A new alliance of clubs and civic organizations is being formed in Cowley County by the Arkansas City and Winfield area chambers of commerce.

Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce joins Cowley County Service AllianceThe Cowley County Service Alliance will hold its first meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Wright Room at Cowley College’s Brown Center, located at 215 S. Second St. in Arkansas City.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide a forum and format for groups to share information, coordinate efforts, and be intentional in communicating with each other.

The agenda includes information regarding the Cowley County Service Alliance mission, marketing opportunities and tools for connecting with other organizations, as well as area resources.

Through the years, local civic and service groups have evolved into a significant source of funding and volunteerism for area charities and other essential services.

But these groups, along with many nonprofit organizations, are facing challenges of their own. While many people think the need for civic and service clubs will continue, many issues need to be addressed in order for them to survive.

Legacy Regional Community Foundation joins Cowley County Service AllianceLast summer, representatives of the two chambers of commerce, Legacy Regional Community Foundation, and the Rotary Clubs in Arkansas City and Winfield met together to discuss how best to support these vital organizations in Cowley County.

The outcome of that conversation was the idea of arranging a reoccurring opportunity for area civic, service, and nonprofit organizations to gather for information sharing, discussions regarding the collaboration of efforts and support.

The hope is that as 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 of the people of Cowley County. That initiative has culminated in the creation of the Cowley County Service Alliance.

If you are wondering if you or a representative of your group, church, or nonprofit should attend, please make plans to attend.

Reservations are not required, but are appreciated. Please contact one of the following organizations to make a reservation:

This information was provided by Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Kammy Downs, Legacy Regional Community Foundation Executive Director Yazmin Wood, and Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Sarah Werner.