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Ballard Center is a non-profit organization that provides a high quality, affordable early education program and essential basic life assistance for families and individuals in need. Programs include:

  • Food security
  • Clothing assistance, including professional clothing for women transitioning back into work through our Suitable for Work closet
  • Assistance with taxes, rent, utilities, and prescriptions
  • Holiday meal for families through Holiday Bureau
  • Bi-Monthly Mobile Food Distribution in partnership with Harvesters held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds every 2nd and 4th Tuesday.
  • An early childhood program that provides affordable quality education for children ages two through five in a daycare setting with a trauma-informed curriculum. If you’re searching for an affordable preschool in Lawrence, KS, look no further!

In 2019, the Ballard Center had 61 children enrolled in early childhood education, and 244 household members were impacted by our early education program. Ballard’s services reached the community in other ways, too, as 543 household members were impacted by our emergency services, and we had 1,068 unduplicated clients visit our pantries.

By Appointment only: Monday through Friday at 708 Elm.

News & Info

  • Ballard + EatStreet’s “Eat to Earn” Dec 8-18!

    Thinking about what to do for lunch? Order EatStreet delivery DEC 8 until DEC 18, use the code BALLARD at checkout, and do a little good while eating some good food. Order from a local biz and look at that, the trifecta of Good Stuff! Spread the word, friends!

    December 8, 2020
  • Holiday Bureau Update

    Holiday Bureau Family Intake will begin on October 26th and run thru Nov 6th. . It will be virtual. No in person intakes will be allowed.  Due to a predicted influx in families asking for assistance and a possible decrease in donors we will only be able to offer adoption to children under 18 years of

    October 26, 2020
  • Lawrence Rotary Club, Ballard Center build 68 kits to distribute to homeless clients

    In the first few days of an ominous summer in Lawrence thanks to COVID-19, Shania Lamm, a member of the Lawrence Rotary Club and Central National Bank employee, contacted the Ballard Center with one simple question: How can I help?  The COVID-19 pandemic made volunteering for group projects almost impossible even though the need was

    September 24, 2020
  • Ballard Center receives pair of grants, will participate in 9/11 National Day of Service

    Grants provided by Frontier Farm Credit Working Here Fund for Hunger and Nutrition and Kansas Volunteer Commission  LAWRENCE, KANSAS – The Ballard Center received a $2,000 grant from Frontier Farm Credit’s Working Here Fund and a $500 grant from the Kansas Volunteer Commission. The money from these grants allows Ballard to participate in the 2020

    September 8, 2020

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