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Our 2014 Annual Award Winners

The 2014 Living the Promise Award

Shelby Howard’s first position with the Northeast Kansas Community Action Program was as a Program Aide. 17 years later, she is now a Family Development Advocate with leadership roles throughout the agency.

Over the course of her career, alongside her coworkers, Ms. Howard has helped create one of the most highly coveted preschool experiences for area parents. Shelby also advocates for the Community Action brand by engaging diverse members of her network in the planning and implementation of agency activities.

Ms. Howard consistently demonstrates honesty, respect, professionalism and empathy in her interactions with others. At the same time giving of herself personally by volunteering with 5 other organizations and causes.

Shelby embodies the Community Action Promise; join us in congratulating Shelby Howard as our 2014 Living the Promise Award Winner. 

The 2014 Caring Service Award

Mr. Harold Henry served his family as a caretaker when he was a child; Served his country during Operation Desert Storm; and since moving to the Wichita area in 2013, has served the Mid-Kansas Community Action Program as a Maintenance & Mechanical Expert.

Known to his friends as “Butch”, his positive attitude and wealth of technical knowledge brings a sense of security, safety, and general well-being to agency staff, tenants, and the world around him. Volunteering hundreds of hours every year, Butch represents the Community Action brand by working within the community to secure donated materials and additional volunteers.

Butch finds it easy to say, “I can do that!” We hope it will be easy for you to join us in saying “Congrats!” to Butch Henry as our 2014 Caring Service Award Winner.

The 2014 Personal Responsibility & Achievement Award

Amanda Tompkins’ journey with the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program began when she became a Head Start Parent. By first finding the courage to embrace a wide spectrum of services, she has, over the years, found the financial, emotional, and physical strength to overcome challenges and achieve her goals. Ms. Tompkins’ many accomplishments include graduating from Pittsburg State University in 2013.

Amanda now participates in both the Policy Council and Governing Board of SEK-CAP, volunteering hundreds of hours a year.  Her service has made her a stronger, more convicted advocate for her children, her family, and the families she services in her new social work role. Join us in celebrating Amanda Tompkins, our 2014 Personal Responsibility & Achievement Award Winner.

The 2014 Award for Collaborative Excellence

When the Northeast Kansas Community Action Program began a weekend food program in 2008, they knew they were meeting a dire need of local children, but they were unsure how to make the efforts sustainable. Fortunately, two teams of caring people stepped forward to secure the programs’ future. Mark & Janelle Hegarty and the Leavenworth Backpack Buddies time, finances, energy, and resources directly into the future of others. Their efforts to support Northeast Kansas have meant hundreds of children and their families have had healthy food over the past 6 years. Because these children have had the nutrition they need to thrive, we are seeing a direct positive impact on their communities. Please join us in heartfelt congratulations to Mark & Janelle Hegarty and the Leavenworth Backpack Buddies, our 2014 Award for Collaborative Excellence Winners.