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1/24/2014                                                                                                                                                            785.296.8447


Kansas Volunteer Commission Awards Nearly $100,000 to Volunteer Connector Agencies

Funding will strengthen and expand the capacity of volunteer organizations to leverage volunteers to meet community needs

TOPEKA, KS - The Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) is pleased to announce nearly $100,000 in funding to four Kansas volunteer-connector organizations in Capacity Building through Volunteer Engagement grants.


The Capacity Building through Volunteer Engagement grant initiative is part of the Volunteer Generation Fund program, a grant to the KVC from the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Kansas is one of 18 states to receive this funding.


The Capacity Building through Volunteer Engagement grant aims to expand volunteering by strengthening the capacity of community organizations to recruit, train, manage and retain skill-based volunteers and to develop strategies to effectively use skilled-volunteers to solve community problems.  Leveraging skilled volunteers within an organization in both direct and indirect service opportunities not only provides specialized skills, but provides new ways to make progress on daunting community  issues.  Additionally, the KVC supports the idea that volunteer connector organizations are poised to be the catalyst in strengthening this movement.


This is the fourth year that Kansas has been awarded the Volunteer Generation Fund grant.  In the first three years of the VGF initiative the KVC awarded nearly $400,000 to volunteer-connectors and community organizations; this funding served as a vital investment in developing and strengthening the volunteer infrastructure of the state.  The Capacity Building through Volunteer Engagement grant initiative is the next step in fortifying that infrastructure.



Kansas Volunteer Commission

Capacity Building through Volunteer Engagement Grant Recipients





Barton Community College/Volunteers in Action

Barton and Pawnee

Kansas Wesleyan University/The Volunteer Connection

Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marion, McPherson, Mitchell, Osborne, Ottawa, Republic, Saline, Smith

United Way of Douglas County


United Way of Franklin County Association











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