American Association of University Women
Meetings: second Thursday of month during academic year.
Leader: Cheryl A. Harrod
For membership: 842-7523, email@example.com
Promoting educational opportunities and gender equality for women and girls.
American Red Cross, Douglas County chapter
For membership: United Way Center for Human Services, 843-3550
A multi-service agency that provides disaster assistance, blood and blood products, assistance to military and dependents, and health and safety training to residents of Douglas County.
Animal Calling Assn.
Leader: Amy Tramill, president
For membership: Amy Tramill, 841-7940, ATramill@aol.com
We post pictures of dogs and cats who are lost/found or are in need of homes on our website. We also are starting a fostering network and spay and neuter program.
Leader: Elaine Taylor
For membership: Mildred Hoffman
Dues/Fees: $4 per year
Begun in 1972, Autumn club is a organization for senior citizens, promoting sharing and caring.
For membership: 842-0729
A multi-service community center, services are provided in a variety of forms; emergency food, rent, and utility assistance, child care program for children 12 months-12 years.
Avalon Breastfeeding Consultants
Meetings: 7 p.m., Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23. (December date to be announced) Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Room G.
Leader: Juanita Bohnstedt and Suzanne Bowes
For membership: Juanita Bohnstedt, 841-4373
Dues/Fees: $25 one-time/life-time fee
Support group to educate, encourage and promote breastfeeding.
Beyond Loss Support Workshop
Leader: Phil Friedeman, facilitator
For membership: Phil Friedeman, 843-5339
Dues/Fees: $10 to cover special materials
The Beyond Loss Support Workshop is for survivors who have experienced the loss of a family member or friend through death.
Meetings: 7:30 p.m., second and fourth Tuesdays, Independence Inc., 2001 Haskell
Leader: Gordon Moore
For membership: Gordon Moore, 749-3064
Self-support for adults with emotional problems
Breast Cancer Action Inc.
Meetings: First Thursday of the month at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Leader: Suzie Taylor
For membership: Suzie Taylor, 843-9192
Breast Cancer Action is a community coalition dedicated to support, education and information for breast cancer survivors and their family and friends.
Coalition of Homeless
Meetings: 2:30 p.m., third Tuesdays, Parrish Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church.
Leader: Sammy Scott
For membership: 749-1316
Forum for discussion of homeless persons needs.
Cordley Elementary School PTA
Meetings: First Monday of each month (or following Monday in event of a holiday)
Leader: Julie Nice
For membership: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dues/Fees: $2.25 a year
Provides support for the school.
Disabled American Veterans, Jayhawk Chapter 22
Meetings: 7 p.m., second Wednesday of the month, United Way Center, 2518 Ridge Ct.
Leader: Russell Haun, president
For membership: Norman Denton, 843-4843
Dues/Fees: $10 a year
The Disabled American Veterans provides comradeship and news to veterans
Douglas County AIDS Project
For membership: 843-0040
A community-based organization that provides services, directly or with other organizations, to people affected and/or infected by HIV; information and educational resources to the community.
Douglas County CASA
Leader: Connie Keeling, executive director
For membership: 832-5172, email@example.com
Dues/Fees: Volunteers must complete an extensive screening and 21 hours of training. Training is offered in Jan
The mission of the Douglas County CASA is to advocate for the best possible permanent placement for each child it represents, to improve local practices pertaining to children, and to create public awareness of the problems of children in Douglas County.
Douglas County Child Development Assn.
Leader: Pat Pisani, Hilltop Child Development Center, 864-4940
For membership: Dianna Nelson, 842-0064
DCCDA provides workshops for child care providers and a referral service for parents seeking child care. Members may check out materials from the DCCDA library and also receive a newsletter from the association every other month.
Douglas County Family Day Care Assn.
Meetings: first Thursday, September through May, location varies. Call 749-2256 for information.
Leader: Marietta Winfrey
For membership: Sondra Davidson, 842-3935, Soni42@aol.com
Dues/Fees: $10 a year
DCFDA promotes quality child care by offering continuing education, support and social contacts for new or experienced family child care providers.
Douglas County Infant-Toddler Coordinating Council
For membership: 832-5097 ext. 216
Provides information and special services to children ages birth to three years in Douglas County. Free screenings.
Douglas County Family Day Care Assn.
Leader: Darlene Leuthold
For membership: Sharon Cleavinger, 842-3935
Dues/Fees: $10 annually
A gathering of childcare providers, for support and education.
Food Not Bombs
Meetings: Food Not Bombs serves free food every Sunday. Group members meet at Sunflower House, 1406 Tenn., at 3:30 p.m. to prepare/cook the food until 6 p.m. Food is served at 6 p.m. at South Park. If weather is inclement, food is served at Social Service League, 905 R.I.
Food Not Bombs is dedicated to social change through non-violent direct action and community activism.
Friends of Parents as Teachers
Meetings: To be announced
Leader: John and Jean Pfeifer
For membership: John and Jean Pfeifer, 865-2813
The group informs others about the Parents as Teachers program and raises funds for the Parents as Teachers program. Funds that we raise help sponsor new families in Parents as Teachers.
Independence's Support for Peers and You
Meetings: Once a month, as announced
Leader: Tim Brown, facilitator
For membership: Tim Brown, 841-0333, firstname.lastname@example.org
A peer support group for people with all kinds of disabilities.
Interfaith Caring Neighbors
Leader: Rita Mika, director
For membership: Rita Mika, 749-2005, email@example.com
Volunteer program serving elders over age 60.
Kansas Advocates for Better Care
Meetings: board of directors meets quarterly
Leader: Deanne Lenhart, executive director
For membership: Deanne Lenhart or Lenette Hamm, 842-3088, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dues/Fees: 60 and older: $20 annually; under 60: $35 annually; groups and businesses: $50 annually.
Our Mission: Advocating for high-quality long-term care.
La Leche League of Lawrence
Meetings: second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m., St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 964 W. Highway 40, and at 7:30 p.m. in Conference Room G of Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
For membership: Jane, 865-5919, email@example.com
Dues/Fees: membership is optional at $30 a year
La Leche League offers a network of support to learn about the benefits and practicalities of breastfeeding.
Lawrence Area Unaffiliated Group of Homeschoolers
Meetings: Members are phoned
For membership: Elizabeth and Pete Lauter, 841-6020, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dues/Fees: $5 for each family annually
A mixed group that uses varied curriculum to provide support for homeschooling.
Lawrence Delta Zeta Alumnae
Meetings: Saturday mornings, once a month
Leader: Jane Clinton
For membership: Lyne Tumlinson, 842-2513, email@example.com
Dues/Fees: $20 a year
As a chartered alumnae chapter of Delta Zeta International, they provide an immediate source of support and friendship for Lawrence-area Delta Zetas. They raise money to support local and national groups related to deaf and hard-of-hearing (including Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C.).
Lawrence Education Assn.
Leader: Wayne Kruse
For membership: Pat Salvatore, 832-5820, firstname.lastname@example.org
LEA promotes high-quality public schools, strengthens the profession of teaching and improves the well-being of its members.
Lawrence Partnership for Children and Youth
Leader: Patricia Roach
For membership: Sydney Karr, 842-5006, email@example.com
The Lawrence Partnership for Children and Youth promotes better services for children.
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity
Meetings: 7 p.m., third Thursday of the month, First Presbyterian Church, 3418 Clinton Pkwy.
Leader: George Schaeffer, executive director
For membership: Linda Klinker, 832-0777, firstname.lastname@example.org
Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to building housing in a partnership with low-income families.
Lawrence Men's Group
Meetings: 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Ecumenical Christian Ministries building, 1204 Oread.
For membership: Marc Briand, 841-7454, email@example.com
Lawrence Men's Group is a support group for men.
Lawrence Mothers of Twins Club
Meetings: 7 p.m., second Tuesdays. Call for location.
Leader: Amy Hempleman, Debbie Norwood and Kelly White-Smith
For membership: Amy Hempleman, 838-3006, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dues/Fees: $13 a year, includes membership to National Mothers of Twins Club.
Provides support for mothers of twins and other multiples. Also provides a social outlet for mothers of multiples.
Lawrence Parkinson Support Group
Meetings: 2 p.m., third Tuesday of each month, First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Pkwy.
Leader: John and Shirley Pozdro and Mary Lou McGonigle, co-leaders
For membership: 843-8692, email@example.com
The Lawrence Parkinson Support Group provides a place for support and encouragement through meetings with speakers, a library of current Parkinson literature, and personal sharing with other Parkinsonians and their caregivers.
Lawrence Schools Area Council of PTAs and PTOs
Meetings: Announcements per meeting
Leader: Rudy Conrad, president
For membership: Holli Joyce, vice president, 832-8459, JoyceWorks@aol.com
Dues/Fees: Dues are paid by PTA/PTOs.
LSAC has represented local PTA/PTOs since 1915. It is a nonpolitical council which strives to help facilitate communication among parents, teachers, the administration and school board.
M.A.G. - Independence Inc.'s Music Appreciation Group
Meetings: fourth Friday of every month
Leader: Cindy Hallenbeck
For membership: Tim Brown or Terry Thompson, 841-0333, firstname.lastname@example.org
This club benefits its members by enhancing their knowledge of different types of music through field trips, speakers and performers, and "jam sessions." The Music Appreciation group was formed by and for people with disabilities who play an instrument, sing or simply love music.
Leader: Monica Stark
For membership: Monica Stark, 842-0872, email@example.com
Mommy's B.R.E.A.K. is a support group for mothers.
Mother to Mother of Douglas County
Leader: Rita Mika
For membership: Sister Barbara Wiesler, 841-0838, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mother to Mother lends emotional support and broadens understanding.
Meetings: Call for meeting schedule, printed schedules available at meetings.
For membership: 749-6631, email@example.com
Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit, international, community-based organization for recovering addicts.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Douglas County (NAMI)
Meetings: 6:45 p.m., second Monday each month, Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass., south door
Leader: Dawn Haverkate-Ens
For membership: 749-5927
NAMI Douglas Co. is a self-help group that supports family members and friends of people with mental illness.
PFLAG Lawrence-Topeka (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Meetings: 2:30 p.m., first Sunday of each month.
Leader: Bonnie Cuevas
For membership: Bonnie Cuevas, 841-2345, firstname.lastname@example.org
The group offers support, education and advocacy.
Parents as Teachers (PAT)
For membership: 832-5097, extension 242
Parents as Teachers is a free learning program for parents of children from birth to age 3, who live in the Lawrence school district.
Meetings: Second Tuesday of the month in the member's homes.
Leader: Bette Heck
Phenix gives support and aid to local organizations.
River City Women's Club
Meetings: Second and fourth Thursdays at various restaurants.
Leader: Andrea Welborn
For membership: Diana Dunkley
The club provides contacts, interaction and mentoring.
SPaRK, Single Parents Raising Kids
Meetings: 7 p.m.-8 p.m., third Thursdays, First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt.
Leader: Andra Hettenbach
For membership: Andra Hettenbach, 841-9164, email@example.com
SPaRK is a non-denominational group for single parents, to provide both support and fun, affordable activities for single parents and families. Educational, social, and children's activities are included. Free childcare is available by calling in advance.
Stroke Support Group
Meetings: 4:30 p.m., third Wednesday of each month, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine, Conference Room A
Leader: Grant Caughy
For membership: 840-2712
This group provides continuation of the rehabilitation process, opportunities for socialization, education and family and individual support.
Sunny Valley Educational Extension Unit
Meetings: 1 p.m., second Tuesday each month at Sunnyside School House, (Jefferson Co.), 1125 Republic Road, Lawrence
Leader: Judy Shultz, president
For membership: Judy Shultz, 841-0977
Dues/Fees: $10, annually
Presents educational programs provided by Jefferson County Extension Office to enrich lives of families in the community, leadership development, community service and social enhancement for members.
Teaching Effective Academics in Christian Homes (TEACH)
Leader: David Barfield
For membership: David Barfield, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dues/Fees: $14 a year for the newsletter
TEACH is a Lawrence-based organization founded in 1988 to serve home schooling families in the Douglas County area. Though decidedly Christian in focus, TEACH is open to all home schooling families.
Tenants To Homeowners
Meetings: 6:30 p.m., third Tuesday of the month, 2518 Ridge Ct.
Leader: Alan Bowes, director
For membership: Alan Bowes, 842-5494
Our mission is to promote low-income home ownership in Lawrence, by providing home ownership programs and credit counseling to help people qualify for mortgages.
The Arc of Douglas County
Meetings: board of directors meets monthly, general membership meetings are held annually
Leader: Jim Miller
For membership: Barb Bishop, executive director, 749-0121, email@example.com
Dues/Fees: $15 per year
The Mission of the Arc of Douglas County is to provide advocacy, education and leadership to empower and support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to live and belong in the community.
The Older Women's League (OWL)
Meetings: 1 p.m.-3 p.m., first Wednesday of each month, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Leader: Gwyn Kitos
For membership: Gwyn Kitos, 842-1747, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dues/Fees: Local $5 a year; national $25 a year
OWL advocates for mid-life and older women.
Three Spirited Walk Prevention Project
Leader: Bruce Martin, Project Coordinator
For membership: Teresa Chief Eagle, 841-7202, email@example.com
A substance abuse and alcohol prevention program targeted to serve Native American youth.
Thursday Morning Playgroup
Meetings: 10 a.m. Thursdays
Leader: Susan Cary
For membership: 843-5558, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dues/Fees: Occasional admission fees.
Membership is for stay-at-home moms and their 2- to 3-year-olds.
TOPS Club International
Meetings: 7 p.m. Thursdays, Wakarusa Township Fire Department Hall, 31st and Louisiana
Leader: Ardy VanderPol
For membership: Ardy VanderPol, 749-0754 or 842-2445
Dues/Fees: $20 annual membership; $2 monthly dues.
A low-cost support group for losing weight.
Meetings: 7 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Friday, Centenary United Methodist Church
Leader: Virginia Clark
For membership: Virginia Clark, 842-4998, email@example.com
Weight loss support group
Tourette Syndrome Support Group
Meetings: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., third Saturday of the month., Centennial School, 2145 La.
Leader: Karen Warner
For membership: 842-3367
The Tourette Syndrome Support Group supports and informs families dealing with Tourette.
Toys for Tots
Leader: Debbie Liddel
For membership: Jan McNish, 841-2847, firstname.lastname@example.org
This group organizes an annual toy drive in Lawrence.