“We are no longer an experiment. We are worthy of your investment.”
Building a Brighter Tomorrow
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Become a Thriver! Join us in our efforts to make Allen County safer, healthier and more attractive. All gifts of time and participation are appreciated.
Donations are tax deductible. Call 620-3658128 or thriveallencounty.org or come visit us at 12 W. Jackson, Iola, Kansas 66749.
2012 “Community Conversation” Schedule
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LaHarpe Community Center
Mildred Methodist Church Annex Building
Petrolia - Location TBD
Iola - Thrive Office Conference Room 12 W. Jackson
Gas - Crossroads School ALL THRIVE MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC All meetings will begin at 7 p.m. Clip & Save
Making Allen County a better place to live
Thrive Allen County
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Thrive Allen County 2012
How is Thrive funded? (Thrive receives no local tax support.)
4% percent from private donations.
9% from program fees, such as registration fees when participants sign up for a 5K or a meltdown.
Lofty goals? ABSOLUTELY Person by person, service by service, Thrive Allen County strives to make Allen County a better place to live by helping meet the needs
• Improve access to healthcare; • Be a resource for people in need of help; • Promote healthier behaviors; • Be an advocate for positive change.
of the underserved, bringing communities together in conversation and celebrating success with positive recognition.
In a little over four years we’ve grown to encompass more programs, more services and our most valuable resource — more people.
Who we serve • The underserved, including those in poverty;
• Those who want to change their lifestyles to become healthier;
• Those who lack transportation for medical and dental services;
• Those who need help finding assistance.
• Those who suffer from substance and physical abuse;
• Those who, like us, want to help, but don’t know where to start.
Thrive is pulling the county together. Before, we were all separate entities looking to see how we could benefit only ourselves. Now, we’re seeing we all have the same needs and how we can do things together. I’d never even been to Elsmore before. What a neat little town with such nice people! — Karen Gilpin, board member www.thriveallencounty.org 2 620-365-8128
Foundations 16% by a contract with the Kansas Department of
Health and Environment to promote healthy behaviors.
71% of Thrive’s funding comes from private founda-
tions. To date, Thrive has received generous support from the REACH Healthcare Foundation, The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas Health Foundation and the Sunflower Foundation.
Because of my job with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS), I frequently come in contact with people who don’t have access to proper health care, people who are our poorest residents. Thrive’s activities, such as free medical and dental transportation and Farmers Market VISION cards, have helped address the needs of some of these people. — Georgia Masterson, Thrive board member
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Who belongs to Thrive? Is it a club?
Together, We Can!
every citizen of the county to join its efforts to build healthier, more vibrant communities. There’s no fee to join, no membership, just a willingness to come together for the good of the cause.
To promote access to health care and raise Allen County’s health ranking from the lower rungs of the state. Allen County ranks 94 out of 105 counties for overall health according to the Kansas Health Institute’s county health rankings. Thrive’s goal is to raise it to 85th by 2015.
• Bike Shop To build on that partnership and develop a local bike shop, Thrive conducted a survey at Iola High School which found students wanted a bicycle shop in the area. “The students learned their voices matter to Thrive,” said Jodi Grover, IHS leadership class instructor. Thrive
for positive change. Thrive set the framework for Allen County and has applied for a grant to fund such an endeavor. Word is expected of its success by mid-April. If it comes through, students would help man the shop and learn how repair bikes. “The difference between a bike shop and our other projects, is that the others could be considered ‘one-time only.’ A business like this, however, could become a sustained project,” Grover said.
• Farmers Market Through the efforts of Thrive, the Allen County Farmers Market reemerged in spring 2009. In 2010, Allen County Farm Bureau took the reins and now manages the weekly markets on the Iola square from
April to November. A grant from the Kansas Health Foundation allows for an outdoor kitchen at the market for healthy cooking demonstrations. Funds from the grant will allow for purchase of fresh foods from market vendors. Also through the grant is funding for the market’s part-time manager, and to continue providing VISION card services for low-income residents buying produce.
• Engaging Youth Students in USD 256, USD 257 and USD 258 have partnered with Thrive on programs ranging from Meltdowns to trail cleanups to Earth Hour.
Thrive Allen County has helped provide an organized effort to improve the health and welfare of our local residents. Before Thrive, Allen County generally didn’t have a central organization to lead this charge, which is important because Allen County has traditionally ranked among the lowest counties in the state in terms of general health. Thrive has helped us reach some of those goals. — Alan Weber, Thrive board member
Iola commissioners to pledge 2010 as “The Year of the Hospital.” In 2011, Thrive organized efforts to inform the public about the benefits of a new hospital. The vote for a new hospital received 72% voter approval. However, not everything is a success story. In 2008, Thrive supported fluoridation for Humboldt’s public water supply. It was resoundingly defeated by a 2-to-1 margin.
THRIVE PARTNERS with communities. Through Thrive initiatives, both Moran and LaHarpe became PRIDE communities to foster community organization. Transportation to the Iola Municipal Pool for the children of Elsmore, Savonburg, Moran, LaHarpe and Mildred was made possible through the efforts of Moran’s Thrive/PRIDE group.
with groups to support efforts including ....
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Allen County Farmers Market Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run for Your Life Allen County and SEK Meltdowns Vision Iola implementation Community playground and fitness equipment Community conversations across the county Allen County Community Foundation Walking trails and bike routes in Humboldt Outdoor exercise equipment in Humboldt. Elm Creek Community Garden Free medical and dental transportation services Jingle Bell Jog Smoking Cessation Efforts Iola Dog Park Recruiting dentists to Allen County
We really focus on the advocacy side of things — bringing better recreation, education and health care to the citizens of Allen County. We’ve also become the go-to resource when someone has an idea or question. We are an incubator for ideas, concerns and questions people have. Thrive doesn’t always have the resources to solve the problem, but when you go there, you’re going to be put in the right direction. Sometimes concerned citizens come in and say they want to get involved and they don’t realize there might already be local efforts championing the same cause. — Randy Weber, Thrive board member
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Partnering for Excellence
Prairie Spirit Trail
Vibrant, strong communities come from people working together for positive change. Thrive is building a strong network of supporters because of its belief that we can accomplish more by working together as a community than we can individually. Thrive also is a big believer in empowering communities to try new endeavors, and giving them the support they need to succeed.
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• In Elsmore, Thrive helped residents secure playground equipment and exercise equipment. Elsmore now has a community fitness center open to the public as well as a playground where once was a vacant field.
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• In Humboldt, residents extended Thrive’s 12-week Allen County Meltdown for another 8 weeks with its “Couch to 5K” program. Thrive also secured funding for upgrades to Centennial Park including new playground and exercise equipment, outdoor exercise equipment and bike routes throughout the town.
• In Iola, Thrive wrote a winning $50,000 grant for Elm Creek Community Garden in 2009. It’s gone gangbusters ever since, becoming a model for other community gardens across the state.
The Goal To have a walking/biking path wind its way not only to Humboldt, but also farther south to Chanute. That could make the trail almost 70 miles long from Ottawa to Chanute.
In 2008, Thrive Allen County supported the City of Iola’s winning grant to extend the rail trail from Cofachique Park on the north end of town, to Riverside Park, 1.5 miles to the south. They submitted the grant to the Kansas Department of Transportation, which agreed to finance 80 percent, or $396,000 of the trail’s construction, while the city of Iola put toward $100,000.
Onward to Humboldt
Next on tap is to extend the Prairie Spirit Trail another 6.5 miles from Riverside Park to Humboldt. This time, Thrive wrote two $25,000 grants to the Sunflower Foundation and the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City to help fund the extension. Local groups, including students and Scout troops, and the City of Humboldt, have pledged their commitment to help clear the old rail bed of brush and debris. If you are interested in helping build this trail, please contact the Thrive office!
Helping To Build A Stronger Allen County
I ride the trail from spring to fall. One day we met a couple from Kansas City at the
The rewards of serving I’ve come to know and appreciate a lot of people through Thrive. It’s a good vehicle for bringing people together. Students enjoy volunteering at the Jingle Bell Jog and Charley Melvin 5K. A wide swath of people got on board with the hospital vote effort. It was fun working for a common cause. And the rail trail is more than just a venue for exercise — the aesthetics of being out in the countryside are tops.
picnic site in Colony. They’d driven to Iola just to enjoy the peace and beauty of the trail. Thrive does have economic implications. If you have opportunities for recreation and wellness, then by definition that will enhance the economic climate because people will want to be living here. — Brian Wolfe, chairman, Thrive board of directors
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Published on Apr 23, 2012