January Visioneer, 2015

2014 Letter from the Chair & New 2015 Heartland Visioning Chair Announced


"I've lived and worked in our community for almost ten years. This is not the community I moved to. How is it different?" Continue reading Heartland Visioning's 2014 Letter from the Chair, Gina Millsap.

Help me thank Gina Millsap, CEO of Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, for three amazing years as the Heartland Visioning Chair. Feel free to email Gina here, and let her know how important her contributions to the community have been. 


Please join us in welcoming Miriam Krehbiel, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Topeka and the new chair of Heartland Visioning. She will work with the members of the Management Committee and staff to provide exceptional leadership in 2015. 


Call for Mentors


Positive Pathways Program (P3), a program of Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, is recruiting youth mentors. The youth, aged 14-24, all have involvement with the juvenile justice system and have education, personal and workforce goals they are working towards with the help and guidance of their P3 coach.

Each P3 coach has many youth they work with; so mentors play an important role!  They help reinforce the stability and support given by the coach, and meet with the mentee to be an additional resource for reaching those goals they have set with their coach.


Becoming a mentor is both rewarding and easy. Being a mentor is rewarding -you watch your mentee grow and accomplish their goals, set new goals, and accomplish them again!  Being a mentor is easy - you can meet with your mentee on average twice a month.  P3 has programming events every Tuesday at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office, so there is always something going on for you to do with your mentee.  These events focus on life skills and are a great way for you to meet the youth if you have an interest in volunteering!  Each month's event calendar has a theme, and January's is "a month of fun," so what better time to get involved?!

If you have any questions or would like to receive our calendar of events and/or be put on our mailing list, email Rachel Fulcher or give her a call at 234-5524 x25.

Heartland Visioning announces new Director of Communications and Community Engagement


Heartland Visioning is pleased to announce Emma Starkey as the new Director of Communications and Community Engagement. 


Emma has been with Heartland Visioning for almost two years and started in her role as Communications Coordinator. During her time with Heartland Visioning, Emma has assisted with organizational strategic planning, planned and implemented community meetings, and worked closely with staff, volunteers, and elected officials. 


"As we begin 2015, I am very excited about the new initiatives Heartland Visioning will be addressing, specifically as they pertain to awareness and community engagement. I look forward to working closely with our existing volunteers and forming new collaboration opportunities within the community."

Feel free to reach out to Emma Starkey by email or by phone at 785-231-6006.

Start a Neighborhood Watch


Did you know one of the most important things you can do to make your community even better is to know your neighbors


Whether you host a potluck or organize a formal meeting, talking with your neighbors is key to a safer neighborhood. 


Please call Safe Streets at 266.4606 if you are interested in starting a neighborhood group or to learn if one already exists in your neighborhood.  



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