Singer-songwriter-all-round-good-guy, Rick Malsick passed away earlier this week. We pay tribute to Rick in words and music (mostly his), including recordings from several KKFI appearances.
I’ve worked with nonprofit programs in Kansas City since 1976. My first federal grant, for community-based VISTA crime prevention programs, was funded by the Gerald Ford administration. I was working in the City of Kansas City’s Community Services Department then. In 1983 I started working with the Northeast Youth Committee, where I was Executive Director for seven years. In 1988, with other neighborhood-center directors, I helped to start YouthNet, a nationally-recognized collaboration of eighteen youth-development programs – two years later I was hired as Administrator of this collaboration. In 1995, I started RJM Consulting with a mission of service to non-profit agencies. I’ve worked with more than 80 local, regional and national organizations.
In a volunteer capacity I’ve served on the Jackson County Housing Resources Commission, and on the Boards of the National Audio Theatre Festivals, the Recreation Council of Greater Kansas City, the Greater Kansas City Association of United Way Agencies and the Missouri Association for Social Welfare. I’ve written or co-written 10 plays that have been produced or published and I’ve won national awards for scriptwriting and songwriting.PLAYLIST