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: 9am – 1pm or 1pm – 5pm. Forecast is finally above-freezing and we expect our recycling centers will be very busy! 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 get service-learning hours. 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

Summer Volunteers Needed at Recycling Centers

Great Summer Volunteer Opportunity for Students! Want to add some experience to your college application? Volunteer with us at one of our Community Recycling Centers this summer!  Wow your top college choice by showcasing your commitment to the community and the environment! This *outdoor* volunteer opportunity is great for students who want to earn service-learning … Continued

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Pick up After Your Pet

  Pets and urban wildlife are major sources of water pollution because their waste can contain harmful bacteria and parasites. Dog feces can contain fecal coliform bacteria, which can spread diseases like Giardia, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, causing serious illness in humans. Help protect our pets by picking up their poop and keeping our waterways free of contaminants. Go straight to the source: Mid-America … Continued

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Meet a Member: Jowler Creek Vineyard & Wine

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery is our newest member to the Green Business Network! We recently chatted with Colleen Gerke, co-owner, to find out more about Missouri’s first green winery, what inspires her and what’s next for their sustainability efforts.     Located just 30 minutes north of … Continued

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Two Job Openings for KCMO Green Stewards

Do you enjoy being outdoors and part of a supportive, caring team? Are you interested in plants and the environment? Do you want to develop new job skills and a career? Become a KCMO Green Steward! In partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Bridging The Gap is pleased to offer two full time, … Continued

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Internship Opening: Volunteer Management

Bridging The Gap is offering the following unpaid internship.  This internship is a terrific way for individuals with an entry-level nonprofit background to learn how to develop a solid volunteer program. Program:      Volunteer Services Management Name of Internship: Volunteer Services Management Internship Length of Internship: 8 to 10 weeks, summer 2018 (flexible start and end … Continued

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