Thrive of the Heartland

Thrive of the Heartland is an initiative in Saline County that helps families and individuals find pathways out of poverty. Our mission is to inspire and equip families and our community to end poverty. Thrive is unique in that each participant (Thrive Leader) is matched with two community volunteers (Allies) who are usually middle class to upper middle class. The Thrive Leader and her Allies meet twice or more each month to build relationships and to work on the Thrive Leader’s dreams, plans and goals!

Our normal Thursday night meeting at First Presbyterian Church includes a meal, childcare and programming for Thrive Leaders focusing on community building, leadership development opportunities and programming and activities to support the work of the Thrive Leaders in moving out of poverty.

Do you enjoy working with individuals? Would like to help encourage a Thrive Leader to accomplish his or her goal and learn more about issues in our community? Then consider volunteering for Thrive!

For more information, contact

785-827-6731 or visit their website:

Prairieland Market

Prairieland Market is a non-profit cooperative that provides a year-round market for fresh, local farm goods and unique organic foods at 305 E. Walnut. Our mission is to work for a healthy local food community. Five years ago a team of volunteers began making soups, lasagnas, quiches and baked goods to sell at Prairieland, to meet the needs of community members who wanted the convenience of prepared foods made with the best local and organic ingredients, with no preservatives or additives. When we lost access to the commercial kitchen we had been using two years ago, First Presbyterian Church allowed us to move our cooking operation to the church kitchen. We always welcome new volunteer cooks! 

For more information or to join our cooking crew call Paula Fried at 785-827-6448. 

Visit the Prairieland website for more information about delicious ways you can support local foods!