Community Input Wanted
The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP), in partnership with Project 17, is seeking input from all community members through an online survey. The survey is designed to gain an understanding about what issues community members feel are most important to address, including economic development, health and wellness, and social service support. Results from the survey will be compiled to view the input as a region, but will also be broken out by county, and will inform leaders and policy makers on how best to impact long-term growth and prosperity for all of Southeast Kansas.
Project 17 is an effort launched by Southeast Kansas elected officials with the goal of engaging and motivating citizens in the Southeast Kansas region to improve our overall quality of life. They have partnered with SEK-CAP to conduct a comprehensive regional assessment of seventeen counties which will be used to make informed decisions about what our preferred future should look like rather than guess about what citizens in the region want.
All citizens can help this collaborative effort by taking a few moments to complete the survey and provide honest feedback to the questions posed. Please follow this link to begin: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sekcommunity
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT
June 25, 2014 Steve Lohr
620.724.8204 ext. 1015
SEK-CAP Transportation Changes Effective July 1st
Girard – Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) announces changes to their area general public transportation services effective July 1st. Steve Lohr, SEK-CAP executive director, said, “Proposed cuts to our Community Services Block Grant by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation have forced us to curtail transportation services and eliminate routes.” “The state and federal funding to maintain existing services is in place at 70%, but the local matching funds are not, so these adjustments must take place.”
The deviated fixed route system in Pittsburg called PACT will downsize from two vehicles to one. PACT will now operate in a condensed area of south Pittsburg eleven hours each day, Monday through Friday. Although there will be changes, the new routes and schedules will continue to provide much needed service for thousands of PSU students, officials said. They anticipate PACT ridership will steadily increase as it has over each of the past eight years. The Student Fee Council as well as several university divisions provide more than $24,000 in matching funds annually for SEK-CAP transportation services.
Two Pittsburg/Frontenac buses and a Cherokee County route will be eliminated. One demand responsive vehicle will be dedicated to serve Pittsburg and rural Crawford County. The Crawford County Commission provides support for this bus through the Elderly Fund. Support through Girard Medical Center also provides transportation capacity in the county. Individuals and groups choosing to schedule their rides 24 hours in advance may continue to do so. Lohr said, “SEK-CAP will keep working to identify local resources for matching funds to restore transportation services to the most populous community and county in our service area.”
Also effective July 1st, SEK-CAP expands transportation services into the community of Ft. Scott. This initiative is in partnership with Bourbon County Senior Citizens, made possible by the community’s commitment to nearly $30,000 in local match funding. Other SEK-CAP public transportation routes extend through Montgomery and Neosho counties with support through those county commissions.
For schedules, routes, and contact information, riders are encouraged to visit the SEK-CAP Transportation website HERE.
The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program is a 501 (c) (3) private, non-profit organization serving twelve southeast Kansas counties. SEK-CAP is headquartered in Girard, and was created in 1966 to combat poverty. The organizational mission is to unite staff, individuals, families, and community partners to provide quality, comprehensive services through compassionate, respectful relationships. Programs include Head Start, Early Head Start, Housing and Home Weatherization, Community Engagement, Emergency Shelter, and General Public Transportation. Contact the SEK-CAP central office at 401 N. Sinnet or by dialing 620.724.8204. Visit the website at www.sek-cap.com