As we march toward 2020 and LWV’s 100th anniversary, volunteers continue to give their time and energy to ensure that League has a great future. When you join with smart, dedicated, and effective League volunteers, your contribution is multiplied because you are joining a nationwide network. Volunteer today and power our impact!
LWV is a nonpartisan political organization. Our work encourages informed and active participation in government, increases understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The Naturalization Committee staffs a voter registration table at monthly naturalization ceremonies for new citizens. The ceremonies are usually held at the Federal Building, 500 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. (Entrance on Nebraska Ave.) The ceremony is generally held on the last Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Other 2018 dates are Aug. 17, Sept. 21 (in Fort Scott, KS), Oct. 26, Nov. 16 and Dec. 14. Find out more about this committee.
The Natural Resource Committee meets on the third Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Resource Library. Please contact us for more information or to discuss joining this committee, and check out the many ways you can help protect our environment—from who you elect to serve on local governing boards to what you plant in your backyard.
An observer regularly attends governmental meetings as the eyes and ears of League. Wearing your League pin, you act as a visible representative of LWVJoCo. Observers remain neutral on all issues and refrain from public comment. You take brief notes of the major actions taken at the meeting and share the high points in the monthly newsletter The VOTER.
Currently, LWVJoCo observers cover the Board of County Commissioners, JCCC Board of Trustees, Johnson County Mental Health Board, Johnson County Library Board, Johnson County Parks and Rec, Johnson County Committee on Aging, Shawnee Mission School Board, WaterOne, and city councils for Leawood, Lenexa, Overland Park, Roeland Park and Shawnee.
We seek volunteers to attend these meetings:
- School Board Meetings: Blue Valley, (2nd Monday, 7 p.m.) Olathe (1st Thursday, 6 p.m.)
- Wyandotte County Unified Government Board of Commissioners (three Thursdays per month)
- City Council meetings: Merriam, Mission, Prairie Village, and Olathe
Being an observer is a great way to learn about local government and to share that information with League members. Can’t commit to every meeting? Sign up with a friend and share the responsibility.
The League of Women Voters of Johnson County offers interesting and nonpartisan presentations to community groups. Currently, the League of Women Voters of Johnson County has speakers available to discuss the following topics:
Making democracy work
Citizens’ rights and responsibilities
- The Primary Election: Why They Are Essential to “Making Democracy Work”
- Your Vote Matters; Learn what will be on your ballot and how to register to vote
- Evaluating Candidates: Many ways to learn about candidates’ issues, character and leadership
- League of Women Voters: What we stand for and positions we champion
- Be an Informer Voter: Knowing where to look for valid information
- Make Your Voice Heard: Discovering your style as an advocate
Keeping our communities healthy
- Supporting America’s Clean Power Plan
- Stormwater Management: How you can reduce flooding
- Is fracking a risk to Johnson County?
- Medicare for All: Exploring the data driving the discussion
We can adapt our presentations to meet your group’s needs, from a short 20-minute overview to a longer presentation and discussion. No fees are required for our knowledgeable volunteer speakers. Arrange a speaker for your next event: ContactUs@lwvjoco.org.
Volunteers staff voter registration tables at high schools, colleges, retirement homes, civic events, businesses, and food pantries. The League encourages voters who have moved since the last election to update their voter registration with their new address.
Until further notice, LWVK recommends using the Federal Voter Application Form for new voter registrants. This form does not require proof of citizenship. Send the form to your Johnson County Election Office.
Or, it’s quick and easy when if you use your smartphone. ksvotes.org
Staying connected with our members and empowering voters with credible, nonpartisan information are the priorities for this team. Some of the ways we do this include:
- Weekly email updates
- The VOTER, the monthly newsletter
- Our website
- Facebook and Twitter
- Press releases to area media
- Networking with other community organizations
- Supporting other committees’ marketing and publicity efforts
If you have an interest in lending a hand with some of these and other communications-related projects, please contact us.