15 organizations across country receive grants totaling more than $3.7 million
TOPEKA – The Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) has received a $113,899 grant that will allow it to help organizations across the state increase volunteerism.
"The Kansas Volunteer Commission looks forward to supporting statewide volunteer agencies through grants, training and technical assistance," said Jessica Noble, executive director of KVC. "This grant will bring much-needed resources to Kansas communities that will allow them to harness the power of volunteering to address local needs.”
KVC is one of 15 state service commissions to receive a Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant of $113,899 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps and the nation’s volunteer initiatives.
The VGF grant will expand the capacity of volunteer organizations to recruit and manage skilled volunteers, increase the infrastructure of volunteer connector organizations, and provide training and support to the educational community around school-based volunteering.
In addition, this grant will bring the Service Enterprise Initiative to Kansas for the first time. The Service Enterprise Initiative is a comprehensive research-based assessment, training, consulting and certification model aimed to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits to fundamentally leverage volunteers and their skills to address community needs.
This year’s grant competition was highly competitive with a strong demand by state service commissions seeking VGF resources, Noble said. CNCS awarded 15 VGF grants to state service commissions across the country, totaling more than $3.7 million.
The mission of the Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) is to empower all Kansans to meet community needs through service. The Commission's primary role is to provide resources and leadership to support local initiatives that tackle community needs. As the state service commission, the KVC directs effective national service programs, supports statewide mentoring efforts, and leads volunteer engagement training opportunities. For more information, visit www.kanserve.org.
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