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 1,800 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.

'Stay at Home' order in effect through Friday, April 24

Mayor Quinton Lucas on Saturday issued a “Stay at Home” Order, requiring Kansas Citians to stay at home except for “essential activities” as the community continues working to slow the spread of COVID-19. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and healthcare facilities will remain open.

Bridging The Gap’s staff will continue to operate KCMO’s drop off recycling centers, manage green infrastructure, and plant trees, as they are deemed essential activities. While not on duty at their specified work sites, our team is working from home and can be reached by phone at 816-561-1087 or through the contact form on this website. We encourage everyone to respect the Stay at Home order and find safe ways to continue to engage and support your local businesses, community, and environment during this challenging time. We will be sharing ideas on our social media pages and encourage you to join in the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. #StayHomeKC

Recycling Center Guidelines during COVID-19

Volunteer With Us!

Community Recycling Center

Volunteer this summer with BTG at the Red Bridge Community Recycling Center, located at 5200 E. Red Bridge Rd in KCMO. Shifts available include: Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 10:30 AM – 2 PM. Saturday shifts are 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM or 1 – 5 PM. Min age: 8 with parent. Volunteer alone at 14 yrs.

Community Recycling Center

bridging the gap by the numbers

  • achievement icon 400

    business-people educated on "green" practices a year

  • achievement icon 1,800

    volunteers educating the public and restoring the environment

  • achievement icon 5,533

    trees planted in the greater kansas city area last year

What's happening now

Meet A Member: Diastole Scholars’ Center

A Green Business Network Member Spotlight   We recently chatted with Diastole Scholars’ Center’s executive director, Nancy Hill, and events assistant, Jennifer StClair, about the unique event venue that joined the Green Business Network last year. Keep reading to learn more about how the center’s staff is working to keep sustainability top of mind while serving its mission.    Almost hidden by a sanctuary of … Continued

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Volunteering during COVID-19

Dear BTG volunteers, At Bridging The Gap, the well-being of our volunteers, staff, partners, and communities is our top priority, during the COVID-19 outbreak and always. Our team is closely following updates and recommendations from the CDC and local government. Based on the latest guidelines and the understanding that working outdoors has a low risk … Continued

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Seeking photography bids for spring workdays

Are you a photographer in Kansas City? Bridging The Gap is seeking bids from local photographers to take photos of up to five spring workdays. Our volunteers plant trees, remove invasive species from prairies, help sort recycling at the city’s recycling centers, pick up litter, and more. The photographer must be able to attend up … Continued

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2020 Gala – Climate & Cuisine

Our daily food choices are so important, they can actually reverse climate change! Join us as we explore regenerative farming practices, eating lower on the food chain, and other culinary habits to improve climate outcomes with every bite we take. Bridging The Gap’s Climate & Cuisine event will take you and your guest(s) on a … Continued

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Long Johns & Loppers on Leap Day

Volunteer with KC WildLands! Saturday, February 29, 1:00 – 4:00 PM Join our Kansas City WildLands team and layer up for our 17th Annual Long Johns & Loppers Ecological Restoration Workday! Volunteers will cut and treat invasive woody plants from several beautiful, natural communities in the region, helping native flowers and grasses flourish again in … Continued

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