Community Organizations

For the past 75 years, the Independence Garden Club has been a volunteer organization promoting conservation and environmental responsibility through the love of gardening. Based on research from Cornell University, Garden-based Learning is believed to increase nutrition awareness, environmental awareness, higher learning achievements and life skills. The Independence Community Garden, a collaboration between the City of Independence and the Independence Garden Club, will promote organic gardening, self-sufficiency, and healthy, productive recreational activities. Residents will have the opportunity to lease an allotment of land to cultivate organic produce and share gardening knowledge with their neighbors.

City of Independence Home Beautification Award

This is an award to recognize and celebrate residents who take the time to invest in and enhance the exterior beauty of their homes. This spirited annual competition among residents of our community is for those who share a love for landscape, plants, gardening, and general home upkeep. Up to six winners will be selected based on the following criteria: curb appeal, upkeep, plant variety, design, originality, and environmentally friendliness. Applications can be downloaded here or picked up at the Community/Civic Center. Nominations and applications will be accepted until July 15th, 2015.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time and since 1952, The Kiwanis Club of Independence has done just this. Throughout the City of Independence, evidence of what we do is everywhere. The bandstand on the square, the gazebo next to the library and the land lab pavilion are examples of landmarks that the members have built. These landmarks continue to be enjoyed by residents today. Through our fundraising (Chicken BBQ’s, Pancake Breakfast, Golf Outing, Home Days) we are able to provide funding for band uniforms, high school scholarships, and donations to our local churches for their youth programs. Our members are dedicated men and women who believe in the Kiwanis Objectives and are striving to continue the purpose of supporting our community. There are many rewards in being a Kiwanis member. Ask any member and they will agree!
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Logo  Art Guild Promoting the Arts adds more than just culture to a community. What shapes a community are the wonderful people who enhance it; not only by their hard work and values, but also by the vision they share for betterment of the entire community.

The Independence Art Guild was created twenty-five plus years ago. It began as a vision, for long time –resident and art advocate, Maryanna Vondriska. The formation of the Art Guild originated with the purpose of providing people who had some interest or talents in the arts, the opportunity to come together, to share their talents, and provide support for beginning artists.

In the twenty-five plus years since its inception, the Independence Art Guild has accomplished many of the goals it originally set for itself and more. Pumpkin carving, henna painting, depression glass, plus hands on activities, as wreath making and Zentangles, an art form of doodling . It is obvious that the Independence Art Guild enriches our community through its programming.