Job Alert: Compassionate Ear Warmline Operator, MHAH

Mental Health America of the Heartland

Mental Health America of the Heartland requires two or more responsible individuals to provide non-clinical peer support to people with mental illness by answering calls to our peer-operated support line. Primary duties include offering non-crisis supportive listening, coping strategies, information, and reprieve from loneliness and isolation. A typical evening would be answering 6-7 calls during a 3-hour shift.

The Compassionate Ear Warmline operates daily (Sunday through Saturday) during the hours of 4:00pm to 10:00pm. These jobs offer some flexibility with regard to work schedule within the hours of operation and the convenience of working from your own home; calls to the line are forwarded to the Warmline Operator’s home but personal telephone numbers are blocked and not visible to the caller. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, compassionate and reliable.

Qualified applicants must have:

    • Personal working telephone service
    • GED or high school diploma, required; some post-secondary education, preferred
    • Personal lived experience of recovery from mental illness, required
    • written and verbal communication skills, necessary; ability to complete client documentation and proficiency with Microsoft Office and Excel, required

Mental Health America of the Heartland is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Mail or hand-deliver cover letter with resume and completed application to:

Mental Health America of the Heartland
ATTN: Human Resources / Warmline
739 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Deadline: August 5th, 2016 by 5:00pm
No phone calls, faxes or emails please.

UG to Participate in Twitter Town Hall for What Works Cities

What Works Cities Twitter TownHallYou’re Invited to a 7/27 Twitter Town Hall with What Works Cities.

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County invites you to join them on Wednesday, July 27, from 11:00 to 12:25 p.m. CT, when they will be participating in a Twitter Town Hall about engagement with What Works Cities. As you may be aware, the UG was recently selected to join WWC, a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative, and through their engagement, they will be receiving expert technical assistance from WWC partners and working to elevate use of data and evidence to improve the lives of wyco residents.

During the Twitter Town Hall, the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University (GovEx), one of WWC’s partners, will be taking over the WWC handle (@WhatWorksCities). Kansas City and other new cities will have the chance to engage with GovEx on topics including open data, performance management, and the UG’s work with the initiative.

The UG invites you to join the discussion or pose questions to them and other participants during the hour, using the hashtag #WWClive.

Unified Government’s Sewer Improvement Plan – Public Meetings

You may have heard that the Unified Government (UG)is preparing a plan to renew our sewer system and reduce sewer overflows in our community. Now, the plan is almost complete!

Wrapping up the plan is just the beginning. Major sewer improvements are planned for the next 10 years and will be funded through your wastewater rates. The UG is holding three public meetings next month and your input into this plan is very valuable.

DTSKCK would appreciate your help in spreading the word about this important opportunity to be a part of the solution!  Please share this with your friends and neighbors on Facebook.

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Sewer Improvement Public Meetings

BPU Urges Pokémon Go Players to Use Caution

KCK Board of Public UilitiesThe Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is reminding players of the popular Pokémon Go game to stay far away from power plants, electric substations and other electric equipment.

The augmented reality application sends players on the hunt to “catch” animated Pokémon characters that appear overlaid on a live scene viewed through a phone. As players move to various locations to find new characters, it is important that players stay aware of their surroundings and keep clear of electric equipment.

“We know you want to #CatchEmAll, but always do so at a safe distance from electric substations and other electric equipment,” said David Mehlhaff, BPU Chief Communications Officer. “Entering an electric substation is both a crime and incredibly dangerous, and members of the public should never attempt to gain access for any reason. Another capture is not worth the risk of serious injury. Utilities cannot control where the Pokémon appear, making it important for players to make sure they catch their Pokémon from a safe distance.”

Mehlhaff added that online threads are reporting the “electric” type of Pokémon can be found near electrical sites.

BPU urges parents of children who play the game to talk to them about how to be safe around electricity, and to always heed all instructions on signs and warnings related to electric equipment.
Important safety tips:

  • Stay out of electrical facilities, such as substations and power plants, even if the game leads to that equipment.
  • NEVER touch electrical equipment, including transformers and power lines.
  • NEVER enter an active work zone, which could contain moving equipment and excavations.
  • Do not climb power poles or throw things into power lines.
  • Stay away from power lines that have fallen because they can still be energized.
  • Power lines near trees also pose a danger; exercise caution and check for power lines before climbing a tree.

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Happy Hunting!

Job Alert: Wyandotte County Extension Agent, 4-H

State of Kansas, Wyandotte BoldWyandotte County is the fourth most populated county in Kansas. Located within the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area, it has a rich history as it is situated at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers and was the launching point for travelers on the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California trails. Today “The Dotte” boasts an ethnically diversified urban, suburban and rural population of nearly 158,225. There are four cities in the county with Kansas City, KS being the county seat; Bonner Springs, Edwardsville and part of Lake Quivira are the other three. It is home to several institutions of higher learning and approximately 31,000 school-aged youth attend the five school districts.

Wyandotte County is a multi-agent county with six agent positions. The 4-H program serves 221 community club members in nine community clubs and eight project clubs. An additional 1,100 youth are served through school enrichment, after-school programs and day camps. The 4-H youth development agent provides programming to meet the needs of Wyandotte County families and youth collaborating with many community agencies and organizations. This position will supervise a 4-H Program Assistant / Office Professional as well as various other grant funded program staff.

TITLE: Wyandotte County Extension Agent
LOCATION: Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas
APPLICATION DATE: Screening of applications will begin July 25, 2016, and continue until the position is filled. This position is available on or after August 18, 2016. The starting date is negotiable.

Extension agents are community-based faculty of Kansas State University who make a difference by connecting community needs with university resources. Agents are administratively responsible to the county extension director and the local extension board. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. In cooperation with the local extension board and other community partners identify needs and major educational priorities of the community. Develop a proactive educational plan to address those needs.
  2. Provide primary leadership for the development, dissemination, and implementation of a research-based educational program for school-aged youth using a variety of delivery modes. Programs will be conducted with state and area faculty, adult volunteers, a 4-H program assistant, and professionals in other youth-serving organizations who share the goal of providing opportunities for youth to develop leadership potential, self-esteem, citizenship, responsibility and capacity.
  3. Collaborate with local community members, partner organizations and extension faculty to develop and implement educational programming assuring that all citizens have equal access to programming.
  4. Utilize a variety of educational strategies to implement educational programming. Examples include informal classes, presentations, media, volunteers, demonstrations, experiential learning, distance learning and group facilitation. Some overnight travel and evening and weekend work will be required.
  5. Collect evidence of program impact to market, report results and improve the program.
  6. Develop an area of program focus or subject matter expertise as a member of the Youth Development Program Focus Team.
  7. Share responsibility in community educational programming that addresses community functions of leadership, government, health, economy, ecosystems and social well-being.
  8. Develop and implement volunteer recruitment, training and management systems related to educational program needs.
  9. Secure external funding, as necessary, to support educational programming.


  • Completed bachelor’s degree in education, youth development, sociology, or other related fields, with major course work, professional development, and experience appropriate to the needs of the position; master’s degree preferred.
  • Evidence of strong academic and/or professional performance as demonstrated by one or more of the following – college transcripts, acceptance into a graduate program or documented success in increasingly responsible professional positions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups, and through mass media.
  • Access to a personal vehicle and the ability to obtain/maintain a valid Kansas Driver’s License.
  • Upon employment, must reside within Wyandotte County.


  • Experience working with adults and youth from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Commitment to personal professional development.
  • Ability to utilize electronic communication and computer applications to fulfill programming responsibilities.
  • Self-motivation and ability to work with a minimum of supervision, balancing multiple projects.
  • Experience working with individuals, groups and co-workers to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by previous leadership roles.
  • Ability to design, promote, implement and evaluate educational programs.
  • Skills in group facilitation.
  • Knowledge of adult and youth teaching/learning processes.
  • Experience in seeking and administering external grant funding.


  1. Salary commensurate with professional experience and available funding as negotiated by the area extension director, the local extension board and the applicant.
  2. Extension agents are faculty of Kansas State University and have benefits of university faculty, including the Kansas Board of Regents Retirement Plan, health and life insurance. Depending on the date of hire there is a minimum 30 days waiting period for health insurance. For a complete list of benefits, see
  3. Twenty-two vacation and twelve sick leave days per year in addition to paid holidays.
  4. Reimbursement for travel related to achieving program objectives.
  5. New agents are provided approximately 15 days of new agent professional development on the K-State campus during the first six to nine months. These 15 days are spread out in four different weeks. In addition, new agents spend at least three weeks with a mentor agent during the first year.

The following application materials may be sent by email or mail to: Stacey Warner, Extension Operations, 121 Umberger Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506, or fax to: 785-532-3079. Receipt of your application will be confirmed by email.

  1. Cover letter stating that you are applying for the Wyandotte County Agent, 4-H Youth Development, position. The letter should address experiences related to the above-mentioned responsibilities and qualifications.
  2. Resume which includes the following: educational background, professional experience; professional organizations and activities; volunteer responsibilities; honors; and any other information important to communicate qualifications for this position. Also include the names, email addresses, and phone numbers for five professional references familiar with your work, including college professors if a recent graduate.
  3. A copy of all college transcripts showing degrees completed. Photocopies of transcripts are acceptable during the application process. An original transcript will be requested upon hire.
  4. Reference forms from five professional contacts. Reference forms are located at: Please provide a form to each individual serving as a reference or refer them to this site. These forms should be completed online or returned directly from each reference by email or mail to: Extension Operations, 121 Umberger Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506, or fax to: 785-532-3079.
  5. A position offer is contingent on a successful pre-employment criminal background and driving record check. A Background Check Request form will be mailed to the successful applicant following the offer of employment.

To check the status of application materials, contact Casey Swartz, 785-532-5790, or email.
For more information about the position, contact Stacey Warner, Leader, Ext Operations, 785-532-5790, or email.

To hear personal accounts from Extension Agents, preview videos at
For more information about K-State Research and Extension, visit:

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Kansas State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or other non-merit reasons (including employment of disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era).

EEO Coordinator:
Stacey M. Warner
121 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506.

EEO Counselor:
Daryl D. Buchholz
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506.

Position #16-12

Amazon to Open New Sunflower State Fulfillment Center in Kansas City, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced it will open a new fulfillment center in Kansas City, Kansas. The new facility, the second large-sized fulfillment center Amazon has announced within a span of four months, will create over 1,000 full-time roles. In addition to the new fulfillment center in Wyandotte County and the upcoming facility in Edgerton, Amazon has existing Kansas facilities in Lenexa.

“We are thrilled to continue investing in Kansas, proud of our ability to create great jobs, and most importantly, excited to better serve our customers throughout the Midwest,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “Together with the addition of the Kansas City and the Edgerton fulfillment centers, there will be 2,000 new Amazon jobs in Kansas and none of this would be have been possible without the support we’ve received from state and community leaders.”

Governor Sam Brownback stated, “Strategically located in the middle of the country, Kansas is an ideal home for businesses looking for a skilled workforce and pro-growth environment. The state is dedicated to attracting companies and helping them grow and create jobs. I am proud that Amazon has chosen to once again expand its footprint in the state and am confident this continued partnership will benefit all Kansans.”

Amazon employees at the 855,000-plus square-foot Kansas City fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards, starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and paternal leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming, and radiology, to name a few.

“This is a transformative capital investment in our city. It continues the growth Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, has enjoyed for more than a decade, building on its status as a leading job creator in the state,” said Kansas City Mayor and Unified Government CEO Mark Holland. “But most significantly, it is transformative because of the quality employment opportunity Amazon will offer. Our residents will now have access to a career pathway that includes not only a job, but a chance at an education. I’m thrilled to welcome Amazon to our community.”

Greg Kindle, President of Wyandotte Economic Development Council said, “The investment Amazon is making in Wyandotte County is more than an economic development success, it is also a key component to solving the employment gap. Bringing new jobs and the opportunity for career paths to Wyandotte County is essential to growing our local economy.”

“This exciting project again demonstrates how important Wyandotte County is to the overall Kansas economy and why the Unified Government is recognized as a progressive, innovative and business friendly local government,” said Doug Bach, Unified Government County Administrator.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit

The project is being developed by Seefried Industrial Properties and USAA.

This project is a joint effort of the following partner organizations:

Kansas Department of Commerce
Kansas Department of Transportation
Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS
Wyandotte County Economic Development Council
Council to WYEDC
Board of Public Utilities
Kansas Gas Service
KCK Community College
NorthPoint Development

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit

This Weekend in Downtown KCK – July 9, 2016

If you’re looking for something fun to do on Saturday, July 9 in Downtown KCK, we have you covered.  Check out these great summer events:

Strawberry Hill Rummage Sale

Saturday, July 9 | 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center
720 North 4th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101
Strawberry Hill Rummage Sale
The Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society was formed in 1988 to promote, sponsor and preserve the ethnic heritage prevalent in Kansas City, Kansas. The Cultural Center is located in the 1887 high Victorian home, built for John and Mary Scroggs. It was one of the most outstanding examples of the Queen Anne style to be erected in Kansas City, Kansas. In 1919, the Scrogg’s Mansion was purchased by the St. John’s Orphanage. The orphanage was in existence for 69 years. In 1988, the Orphanage was purchased by the Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society and became the Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center.

Saturday, July 9 is the Annual Rummage sale for the Historic Strawberry Hill Community. The event runs from 8:00AM to 4:00PM. Items in this year’s sale include:

  • Womens Clothing
  • Baby girls clothing
  • Shoes
  • Furniture
  • Household items–lamps, canning jars, vases, linens, etc…
  • Books
  • Other baby items

All items are priced to sell, so act quickly.  After you’ve spent a little time at the sale, take a moment to stop by the museum (last tour at 4:15PM).

Jersey Creek Walking Club

Saturday, July 9 | 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Heathwood Park
10th and Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS 66104
13124593_1130972076926190_459549962039939788_nPhysical activity is anything that gets your body moving.  According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, you need to do two types of physical activity each week to improve your health-aerobic and muscle-strengthening.

Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, and children should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Thanks to The Friends of Jersey Creek and the Historic Northeast-Midtown Association, being healthy and making new friends has never been easier! We encourage you to meet-up with these great folks for their weekly walk; enjoy this beautiful weather; and experience all of the improvements being made Downtown firsthand!

La Placita Central Avenue Market

Saturday, July 9 | 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Bethany Park
1120 Central Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102
La Placita Central Avenue Market
Our friends at the Central Avenue Betterment Association have been working hard to revitalize Bethany Park. In 2013, Graduate students from KU’s School of Architecture surveyed residents of the Central Avenue area. Community members were asked to highlight their likes and dislikes as they relate to the Central Avenue area in general. From this data, Bethany Park earned the sad title of “least liked” place in the neighborhood.

To counter this perception and make Bethany Park a place the community could enjoy, CABA created a series of events centered in and around the park. We know them generally as La Placita Central Avenue Market.

La Placita features vendors, entertainment, and the opportunity for members of the community to connect. The potential for the success of La Placita is great, and we believe the energy generated during the monthly events will inspire even more.

La Placita is an excellent way to bring communities together, and we want you to be a part of it!

If you or your organization are interested in contributing to the revitalization of Bethany Park, contact CABA.

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Sounds like a great Saturday Downtown!  If your group or organization would like to promote some of your own Downtown events, feel free to contact us.