Each year the DeMarche Charities Committee selects a local nonprofit in need of funding and volunteers. As part of efforts in 2021, we worked at the Kansas City Rotary Club 13’s Youth Camp in Lee’s Summit, Missouri for our annual volunteer service day. We spent a hot but rewarding day helping with maintenance, repairs, and cleanup throughout the camp grounds. DeMarche also donated $1,000 from our Blue Jeans Friday Fund along with an in-kind donation of office furniture for use at the camp. For nearly 100 years, the camp has striven to be the nation’s finest youth camping facility, serving disabled and disadvantaged children and young adults and empowering as many Kansas City-area youth as possible. The Rotary Club has long depended on the local community to help maintain the camp and ensure successful operations.
Timothy Marchesi, CFA, President, CEO, and Chairman of DeMarche is a member of the executive committee for the KC Rep Board of Directors and the immediate past Chair of the Endowment Committee. The KC Rep serves over 13,000 area students, providing them with the opportunity to write, perform, and work with professional artists. The Rep’s education programs build community by connecting people through productions and programs that educate, entertain, challenge, and inspire.
Tom Woolwine, Vice Chairman, is a board member of the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation and Chair of the Investment Committee. The Rotary Club brings together people from all walks of life who want to use their expertise for good. Together, they empower youth, improve health, promote peace, and advance our communities in all corners of the globe.
DeMarche worked at a Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City site installing rough-in blocking in the closets and kitchens and painting house exteriors. Habitat for Humanity helps families in our Kansas City community build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. 729 Families in 16 neighborhoods have been helped by Habitat in 2020 alone, and we are proud to do our part to make sure that our neighbors have decent, affordable shelter.
DeMarche worked with the Veterans Community Project to help build and furnish houses for homeless veterans. Our volunteers installed ceiling insulation in 16 tiny homes and presented a check for $1,000 from our Blue Jeans Friday Fund. During the holidays, our employees donated new household items including dishes, eating utensils, bathroom towels, bed linens, rugs, and cleaning supplies.