 15 / 16 DE DICIEMBRE DEL 2010, Link
  • KC homicide clearance rate declines, By CHRISTINE VENDEL, Posted on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, Link
  • Police roll call comes to Westside Neighborhood, BY JOE ARCE AND TONY BALANDRAN, VOLUME 14 NUMBER 04 / 30 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2010, Link
  • Watch the Westside's New Urban Orchard and Community Garden Grow! Friday, June 25th, 2010 (press release)
  • Community group, KC police to receive national award,  Kansas City Star, The (MO) - Thursday, October 15th, 2009, Link
  • Lynda Callon, director of the Westside Community Action Network , received the Alvin Brooks Award for outstanding community leadership. Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission, October 6th 2009, Link
  • Christmas story is retold in the saga of KC’s day laborers, By MARY SANCHEZ, The Kansas City Star, Thursday, 25th, December 2008, Link
  • Community Center hosts Christmas Party, Dos Mundos, Dec. 10-17, 2008, Link
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation presents thousands in local grants, Local Hero Lynda Callon, a community organizer at the Westside Community Action Network Center, battles youth violence, Kansas City Star, The (MO) - Tuesday, October 14, 2008, Author: MARK DAVIS, The Kansas City Star
  • Westside hosts back-to-school pep rally, Dos Mundos, Written by By Lilia Garcia Jimenez and photos by Esaul Orozco and courtesy of Heart to Heart, Thursday, 28 August 2008, Link
  • Lynda Callon is more than up to the task of running the Westside Community Action Network, The Kansas City Star, Michael Humphrey, Sunday, June 29th 2008,  Link
  • KC Police Program Reaches Out to Hispanics, KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP), 7/17/08, Link  
  • Westside, Kansas City, Missouri, Locals drive the efforts to revive the spirit of an older neighborhood without pricing out the original residents, Cottage Living, Link
  • KC neighborhood work cited, The Kansas City Star, Joe Robertson, Mon, Dec. 24, 2007 10:15 PM Link
  • Community Fears Crime Increase If Center Closes, Last Edited: Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007, 10:28 PM CST, Created: Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007, 10:15 PM CST, MyFox Channel 4
  • CAN Center facing rent problems, Reported by: Amy Hawley, Email: hawley@nbcactionnews.com Last Update: 11/28 12:17 pm
  • Los artistas del grafiti remozaron la antigua Plaza de Niños TRADUCE PATRICIO H. LAZEN, Hispanic News, Link
  • Westside CAN Center makes Christmas brighter for immigrants, by Emilliano Buendia, Dos Mundos, December 21st. Link 
  • Lynda Callon receives the Urban Hero Award (Downtown Council), which honors small businesses and individuals who have improved the quality of life Downtown, Link
  • Common-sense police approach - Kansas City Star, The (MO) - June 23, 2006 - page B9
    June 23, 2006 | Kansas City Star, The (MO) | BARBARA SHELLY | Page B9, Link
  • Homage to Diego and Frida, By Lynda Callon Director, Westside CAN Center, Dos Mundos, Volume 25, Issue 43 October 27, November 02, 2005, Link
  • Day Laborers: Improving the Quality of Life for Laborers, Employers, and Neighbors, Link
  • Decades of work produces an amazing West Side story, By JERRY D. REECE Guest Columnist The Kansas City Star, December 14 2004 
  • Immigrants maneuver beyond politics to work in KC, Newspaper June 13, 2004, Kansas City Star, The (MO) , ERIC ADLER Link
  • Community Center works to improve Westside neighborhood, the Catholic Key, By Marty Denzer
    Catholic Key Reporter, 25 June 2004, Link
  • No Tengo Dinero, BY NADIA PFLAUM, published by The Pitch Mar 25, 2004
    ©2004 New Times, Inc. Link
  • Recognizing many individuals and companies for donating services for the New
    Westside Community Action Network Office, KCMO, RESOLUTION NO. 040251, March 2004 Link
  • It's official; the CAN Center is open for business; By Carmen Cardinal - Dos Mundos, March, 2004 Link
  • New day labor site hopes to solve old problems By MARY SANCHEZ The Kansas City Star
    Kansas City Star - November 27, 2003 - Mary Sanchez, Link
  • All Wet, August 8-24, 2002, by Allie Johnson, The Pitch, Link, Link2 
  • West Side Sorry, The new Tony Aguirre Community Center gets its neighbors worked up, not worked out.  By Patrick Dobson, Article Published Aug 10, 2000, Link
  • West KC residents ready for new chapter in library service, Kansas City Business Journal - March 17, 2000 by Leslie Zganjar Contributing Writer, Link


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