We all shape the city we live in. Get involved in city government, attend a council meeting, volunteer at your local community center, join an advisory body or discussion group, plant flowers at your local community garden, or improve your environment by walking instead of driving. These are just some of the things you can do to get involved in your city and community, and the City of Shawnee offers a wide variety of programs and initiatives to help you.
How Do I Get Involved?
Check out our Community Volunteering web page for current opportunities
There are many ways to get involved in your local government to enhance the quality of life for your community. You can volunteer to serve on a Board that makes recommendations to the City Council. Community organizations and events such as Tour de Shawnee, Scarecrow Festival, Friends of Shawnee Town, Friends of the Library, Shawnee Garden Club, Rebuilding Together Shawnee, and Shawnee Community Services are always in need of a helping hand.
Each spring, the City sponsors a volunteer community clean up "Beauty and the Best Spring Beautification Day" followed by a barbecue sponsored by the Shawnee Downtown Partnership and the City of Shawnee. "Shawnee Shine Up" is an annual event where residents, business owners, families and civic groups can participate in city-wide beautification efforts. Each year the Mayor proclaims the month of May as Shawnee Shine Up month in the City and encourages everyone to take part in the event. Participants can adopt a park, a street or a local neighborhood. This is a great way to teach kids of all ages the importance of civic and community pride. Participants are honored at a City Council meeting and receive a certificate of appreciation from the Mayor. You, your family, or your organization can participate by giving up a Saturday morning in May and help make the city shine!
And last but not least, your City Council meets each second and fourth Monday night at 7:30 p.m., unless it's a national holiday. Committee meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Feel free to stop by City Hall and see your elected officials in action. Meeting agendas are posted on the City's website.
Boards and Commissions
The City has a variety of boards and commissions that act as advisory boards to the City Council. The members of each of these bodies are appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the Governing Body.
Serving on a board or commission offers Shawnee residents an extraordinary opportunity to participate in the City's governmental affairs. The most important qualifications for serving are an interest and willingness to serve.
To serve on a City’s board or commission, submit a letter of interest, indicating which board or commission you are interested in serving on, with a resume to the Mayor’s Office at City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203. For a position on the Parks and Recreation Board contact your Councilmember and let them know you are interested.
Letters of interest are always welcome and are generally held for one year. As vacancies occur, appointments are recommended by the Mayor and are approved by the City Council. In some instances, the Mayor may ask for a recommendation from specific council members to ensure a broad representation from throughout the community.
How Can I Stay Informed?
If you cannot get involved on a regular basis, it's easy to stay informed. Meeting materials such as agendas and packets, allow you to follow the actions of your elected officials. The City's improved website offers links to these items as well as a new e-mail notification service so you can get updates about general city news, including project updates, events, and public safety alerts. The Parks and Recreation department publishes a full color brochure with a listing of all the recreation programs in our community.
The CityLine is community newsletter that is published three times a year and mailed to more than 64,000 citizens of Shawnee. Its design provides a value approach to local government communication, while continuing to offer citizens current and reliable information about ongoing projects, meeting dates, special events, and government initiatives. The CityLine is also available on the City's website. The Parks and Recreation department publishes a full color brochure with a listing of all the recreation programs in our community.
In addition, all City employees are happy to assist you in finding more information on City news and events. All of these measures and more have been put in place by your City Council to meet their goal of implementing more effective communication and outreach with the community.
If you still need more information or want to find out how to get involved in any of these or other activities, please contact the City Clerk's office, at (913) 742-6014. Thank you for visiting our website. We would appreciate your comments.