The Cowley County Service Alliance will hold its next meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Ark City Senior Center, 320 S. A St., in Arkansas City.

The topic is “Put Out the Welcome Mat.” Join the group in discussion with a panel of community volunteer managers to talk about how to effectively recruit, retain and organize volunteers for and within an organization.

Debi Clark (Big Brothers Big Sisters), James Fry (Cowley College) and Brae Wood (Leadership Southwestern) will share their experience and tips for working with volunteers of all ages. Additionally, the group will share information regarding the countywide calendar of events.

Everyone is invited.

Cowley County Service Alliance was created from the idea of arranging a reoccurring opportunity for area civic, service and nonprofit organizations to gather for information sharing, discussion regarding effort collaboration and support. CCSA believes that as our Cowley County civic, service and nonprofit organizations develop greater lines of communication, the whole area will be able to work more effectively and efficiently in addressing the needs and quality of life for county people.

Representatives of a group, church or nonprofit should attend. Gatherings are open to everyone.

Reservations are not required, but appreciated.

For more information, to sign up for the monthly newsletter or to make a reservation, call Cowley First at (620) 442-3490, email, or call Legacy Foundation at (620) 221-7224 or email

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