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New Volunteer Management System makes volunteering easier

A group of library volunteers posing with books

Three county departments are piloting a new Volunteer Management System (VMS) that makes it easier for residents to find volunteer opportunities in Johnson County Government. Johnson County Library, Human Services and Developmental Supports are the three departments using the system to publish volunteer opportunities and communicate with volunteers. In 2017, these three departments utilized approximately 2,500 volunteers working more than 77,000 hours. 

Resource Fair and Marketplace set for Oct. 4

The Johnson County Community Developmental Disabilities Organization invites the community to attend a Resource Fair and Marketplace for individuals who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families. There will be an opportunity to visit with many community support agencies and learn about resources available in Johnson County. Light refreshments will be served.

Make every day special for your family

Family Day on Sept. 24 is more than a day on the calendar. Family Day celebrates simple, everyday things parents can do to connect with their kids. Since 2001, the grassroots effort has encouraged families to make time to connect at various times of the day. Whether driving your kids to practice, tucking them into bed, or enjoying a meal around the dinner table, the day offers everyone an opportunity to take a break and enjoy time as a family. Family Day is all about making every day special.

Election workers needed for Nov. 6 general election

Election workers sitting at a table.

The Johnson County Election Office is seeking 1,000 new election workers to serve voters at Johnson County polls during the Nov. 6 General Election.

To be eligible to serve, residents must be registered to vote at their current address in Johnson County, complete election worker training and be available 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. the day of the election. The training sessions will be offered multiple times between Oct. 20 and Oct. 31, including evening and weekend options.

Help celebrate park's Grand Opening

Big Bull Creek Park Nature Play Area

Bring the entire family and help celebrate the grand opening of Big Bull Creek Park, the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's newest park.

Big Bull Creek Park is located at 20425 Sunflower Road in Edgerton, Kansas.

New positions to support Mental Health Services

Today the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners unanimously authorized three new full time positions, and transitioned two part time positions to full time, for the Johnson County Mental Health Center. Funds for these new positions will come from state contract funding and revenue generated from fees, as opposed to taxpayer dollars. Below is a summary of the new positions and the reasons they are needed.

Two Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) for Open Access Clinician positions.

Taking Action to Prevent Suicide in Our LGBTQ+ Community

Jay Prior photo

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 9 -15, 2018. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. and each year nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide. In an effort to build awareness and educate, the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting a training event on Friday, Sept. 14 that is free and open to the community.

Johnson County dedicates Fallen Officers Memorial

On the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the nation, Johnson County dedicated a Fallen Officers Memorial on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in front of the Sheriff’s Operations Building at the Fred Allenbrand Criminal Justice Complex at the New Century AirCenter.

Featured speakers at the ceremony were U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, Sheriff Calvin Hayden and Life Scout Luke Gwartney, who designed and completed the memorial as an Eagle Scout project.

Extension offers Medicare enrollment classes

A senior couple embracing and smiling

Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Whether you’re new to the program or an existing participant, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is offering a series of FREE classes to help guide you through the maze of Medicare.

The Medicare Basics class walks you through the essentials of Medicare. It covers the basics of Parts A, B, C (Medicare Advantage), D and Medicare supplements (Medigap).

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