Janey Pryor

Janey Pryor

Janey Pryor’s volunteer resumé reads like a recap of society’s pressing issues, from comforting hospice patients and tutoring incarcerated juveniles to resettling Afghan refugees and promoting gun safety.

“I care a great deal about gun safety,” Janey said. “Being involved with GGS and giving out free gun locks through Lock It For Love is a really good way for me to contribute to the cause.”

Janey saw first-hand the aftermath of gun violence while working in broadcast journalism, here and in Phoenix, AZ. She worked as a news writer, on-camera reporter and assignment editor. “So many of the stories we covered involved gun violence,” Janey said. “It was tragic.”

A native Missourian, Janey grew up in Springfield and earned a bachelor’s degree in business and journalism from Ottawa University and later a master’s from UMKC in Adult and Continuing Education. She spent 21 years at Hallmark as an editor involved in planning social expression products, such as cards and gift books.

Her GGS involvement began representing St. Andrew Christian Church in Olathe on GGS’ Heartland Coalition Against Gun Violence. After retiring from Hallmark, Janey staffed a few LIFL events, then stepped up as a captain.

Today she’s most focused on her work with KC for Refugees and the Afghan family whose father worked at the U.S. military base in Kabul before arriving here in December. Janey provides transportation, helps the family with its English and spends time with the two children, 5 and 7 years old.

“It’s very rewarding,” Janey said about volunteering. “I like to do what I can.”