Good morning, it’s Monday, November 20th. Today’s newsletter covers stories of community outreach and support. A new initiative called “Engaging Congregations” aims to help children in Black neighborhoods become proficient in reading by the time they enter third grade through tutoring and mentorship programs.

Meanwhile, the Dennis Family’s annual Christmas concert tradition will continue this year with a performance at Tabernacle Bible Church that raises funds for charity and finally, CarePortal is connecting children in need with resources through an online platform that has served over 227,000 children nationwide since its launch in 2015.

‘Engaging Congregations’ to Help Students Learn

Discover how Engaging Congregations is helping to improve reading proficiency and school outcomes for Black […]

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Dennis Family Christmas Concert Dec. 3

The Dennis Family’s 40th annual Christmas concert, Behold His Glory, will feature Christian hymns and […]

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CarePortal’s Goal: Meeting the Needs of Children

Discover how CarePortal, a nationwide platform, connects children in need with resources to meet their […]

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Tue., Nov. 21, 7:30 pm: The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Century II, 225 W Douglas. “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” is brought to life by a powerhouse cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip-hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set. COST $39+

Tue., Nov. 21, 8 am: Auction – Christian Faith Centre Church, 1130 S. Broadway. Sold The Building – Must Vacate Immediately, everything must go. For list of sale items,

Fri., Nov. 24, 11 am – 2 pm: Veterans Wichita Job Fair, Virtual. Get in front of the right recruiter or hiring manager at the right time. Register today to make sure you’re one of the candidates hired at this job fair. Register, you will receive an email with your login information. FREE. Register at

Sat., Nov. 25, 10 am – 2 pm: Bringing it Black – Small Business Saturday, Candela at The LUX, 120 E 1st. Come experience our very well-known small business shopping experience. Multiple local businesses will be on display as you prepare to shop local for your holiday needs.  FREE

Mon., Nov. 27, 9:30 am – 6 pm: $20 Mondays, Chuck’s Barbershop, 2251 E. 21st. The place to come to get the best fades, designs, razor shave and more.  

Mon., Nov. 27, 11 am – 2 pm:  Wichita Job Fair – Wichita Career Fair.  Virtual. Register, you will receive an email with your login info. Register at

Mon., Nov, 27, 4:39 – 6 pm: Kansas Kids Belong “Friendraiser,” Brick and Mortar Event Venue, 230 S. Topeka. A fun-filled, inspiring event to learn more about how we can dramatically improve the experiences and outcomes for kids in foster care. FREE. Register at

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P.J. Griekspoor is a semi-retired veteran journalist with 55 years experience in writing and editing in Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina and Wichita.  She spent 18 years at the Wichita Eagle...