Volunteers give their time and energy to ensure that League fulfills its mission to empower voters and protect our democracy. LWVJoCo has two types of teams/committees: Those that give you an opportunity to reach out to the community (outreach) and those that give you an opportunity to sustain our work (infrastructure). Find a committee that best suits your interests and availability.
Outreach to the community
The Naturalization Committee staffs a voter registration table at monthly naturalization ceremonies for new citizens. The ceremonies are usually held at the Federal Building in Kansas City, Kan. Two ceremonies are held at Johnson County Community College, 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.
We are currently seeking someone to lead our Natural Resource Committee. In the past, this committee has been instrumental in holding workshops about advocating on specific environmental issues and legislation and tabling at community events. Please contact us if you would like to reactivate this committee. In the meantime, 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 send your brief report to our Observer Corps leader who shares the information with the Communications Team for the monthly newsletter.
Currently, LWVJoCo observers cover the following county boards (Board of County Commissioners, JCCC Board of Trustees, Johnson County Mental Health Board, Johnson County Library Board, Johnson County Parks and Recreation, Johnson County Committee on Aging, and Unified Government of Wyandotte County and KCK); school boards (Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley and Olathe); Water One and city councils (Leawood, Lenexa, Shawnee and Prairie Village).
We seek volunteers to attend these city council meetings:
- Merriam (second & fourth Mondays, 7 p.m.)
- Mission (third and fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m.)
- Olathe (first and third Tuesday, 7 p.m.)
- Overland Park (first and third Monday. 7 p.m.
- Roeland Park (first and third Monday, 7 p.m.)
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. Find out more.
Need a speaker for your next meeting, workshop or event?
As many groups plan their events calendar, we want to make sure you’re aware 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 present a program to your group. We currently offer these topics.
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 discussion
To learn more about these presentations and how to schedule one for your organization, contact us.
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
Voter Information provides accurate and unbiased information to the public.In addition to written information for voters, this group provides candidate forums, candidate meet-and-greet activities, legislative forums and other group activities relating to elections in the community.
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.
League members can participate in Great Decisions, a national, grassroots foreign policy discussion program. They use the Great Decisions Briefing Book, produced annually by the Foreign Policy Association, which contains articles on eight thought-provoking global issues currently facing Americans. The Briefing Book can be ordered from the International Relations Council for delivery in January. The group typically meets at one of the Johnson County libraries biweekly February through May. Meetings are announced in The VOTER.
This is a good place to begin your initial engagement in League activities. Hospitality works with members to provide refreshments at the general meetings. You can contribute a treat for one or more meetings, help serve treats or organize Hospitality needs.
Membership works as a team to recruit, engage and retain members. It manages membership data and shares member interests with committee chairs. It provides orientation packets to new members, mentoring experiences and new member orientation events. It also provides greeters and welcome tables at League meetings.
This team organizes special events for members in coordination with appropriate leadership. Currently, the four special events are the Summer Picnic, August Preview Party, Holiday Party and Annual Meeting. An event’s theme and program itinerary are done with the president’s approval. This team may enlist committee members/chairs for a specific event needs.
Ad Hoc Teams
As needs arise, a short-term group may be formed to address specific issues or opportunities. As of July 2018, one example is the 2020 Centennial Celebration team, which is planning toward activities related to the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters.