MORE2 was created in 2004 as a social justice organization representing different faith traditions, cultural backgrounds, races, and economic means. The organization included twelve congregations and has now grown to thirty-two congregations and many individual members. We are united in our commitment to transforming our communities, building a Kansas City area that embraces all people and offers everyone the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential.
As people of faith, we are called to break down barriers that divide us by race and class. Rather than providing services or programs, we work to change policies through grassroots movements, in ways that promote racial and economic equity in Kansas and Missouri.
We are affiliated with the Gamaliel Network, which includes 45 affiliates in 17 states. Truly grassroots, the members of MORE2 and the other affiliates work together to set the national priorities agenda for Gamaliel and come together multiple times a year for training and development.
Co-Chairs: Minister Kiku Brooks & Rev. Rick Behrens
Recording Secretary: David Grummon
Secretary: Ronald Achelpohl
Treasurer: Ronald Carter
Members: Jonathon Westbrook, Jennifer Gwinner, Karla Juarez, Keith “K.D.” Dixon
Lora McDonald, Executive Director
3151 Olive St, Kansas City, MO 64109
Lora McDonald is the Executive Director of MORE2. She lives in Kansas City with her son.
McDonald earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri. In her twenty-five year career as a social worker, she has served a variety of populations: people in drug treatment; incarcerated individuals; homeless youth; foster and adoptive families; and people living in poverty. Her primary focus has always been challenging the policies, systems, and programs that hinder the lives of individuals and families.
McDonald has been organizing since 2008. She worked for the KC Crime Commission from 2008-2012, serving as the architect of the Second Chance Program and establishing the KC Reentry Coalition, to address public policies and systemic issues that create barriers to successful reentry.
In 2012, McDonald became the Executive Director of MORE2. Under her leadership, the organization has ensured the passage of over a dozen public policies in the areas of workforce, criminal justice, transit, and immigration; stopped the decimation of Kansas City Public Schools; won the Healthy Homes ballot initiative for rental housing inspections; and offered tools to thousands of community members to understand and address racial inequities in their communities.
McDonald has been honored by the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus with a Community Advocate award; recognized by Proclamation from the City of Kansas City; earned the “Equality 1st Award” from the Adult Prom Committee (Kansas City, KS); and the Social Work Macro Practitioner of the Year Award from ACOSA.