Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wesley House - Serving Southeast Kansas

Wesley House is an outreach mission of First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg, Kansas.  It was established in 1982 to address the needs of low-income families in the area.  The mission of Wesley House is to provide a safe, welcoming place for individuals and families of Crawford County to seek assistance, advocacy, education and hope for a brighter tomorrow.  The ministry has grown and evolved through the years, but the primary purpose remains the same- to reach out with God's love to those who are in need in Crawford County. To learn more about their services click here.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Civic Health Hero - What an Honor

When my sister asked me to share the community service I perform with her, I had no clue that a few months later I would be honored with the recognition of a Civic Health Hero by the Kansas Health Foundation.

The Kansas Health Foundation focuses on the four impact areas of access to affordable health care, healthy behaviors, civic and community engagement and educational attainment. Click here to read the wonderful article that was published in the Joplin Globe newspaper.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Frontenac Homecoming

In the southeast corner of Kansas, with a population of just over 3,400, Frontenac has a rich history. Frontenac was established as a coal mining town in 1886 in the Cherokee-Crawford Coal Fields. The town was populated primarily by immigrant families from eastern and southeastern Europe, predominantly Sicilian, Italian, and Slavic people from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. On the night of November 9, 1888, Frontenac had the worst mining disaster in Kansas history, when a coal dust explosion killed 44 miners. 

In 1986, a group of community members held the first Frontenac Homecoming to celebrate Frontenac's 100th anniversary. As the community changed, the committee dissolved but has returned with a new generation in 2016. To learn about the activities of Frontenac Homecoming 2018, please find Frontenac Homecoming on Facebook here.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Family Growth through Friendship

Pittburg Mother to Mother Ministry provides opportunities for individuals of different racial/ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds to gather in friendship.

By offering support and mentoring with family struggles or simply sharing life experiences, people learn from each other. These new friendships empower participants to nurture healthy families and to grow as both individuals and members of society.

To learn more about this wonderful organization click here.

Friday, April 27, 2018

SEK History

As a child growing up and attending school in Southeast Kansas, every school year, my class would visit the Crawford County Historical Museum. The Crawford County Historical Museum is a non-profit organization and has one of the largest collection of artifacts and historical displays in the area. Located just off of the Hwy 69 Bypass, the museum holds many memories for the community members of Southeast Kansas. 

To read more about the museum, click here for an article written by PSU student and Collegio Copy Editor Brianna Price.

The museum has opened its doors to the community by allowing meetings to be held in their Education Room. To reach a broader audience, the museum has begun hosting Sip & Paint Fundraisers as well. I have attended four (4) of the painting events and two I have taught. 

On May 6, 2018, the Crawford County Historical Museum is hosting a Sip, Paint & Laugh event. I will be guiding the attendees through a painting of Dandelions at Dawn. A fun spring themed picture.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Paint It All Pink

The Mount Carmel Foundation presents...Paint It All Pink on May 11, 2018. The fight against breast cancer is not just in October. Remember the women in your life during May and as we approach Mother's Day, support cancer awareness.

Together we can:

  • Celebrate breast cancer survivors
  • Support breast cancer awareness
  • Spread the word about the importance of mammograms and early detection.
The Foundation hosts shirt and plant sales, giveaways and more. All proceeds go to the Mount Carmel Foundation benefitting the patients of the Via Christi Cancer Center.

The Mount Carmel Foundations secures and extends financial assistance to the operation, maintenance, facilities and services of Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, and contributes to healthcare and maintenance of the people of southeast Kansas and the surrounding region.

To learn more about what the foundation is, what it does, and where the funds raised go, like the foundation on Facebook, here.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Pittsburg Public Library hosted their Annual Meeting and Program on Monday, April 2, 2018. 

Dagmar Snodgrass presented: Dagie's Story: From War Torn Germany to Freedom in America.

The audience was silent as Dagie spun her childhood in Berlin and how a piece of chocolate from an American Candy Bomber gave her hope. She spoke of her family, how she met her husband, and how she and her children came to America. It was a different German perspective of WWII that history books don't always tell.

The Friends of the Pittsburg Public Library (FoPPL) ensures that the library is able to keep the many great, public programs as well as allowing special purchases of equipment and titles for the collection by raising funds during the semi-annual book sales and membership fees. FoPPL hope to facilitate lifelong learning opportunities for Pittsburg Public Library patrons.