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.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Invisible Illnesses Become Visible

As National President of my philanthropic sorority, Phi Tau Omega, I have the honor of selecting a National Platform that all chapters recognize. As a Multiple Sclerosis Warrior for almost 18 years, I have selected Invisible Illnesses.

Invisible Illness or Disability is an umbrella term that captures a whole spectrum of hidden disabilities or challenges that are primarily neurological in nature.
Invisible Disabilities are certain kinds of disabilities that are not immediately apparent to others. It is estimated that 10% of people in the U.S. have a medical condition which could be considered a type of invisible disability. 96% of people with chronic medical conditions live with a condition that is invisible. These people do not use a cane or any assistive device and act as if they didn’t have a medical condition. About 25% of them have some type of activity limitation, ranging from mild to severe; the remaining 75% are not disabled by their chronic conditions. Although the disability creates a challenge for the person who has it, the reality of the disability can be difficult for others to recognize or acknowledge. Others may not understand the cause of the problem if they cannot see evidence of it in a visible way.
Invisible Illnesses include, but are not limited to: Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cancer, Fibromyalgia, Depression, Mental Illness, Diabetes, Digestive Disorders, Migraines, Heart Conditions, Infertility, Lupus and Lyme Disease.

Friday, February 23, 2018

2018 Move & Shake for MS Zumbathon

Move & Shake for MS Zumbathon is the annual fundraiser for the Hope for MS Foundation. The foundation uses the funds raised to provide grants to those in the four states area living with Multiple Sclerosis that will enhance their quality of life.

The main purpose of the Hope for MS Foundation is to END MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. While we may not be able to accomplish this ultimate goal this year, we do have attainable goals that will be achieved. Hope for MS Foundation is a 100% volunteer group that strives to use every penny raised to make an impact on MS. We are funding research that will bring about a cure and better treatments in the interim. We are funding patient grants for items needed to live easier with MS such as scooters, wheelchairs, wheelchair ramps, walking aids and physical therapy equipment.

To learn more about both the Hope for MS Foundation and Move & Shake for MS, click here.

Like Hope for MS Foundation on Facebook

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Move & Shake for Multiple Sclerosis

Move & Shake for MS Zumbathon is the annual fundraiser for the Hope for MS Foundation. The foundation uses the funds raised to provide grants to those in the four states area living with Multiple Sclerosis that will enhance their quality of life.

The main purpose of the Hope for MS Foundation is to END MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. While we may not be able to accomplish this ultimate goal this year, we do have attainable goals that will be achieved. Hope for MS Foundation is a 100% volunteer group that strives to use every penny raised to make an impact on MS. We are funding research that will bring about a cure and better treatments in the interim. We are funding patient grants for items needed to live easier with MS such as scooters, wheelchairs, wheelchair ramps, walking aids and physical therapy equipment.

To learn more about both the Hope for MS Foundation and Move & Shake for MS, click here.

Like Hope for MS Foundation on Facebook