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Emphasizing the importance of giving back to local communities, Governor-elect Laura Kelly and Lt. Governor-elect Lynn Rogers will hold a day of service and community celebrations across the state of Kansas on January 12 as part of the Kelly Rogers Inaugural 2019 festivities

Volunteers from each community will be organizing these free events for the public, which will include a celebration, community service project of their choice, and a screening of a new short film about Kansas by director, screenwriter and KU professor Kevin Willmott.

“Lynn and I are thrilled to share the inaugural celebrations with people across the state of Kansas, and to highlight the importance of service in our local communities,” said Kelly. “We look forward to giving back to the state that has given us both so much.”

Kelly will attend the Topeka event, and Rogers will attend the Wichita events.

Event information, including dates and times, are listed below. Other events will be added throughout the week.

The events are sponsored by the Kelly Rogers Inaugural 2019 Committee. For more information, please contact Inaugural team at community@laurakellyforkansas.com.

Day of Service Sedgwick County – Food Bank (January 12, 10am-12pm) 

In Wichita, community members are volunteering at the Kansas Food Bank, which provides pre-assembled bags of food free of charge to schools across the state of Kansas. The schools distribute the food to chronically hungry children in backpacks every Friday. Volunteers will fill bags for the Food-4-Kids Program.

Kansas Food Bank-Cargill Cares Complex
1919 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67211-1627

Day of Service Sedgwick County – Food Drive (January 12, 1-3pm) 

In Wichita, community members are organizing a food drive at the Advanced Learning Library in Wichita to support the Wichita Family Crisis Center, which provides comprehensive services for victims of sexual and domestic violence and sexual exploitation. Volunteers will bring donations of non-perishable food items, particularly shelf-stable microwavable meals.

Advanced Learning Library
711 West 2nd St N
Wichita, KS 67203

Day of Service Shawnee County – Food Drive (January 6-12) 

In Topeka, community members are contributing to a food drive for Let’s Help, Inc and Doorstep, Inc., organizations that assist individuals and families to break the cycle of poverty and attain self-sufficiency. Volunteers will bring donations of non-perishable food items, particularly shelf-stable microwavable meals.

Beginning Sunday, January 6, you can drop off your items at the following locations:

Baker’s Dozen Donuts – 1949 NW Topeka Blvd, daily 5 am to 9 pm
Baker’s Dozen Donuts – 2601 SW 6th Ave, daily 6 am to noon
Baker’s Dozen Donuts – 3627 SE 29th St, daily 6 am to noon
Shawnee County Democrats – 5350 SW 17th St, Tuesday, January 8-Friday, January 11, 10 am to 4 pm & Saturday, January 12, 9 am to noon

Items will be picked up and delivered to Let’s Help and Doorstep at noon on Saturday, January 12.

Day of Service Sedgwick County – Food Drive (January 12, 1-3pm) 

In Wichita, community members are organizing a food drive at the Advanced Learning Library in Wichita to support the Wichita Family Crisis Center, which provides comprehensive services for victims of sexual and domestic violence and sexual exploitation. Volunteers will bring donations of non-perishable food items, particularly shelf-stable microwavable meals.

Advanced Learning Library
711 West 2nd St N
Wichita, KS 67203

Day of Service Shawnee County – Food Bank (January 12, 1-3pm) 

In Topeka, community members are volunteering at Harvesters, a regional food bank that provides food and related household products to more than 620 not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others. Volunteers will participate in sorting and re-packaging donated product.

Harvesters
215 SE Quincy St
Topeka, KS 66603

Day of Service Johnson County – Clothing Drive (January 12, 12-6pm) 

In Overland Park, the Johnson County Democrats are hosting a clothing drive to benefit the Shawnee Mission School District. Bring donations to the Johnson County Democrats’ office on or before January 12. Please only donate new, unused clothing and shoes. Cash donations are welcome and will be used to purchase more clothing. Beginning at noon on the 12th, volunteers will sort and box the donations. Bring refreshments and watch the Chiefs game with us!

Here are the items we will be collecting: (All new items please)

Coats – children’s sizes
Underwear – new, still in package, children’s sizes
Socks – all sizes
Shoes – all sizes
Shirts, pants – all sizes

Johnson County Democrats
8971 W 75th St
Overland Park, KS 66204

Day of Service Reno County – Community Discussion on Food Insecurity (January 12, 12-1:30pm) 

In Hutchinson, community members recognize there needs to be an important discussion about food insecurity, which is why we invite you to join us to learn more about the issues and what you can do. We will be joined by food policy expert Joey Hentzler, Director of Advocacy at Kansas Appleseed.  We will also be providing refreshments and lunch. We also encourage folks to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Reno County Food Bank.

Wool Market
420 North Main Street
Hutchinson, KS 67501

Day of Service Leavenworth County – Food and Clothing Drive (January 13, 1:30-3:30pm) 

In Leavenworth, community members are donating to The Army Community Service (ACS) program, which provides US Army personnel and their families with programs and services that promote self-reliance, resilience, and stability during war and peace

For this service project, volunteers will collect winter clothing for the ACS program on Fort Leavenworth so their staff may distribute items to families in need. Monetary donations (preferably in the form of gift cards) are welcome. Acceptance and presentation of the donations will be at the Center on Sunday, January 13 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Richard Allen Cultural Center
412 Kiowa St
Leavenworth, KS 66048

Day of Service Saline County – “Laundry Love” (January 12, 3-5pm) 

In Salina, community members are donating to Salina Shares’ “Laundry Love” initiative. This project arranges gift bags with items like laundry detergent, dryer sheets, quarters, cleaning supplies, towels, and personal hygiene products for families in need.

Beginning on Saturday, January 5, we will begin collecting donations in laundry baskets located at Ad Astra, our locally-owned bookstore and coffee shop. On Saturday, January 12 at 3pm, we will meet at Ad Astra to enjoy some refreshments and deliver the laundry baskets to Salina Shares.

Ad Astra Books and Coffee House
141 N Santa Fe Ave
Salina, KS 67401

Day of Service Finney County – Benefit Coffee (January 12, 10am-2pm) 

In Garden City, participants will be gathering for a benefit coffee in support of three local organizations: Mosaic, the Finney County Humane Society, and Oasis of Peace. Mosaic is a faith-based organization that supports the needs, goals, and dreams of people with intellectual disabilities. We will be collecting supplies and donations for their group homes

The Finney County Humane Society’s mission is to prevent cruelty to animals, to relieve suffering among animals, and to promote the extension of humane education. In addition the normal sheltering responsibilities, the Humane Society provides medical care, foster care, and enrichment to animals in their shelter. We will be selling tickets to their annual fundraiser.

Oasis of Peace is a shelter offering support for women escaping from sex-trafficking. We will be collecting grocery vouchers and donations for the shelter.

Patrick Dugan’s Coffee Shop
5463, 301 N Main St
Garden City, KS 67846

Douglas County Day of Service – Supply Drive (January 8, 5:30-7pm and January 12, 10am-12pm) 

In Lawrence, the Douglas County Democrats are hosting a supply drive in support of the Willow Domestic Violence Center. The Center works to restore the health and safety of survivors of family and domestic violence by providing free and confidential safety, education, and advocacy services. For this project, we will collect personal items for donation, such as gift cards, personal hygiene products, laundry detergent, underwear, socks, washcloths, and baby care products. Cash donations are also welcome.

We will begin collecting items at a Happy Hour gathering on January 8 from 5:30p-7p at the Boulevard Grill at the Doubletree. We will host a second gathering at the same location on January 12th from 10 am until 12pm.

Boulevard Grill at the Doubletree
200 McDonald Drive
Lawrence, Kansas, 66044

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