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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Extension offers Medicare enrollment classes
September 7, 2018

Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Whether you’re new to the program or an existing participant, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is offering a series of FREE classes to help guide you through the maze of Medicare.

The Medicare Basics class walks you through the essentials of Medicare. It covers the basics of Parts A, B, C (Medicare Advantage), D and Medicare supplements (Medigap).

Topics include:

  • benefits and costs
  • the enrollment process
  • enrollment periods
  • various options for coverage

The Medicare Basics class takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, or Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Johnson County Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe.

If you want to enroll yourself in your own Medicare Drug plan, but you’re just not sure how to navigate through the website, consider the DIY Medicare Part D class from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the extension office. This class will provide step-by-step instructions on using the Medicare Plan Finder to select a Medicare prescription drug plan that works best for you.

Registration is required for both classes. Register online or call 913-715-7000 to register by phone.

Feed the Need collects almost 145 tons in food donations
September 6, 2018

Johnson County’s 2018 Feed the Need campaign is providing almost 145 tons in food donations and cash to benefit seven local food pantries.

Results of the Feed the Need campaign were announced Thursday, Sept. 6, to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) by Ellen Wernicke, director of the county’s Department of Emergency Management and Communications and chair of the 2018 campaign. The announcement coincides with September being Hunger Action Month, locally and nationally.

The 2018 campaign collected 289,765 pounds of food, both in actual food donations and cash totaling $71,620. A dollar donation represents four pounds of food. Each of the food pantries benefitting from Feed the Need received $7,162 for use in providing food supplies to eligible Johnson County residents.

Three of the food panties are in multi-service centers at Mission, Lenexa and Gardner operated by the Department of Human Services. The Feed the Need campaign also assists food pantries operated by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Shawnee Community Services, First Christian Church of Olathe and Salvation Army.

More information is available at http://jocogov.org/press-release/johnson-county-government-collects-nearly-145-tons-food-area-food-pantries.

Johnson County booths participate in Old Settlers activities
September 6, 2018

Johnson County Government will again have an informational booth with its spin-to-win prize wheel during the Johnson County Old Settlers celebration in downtown Olathe this week. The booth will be located in front of the administration building from Sept. 6-8. The department of Emergency Management and Communications, Sheriff’s Office and Election Office will also have booths during the three-day festival, featuring the “Kansas largest parade” starting at 10 a.m. Saturday with a theme of “Love and Peace: A look back to the 1960s.”

This marks the 120th anniversary of Old Settlers, which started in 1898 with a downtown community picnic with a band, bubble gum blowing contests, watermelon seed spitting contests and sack races. Along with traditional horseshoe-pitching contests and an ice cream social, annual activities now include craft and food booths, carnival rides and bands as part of nightly live music.

Several streets around the county square will be closed during the event to accommodate activities, booths, the carnival and crowds of people. The downtown Olathe parking garage will be accessible to the general public.With rain in the forecast for the next several days, you may want to monitor the Old Settlers Facebook page for weather-related updates.



Human Services posts '12 most wanted foods'
September 5, 2018

This week, the Johnson County Human Services Department (HSD) launched a 12 Most Wanted Food Drive to inspire community members to help their neighbors through hosting their own food drives. On the first day of the campaign, one resident dropped off 300 pounds of food for the food pantries.

There are one dozen most desirable foods that provide the fundamentals for family meals:

  1. Helper meals
  2. Oatmeal
  3. Cereal
  4. Peanut butter
  5. Jelly
  6. Canned fruit
  7. Canned vegetables
  8. Beans
  9. Soup
  10. Pasta sauce
  11. Canned pasta
  12. Canned chicken/tuna

Residents are encouraged to host their own food drive to help collect these types of food items. Students can earn service hours by hosting a food drive; every 50 items earns five service hours. HSD provides tips for a successful food drive on its Facebook page. Donations can be dropped off at the Olathe office, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. No appointment is needed.

Johnson County Human Services
11811 S Sunset Drive Suite 1300
Olathe, Kansas 66061

Health Assessment Surveyors Coming to Neighborhoods
August 31, 2018

Help us build a healthier Johnson County!

Volunteers will visit random pre-selected Johnson County neighborhoods on Saturday, Sept. 8, to conduct a community health assessment survey.

The purpose of the survey is to collect resident opinions to better understand health needs of county residents. This important information will greatly assist with guiding health priorities in the county.

How can you help?

Volunteers will approach in pairs, wearing grey t-shirts and name tags that identify them as part of the community health assessment team. When they come to your door, simply participate in the 10-minute survey by sharing your thoughts about the health needs of the community. The information collected will not include your name and address.

Thank you for helping to achieve a healthier Johnson County!

County offices closed Monday, Sept. 3
August 31, 2018

Johnson County Government offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Offices will reopen for normal operations Tuesday, Sept. 4.

In addition, all branches of Johnson County Library will be closed Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3 for the holiday. The eLibrary will be available online.

Johnson County Park & Recreation District offices will also be closed Monday, Sept. 3, for the holiday. Visit the Park & Recreation District website for park hours and more information.