December, 2015
Thank you Visionary Volunteers!

As we approach the holidays our Heartland Visioning staff: John, Kristen, and Jeanie want to thank YOU for your visionary leadership throughout 2015! We appreciate all your efforts to improve our quality of life. 

"I am proud to participate with Heartland Visioning because it is an incredible organization that moves fantastic projects forward. 'Get it done'!!" Lisa Stubbs, Security Benefit

"Working with Heartland Visioning provides me an opportunity to work with other people who care deeply about our community and are willing to work hard to ensure our future is excellent." Marsha Pope, Topeka Community Foundation

"It has been great to meet people of all ages and backgrounds who have an interest in making Topeka a place to live and work." Roger Underwood, Community Bank
 
Volunteer Topeka

The Topeka Capital-Journal is spreading the spirit of volunteering in the community through an online database and an app for your phone! 

If you're interested in volunteering, or you have a need for volunteers, VolunteerTopeka.com is the place to interact. You get information about more than 100 nonprofit entities in Topeka and Shawnee County. Most of these nonprofits are looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, from answering phones to delivering meals to the elderly to responding to disasters. 

The app is free and available for IPhones and Androids. Be a part of making our community grow and thrive, volunteer today! For more information contact the Capital Journal. 
"I GO NOTO" Banners Win merit award in Collaboration 

Topeka Public Art Project Receives International Recognition. When Topeka Dreams Together, We All Win! 

The "I GO NOTO" banner project, designed by Bloomerang Studios, won the merit award in the Collaboration Category of the CODAvideo Awards. The recognition was given by the online public arts community, CodaWorx. In the last few years, the project has also been highlighted in the New York Times and in a Microsoft Bing-it-On Commercial.
 
"Creating a 'positive image' community focused on quality of life can only be achieved through partnerships," said John Hunter, Executive Director for Heartland Visioning. "The Bloomerang 'I GO NOTO' and 'We the People' projects are perfect examples of successful and significant collaboration." Read the full article here. Watch the video here. 
Topeka Gives (More!)
 
Topeka Gives Charitable Giving Event set for June 7, 2016 'Match Money' Grows

The Topeka Community Foundation announced the widely popular "Topeka Gives" event is returning for a fourth year! It will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 inside Fairlawn Plaza Mall, with $68,000.00 provided in matching funds. Area donors and businesses, seeing the impact of this event on the community, have made contributions toward the pool of funds used as "match money."

"We hope in 2016 people will again join us and not only contribute to the causes they care about but learn more about the organizations in our community that provide outstanding programs and services for our neighbors, friends and families." - Marsha Pope, Vice President Topeka Community Foundation. 

Nonprofit organizations which were not part of previous Topeka Gives events but would like to participate in 2016 should contact the Topeka Community Foundation. Mandatory informational meetings to provide event details will be hosted in January.