The Atchison County Extension Office hopes to launch its county-wide campaign by connecting with all communities and supporting local businesses, civic organizations, school administrators and churches with certificate programs. These certificate programs represent a personal commitment to follow state and county recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19 and encourage these businesses to share pictures on social platforms of staff and patrons wearing their masks to help spread the word.

“The group is to be commended for their rich and deep conversation centering on effective ways to beat the virus locally. Their thoughtful discussion has prepared the group to launch a county-wide effort that invites community stakeholders to join the effort. The community connections represented by the group’s membership promises to spark community change.”

– Diane Nielson, Facilitator

More Community Action Plans

Here’s what else is new in grassroots efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kansas.

  • Sedgwick County Maternal Infant Health Coalition: Provide support to expecting and new parents by distributing COVID resources and baby items in addition to being a part of virtual baby showers.
  • Kansas Appleseed: Distribute masks and organize encouraging messages for friends and family members of the Lawrence adult learning center who have been impacted by COVID-19.
  • Iglesia Cristiana Refugió Adulam: Create a culture within the Wichita church that emphasizes social distancing and hand washing.
  • KCKCC Fringe Benefits of Education (FBOE): Provide food and supplies for FBOE students at Kansas City Kansas Community College to support them in staying home and making healthy meals.
  • Leavenworth County: Distribute masks to local businesses, social service organizations and schools in Leavenworth County.

By the Numbers

Action Plans Created: 258
Action Plans Pending: 680

Kansas Beats the Virus is a partnership between the Kansas Leadership Center and the State of Kansas to activate KLC’s statewide network to generate local solutions that slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the effort is to spark hundreds of small group meetings before the end of 2020.

Learn more about Kansas Beats the Virus and other action plans groups are developing.