2013 Kansas Volunteer Generation Fund Recipients
Ford County RSVP/Dodge City Volunteer Center
The Volunteer Center serves as a clearing house for Ford County residents who have the desire to volunteer and make a difference. Local agencies have needs that are going unmet because of funding cuts and lack of employees. Through the efforts of the Ford County Volunteer Center, those needs can be fulfilled by qualified volunteers. Project based volunteer assignments are explored and volunteers with the skill sets necessary will be matched to the project. High school and community college students will have the opportunity to expand their horizons by volunteering in certain settings, devloping community minded activities and supporting local agencies.
Sheila Grayson, Volunteer Coordinator
2501 N. 14th
Dodge City, KS 67801
County Served: Ford
HandsOn Kansas State
HandsOn Kansas State is a program of KSU School of Leadership Studies. HandsOn Kansas State creates opportunities for people to volunteer, learn and lead in their communities. We strive to provide volunteers with a high-quality experience that fuels further action, and we envision the day when everyone is inspired and equipped to be the change they wish to see in the world. HandsOn Kansas State is also where nonprofit organizations can identify volunteers for their programs. We aim to expand capacity-building training and services to corporations, organizations and individuals who want to make a difference through volunteering. HandsOn Kansas State is the only university volunteer center in the nation that is student funded and student run, serving both campus and community.
Linda Bachelor, Project Coordinator
103 Leadership Studies Building
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Counties Served: Geary, Riley, and Pottawatomie
Ottawa Volunteer Center/ECKAN
The East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN), a community action agency, has been in existence since 1966 serving low-income persons. The success of ECKAN lies in the many services provided. One of those services, the Ottawa Volunteer Center, inspires, equips, and mobilizes people to take action and change their community for the better. The Volunteer Center connects people with opportunities to serve by recruiting and referring volunteers to agencies in the community. In addition, it organizes individual days of service around National Service days, promotes and hosts special events unique in the community, and builds the capacity for effective local volunteering management thorugh trainings to local agencies.
1320 S. Ash
Ottawa, KS 66067
Counties Served: Franklin and Ottawa
United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center
Lives change when people volunteer in our community. We see it happen every day at the United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center. Homeless families are sheltered, elderly and disabled residents are cared for and loved, parks are cleaned up, donated good distributed, abandoned animals are given a home. All because ordinary people volunteered...and become heroes. Nothing beats the joy and satisfaction that comes with using your skills, ideas and nergy to make a difference. An enriching volunteer opportunity awaits you in Douglas County. And the United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center will help you find it.
Lori Johns, Director, Roger Hill Volunteer Center
2518 Ridge Court, Suite 200
Lawrence, KS 66046
County Served: Douglas
The Volunteer Connection
The Volunteer Connection matches the time and talents of volunteers of all ages in the Salina area with community service needs and opportunities. Two special programs target volunteers of specific ages: Adult- RSVP, Youth Program. The Volunteer Connection also provides educational resources, technical assistance, and other support to people who work with volunteers; advocates for the role of volunteerism and provides recognition for the contributions made by volunteers in the area; and coordinates community-wide National Service Day projects.
Nancy Klostermeyer, Executive Director
239 N. Santa Fe Avenue
Salina, KS 67401
Counties Served: Saline, Dickinson, Clay and Cloud Counties
RSVP of the Flint Hills, Inc.
RSVP of the Flint Hills is a community-based program out of Manhattan, KS. RSVP provides opportunities for those 55 years and older to volunteer their services and to make a difference in their community. We are a one-to-one volunteer referral, incoporated and non-profit agency organized in 1974. RSVP matches the skills and interests of its pool of volunteers with the needs of service organizations already helping area residnets. There is no membership fee to become a member of RSVP.
Lori Bishop, Executive Director
433 Houston Street
Manhattan, KS 66502
Counties Served: Riley, and Manhattan
YouthFriends volunteers prove that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. By spending time with students in schools, YouthFriends mentors are making a owrld of difference in the lives of young people. Volunteers can participate in a wide range of in-school activities, including sharing lunch with a student, reading to a student or class, sharing special talents or career interests, tutoring or just being a good friend who listens. YouthFriends is a nationally recognized and rapidly growing school-based mentoring network involving more than 70 school districts across the states of Missouri and Kansas.
Leila Gallagher, YouthFriends Kansas Statewide Director
947 W. Hwy. 47
Girard, KS 66743
Counties Served: project serving Ellis, Reno, Lyon and Ulysses
Washburn University- Learning in the Community (LinC)
As the Center for Community Service and Civic Engagement at Washburn University, Learning in the Community (LinC) is the central unit responsible for developing, organizing, supporting, integrating, and assessing all community service and civic engagement activities. To this end, LinC serves as the central unit for training, organizing, and educating community partners, community engaged students, and community engaged faculty to develop a cross cultural understanding for just community participation in a diverse local community and world. This is accomplished through programming, training, and leadership development that links academics and co-curricular experiences to build reciprocal relationships between community partners and the University.
Dr. Richard Ellis, Director
1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, KS 66621
County Served: Shawnee
RSVP of Central Kansas
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a nationwide network of persons 55 years of age and older, who work as volunteers helping their communities. These individuals share a lifetime of skills and experiences. They contribute their time, knowledge, and effort to their communities, serving in the areas of health and nutrition, education, economic development, housing, energy, and conservation, community service, drug abuse, libraries, museums, literacy and many others.
Donna Baugh, Director
245 NE 30 Rd.
Great Bend, KS 67530
Counties Served: Barton and Pawnee