December Visioneer, 2014

New Position to be Added


Heartland Visioning is seeking a part-time Executive Assistant to add to the existing staff. Positive organizational changes, re-allocation of staff roles, increased fundraising activities, and increased volunteer participation have led to this exciting new addition. 

This position will provide support to our Steering Committee and Management Committee volunteers, manage the Heartland Visioning office,  assist staff with organizational activities and play a role in event planning and communications. View the full job description here

Anyone interested in applying for the Executive Assistant position, please send a cover letter and resume to 

City of Topeka and Shawnee County Board Opportunities


The Mayor and City Council are looking for interested volunteers for three boards.


There are two openings on the Landmarks Commission which advises both on policy and designations as well as changes which require government approval. Meets monthly.


There is one opening on the Planning Commission which sets policy as well as considers applications and changes on planning and zoning issues. Meets monthly.


There is one at large opening on the Citizens Advisory Committee. Meets quarterly.


Detailed information on each Topeka City board and opening is available here. If you have questions or would like more information, email Karen Hiller.


Shawnee County Advocacy Council on Aging is seeking council members that want to ensure senior services remain a vital component for our communities. For more detailed information call Jo Salehar ( 785-286-4559) visit Community Resources Council for an application. 

Shawnee County Receives Award for National Night Out 2004


Safe Streets is pleased to announce that Topeka/Shawnee County has been recognized as one of the top cities in the nation for its work with National Night Out 2014. The National Association of Town Watch has announced that Topeka/Shawnee has received 6th place in cities with the population of 100,000 to 299,999. 


National Night Out (NNO) is an annual event designed to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie. NNO is coordinated by Safe Streets in partnership with the Topeka Police Department, Shawnee County Sheriff's Office and the Shawnee County District Attorney's Office. The 2014 event was held on August 9 and featured 63 neighborhoods participating and more than 9,000 people.

National Night Out 2015 is scheduled for August 8! Safe Streets will begin coordination with neighborhoods and partners in April 2015. For questions about National Night Out or forming a neighborhood watch group, call Safe Streets at 266.4606 

Topeka and Shawnee County Library Opens Make-It-Lab


If you can dream it, you can make it. That's the idea behind the Make-It-Lab, a new makerspace at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, opening Monday Dec 8. Located in the library's media room, Make-It-Lab is chock full of equipment you can use to make, create, design, compose, record and manipulate.

Why is the Make-It-Lab such a big deal? Because it provides a space for small business owners, entrepreneurs, creative professionals and amateur inventors to utilize equipment they might not otherwise be able to afford or access. That includes two iMacs, sound recording equipment, graphic design software, photography equipment and even a 3D printer.

The library welcomes the public to the Make-It Lab with an Open House 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Monday Dec. 8.



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