Our Mission

Working to make the Kansas City region sustainable by connecting environment, economy, and community.

Bridging The Gap (BTG) works to make the Kansas City region sustainable by "connecting environment, economy and community," and is the premier organization in the area providing environmental education and volunteer action through more than 1,500 volunteers annually. As a non-profit, we rely on the generosity of donations to keep working. If you believe in our mission, please consider making an investment in BTG. Whether it's $5 through our Core monthly giving program or a one-time gift, we are extremely thankful!

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Our Programs

Bridging the Gap fulfills its mission through an extensive array of programs.

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And join the growing number of individuals at the center of keeping Kansas City's environment and citizens healthy and thriving for generations to come

Show your support through monthly giving

You have the power to make Kansas City’s environmental focus stronger than ever. Through a monthly donation, our special group of Core supporters ensures the growth of our sustainability programs that serve the community and work for a healthy, resilient environment for KC. You can give as much or as little as you are able, and you can cancel or change your donation at any time. We can all be part of a more sustainable Kansas City!

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Metro North or Red Bridge Recycling Center

Volunteers needed every Saturday! Shifts: 10am – 1pm or 1pm – 5pm. Grab your family, and volunteer outside with us at the Metro North or Red Bridge Community Recycling Center. This is a great opportunity for students to stay busy this summer and gain experience. Volunteers assist patrons with unloading recyclables, and assist the site manager with breaking down cardboard, maintenance, and other needs. If the shift times do not work for you, we can be flexible. Locations: Metro North 8740 N Summit Street, Kansas City, 64155 or Red Bridge 5200 E. Red Bridge Rd., Kansas City, MO 64137 Sign up: volunteer@bridgingthegap.org

Metro North or Red Bridge Recycling Center

bridging the gap by the numbers

  • achievement icon 400

    business-people educated on "green" practices a year

  • achievement icon 1,600

    volunteers educating the public and restoring the environment

  • achievement icon 1,300+

    trees planted in the greater kansas city area last year

What's happening now

Cleaning up dog poop in your yard needs to be done regularly or you will quickly have a toxic and dangerous minefield of feces. Dog feces can contain parvovirus, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, threadworms, campylobacteriosis, giardia, and coccidia. If left unattended, these parasites, bacteria, and viruses will contaminate the water, soil, and can infect both pets and humans. Especially vulnerable are … Continued

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No ifs, ands or butts:

Put out your cigarettes, then put ’em in the trash! According to the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP), a Keep America Beautiful Initiative, cigarette butts are still the most littered item in the US despite the steep decline in smoking rates in recent decades. One problem the CLPP found is that many smokers don’t think of cigarettes … Continued

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BTG is hiring three positions!

Bridging The Gap has three employment opportunities! We are an equal opportunity employer and understand the value of having a team with a diversity of experiences and perspectives to optimize our potential for compassion, collaboration, creativity and excellence in service. We encourage people from all backgrounds and perspectives to apply!   1. Programs Director 1.0 … Continued

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Recycling Center Volunteer Opportunity!

Flexible Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity! Help your community and the environment by volunteering at one of our community recycling centers! Recycling preserves forests; keeps oil, natural gas, and minerals in the ground; and prevents air and water pollution.  This is an excellent opportunity for students earning service-learning credit, employees who get Volunteer Time Off compensation, retired … Continued

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Keep Leaves out of Storm Drains

This fall as you are preparing to clean up your lawn, please do not rake leaves or other debris into storm drains. Nothing but untainted rain water should flow from your yard into storm drains. Lawn clippings, leaves and other debris often clump, which can contribute to a larger problem underground in the pipe system. … Continued

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