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

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT


June 25, 2014 Steve Lohr
620.724.8204 ext. 1015
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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

PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT


6/25/2014 Becky Gray, Director of Research
620.724.8204 ext. 1026
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SEK-CAP WILL ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR HOMELESS


PROGRAM STARTING JUNE 30TH


Girard, KS –The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP), will begin accepting applications for the Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program on June 30th, 2014.


To potentially qualify for assistance, applicants must be certified as “homeless” by a social service agency. Additionally, applicants’ income must also fall below the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 8 rental assistance program guidelines, which is $27,400 for a family of four living in Crawford County; the income guidelines vary by county and family size.


SEK-CAP will begin accepting applications for the TBRA Program on June 30, 2014 and will continue to accept them until further notice. To find an application distribution site near you, please call (620)724-8204. Please submit completed applications to the SEK-CAP Housing Department, 401 N. Sinnet, Girard, KS 66743.


The TBRA Program, overseen by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, assists qualifying individuals and families with rental subsidies and/or security and utility deposits. The SEK-CAP TBRA Program is used specifically to address the housing needs of those who are homeless or about to become homeless through no fault of their own throughout twelve counties in Southeast Kansas.


For more information about this program, please call (620)724-8204. This is an Equal Housing Opportunity.

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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, Family and
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

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                              

April 1, 2014

SEK-CAP SEEKING GOVERNING BOARD NOMINEES

 

Girard Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP), a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization, is seeking names for nomination and election to the SEK-CAP Governing Board of Directors as a representative of low-income citizens. As a Community Action Agency, SEK-CAP conforms to federal legislation requiring a tri-partite board of directors, with equal representation from the low-income community, elected public officials, and the private sector.

SEK-CAP has one vacancy on their nine-member board, and seeks qualified low-income individuals or designated individuals representing a low-income group or constituency. It is essential that the persons submitted for consideration will represent the views and interest of low-income citizens of Southeast Kansas. Furthermore, they must:

  • Express interest in assisting disadvantaged citizens by taking a leadership role;
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in community capacity building around the issues of poverty;
  • Have a history of accomplishment in community services;
  • Be a low-income person (at or below 185% of the federal poverty level) or a person who is regularly employed or volunteering in service to low-income people; and
  • Reside within SEK-CAP’s twelve county service area.

Interested parties may submit a name for consideration by printing and filling out the “SEK-CAP Board of Directors Nomination Form” found at, www.sek-cap.com. Submissions must be transmitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to SEK-CAP, PO Box 128, Girard, Kansas, 66743, and postmarked before April 15, 2014.

The board position is non-salaried. The full board meets at minimum six times annually, on the third Thursday of alternating months, beginning in January, from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm; attendance at these meetings is mandatory. Board members may be reimbursed for travel and other reasonable expenses incurred while attending meetings and transacting the business of SEK-CAP.

Questions about this governance opportunity and the election process may be directed to Steve Lohr, Executive Director, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling 620-724-8204, extension 1015.

Board Member Job description

 

SEK-CAP's Community Action Partnership programs are funded through a variety of sources including state and federal contracts, grants and local support. Ninety-four percent of total revenues are applied to direct program services.

With federal funding becoming harder to obtain, we continue to look at other sources for increased support. We are asking that you make a commitment to support the mission of community action so we may continue our commitment to serving communities and residents in South East Kansas.


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If you’d like to designate your donation towards a specific county in our service area, or a particular program of SEK-CAP’s, please email our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Thank you for

your generous support!