Project Atchison

About Project Atchison

Mission: to improve the quality of life in Atchison through service projects and volunteerism

Vision: to create a more enjoyable and promising Atchison for today and future generations

History: Founded in May of 2015, Project Atchison was initially formed as a Facebook group called Young Atchison Making a Difference. Our group’s spirit of volunteerism and community pride soon attracted over a thousand Facebook group members and a regular roundtable meeting attendance of 30-40 participants. In order to encourage members of all ages, our name was changed to Project Atchison and non-profit status was filed in October of 2015.

Who we are: We are strength in numbers. Our group members hail from diverse backgrounds, united in the desire to promote positivity, accelerate action, and celebrate community. Our board members serve to evaluate potential projects and activities, form collaborative partnerships with other local organizations, and organize group efforts.

What we do: Through reaching consensus on common concerns and collaborating on problem solving, we mobilize volunteers and leverage resources to achieve community-level improvements. We focus on project-based activities that benefit from the man-power of our group, such as beautification projects of public places and mass shopping trips at area businesses to improve local commerce.

Funding: Funding for our projects comes from donations and fundraising events. Many projects are sponsored by local businesses, who donate supplies or equipment.

Evaluation process: Our evaluation process includes initial project review by a board member or workgroup and review of potential projects at monthly roundtable discussions. In keeping with the consensus method of our organization, most projects are voted on by the group.

Engagement

  1. Monthly meetings
    Our monthly meetings are open to all, and we believe that through open dialogue and engagement we can continue to make Atchison a success story.
  2. Facebook group
    Project Atchison uses Facebook as a primary communication tool. Our Facebook group is open to all who share our vision.
  3. Facebook page
    The Project Atchison Facebook page is used as a public communication tool to announce upcoming projects and community events.
  4. Text alerts
    Members can sign up for text alerts regarding upcoming events and meetings.
  5. Project schedule
    Our events and projects are posted on our website at projectatchison.org.
  6. Work groups
    Members can join smaller teams focused on specific activities within Project Atchison. Work groups include evaluations, grants, projects, and communications.
  7. Project requests
    Activity or project requests can be submitted via email to contact@projectatchison.org

If you’re interested in positive contributions to the community, please join us at 7:00 pm the first Wednesday of every month in the Elks basement to get involved.

Be sure to check out our events. We are always busy and would love for you to join us!