Community

Affinis Team Shows Servant Leadership with 4 Local, Community Service Projects

Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 by Cindy Martens
In Community, tagged in affinis volunteer

Servant leadership has been a core Affinis value since its founding. For the last several years, we’ve challenged one another to celebrate stewardship by performing acts of community service. In 2019, we logged more than 940 hours as a firm. In addition to choosing their own community service, we asked co-workers to submit ideas for […]

KU’s Simulator Collects Optical Data to Study Distracted Driving

Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 by Mike McKenna
In Community, Transportation Engineering, tagged in driving-simulator-in-action

We recently hosted eight Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) roadway engineers at the University of Kansas’s (KU) Transportation Engineering Analysis Laboratory (TEAL). At the lab, grad students, under the direction of Dr. Alexandria Kondyli, use an in-house simulator to examine the human factors that impact driving. Current studies are focused on various aspects of distracted […]

Moving Communities Forward with Cultivate, Inc.

Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 by Cindy Martens
In Community, tagged in Tags: , , cultivate growth restart affinis

Cultivate, Inc. is a relatively new organization making a big impact in the metro area. Their programming provides an opportunity to those who’ve been incarcerated or had criminal charges brought against them, as well as local families. “Over 60 percent of adults who leave the Johnson County Adult Residential Center become residents. What we’ve found is […]

Fight for Air Climb

Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 by Peggy Amor
In Community, Culture, tagged in Tags: , fight for air climb affinis team

In late February, Affinis sponsored and participated in the American Lung Association’s (ALA) Fight for Air Climb. Over the last several years, Fight for Air Climbs have raised more than $53 million across the country. Those funds are used to improve lung health and prevent lung disease. Our co-worker, Kristen Leathers-Gratton, joined the board for […]

2019 Future City Competition

Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 by Peggy Amor
In Community, Education, tagged in Tags: , , future city competition affinis

Affinis has a long-standing history supporting the Great Plains Regional Future City Competition. At this event, small groups of middle-school students design and build cities with their ideas of how to make the world a better place. Students work together to develop solutions that are presented via a virtual city design (using SimCity); an essay; a […]

Our 2018 Community Service Challenge: How We Gave Back

Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 by Cindy Martens
In Community, Culture, tagged in affinis community service

In 2017, we challenged every co-worker to donate 16 hours of community service as part of our Sweet 16 celebration. Co-workers earned points for hours worked and monetary donations given to charitable causes. Those points translated into raffle opportunities for a variety of gift cards. It was Affinis’s way of saying “thank you” for giving […]

Affinis Co-Worker Shares Her Top 3 Takeaways from Leadership OP

Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 by Kathy Minnick
In Community, tagged in Tags: leadership overland park affinis kathy minnick

On June 22, Kathy Minnick, our controller, graduated from the Overland Park Chamber’s Leadership Overland Park program, which was designed to provide a source of motivated leaders to the area. It offers information about the community and its issues, along with leadership training. Here are her takeaways from the annual program. During the six months I […]

reStart

Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 by Cindy Martens
In Community, tagged in Tags: , affinis restart

On May 16, we closed our office for the afternoon to support a local organization, reStart, which has been working to end homelessness in Kansas City since 1981. Over the years, they’ve served more than 28,406 homeless individuals, including 11,174 children and youth. They provide housing and supportive services to men, women, youth, and families. […]

2018 Future City Competition

Posted on Friday, February 16th, 2018 by Peggy Amor
In Community, Culture, tagged in future city

Robert Ubben and Jason Davis once again judged entries at the Great Plains Regional Future City Competition. At this event, small groups of middle-school students design and build cities with their ideas of how to make the world a better place. Students work together to develop solutions that are presented via a virtual city design (using […]

A Holiday Party and a Drive

Posted on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 by Peggy Amor
In Community, Culture, tagged in affinis-holiday-party

Last Thursday, we hosted co-workers and their families at our annual holiday party. The event kicked off with a meeting for our team members, followed by a lively game of Affinis Jeopardy. Then, we spent time socializing, eating lots of pasta, and playing a little Jenga. While we enjoy celebrating the season, we also love […]