Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, inc. (SEK-CAP) is submitting an application for operating assistance for transportation under the U.S.C. 5311 (rural public transportation) of the Federal Transit Act.  The application will be for operating funds to help provide transportation services in the area.  Written comments and questions in regards to this application are encouraged and will be accepted until January 18, 2013 and should be sent to Steven V. Lohr, Executive Director at:

PO Box 128, Girard, Kansas 66762

Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, Inc. (SEK-CAP) receives Federal Transit Administration (FTA) operating dollars.  This funding is used for the purchase of fuel, insurance, equipment maintenance, and storage.   This agency is seeking Kansas Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certified companies as potential vendors for these services.  Please contact Steve V. Lohr at 620-724-2804 if you are a DBE or are interested learning more about the DBE program.

 SEK-CAP Henry WilliamsHenry Williams of Independence, Kansas, and community partner of the SEK-CAP, will receive the 2011 Sargent Shriver Annual Achievement Award, one of two prestigious recognitions presented annually by the national Community Action Partnership.  Williams will be presented with the award at the annual CAP conference in San Francisco the week of August 22nd.

Henry Williams began working with SEK-CAP in 2000 and quickly achieved economic self-sufficiency, and in 2003, SEK-CAP presented him with a Personal Responsibility and Achievement Award. Happily, Henry’s amazing story did not end there.  His desire to give back to his community led to the establishment of The Uppercut Boxing Club, the only stand-alone youth development organization in Independence, Kansas, focusing on enabling youth in a positive manner and preventing delinquency.  Working out of his home in the beginning, Henry helped young people train for amateur boxing four nights a week, mowing lawns to obtain the funds necessary to purchase basic boxing equipment.  Through persistent contact, he gained the support of churches, schools, and local law enforcement.  The Club has developed a positive reputation through the local school district, Community Colleges, churches, banks, businesses, and social service agencies. The Club obtained a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, and many community partners participated in fundraising efforts.  Additionally, individual and community supporters serve as board members and volunteers in the program.

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