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Common Interest Fund Eases Financial Hardship for Families and Victims of Gun Violence

KC Common Good holds a press conference on the new community fund. // Courtesy of CRUX KC

Rising rates of violence and homicides in Kansas City over the past two years have spurred recent action by local nonprofits KC Common Good. The organization has launched funding to support families who have suffered the loss of a loved one to violence.

Starting March 1, the Common Good Fund will help cover funeral costs for households affected by gun violence, supporting up to $5,000 per request. So far, anonymous donors have contributed approximately $250,000 in financial resources.

KC Common Good works to address the root causes of local violence. The group strives to create a community where all individuals have access to security and opportunities for growth. The nonprofit organization works in situations of domestic violence, returning incarcerated citizens, mental advocacy for veterans, and other critical areas.

“We must act with the urgency required in the event of a crisis. The State of Missouri offers limited assistance and compensation for this type of loss, so it is often the responsibility of the families of victims to provide funeral compensation,” says KCCG Chairman Klassie Alcine. “We want the community to know that they have a trusted local organization they can turn to for help, and so far we have witnessed the unique dynamics of a community in need coming together. is stepping up so she can continue to pay for it through the Common Good fund.

The Common Good Fund was conceptualized by an advisory board as well as KCCG referral partners, Ad hoc group against crime and KC mothers in charge.

“This fund will take away some of the financial burden of burying loved ones and give those in need the freedom to grieve,” said Rosilyn Temple, Founder and Executive Director of KC Mothers in Charge.

The incentive marks substantial progress within the community. Ad Hoc Against Crime and similar operations frequently receive requests for financial compensation to offset funeral expenses.

The fund highlights the lack of resources that families at risk often face. Victims of violence often do not have access to the life insurance, savings or generational wealth needed to cover funeral expenses. The investment not only secures lifesaving assistance, but raises awareness to build these important resources in affected communities.

To be eligible for the Common Good Fund, the crime must have been committed in the Kansas City metropolitan area, reported to the proper authorities, and an application must be received within six months of the incident. The arrest and/or conviction of a suspect is not necessary.

Donations to help support the fund should be sent to:

KC Common Good
1100 Rockhurst Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Contributions can also be paid via PayPal. Family requests for funeral assistance can be found online.