FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Shelby Hoytal
January 18, 2012 785.368.6211
Awards announced for Kansas Volunteer Generation Fund Grants
Local programs propose strategies to recruit and retain more Kansans as volunteers
TOPEKA, KS – The Kansas Volunteer Commission is pleased to announce approximately $130,000 in funding to eight Kansas organizations in Volunteer Generation Fund grants.
The Volunteer Generation Fund is a grant program through the Corporation for National and Community Service to support development and expand the capacity of volunteer-connector organizations in local communities. Kansas was one of 19 states to receive this funding.
The grants support projects that increase the number of people serving in meaningful roles as volunteers dedicated to addressing important needs in communities across Kansas. More specifically, the grants will support efforts that expand the capacity of volunteer-connector organizations to recruit, manage, support and retain individuals to serve in high quality volunteer roles.
Kansas is in year two of this grant; five grants, totaling nearly $100,000, were awarded in 2011 and in 2012 eight grants will be awarded. Grantees have committed to engage thousands of Kansans in new and meaningful volunteer assignments such as mentoring, tutoring, parent volunteers in the school, and service- learning opportunities for youth and college students. Additionally, a majority of grantees will offer much needed volunteer management and recruitment training opportunities to nonprofit agencies in their community.
Kansas Volunteer Commission Volunteer Generation Fund Recipients
Ford Ford County RSVP
Geary, Riley, Pottawatomie HandsOn Kansas State
Franklin and Ottawa Ottawa Volunteer Center/EKAN
Douglas United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center
Saline, Dickinson, Clay, Cloud Volunteer Connection
Riley RSVP of the Flint Hills, Inc.
Cowley Southwestern College
Ellis, Reno, Lyon, Grant The Learning Tree
The mission of the Kansas Volunteer Commission is to empower all Kansans to meet community needs through service. The KVC provides grant funding, training, and support to Kansas non-profit organizations, while also administering federal funding to the AmeriCorps programs throughout the state. For more information on the Volunteer Generation Fund or other KVC programs, please visit www.kanserve.org.