logo for the League of Women Voters of Johnson County

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.

 


Naturalization Committee
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.) Two ceremonies are held at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) and in September the ceremony is held outdoors at the Fort Scott National Historic Site. The ceremony is generally held on the last Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. The final 2018 date is Dec. 14.

Dates for 2019 are: January 18, February 22, March 20 (JCCC), April 26, May 29 (JCCC), June 21,July 26, August 23, September 27 (Fort Scott), October 25, November 15 and December 13.

Find out more about this committee.

    
Photos of one of the large ceremonies that are held at Johnson County Community College


Natural Resources 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.


Observer Corps

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.


Speakers Bureau

Need a speaker for your next meeting, workshop or event?

As we head into 2019, we know lots of groups are setting up their events for the coming year. We wanted to make sure you knew that LWVJoCo offers interesting and nonpartisan presentations to community groups and gatherings on a wide range of timely topics.

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 to speak to your group. Here are a few presentations we offer:

Making democracy work

  • LWV: What we stand for and the positions we champion
  • Be an informed voter: Know where to look for valid information
  • Make your voice heard: Discover your style as an advocate
  • Electoral college
  • Media integrity

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: Explore the data driving the discussionT

To learn more about these presentations and how to schedule one for your organization,  ContactUs@lwvjoco.org.


Voter ServicesLeague members out registering voters.

Our 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.

It’s quick and easy to register to vote with your smartphone; go to  ksvotes.org

If you would like the League to hold a voter registration drive at your location, please contact us.


Communications

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.