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Good Neighbor Awards recognize acts of kindness

The City of Kansas City, Mo., 3-1-1 Action Center, a division of the City Manager’s Office, and the Neighborhood Community Services Department will hold the second Good Neighbor Awards ceremony at 10 a.m. on Oct. 25 at the Robert J. Mohart Multi-Purpose FOCUS Center, 3200 Wayne Ave.

The awards will recognize seven city residents for works that benefit the community.

“Simple good deeds such as picking up litter or cutting unattended weeds in your neighborhood can make a significant difference in the safety and perception of an area,” said Earnest Rouse, 3-1-1 Action Center manager. “Those being recognized are doing their part and we hope their actions are contagious.”

Award recipients are:

- Jack and Marcia Gisler – The couple has shoveled snow and run errands for neighbors for the past 25 years.

- Shanita Jackson – Jackson has mowed and picked up debris on a vacant land trust property for the past three years.

- Dr. Ron Aryel – Aryel has acted as an intercessor and provided aid for the homeless, unemployed and less fortunate.

- Larry Roberts – For several years, Roberts has graded and mowed a City-owned vacant lot for the safety of neighborhood families.

- Elise Jackson – Jackson regularly walks her neighborhood and picks litter and debris off streets and sidewalks.

- Darline Conrad – Conrad is a 70-year-old who mows and seeds her neighbor’s lawn, clean the culverts and picks up litter from the street and storm drains.

- Minnie Williams – On her daily walks, Williams picks up litter and debris throughout her neighborhood.

The award is a nomination-based program that relies on input from residents. Nominations can be sent to or to, with a subject line of “Good Neighbor Award.”

Media inquiries and information requests should be directed to Eric Hudson, customer service supervisor in the 3-1-1 Action Center at (816) 513-2008.

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