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RPG is Raising Support for Van Go in October

For 25 years, Van Go has worked with area youth providing job skills training, social services, mental health support, nutrition education, and more. The depth of services provided have a significant impact on the lives of participants, many of whom attest that their time at Van Go was “lifesaving”.


We felt it fit perfectly with RPG's mission of building community and, if you didn't know, our staff has a passion for the arts, mental health, and making sure that everyone has access to the education and resources they need to succeed.

So what is Van Go?

Based on the fervent belief that art-making is transformative and healing, Lynne Green founded Van Go Mobile Arts in 1997 with a donated Checker limousine and a $2,000 grant from the Kansas Arts Commission. Lynne drove the Checker limo to area elementary schools and the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority, bringing art and inspiration to youth. Growing demand for the program prompted the organization to rent a space accessible to the youth being served in the East Lawrence neighborhood at 7th and New Jersey streets—a space that soon became a permanent home.

Van Go quickly began to receive national recognition for its impact on the lives of Douglas County youth. In 2006, Van Go was invited to the White House to receive the Coming Up Taller Award, the first Kansas organization to be recognized with this prestigious honor. Since then, Van Go has received the Kansas Governor’s Art Award (2008), KU’s Community Collaboration Award (2013), and in 2016 was recognized for its important work by a visit from National Endowment for the Arts chair, Jane Chu.


What began nearly 25 years ago as a mobile arts outreach has blossomed into what Van Go, Inc. is today: a nationally recognized, arts-based employment program for teens and young adults ages 14 – 24. Van Go has become a fixture in the social service landscape of Lawrence and receives federal WIOA support for its job training program. Using art as the vehicle for self-expression, self-confidence and hope for the future, Van Go empowers young people to create their own vision of success. The organization’s home at 715 New Jersey Street is now an anchor in the up-and-coming Warehouse Arts District. Van Go continues to provide young people the opportunity to make public works of art—giving them a unique opportunity to succeed and connect to their community.

So, how are we raising support?

We will have a line on every check for you to choose any amount you prefer.

If you order through our carry-out menu there will be an option to round up your order and donate.

We will also have a special page on our menus dedicated to telling you more about Van Go and what your donation has the power to do:

$5 Donation - contributes to the prizes given to Employee of the Week/Ten for Twenty winners for both JAMS and TAT sessions

These sessions incentivize participants to retain the attributes of a great employee.

$10 Donation - contributes to the Van Go & Co. Clothing Closet.


Van Go & Co. provides access to clothing, personal care, and hygiene products to demonstrate the impact clean clothing and self-care items often have on health and well-being.

$20 Donation - contributes to the Go Healthy initiatives (snacks/lunches) for both our JAMS and TAT participants.


Their Go Healthy initiative teaches the youth the importance of taking good care of themselves outside of the work environment so that they are best prepared to perform in the workplace and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

Even if you can't support Van Go through RPG we want you to know how you can support them in other ways:

Dinner on the Curve - Oct 8th


Their 25th annual Dinner on the Curve event is coming up Saturday, October 8th from around 4-9:30pm.

Dinner on the Curve is Van Go’s annual fundraising dinner under the stars on the Van Go Curve at 7th and New Jersey Street. Guests will enjoy an evening full of live music, culinary delights, and a live auction full of Van Go creations. Tickets are $175 and can still be purchased by going to our website (www.van-go.org) or using this link https://www.van-go.org/event/dinner-on-the-curve-2022/

Van Go Custom Bench

Each summer, their JAMS program partners with community businesses, individuals, and agencies to design and create custom benches. Benches are $1,500 and you can reserve a spot with a $100 deposit for the 2023 Summer. Here is the link to learn more about the benchmark and/or order a bench https://www.van-go.org/benchmark/.

(And yes, RPG has already reserved a bench.)

So let's support Van Go this October

Together, with your help, we hope to raise enough funds to help Van Go continue their work for a long time to come.

Thank you for your support, Lawrence.

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